Definition of aiyah in English:

aiyah

(also aiya)

exclamation

  • Chiefly in Chinese contexts: used to express dismay, exasperation, surprise, etc.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in The New York Times Book Review. From Chinese (Cantonese) āai ā, aiya or its Mandarin equivalent āiyā, aiya, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

aiyah

/ʌɪˈjɑː/