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[kou-uh-buhng-guh] /ˌkaʊ əˈbʌŋ gə/
(a yell of exhilaration, mainly used by surfers.)
Origin of cowabunga
of uncertain origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Contemporary definitions for cowabunga

an exclamation of delight or satisfaction

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from Chief Thunderthud on the Howdy Doody Show's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for cowabunga

1954, American English, from exclamation of surprise and anger by "Chief Thunderthud" in "The Howdy Doody Show," 1950s children's TV show; used by surfers 1960s as a shout of triumph, and spread worldwide 1990 by use in the TV cartoon "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

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Slang definitions & phrases for cowabunga



A surfer's exclamation of delight and commitment at the beginning of a ride, often used as a generalized cry of delight: It was the real Andy Griffith, too: cowabunga (1950s+ Surfers)


Energetic popular plaudits: make their most open bid yet for commercial cowabunga (1980s+)

[apparently coined by Eddie Kean, writer of the television Howdy Doody Show, as a distress call for one of the characters]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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