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1Used to express mild protest, entreaty, or sympathy.‘aw, come on, Andy’‘aww, you poor thing’
- ‘"Aw, mom, I don't need to know that," grimaces Jimmy.’
- ‘Aw, please look.’
- ‘Aww come on, I just wanted to talk.’
- ‘Aw golly gee, mister, what do you think?’
- ‘Darren looked at his watch: "Aww Dad, it's only 10:00 p.m".’
- ‘Viv, pouted. "Aw! Please can we go!"’
- ‘Aw, it's not fair, Grenville's mum's letting him stay on.’
- ‘"Aw, please, Miss, take him back," the shopkeeper said.’
2Used to express mild disappointment or self-deprecation.‘aw, it's a shame I can't make it’‘aww, thanks for the nice comments’
- ‘"You were so brave!" "Aw, it was nothing."’
- ‘"Aww - I gotta go," Serenity sighed.’
- ‘Aww, I was going to eat those.’
- ‘Aw, that's sweet of you to say so.’
- ‘He's not in here Aww.’
- ‘Aw, man, that would have been solid.’
- ‘When we first played we thought, 'aw, we're not doing any particular thing'.’
3Used to express pleasure, delight, or affection, especially in response to something regarded as sweet or endearing.‘aww, the kitten is too cute!’‘aww, are you guys an item?’
- ‘Aww, my little Joshy boy is all grown up.’
- ‘Aww, how cute are you for saying that?’
- ‘Aww, I love her.’
- ‘It was the kind of smile that said, 'aw, how cute'.’
- ‘Oh it's Justin, aw I love him, he's such a cutie.’
- ‘"Aww, aren't you two sweet," Sarah said.’
Natural exclamation: first recorded in American English in the mid 19th century.
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