Whew

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & interj Whew hwū A sound like a half-formed whistle, expressing astonishment, scorn, or dislike.
    • v. i Whew To whistle with a shrill pipe, like a plover.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • whew An exclamation, uttered with a whistling sound, expressing astonishment or dismay.
    • n whew A whistling sound, usually noting astonishment.
    • n whew Same as whewer.
    • whew To utter the interjection whew or a sound like it; whistle with a shrill pipe, as a plover or duck.
    • whew To fly hastily: make great speed. Also whiew. Brockett; Halliwell.
    • whew To hurry or bustle about; work tempestuously.
    • n whew A sudden vanishing away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • interj Whew hwū expressing wonder or dismay
    • n Whew a whistling sound noting astonishment
    • v.i Whew to utter such a sound
    • v.i Whew hwū (prov.) to bustle about.
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Usage

In literature:

Whew, come near doing it right then, on the left.
"Fred Fenton on the Track" by Allen Chapman
Whew, this blaze Is getting worse!
"Mr. Faust" by Arthur Davison Ficke
Whew, isn't this coat warm!
"Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach" by Annie Roe Carr
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" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Jerusalem, whew, give me some water.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
A body like a boy's, all muscle, and thin: whew!
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Whew, but we came up a-flying.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Mr Chatham once more formed an inaudible whew!
"The Doctor's Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Reader, do you ever say, "Whew-w-w"?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
The heat increased; the orator was still haranguing; whew!
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
All of a whew to git at it.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Whew, that means dough!
"The Sweet Girl Graduates" by Rea Woodman
Whew, this wind cuts to the bone!
"The Guns of Europe" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Whew I what a twinge.
"Caught in a Trap" by John C. Hutcheson
We can scarcely retain the expressions of Whew!
"A History of Oregon, 1792-1849" by William Henry Gray
Whew, but it makes me ravenously hungry!
"The Iron Boys as Foremen" by James R. Mears
Whew, but I ran, I can tell you!
"Mushroom Town" by Oliver Onions
I cannot whistle, mammy; whew!
"Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes" by Lina Eckenstein
Ef it was young Jack Kingsley, whew!
"Indian and Scout" by F. S. Brereton
Whew, this is tough luck!
"Dick Hamilton's Football Team" by Howard R. Garis
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In poetry:

Whewing by the ladslove tree
For something only seen by thee;
Pearls that on the red rose hing
Fall off shaken by thy wing.
"The Swallow" by John Clare
Raise the light a little, Jim,
For it's getting rather dim,
And, with such a storm a-howlin', 'twill not do to douse the glim.
Hustle down the curtains, Lu;
Poke the fire a little, Su;
This is somethin' of a flurry, mother, somethin' of a--whew!
"Johnny Rich" by William McKendree Carleton
Antipodean? Whew! We are the head,
The oceanic head, while you, slung low
With lands that scrape the floor of heaven, gaze,
Par o'er the Bull your odd Europa wed,
Up to the Chambers of the South where glow
Our pennant stars, our wider Milky Ways!
"Auster Rampant!" by Bernard O Dowd

In news:

Whew, that's a load off of my mind.
Greetings on Day 10 of the FIBA World Championship (whew, only four more to go.
Whew, can you believe that school is only a few weeks away.
Whew, no bats in this belfry.
Whew , that was close.
Whew , I didn't violate game law.
Texans 31, Peytons 25: Just whew .
Whew , that's another record for Grand Rapids.
Whew , we finally found the mailbox keys.
News / Chicagoland Whew : Artist Calls Off Hair Protest.
Rain, flooding and, ' Whew .
The Day Before the Day After the Day-- Whew , Bring on Silence.
Whew, good thing Jimmy Haslam is running things now.
I have been a Portland boy my whole life attending Vernon Grade School, (whew, made it through the 8th grade).
And, whew, it feels good to be back at the computer keyboard.
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