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

  • interjection Used as a command to stop, as to a horse.
  • interjection Used to express surprise, amazement, or great pleasure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Stop! stand still!

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

  • interjection Stop; stand; hold. See ho, 2.

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

  • interjection stop (especially when commanding a horse or imitative thereof); calm down; slow down.
  • interjection An expression of surprise.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Whoa (c. 1843) is a variant of woa (c. 1840), itself a variant of wo (c. 1787), from who (c. 1450), ultimately from Middle English ho, hoo (interjection), probably from Old Norse hó! (interjection, also, a shepherd's call). Compare German ho, Old French ho ! ("hold!, halt!").



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