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(chiefly among Chinese speakers) used to express annoyance, pain, or surprise.‘how many times do they wanna ask, aiyoh!’
From Chinese ( Mandarin dialect): imitative.
Chiefly in Chinese contexts: used to express distress, pain, surprise, etc.
1930s; earliest use found in Singapore Free Press. From Chinese (Mandarin) āiyō, aiyo, of imitative origin.
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