Main definitions of oh in US 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.

      • ‘Scott and the entire family thought, oh boy, they really think that Scott did it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He screamed, he hollered, he insulted, he berated, and he hit… oh boy, did he ever hit.’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy, was I in for a surprise!’
      • ‘Boy oh boy, her brother would be in big trouble when her parents found out.’
      • ‘Oh boy, they've already gotten together.’
      • ‘As soon as I got in the car, oh boy, my mom went insane.’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy, I can't wait until the whole story comes out.’
      • ‘And boy oh boy, those boys were in for a major pep talk.’
      • ‘And the twins… oh boy we can't miss out on harassing them tonight for being suspended.’
      • ‘Monday came; oh boy did I have a lot to tell Michelle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She's decided to do her own ‘special’ interpretation of ‘Walk on by’ and, oh boy, is it special!’
      • ‘Boy, oh boy… Do we ever have a Valentine's treat for you - five full pages of eye candy!’
      • ‘Boy oh boy, what has our poor Kira gotten into?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And the questions you're asking yourself, Jeannie, oh boy, are they legit.’
      • ‘But, oh boy, was I glad not to be the only female in the house!’
      • ‘And, oh boy, I've enjoyed it, every luxurious moment of it.’
  • oh well

    • Used to express resignation.

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

Origin

Mid 16th century: variant of O.

Pronunciation

oh

/oʊ//ō/

Main definitions of oh in US English:

: oh1oh2OH3

oh2

noun

  • variant spelling of O (sense 2)

Pronunciation

oh

/oʊ//ō/

Main definitions of oh in US English:

: oh1oh2OH3

OH3

abbreviation

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

Origin

1990s: abbreviation of other half.