- a child's word for dog
- an imitation of the bark of a dog
- (intr) to bark or imitate a dog's bark
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Examples from the Web for bow-wow
When the risks and results of fighting are not equally distributed, we default to a world that delivers “Bow-wow POW.”The Taliban Trolled the Internet with a Dog Video and Upstaged an American POW
Brian Van Reet
February 11, 2014
I told you before that my name is Dime; but the baby calls me “Bow-wow.”
The little dog got his head out this time and said "Bow-wow!"The Road to Oz
L. Frank Baum
"Stroke the bow-wow, Tommy," whispered a wag in an audible aside.A Lively Bit of the Front
Percy F. Westerman
Bow-Wow went after it and made leaps into the air to get it, and was just as glad as he could be.
Bow-Wow said that Mew-Mew was idle, vain, and cross, and of no use to any one.
Word Origin and History for bow-wow
imitative of a dog's barking, first recorded 1570s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper