- (an exclamation of surprise, wonder, pleasure, or the like): Wow! Look at that!
- to gain an enthusiastic response from; thrill.
- an extraordinary success: His act is a real wow.
- excitement, interest, great pleasure, or the like: a car that will add some wow to your life.
Origin of wow1
- Audio. a slow wavering of pitch in sound recording or reproducing equipment caused by uneven speed of the turntable or the tape.Compare flutter(def 12).
- Scot. and North England Dialect. a howl, wail, bark, whine, or mew.
- Scot. and North England Dialect. to howl, wail, bark, whine, or mew.
Origin of wow2
Examples from the Web for wow
It made a big impact on him and he realized, “Wow, there really is a Santa, at least in the hearts of some people.”Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
And then I saw the trailer to Nightcrawler and texted him again and said, “Wow, you inspire me every day.”Anna Kendrick on Feminism, #GamerGate, and the Celebrity Hacking Attack
November 25, 2014
It was like ‘Wow, I can do whatever I like,’ and I did, and it became routine.Daniel Radcliffe: I’m Richer Than One Direction
October 24, 2014
But then we found Amina and Sarah and we thought, wow, this is a story all its own.The Dishonor of Honor Killings
October 20, 2014
Deadspin pointed out some of the lows of his argument—and wow, are there some gems.Gator Quarterback’s Lawyer: Blame This Victim
October 10, 2014
Wow said the soldier, whose face was bandaged, she'll get it 'ere, won't she?The Burning Spear
But then one afternoon I was painting that big amazon of a model and—Wow!Inside John Barth
William W. Stuart
I'm only some stiff wi' the cauld; for wow, but I am cauld!'Robert Falconer
There—there, don't snarl so, you're simply barking—bow, wow!Hadda Padda
He sits on a bough and says “wow” in a soft but decisive manner.Glimpses of Indian Birds
- an exclamation of admiration, amazement, etc
- slang a person or thing that is amazingly successful, attractive, etc
- (tr) slang to arouse great enthusiasm in
- a slow variation or distortion in pitch that occurs at very low audio frequencies in sound-reproducing systems, such as a record player, usually due to variation in speed of the turntable, etcSee also flutter (def. 14)
- waiting on weather: used esp in the oil industry
Word Origin and History for wow
1510s, Scottish interjection, a natural expression of amazement. "This old interjection had a new popularity in the early 1900s and again during the 1960s and later" [DAS].
"overwhelm with delight or amazement," 1924, American English slang, from wow (interj.). Related: Wowed; wowing. Used as a noun meaning "unqualified success" since 1920.