Meaning of whew in English:


Pronunciation /hwjuː/ /fjuː/


  • Used to express surprise, relief, or a feeling of being very hot or tired.

    ‘whew—and I thought it was serious!’
    • ‘All those long, languorous movements, eyes locked, bodies welded at the breast, legs entwining whew!’
    • ‘Speaking of different philosophies on relationships…whew!’
    • ‘You're almost relieved when you discover that it's mostly beans and rice: whew!’
    • ‘Finally, someone's making a period piece about the American military - whew!’
    • ‘We here in Seattle had record temperatures,, somewhere near 100 degrees, whew!’
    • ‘The whew of relief from Qantas management were audible.’
    • ‘It was a summer production, with shared dressing rooms - whew!’
    • ‘Eight turbines deep in the dam generate 1.35 million kilowatts of electricity, the lake supplies water to seven states and… whew!’
    • ‘I should say that I have two or three more chapters left, whew!’
    • ‘I was completely telling myself to breath at the end too, whew!’
    • ‘Looks like no damage done to my car, though, whew!’
    • ‘Me and a friend of mine was talking about Metro Center, whew, ideal spot you know, because that's like the hub, they come right in you know, from all different trains, so, I don't know.’
    • ‘Well we tracked her down and, whew, she's been busy.’
    • ‘The last 3 days have been really hectic, let me tell you, whew.’
    • ‘One straight week and we think: whew, it's summer, alright.’
    • ‘This week has been, whew, crazy-busy, and it's not over yet.’
    • ‘whew! It's a big ballot when you're carefully choosing your party central committee members.’
    • ‘When that storm came through at first, people said, whew.’
    • ‘Give it a shot, and end up good friends if it doesn't work out, but… whew.’
    • ‘They're innocent victims who've unwittingly exposed themselves, whew, sorted.’


Late Middle English imitative; compare with phew.



/hwjuː/ /fjuː/