\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about whoa

Time Traveler for whoa

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for whoa

Cite this Entry

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

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for whoa

whoa

verb
\ 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

Comments on whoa

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

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!