Main definitions of aiyo in US English:

: aiyo1aiyo2

aiyo1

(also aiyoo)

exclamation

  • In southern India and Sri Lanka, expressing distress, regret, or grief; ‘Oh no!’, ‘Oh dear!’.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Chambers's Journal of Popular Literature. From (i) Sinhala ayiyō.

Pronunciation

aiyo

/ʌɪˈjəʊ/

Main definitions of aiyo in US English:

: aiyo1aiyo2

aiyo2

exclamation

South Asian
informal
  • (in southern India and Sri Lanka) used to express distress, regret, or grief.

    ‘aiyo, why do things like this always happen to me?’

Origin

From Sinhala and Tamil: imitative.

Pronunciation

aiyo

/ʌɪˈjəʊ/