Main definitions of oh in English

: OH1oh2OH3oh4

OH1

  • Ohio (in official postal use)

Phrases

  • oh boy

    • Used to express surprise or excitement.

      • ‘And the twins… oh boy we can't miss out on harassing them tonight for being suspended.’
      • ‘And boy oh boy, those boys were in for a major pep talk.’
      • ‘They both claim the 45 minute countdown timer ‘hasn't been started yet,’ and once it does, oh boy, we'll really be in big trouble then.’
      • ‘‘They say, oh boy, this bird is dangerous,’ Adam said.’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy… Do we ever have a Valentine's treat for you - five full pages of eye candy!’
      • ‘Monday came; oh boy did I have a lot to tell Michelle.’
      • ‘But, oh boy, was I glad not to be the only female in the house!’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy, I can't wait until the whole story comes out.’
      • ‘Scott and the entire family thought, oh boy, they really think that Scott did it.’
      • ‘Boy oh boy, her brother would be in big trouble when her parents found out.’
      • ‘And, oh boy, I've enjoyed it, every luxurious moment of it.’
      • ‘I read the news today, oh boy, and it made me feel like I'd fallen through a wrinkle in time and wound up in 1972.’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy, was I in for a surprise!’
      • ‘Oh boy, they've already gotten together.’
      • ‘And the questions you're asking yourself, Jeannie, oh boy, are they legit.’
      • ‘He screamed, he hollered, he insulted, he berated, and he hit… oh boy, did he ever hit.’
      • ‘The other pups know he's a runt, and boy, oh boy, do they let him know!’
      • ‘As soon as I got in the car, oh boy, my mom went insane.’
      • ‘She's decided to do her own ‘special’ interpretation of ‘Walk on by’ and, oh boy, is it special!’
      • ‘Boy oh boy, what has our poor Kira gotten into?’
  • oh well

    • Used to express resignation.

      ‘oh well, please yourself’
      • ‘I wish I'd kept reading up on dreams and sleep so I could have better answered him, but oh well.’
      • ‘I'm not sure how good of conversation we'll give each other, both of us being a little isolated, but oh well.’
      • ‘Last night I kept thinking it was going to be Friday today - oh well.’
      • ‘I decided to look into this journal, I figured if it gave me a lead, great, if not, oh well.’
      • ‘Accidents happen, oh well, never mind, that's all right then.’
      • ‘I didn't think it was the best idea, as I had plans to go out that night and drinking during the day and night really isn't wise, but oh well.’
      • ‘It's not like her - she's usually up nice and early, oh well I'll speak to her later.’
      • ‘It recalls nutritionists' warnings about salads being just as caloric as double burgers, but oh well.’
      • ‘That last part sounded like a spam email - oh well - but you get the idea.’
      • ‘You have to prep really intelligently, be prepared for saying oh well, we're not doing this now.’
      • ‘It starts off where we all have to pair up and… oh well you'll see soon enough.’
      • ‘I was a bit disappointed he hadn't got out and helped me but oh well, a girl can't have everything.’
      • ‘She sighed, and looked down at the files on her desk, oh well; I might as well get this over with.’
      • ‘I have now completely forgotten what I was going to post today… oh well.’
      • ‘I hope she passes off as semi realistic… but oh well, she's a good counter part to Lucky.’
      • ‘I was so not happy about it but oh well, it was still better than Lydia's whining back home, and who knew?’
      • ‘Okay, I'll try and make it through, and if I don't come into school tomorrow, then oh well.’
      • ‘I am missing out on maths and Mr Ject isn't going to be very happy but oh well.’
      • ‘I have no idea how we will need it, but oh well, there must be a reason.’
      • ‘Sorry the update was a little later than I hoped but, oh well at least it's up!’
  • oh yeah?

    • 1Used to express disbelief.

      1. 1.1Used to express a threatening or taunting reaction.

Main definitions of oh in English

: OH1oh2OH3oh4

oh2

exclamation

  • Used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, disappointment, or joy, or when reacting to something that has just been said.

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

Phrases

  • oh boy

    • Used to express surprise or excitement.

      • ‘And the twins… oh boy we can't miss out on harassing them tonight for being suspended.’
      • ‘And boy oh boy, those boys were in for a major pep talk.’
      • ‘They both claim the 45 minute countdown timer ‘hasn't been started yet,’ and once it does, oh boy, we'll really be in big trouble then.’
      • ‘‘They say, oh boy, this bird is dangerous,’ Adam said.’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy… Do we ever have a Valentine's treat for you - five full pages of eye candy!’
      • ‘Monday came; oh boy did I have a lot to tell Michelle.’
      • ‘But, oh boy, was I glad not to be the only female in the house!’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy, I can't wait until the whole story comes out.’
      • ‘Scott and the entire family thought, oh boy, they really think that Scott did it.’
      • ‘Boy oh boy, her brother would be in big trouble when her parents found out.’
      • ‘And, oh boy, I've enjoyed it, every luxurious moment of it.’
      • ‘I read the news today, oh boy, and it made me feel like I'd fallen through a wrinkle in time and wound up in 1972.’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy, was I in for a surprise!’
      • ‘Oh boy, they've already gotten together.’
      • ‘And the questions you're asking yourself, Jeannie, oh boy, are they legit.’
      • ‘He screamed, he hollered, he insulted, he berated, and he hit… oh boy, did he ever hit.’
      • ‘The other pups know he's a runt, and boy, oh boy, do they let him know!’
      • ‘As soon as I got in the car, oh boy, my mom went insane.’
      • ‘She's decided to do her own ‘special’ interpretation of ‘Walk on by’ and, oh boy, is it special!’
      • ‘Boy oh boy, what has our poor Kira gotten into?’
  • oh well

    • Used to express resignation.

      ‘oh well, please yourself’
      • ‘I wish I'd kept reading up on dreams and sleep so I could have better answered him, but oh well.’
      • ‘I'm not sure how good of conversation we'll give each other, both of us being a little isolated, but oh well.’
      • ‘Last night I kept thinking it was going to be Friday today - oh well.’
      • ‘I decided to look into this journal, I figured if it gave me a lead, great, if not, oh well.’
      • ‘Accidents happen, oh well, never mind, that's all right then.’
      • ‘I didn't think it was the best idea, as I had plans to go out that night and drinking during the day and night really isn't wise, but oh well.’
      • ‘It's not like her - she's usually up nice and early, oh well I'll speak to her later.’
      • ‘It recalls nutritionists' warnings about salads being just as caloric as double burgers, but oh well.’
      • ‘That last part sounded like a spam email - oh well - but you get the idea.’
      • ‘You have to prep really intelligently, be prepared for saying oh well, we're not doing this now.’
      • ‘It starts off where we all have to pair up and… oh well you'll see soon enough.’
      • ‘I was a bit disappointed he hadn't got out and helped me but oh well, a girl can't have everything.’
      • ‘She sighed, and looked down at the files on her desk, oh well; I might as well get this over with.’
      • ‘I have now completely forgotten what I was going to post today… oh well.’
      • ‘I hope she passes off as semi realistic… but oh well, she's a good counter part to Lucky.’
      • ‘I was so not happy about it but oh well, it was still better than Lydia's whining back home, and who knew?’
      • ‘Okay, I'll try and make it through, and if I don't come into school tomorrow, then oh well.’
      • ‘I am missing out on maths and Mr Ject isn't going to be very happy but oh well.’
      • ‘I have no idea how we will need it, but oh well, there must be a reason.’
      • ‘Sorry the update was a little later than I hoped but, oh well at least it's up!’
  • oh yeah?

    • 1Used to express disbelief.

      1. 1.1Used to express a threatening or taunting reaction.

Origin

Mid 16th century: variant of O.

Pronunciation:

oh

/ō/

Main definitions of oh in English

: OH1oh2OH3oh4

OH3

noun

informal
  • A person's wife, husband, or partner.

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

Origin

1990s: abbreviation of other half.

Main definitions of oh in English

: OH1oh2OH3oh4

oh4

noun

  • variant spelling of O

Pronunciation:

oh

/ō/