- (used to express or indicate a heavy blow or a loud, explosive noise.)
- a heavy blow or a loud, explosive noise.
- the power of exciting.
- exciting and appealing.
Origin of pow1
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
- the head; poll.
Origin of pow2
First recorded in 1715–25; variant of poll1
- prisoner of war.
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Examples from the Web for pow
For years, the Obama administration avoided calling Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a POW.White House Changes Tune on Bergdahl, Says He Was a ‘Prisoner of War’
June 3, 2014
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
But following the POW exchange deal, his conscience tormented him.Secret Document Shows that NSA Shares Americans' Data With Israel
September 12, 2013
Unwittingly, the Ukrainian-born, German POW and death camp guard reversed over 140 years of German jurisprudence.How to Try a Nazi
September 6, 2013
Then, when the war ended, the POW barracks were sent to Grambling to be used for faculty housing.Eddie Robinson, College Football’s Winningest Coach
Samuel G. Freedman
August 23, 2013
A man may see his friend in need, that wouldna see his pow bleed.
There's little wit in the pow that lichts the candle at the lowe.
Pow'ful bad, pow'ful bad,” said the Bishop—“and you three made Zion.
“Come to think of it, I'm pow'ful obleeged to you,” she said.
He didn't do much of anything and he was "pow'ful good-lookin'."Basil Everman
- an exclamation imitative of a collision, explosion, etc
- Scot the head or a head of hair
a Scot variant of poll
- Scot a creek or slow stream
C15: from earlier Scots poll
- prisoner of war
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Word Origin and History for pow
expression imitative of a blow, collision, etc., first recorded 1881.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper