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[ou] /aʊ/
(used especially as an expression of intense or sudden pain.) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I didn't think as 'ow even 'Enery Wilks would be able to grattify 'is 'armless ambishun, but the uther day I saw my chawnce.

  • Now there's somethin' I got to up an' tell, if you never tips me the 'ow Do no more.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • I 'ope you will be able to explain 'ow it was you came to leave the wharf for three hours.'

  • "By agor, 'ow the waaves do roar," he continued, after a minute.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • Seeing as the Wire is an enterprising paper an' pays for news, we thought as 'ow we'd come along.'

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • ow much has the Kilossus of Railroads one, I should like to know, and what was his cappitle?

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • I am engaged at present in solving the problem of ow best to ensure peace of mind to one of Rome's Vestals.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • Sometimes in these cases the preposition or conjunction is combined with ow.

  • You said as 'ow I could get it done this afternoon so as to go to church this evening.

    More William Richmal Crompton
  • ow great is the difference between a guide-post and a guide!

British Dictionary definitions for ow


an exclamation of pain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ow

14c. as an exclamation of surprise; 1919 as an expression of sudden pain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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