whew

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noun \often read as ˈhwü, ˈwü, ˈhyü; the interjection is a whistle concluded with a voiceless ü\

Definition of whew

  1. :  a whistling sound or a sound like a half-formed whistle uttered as an exclamation gave a long whew when he realized the size of the job —used interjectionally chiefly to express amazement, discomfort, or relief

Origin and Etymology of whew

imitative


First Known Use: 1513


WHEW Defined for Kids

whew

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noun \often read as ˈhwü, ˈwü, ˈhyü\

Definition of whew for Students

  1. :  a sound almost like a whistle made as an exclamation chiefly to show amazement, discomfort, or relief … “Whew, it sure is good to be home,” … — Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons

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