Definition of aw in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɔː
(also aww)


  • 1Used to express mild protest, entreaty, or sympathy: aw, come on, Andy aww, you poor thing
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    • Viv, pouted. "Aw! Please can we go!"
    • Aw, it's not fair, Grenville's mum's letting him stay on.
    • "Aw, please, Miss, take him back," the shopkeeper said.
  • 2Used to express mild disappointment or self-deprecation: aw, it’s a shame I can’t make it aww, thanks for the nice comments
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    • "You were so brave!" "Aw, it was nothing."
    • When we first played we thought, 'aw, we're not doing any particular thing'.
    • Aw, that's sweet of you to say so.
  • 3Used to express pleasure, delight, or affection, especially in response to something regarded as sweet or endearing: aww, the kitten is too cute! aww, are you guys an item?
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    • Aww, my little Joshy boy is all grown up.
    • Aww, how cute are you for saying that?
    • Aww, I love her.


natural exclamation: first recorded in American English in the mid 19th century.

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