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