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