whoa

play
imperative verb \ˈwō, ˈhō, ˈhwō\

Definition of whoa

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

  2. 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)

Origin and Etymology of whoa

Middle English whoo, who

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


WHOA Defined for Kids

whoa

play
verb \ˈwō, ˈhō, ˈhwō\

Definition of whoa for Students

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

Learn More about whoa


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up whoa? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to bring about or cause (something)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!