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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to express disdain for something deemed stupid or obvious, especially a self-evident remark.

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  • interj. Disdainful indication that something is obvious.
  • interj. Indication of perceived stupidity, often used in mockery.

Etymologies

Imitative of an utterance attributed to slow-witted people.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • In Slovene (and other Slavic languages – cf. Russian дух), this word, pronounced with a long u (oo) and a voiceless velar fricative at the end (-kh), means "spirit" or "ghost".

    February 5, 2009

  • September 9, 2007