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bow-wow

/ˈbaʊˌwaʊ; -ˈwaʊ/
noun
1.
a child's word for dog
2.
an imitation of the bark of a dog
verb
3.
(intransitive) to bark or imitate a dog's bark
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  • 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 said that Mew-Mew was idle, vain, and cross, and of no use to any one.

    Bow-Wow and Mew-Mew Georgiana M. Craik
  • 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 and Mew-Mew Georgiana M. Craik
  • A man was sent for to dress the leg, and bow-wow was put to bed.

    Bow-Wow and Mew-Mew Georgiana M. Craik
  • This was such a long task that she soon forgot all about bow-wow.

    Bow-Wow and Mew-Mew Georgiana M. Craik
  • bow-wow did not dare to go to sleep, for fear of what the cat might do.

    Bow-Wow and Mew-Mew Georgiana M. Craik
  • After the cat had washed and washed for an hour and a half, bow-wow could bear it no longer.

    Bow-Wow and Mew-Mew Georgiana M. Craik
Word Origin and History for bow-wow

imitative of a dog's barking, first recorded 1570s.

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