ˈə-ˌō How to pronounce uh-oh (audio)
 usually with strong glottal stops before the vowels 
used to indicate dismay or concern

Examples of uh-oh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mood quickly becomes less ha-ha funny and more uh-oh funny. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Sometimes that uh-oh feeling is quite warranted, as much as some of the oh-wows that might emerge when the sport’s presents are unwrapped, one by one. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uh-oh was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Uh-oh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uh-oh. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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