\ˈwō, ˈhō, ˈhwō \

Definition of whoa 

1 a command (as to a draft animal) to stand still

2 : cease or slow a course of action or a line of thought : pause to consider or reconsider often used to express a strong reaction (such as alarm or astonishment)

First Known Use of whoa

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whoa

Middle English whoo, who

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The first known use of whoa was in the 15th century

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\ˈwō, ˈhō, ˈhwō\

Kids Definition of whoa

used as a command to an animal carrying a rider or pulling a load to stop

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