Main definitions of oh in English

: oh1OH2OH3oh4

oh1

exclamation

  • Used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, disappointment, or joy, or when reacting to a remark.

    ‘‘Oh no,’ said Daisy, appalled’
    O
    and → ee
    ‘Me? Oh, I'm fine’
    ‘oh, shut up’
    • ‘Oh no, there's only back seats left!’

Phrases

  • oh yeah?

    • Used to express disbelief.

Origin

Mid 16th century: variant of O.

Pronunciation:

oh

/əʊ/

Main definitions of oh in English

: oh1OH2OH3oh4

OH2

  • Ohio (in official postal use).

Phrases

  • oh yeah?

    • Used to express disbelief.

Main definitions of oh in English

: oh1OH2OH3oh4

OH3

noun

British
informal
  • A person's wife, husband, or partner (particularly used in online forums)

    ‘I often go to gigs on my own as my OH doesn't have the same musical tastes as me’
    • ‘I wish my OH wouldn't wander around the house naked - we have no curtains up in the back.’
    • ‘My OH has told me I'm not raising my son properly.’
    • ‘We lived in Oz years ago and my OH didn't want to leave.’
    • ‘I don't mind if my OH plays sport, watches it on telly, or if he goes off with his pals on sporting holidays.’
    • ‘I would love my OH to do a healthy diet/exercise regime with me’
    • ‘This is the first time OH has been home for pancake day for years.’
    • ‘My sister and her OH have some problems.’
    • ‘It would be a shame to lose your new friendship because you don't agree with the things your friend's OH does.’
    • ‘My OH has an interview tomorrow and i'm so excited for him!’
    • ‘I know you're probably fully aware of this already - but your OH is an amazing guy!’
    • ‘My OH is saying I need to go back to work full time, now I love my business and want it to grow but no way can i manage a house, business, and f/t work all together.’
    • ‘I know his OH won't want to get involved.’
    • ‘Luckly OH has a good relationship with his ex.’
    • ‘Her OH is such a career-driven bloke - he spends 50% of the year working abroad.’
    • ‘If my OH told me he didn't want me to have male friends I'd tell him where to stick that idea!’
    • ‘OH was actually very reluctant to get a second cat and took a lot of persuading.’
    • ‘Her OH is on a very good salary.’
    • ‘It took my OH a while to find a job and he's ended up working from home.’
    • ‘Why does my OH decide to have shower just when I've finished cleaning it!!’
    • ‘I would never let my OH, or anyone else drive my car: nothing against her, I just wouldn't want my car getting damaged.’

Origin

1990s: abbreviation of other half.

Main definitions of oh in English

: oh1OH2OH3oh4

oh4

noun

  • variant spelling of o