oh
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /əʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /oʊ/
Interjection
  1. Expression of surprise.
    Oh! I didn't see you there.
  2. Expression of wonder, amazement, or awe.
    Oh, wow! That's amazing.
  3. Expression of understanding, affirmation, recognition, or realization.
    Oh, so that's how it works.
  4. A word to precede an offhand or annoyed remark.
    Oh, leave me alone.
  5. A word to precede an added comment or afterthought.
    Oh, and don't forget your coat.
  6. An invocation or address (similar to the vocative in languages with noun declension), often with a term of endearment.
    Oh, gosh
    • 1998, Max Martin, ...Baby One More Time (song performed by Britney Spears)
      Oh baby, baby, how was I supposed to know / That something wasn't right here?
  7. Exclamation for drama or emphasis (often poetic).
    Oh, when will it end?
    • Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings […] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves […]
  8. Expression of pain. See ouch.
    Oh! That hurt.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗:
      "Oh! . . . oh! . . . I can't bear it . . . It is too much . . . I die . . . I am going . . ." were Polly's expressions of extasy
  9. Space filler or extra syllable, especially in (popular) music.
  10. (interrogative) Expression of mild scepticism.
    "You should watch where you're going!" "Oh?"
  11. A word to mark a spoken phrase as imaginary.
    What if he says "Oh, I need to see your ID"?
Related terms Translations
  • French: oh, ah
  • German: ach, oh
  • Portuguese: ó
  • Russian: о
  • Spanish: oh, ai
Translations
  • Portuguese: ah
  • Russian: а
Noun

oh (plural ohs)

  1. An utterance of oh; a spoken expression of surprise, acknowledgement, etc.
    • 2011, Seabert Parsons, The Lost Codex of Palenque, page 240
      There were ohs and ahs, and the people twisted about as they looked for her. Then they began to applaud.
Verb

oh (ohs, present participle ohing; past and past participle ohed)

  1. (intransitive) To utter the interjection oh; to express surprise, etc.
    • 1852, Merry's museum and Parley's magazine (volumes 23-24, page 46)
      A quarter of an hour elapsed, and then, after several rings at the door-bell, a smothered laugh, and a good deal of ohing and ahing, the door was thrown open, and one by one, as they were announced, in came the expected characters.
Noun

oh (plural ohs)

  1. the letter O, o (more commonly spelled o)
    • 2006, Ben Bova, Titan, p. 33
      One genuine recycled local glass of aitch-two-oh
Noun

oh (plural ohs)

  1. the digit 0 (especially in representations of speech)
    My telephone number is four-double-three-two-oh-nine.

OH
Proper noun
  1. (US) Abbreviation of Ohio#English|Ohio.
Noun

oh (plural ohs)

  1. (Internet slang) Initialism of other half: a husband, wife, partner, etc.
  2. (US, army, aviation) Initialism of observation helicopter
Noun
  1. Initialism of office hours



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