- (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 wowed
While the chicken today might be the least exotic bird one can think of, it was once a gift that wowed kings.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
As a teen, she wowed in films like Donnie Darko and Saved!Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
Williams wowed the cast, and reduced them—inevitably—to fits of laughter.How Mork Melted the Fonz: Henry Winkler Recalls Robin Williams’s Storming ‘Happy Days’ Debut
August 12, 2014
So it came as no surprise that Williams also wowed when it came to drama.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63
August 12, 2014
She wowed the crowd at a Tumblr party at The Mohawk with her soaring vocals and animated stage presence.SXSW Breakout Musical Acts: London Grammar, Chance the Rapper, Jungle, and More
March 16, 2014
She's a woman, and women slop over when they're all wowed up!When Egypt Went Broke
Then we Great Britains, feeling as we had been hartfully swindled, rose up in our mighty wroth and wowed wengeance!
- 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 wowed
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.