Share this entry

Share this page

ach

Line breaks: ach
Pronunciation: /ɑːx
 
/

Definition of ach in English:

exclamation

Dialect (chiefly Scottish) form of ah. ach well, win some lose some
More example sentences
  • One had to laugh last year when a Scottish golf magazine that shall remain nameless - ach, let's call it Bunkered for the sake of argument - ran a competition asking readers to vote for what they reckoned was the best course in the nation.
  • Generally I am extremely acquisitive myself, and therefore more than willing to add to the momentous piles of stuff in the world, especially when it means my own stuff pile is going to get bigger - but this year… ach, I dunno, who needs stuff?
  • I've realised that quite a few of my friends are youngest children, I think somehow it produces some kind of… ach, I don't know.

Origin

late 15th century: Scottish Gaelic, Dutch, and German.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure