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Ho \Ho\, Hoa \Hoa\ (h[=o]), interj. [Cf. F. & G. ho.]
Halloo! attend! -- a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach. "What noise there, ho?" --Shak. "Ho! who's within?" --Shak. [1913 Webster]
[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.] [1913 Webster] The duke . . . pulled out his sword and cried "Hoo!" --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] An herald on a scaffold made an hoo. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Whoa \Whoa\, interj. Stop; stand; hold. See Ho,
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  • (UK): /wəʊ/, /w@U/ or /ʍəʊ/, /W@U/
  • (US): , /woʊ/, /woU/ or , /ʍoʊ/, /WoU/
  • Rhymes with: -əʊ



  1. stop (especially when commanding a horse or imitative thereof); calm down; slow down.
    Whoa, Nelly!
  2. An expression of surprise.
    Whoa, are you serious?



stop, said to a horse
expression of surprise
Whoa is is an exclamation, predominantly used as a command to stop. The phrase is most often applied to horses. It is also an expression of surprise.
In pop culture, "Whoa!" is most often related to the 1990s NBC sitcom, Blossom. The phrase was constantly uttered by Joey Lawrence's character, Joey, when surprised or aroused.
Whoa may also refer to:
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