a voiceless bilabial fricative usually followed by a voiceless  (y)ü,
 or  sound ;
often read as
ˈf(y)ü How to pronounce phew (audio)
used to express relief or fatigue
used to express disgust at or as if at an unpleasant odor

Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of phew was in 1604

Dictionary Entries Near phew

Cite this Entry

“Phew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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