American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used to express strong emotion, such as relief or amazement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An exclamation, uttered with a whistling sound, expressing astonishment or dismay.
- n. A whistling sound, usually noting astonishment.
- n. Same as whewer.
- To utter the interjection whew or a sound like it; whistle with a shrill pipe, as a plover or duck.
- To fly hastily: make great speed. Also whiew. Brockett; Halliwell.
- To hurry or bustle about; work tempestuously.
- n. A sudden vanishing away.
- interj. An expressive sound made indicating the release of one's inner tension; the release of breath; an expression of relief.
- interj. An expression of amazement or surprise.
- v. UK, Scotland, dialect To whistle with a shrill pipe, like a plover.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sound like a half-formed whistle, expressing astonishment, scorn, or dislike.
- v. Prov. Eng. & Scot. To whistle with a shrill pipe, like a plover.
“NTodd has the whole famdamily back together again -- whew!”
“So politically speaking it's one of those "whew" moments, right, because when you hit 10 percent unemployment, the game changes.”
“Election Day should be a time to say "whew" and kick back and wait.”
“All I can say is, "whew," and I'm glad I went through a licensed realtor to find my new place.”
“The man obviously was a superior being, because other than a muttered "whew" he showed no sign of discomfort.”
“Some time later Toby uttered a low "whew" that caused Chatz, just then in the act of putting the pole back into the water, to hold it suspended in midair.”
“Cecil was whistling away when suddenly he gave a tremendous "whew" of astonishment and sprang to his feet.”
“In spite of the recent lecture on good manners, the weaver could not help giving a long "whew" of astonishment, and the others were so amused by his _naiveté_ that the merriment flitted all over their faces, though for courtes y's sake thay forbore actual laughter; while”
“In spite of the recent lecture on good manners, the weaver could not help giving a long "whew" of astonishment, and the others were so amused by his naiveté that the merriment flitted all over their faces, though for courtesy's sake they forbore actual laughter; while I looked from one to the other in a puzzled manner, and at last said:”
“Such a settling of legs and arms and packages there was; and in the middle of it "whew" went the whistle, and off they went away to the mountains.”
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