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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  • Aw, please look.
  • Aw golly gee, mister, what do you think?
  • Darren looked at his watch: "Aww Dad, it's only 10:00 p.m".
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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  • He's not in here … Aww.
  • "Aww - I gotta go," Serenity sighed.
  • Aw, man, that would have been solid.
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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  • It was the kind of smile that said, 'aw, how cute'.
  • Oh it's Justin, aw I love him, he's such a cutie.
  • "Aww, aren't you two sweet," Sarah said.


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

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