interj. An exclamation signifying comprehension, illumination, surprise, hinting, delight, or triumph.
Comprehension: “You don’t subtract, but multiply? AhA!” (NJY)
Illumination: “AhA! That’s why they called off the party!” (NJY)
Surprise: “The doctor was wrong? AHA!” (NJY)
Hinting: “Just ask her—and watch her expression. Aha!” (NJY)
Delight: “Ah-A! Then I win the bet!” (NJY)
Triumph: “AhA!” (“So now do you admit you’re wrong?”) (NJY)
Languages of Origin
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Who Uses This
“Pronounced with a note of sudden comprehension, pleasure, or triumph.” (NJY)
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