Definition of phew in English:

phew

Pronunciation /fjuː//fjʊ/

exclamation

informal
  • Expressing a strong reaction of relief, or of disgust at a smell.

    ‘phew, what a year!’
    • ‘Oh, phew… thought you girls might be from some gang or something.’
    • ‘The major decisions in life have already been taken - phew.’
    • ‘No pins and needles, no numbness and full movement in all limbs - phew.’
    • ‘A couple of uninstalls and reinstalls fixed the problem - phew.’
    • ‘But it went well, phew, and it was great to see how much my presentation and Japanese has improved in 8 months.’

Origin

Early 17th century: imitative of puffing.

Pronunciation

phew

/fjuː//fjʊ/