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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Whoa! Calm down, dude.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ho \Ho\, Hoa \Hoa\ (h[=o]), interj. [Cf. F. & G. ho.]

  1. Halloo! attend! -- a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach. ``What noise there, ho?''
    --Shak. ``Ho! who's within?''

  2. [Perhaps corrupted fr. hold; but cf. F. hau stop! and E. whoa.] Stop! stand still! hold! -- a word now used by teamsters, but formerly to order the cessation of anything. [Written also whoa, and, formerly, hoo.]

    The duke . . . pulled out his sword and cried ``Hoo!''

    An herald on a scaffold made an hoo.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, a cry to call attention from a distance, a variant of who. As a command to stop a horse, it is attested from 1843, a variant of ho. As an expression of delight or surprise (1980s) it has gradually superseded wow, which was very popular 1960s.


interj. 1 stop (''especially when commanding a horse or imitative thereof''); calm down; slow down. 2 An expression of surprise.

Whoa (Lil Kim song)

"Whoa" is the second single from the album The Naked Truth by rapper Lil' Kim which is produced by J.R. Rotem. "Whoa" never made it to the Billboard Hot 100 but did make the R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks chart, where it peaked at number 30. Originally sent to US radio on November 22, 2005, it was then re-released in February to coincide with the airing of her reality show, Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, for which it served as the theme song. It was released in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2006.

Before the album was released, some versions of the "Lighters Up" promo CD and vinyl listed the title of the song as "My Ni*#@s". Due to the lyrics in the second verse, Whoa is heard as a Junior M.A.F.I.A. diss.


Whoa is an interjection, often said when in awe of something.

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Usage examples of "whoa".

Then, this afternoon, he had blown a hose or something, he had taken the Wentworth exit in search of the Great American Service Station, and then whoa, dude there had come a big bang from under the hood and all the dials on the dashboard started showing bad news.

He had treated angelic-looking boys whoas their advanced state of social disease clearly provedhad been sowing their seed in any cavity that could be induced to hold still for twenty seconds.

Still, she's urrish, and there's a limit to how much of a humicker any urs can be, before planting four feet and saying whoa.