phew

interjection \ a voiceless bilabial fricative usually followed by a voiceless (y)ü or sound ; often read as ˈf(y)ü \

Definition of phew

1 used to express relief or fatigue
2 used to express disgust at or as if at an unpleasant odor

First Known Use of phew

1604

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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phew Synonyms

Synonyms

fie, phooey, ugh, yech (or yecch), yuck (also yuk);

Near Antonyms

yum-yum;

Related Words

ah, bah, boo, humph, pish, pooh, pshaw, sheesh, tush, tut, tut-tut;

alack, alas, woe;


PHEW Defined for English Language Learners

phew

Definition of phew for English Language Learners

  • —used to show that you are relieved, tired, hot, or disgusted


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