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When you see a cute animal or something and you let out a "Dawww", or something similar, what's the verb to describe it?

  • I do not believe there is a single-word verb, but 'sentimentally exclaim' would fit. – Michael Harvey Nov 21 '18 at 21:05
  • It’s not limited to just cute animals or the ‘aww’ sound (it can also describe a host of more high-pitched and higher-volumed reactions to a variety of exciting situations), but in many cases it would be fairly accurate to describe such an act as squeeing. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 21 '18 at 21:09
  • Long before 'squeeing' became a thing, one might have referred to this reaction as 'melting.' – IchabodE Nov 21 '18 at 21:43
  • Don't have a verb. "Softening of the brain" is a phrase that comes to mind. – David Nov 21 '18 at 23:14
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The obligatory social response is to coo over cute animals and all babies.

coo (verb)
1.1 (of a person) speak in a soft gentle voice.

  • ‘Being petless, I find it hard enough when people start cooing about their cats.’
  • ‘Hopefully, I'll then turn all mushy and gooey as I start cooing, "Aw, look at his little hands!"’

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