whoa, int. and n.
Forms of whoa, woa, etc., with a or o occurring two or more times are also attested.
Frequency (in current use):
Origin: A variant or alteration of another lexical item. Etymons: ho int.2, ho int.1
Etymology: Variant of ho int.2 or ho int.1 Compare woy int., way int.2
1. a. Used as a command to a horse or other draft animal to stop or stand still, or to a person to stop or desist. Cf. woy int., way int.2
b. In collocation with other interjections or adverbs. Sometimes also used as a command to turn or go in a particular direction. See also whoa ho int. 2.
Different meaning of whoa that is irrelevant
2. Used as a general interjection to command attention or express that one is surprised, impressed, interested, etc. Cf. whoa ho int. 3.
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