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Ah \Ah\, interj. [OE. a: cf. OF. a, F. ah, L. ah, Gr. ?, Sk. An exclamation, expressive of surprise, pity, complaint, entreaty, contempt, threatening, delight, triumph, etc., according to the manner of utterance.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., an expression of surprise, delight, disgust, or pain in nearly all Indo-European languages, but not found in Old English (where the equivalent expression was la!), so perhaps from Old French a "ah!, oh! woe!"


interj. 1 An expression of relief, relaxation, comfort, confusion, understanding, wonder, awe, et cetera according to uttered inflection. 2 A word used for drama or emphasis. 3 A syllable used to fill space, particularly in music. n. An instance of the interjection ''ah#Interjection. pron. {{non-gloss definition|(eye dialect of I#Pronoun I English), most often indicating that the speaker is using a Scottish or American (particularly Southern) accent.}}


AH (also Ah or ah) may refer to:

  • Ah!, an exclamation
Ah (song)

"Ah" is a song by Japanese J-pop and rock band Superfly. "Ah" was initially released as the final track on their third studio album Mind Travel. On June 14, 2011, before the release of the album, Superfly released a statement that "Ah" would be released as the album's 4th single and as the band's 13th single overall. This version, titled in Japanese as "" (Aa), would feature lyrics, instead of the album version's a cappella chanting, and would be sold as a one-track single. The label wanted to release the version with lyrics as part of Mind Travel, but Shiho Ochi decided that the version without lyrics would be on the album but they would release the lyric version at a later date. Regarding the song, Ochi stated that the album version of the song is meant to show that one does not need words to convey emotions to others. In addition, a short film consisting of a total solar eclipse that uses "Ah" as its soundtrack will be shown at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2011 on June 16, 2011. The "Aa" version peaked at number 9 on the Oricon Weekly Charts.

Usage examples of "ah".

Ah, well, now that the hotel was getting under way, and so efficiently, no doubt there would soon be many visitors, Americans too, and Agios Georgios would prosper.

Ah, Alec, we may well laugh now, but I assure you, it was not very amusing at the time.

Ah, if I could only hammer that into the brains of every rancher of the San Joaquin, yes, and of every owner of every bonanza farm in Dakota and Minnesota.

I have heard bruited by the envious that they were, ah, more intimate than boon companions, I take to be political slander?

Ah, if there were a substance that could do what is claimed for the Calabar bean!

Ah, if Olga de Coude had but seen him then--could she have recognized the well-dressed, quiet young man whose well-bred face and irreproachable manners had so captivated her but a few short months ago?

Rivington men somehow obtained a daguerreotype of Senator Walker enjoying the, ah, intimate embraces of a woman not his wife.

Ah, Rouletabille cursed his curiosity, for - he saw it now - it was the desire to approach the mystery revealed by Koupriane and to penetrate once more, through all the besetting dangers, an astounding and perhaps monstrous enigma, that had brought him to the threshold of the datcha des Iles, which had placed him in the trembling hands of Matrena Petrovna in promising her his help.

Ah, with all the good fortune, Lady Daws is still about, playing the grand dame!

I believe as a first step that I and a few of my, ah, dependants should visit Queen Laurie.

Ah, vile rabble, your low and base intelligence does not deserve to have heaven communicate to you the great worth of knight errantry, or allow you to understand the sin and ignorance into which you have fallen when you do not reverence the shadow, let alone the actual presence, of any knight errant.

And happening-to-be-present confronts being-there with the facticity of its there and without disgust sets it down with bare fingers, unprotected by gloves: Ah, the ecstatic-horizontal structure!

Ah, feck it, there was no getting around it, she had to tell the truth.

Ah, if one consulted humanistic pedagogy, how humanistic pedagogy would adjure him to take the hand and accept the offered guidance!

Ah, how blissful is the unknowing mind, what joy to be ignorant of itchy slippery letters.