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1Used to express mild protest, entreaty, or sympathy.‘aw, come on, Andy’‘aww, you poor thing’
- ‘Aw golly gee, mister, what do you think?’
- ‘Aww come on, I just wanted to talk.’
- ‘"Aw, please, Miss, take him back," the shopkeeper said.’
- ‘Aw, it's not fair, Grenville's mum's letting him stay on.’
- ‘Aw, please look.’
- ‘"Aw, mom, I don't need to know that," grimaces Jimmy.’
- ‘Darren looked at his watch: "Aww Dad, it's only 10:00 p.m".’
- ‘Viv, pouted. "Aw! Please can we go!"’
2Used to express mild disappointment or self-deprecation.‘aw, it's a shame I can't make it’‘aww, thanks for the nice comments’
- ‘Aw, man, that would have been solid.’
- ‘Aww, I was going to eat those.’
- ‘When we first played we thought, 'aw, we're not doing any particular thing'.’
- ‘Aw, that's sweet of you to say so.’
- ‘"Aww - I gotta go," Serenity sighed.’
- ‘"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?’
- ‘Aww, my little Joshy boy is all grown up.’
- ‘Aww, how cute are you for saying that?’
- ‘Aww, I love her.’
- ‘Oh it's Justin, aw I love him, he's such a cutie.’
- ‘"Aww, aren't you two sweet," Sarah said.’
- ‘It was the kind of smile that said, 'aw, how cute'.’
Natural exclamation: first recorded in American English in the mid 19th century.
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