Main definitions of oh in English

: oh1oh2OH3

oh1

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 yeah?

    • 1Used to express disbelief.

      1. 1.1Used to express a threatening or taunting reaction.
  • oh boy

    • Used to express surprise or excitement.

      • ‘And boy oh boy, those boys were in for a major pep talk.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘Scott and the entire family thought, oh boy, they really think that Scott did it.’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy, I can't wait until the whole story comes out.’
      • ‘And the twins… oh boy we can't miss out on harassing them tonight for being suspended.’
      • ‘Boy oh boy, her brother would be in big trouble when her parents found out.’
      • ‘Oh boy, they've already gotten together.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘‘They say, oh boy, this bird is dangerous,’ Adam said.’
      • ‘Monday came; oh boy did I have a lot to tell Michelle.’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy, was I in for a surprise!’
      • ‘Boy oh boy, what has our poor Kira gotten into?’
      • ‘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… Do we ever have a Valentine's treat for you - five full pages of eye candy!’
      • ‘But, oh boy, was I glad not to be the only female in the house!’
  • oh well

    • Used to express resignation.

      ‘oh well, please yourself’
      • ‘It recalls nutritionists' warnings about salads being just as caloric as double burgers, but oh well.’
      • ‘You have to prep really intelligently, be prepared for saying oh well, we're not doing this now.’
      • ‘Accidents happen, oh well, never mind, that's all right then.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘I decided to look into this journal, I figured if it gave me a lead, great, if not, 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.’
      • ‘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 now completely forgotten what I was going to post today… oh well.’
      • ‘I wish I'd kept reading up on dreams and sleep so I could have better answered him, but oh well.’
      • ‘I hope she passes off as semi realistic… but oh well, she's a good counter part to Lucky.’
      • ‘She sighed, and looked down at the files on her desk, oh well; I might as well get this over with.’
      • ‘I was so not happy about it but oh well, it was still better than Lydia's whining back home, and who knew?’
      • ‘Last night I kept thinking it was going to be Friday today - oh well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That last part sounded like a spam email - oh well - but you get the idea.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: variant of O.

Pronunciation

oh

/ō//oʊ/

Main definitions of oh in English

: oh1oh2OH3

oh2

noun

  • variant spelling of O (sense 2)

Pronunciation

oh

/oʊ//ō/

Main definitions of oh in English

: oh1oh2OH3

OH3

  • Ohio (in official postal use)

noun

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

Origin

1990s: abbreviation of other half.