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Definition of ooh

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used to express amazement, joy, or surprise


oohed; oohing; oohs

Definition of ooh (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to exclaim in amazement, joy, or surprise oohing and aahing over the new automobiles


plural oohs

Definition of ooh (Entry 3 of 3)

: an utterance of the interjection ooh The room erupted in oohs and cheers.— William Zinsser often used with aahWe are treated to a minute description of the improvements in Millhone's apartment, along with her oohs and aahs of pleasure and gratitude.— Alex KozinskiHe could hear the oohs and aahs rising from the street as he made the cable jerk and spin.— E. L. Doctorow

Examples of ooh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection The DNA test works by analyzing the makeup of your chromosomes (cue: ooh, aaah). Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "This Travel Agency Uses DNA Testing To Create Your Perfect Trip," 13 Feb. 2017 Brownback, naturally, promised to veto the measure because ooh, taxes bad! Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "If Conservatives Can Regain Sanity in Kansas, There's Hope for the Rest of the Country," 6 June 2017 Videos will accompany the costumes, so visitors can see how costumes appeared onstage and on-screen, and also ooh over the A-list actors who wore them, Carlano said. Cristina Bolling, charlotteobserver, "Peek into the richest closets in Charlotte – in an art museum.," 29 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Since 2001, San Diegans have oohed and aahed at the colorful, majestic rounds of illuminations launched from four barges strategically place around San Diego Bay. San Diego Union-Tribune, "42 ways to celebrate July 4 in San Diego County with fireworks and parades," 27 June 2019 Guests passed around their silver so everyone could see the full range, and as each dish was served, oohed and ahhed over the wide variety of pieces. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "Tableware Guaranteed to Spice Up Your Next Dinner Party," 13 June 2014 The next big chance for Americans to ooh and ahh at the sky happens on January 21, 2019. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything To Know About the January 2019 Lunar Eclipse," 12 Oct. 2018 Parents oohed and aahed as Jody Worth, the upper school director, ushered them through the campus. Emmanuel Felton, NBC News, "'It's like a black and white thing': How some elite charter schools exclude minorities," 17 June 2018 On Thursday, families waiting for flights oohed and aahed at the vast marble floors and glass walls and took selfies in a landscaped picnic park. Washington Post, "In glistening new airport, Pakistan sees ticket to reviving the country’s prestige," 4 May 2018 Everyone at Wrigley Field immediately glanced at the video boards after each Aroldis Chapman pitch in 2016, oohing and aahing at the triple-digit numbers. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Now that White Sox have sent Michael Kopech down, when will he be back up?," 20 Mar. 2018 Yet in the heart of the Broadway theater district, just around the corner from where the famous ball drops every New Year's Eve, visitors are oohing and aahing at a massive whale, vicious squid, playful sea lions, and other marine life. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Go on an Ocean Odyssey in Times Square with National Geographic," 31 Jan. 2018 Last May, a crowd of tourists oohed and awed as a sea lion swam near Steveston Fisherman's Wharf near Vancouver, British Columbia – until the animal lurched, snagged a little girl by the hem of her flower-print dress and pulled her into the water. Author: Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "Sea lions have made a magnificent comeback, and they want their beaches back," 20 Feb. 2018

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1604, in the meaning defined above


1951, in the meaning defined above


1602, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ooh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to express pleasure, surprise, or both pleasure and surprise



English Language Learners Definition of ooh (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : to express pleasure, surprise, or both pleasure and surprise

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