Whoa definition

wō, hwō
Used to express surprise, amazement, or great pleasure.
interjection
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Used as a command to stop, as to a horse.
interjection
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Stop.
interjection
3
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Stop (especially when commanding a horse or imitative thereof); calm down; slow down.

Whoa, Nelly!

interjection
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An expression of surprise.

Whoa, are you serious?

interjection
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0
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of whoa - whoah

Origin of whoa

  • 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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