\ ˈwō How to pronounce whoa (audio) , ˈhō How to pronounce whoa (audio) , ˈhwō How to pronounce whoa (audio) \

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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“Whoa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whoa. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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\ ˈwō How to pronounce whoa (audio) , 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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