whoa etymology

English word whoa comes from Old English hwā, Old English hwa (Anyone. Who.), Old English hōh

Detailed word origin of whoa

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
hwā Old English (ang)
hwa Old English (ang) Anyone. Who.
hōh Old English (ang)
hoo Middle English (enm)
hwoa Middle English (enm)
who English (eng) A person under discussion; a question of which person. (interrogative) What is one's position; asks whether someone deserves to say or do something.. (interrogative) What person or people; which person or people; asks for the identity of someone. (used in a direct or indirect question). (relative) The person or people that.. (relative, archaic) Whoever, he who, they who.
wo English (eng) A call to cause a horse to slow down or stop; whoa.. A falconer's call to a hawk.
woa English (eng)
whoa English (eng) An expression of surprise.. Stop (especially when commanding a horse or imitative thereof); calm down; slow down.. Used as a meaningless filler in song lyrics. (transitive) To attempt to slow (an animal) by crying "whoa".

Words with the same origin as whoa

Descendants of hwā
anyhow how however somewhat wai wat what whatnot whatsoever who whoever why wo
Descendants of hōh
ho hoo howe