Definition of whoa in US English:

whoa

(also woah)

exclamation

  • 1Used to express surprise, interest, or alarm, or to command attention.

    ‘whoa, that's huge!’
    ‘whoa dudes!’
    • ‘It's okay if they have other girlfriends in their past, but let their girlfriends have a boyfriend in the past and whoa!’
    • ‘Your much slimmer than you used to be - I mean you were slim 4 years ago but whoa!’
    • ‘I had my hands in the air with these people going whoa, this is intense!’
    • ‘But whoa, check out this Rolling Stone caption.’
    • ‘Melanie looked faintly surprised, whoa, where did that question come from?’
    • ‘In fact I just read an article online from the New York Times and some of these big labels - whoa!’
    • ‘Just a little weird… I saw your nickname and was like, whoa!’
    • ‘The masquerade goes on seemingly harmlessly until, whoa!’
    • ‘It says here you have McAfee and the virus definition files were last updated in whoa!’
    • ‘I'm on public transit again, this time I standing, my eyes inadvertently just happen to glance down at the person sitting in front of me when whoa!’
    • ‘‘The first time I beat Lisa, I was like, whoa,’ says Allen, who as a toddler literally climbed with monkeys in the jungles of Africa as her missionary parents egged her on.’
    • ‘You haven't seen her since last summer, and whoa!’
    • ‘Not that I'm not happy to see you alive but… whoa!’
    • ‘I just changed the Skyscraper calendar to March: whoa!’
    • ‘And past that through a window, what I at first thought was a great, black, star-filled sky coming to get me, then realized before going back under - whoa!’
    • ‘But the Tulane study found that when you mix chlordane, toxaphene and any of the others together - whoa!’
    • ‘They were having a meal so I sat down for a meal and I just started eating, and I looked across - I said, whoa!’
    • ‘And I kind of thought - whoa - I grew up in that kind of house.’
    • ‘We are very outgoing and we feel we're just beautiful, and then we look in the mirror and we're like, whoa!’
    • ‘So I'm checking my hit counter, seeing if I'd bested yesterday's second-best-ever performance, when - whoa!’
  • 2Used as a command to a horse to make it stop or slow down, or to urge a person to stop or wait.

    ‘whoa, hold on a minute, Fred!’
    • ‘Take it easy Skipper, whoa, slow down there boy!’

Origin

Late Middle English: variant of ho.

Pronunciation

whoa

/(h)woʊ//(h)wō/