Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to express strong emotion, such as relief or amazement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sudden vanishing away.
  • noun A whistling sound, usually noting astonishment.
  • noun Same as whewer.
  • To utter the interjection whew or a sound like it; whistle with a shrill pipe, as a plover or duck.
  • An exclamation, uttered with a whistling sound, expressing astonishment or dismay.
  • To fly hastily: make great speed. Also whiew. Brockett; Halliwell.
  • To hurry or bustle about; work tempestuously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A sound like a half-formed whistle, expressing astonishment, scorn, or dislike.
  • noun [Prov. Eng.] the European widgeon.
  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. & Scot. To whistle with a shrill pipe, like a plover.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • interjection An expressive sound made indicating the release of one's inner tension; the release of breath; an expression of relief.
  • interjection An expression of amazement or surprise.
  • verb UK, Scotland, dialect To whistle with a shrill pipe, like a plover.

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Examples

  • NTodd has the whole famdamily back together again -- whew!

    October 2006

  • So politically speaking it's one of those "whew" moments, right, because when you hit 10 percent unemployment, the game changes.

    CNN Transcript Aug 7, 2009

  • All I can say is, "whew," and I'm glad I went through a licensed realtor to find my new place.

    Squatters

  • Election Day should be a time to say "whew" and kick back and wait.

    Stacy Parker Aab: On Impeachment

  • The man obviously was a superior being, because other than a muttered "whew" he showed no sign of discomfort.

    outfoxed Diary Entry

  • 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.

    Afloat or, Adventures on Watery Trails

  • Cecil was whistling away when suddenly he gave a tremendous "whew" of astonishment and sprang to his feet.

    Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901

  • 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

    News from Nowhere

  • 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:

    News From Nowhere, or, An Epoch of Rest [a machine-readable transcription]

  • 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.

    Milly and Olly

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