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[wou-zer] /ˈwaʊ zər/
noun, Australia and New Zealand.
an excessively puritanical person.
Origin of wowser
First recorded in 1895-1900; origin uncertain Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for wowser


noun (Austral & NZ, slang)
a fanatically puritanical person
a teetotaller
Word Origin
C20: from English dialect wow to whine, complain
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Slang definitions & phrases for wowser



Something very successful and impressive; a sensation; wow1: It would make a wowser of a movie/ The four-beat peroration is a wowser

[1928+; fr wow, perhaps influenced by rouser]



A stiff and puritanical person; a prude and prig; killjoy, party pooper •Now outdated and sure to be confused with wowser1: men of letters, who would swoon at the sight of a split infinitive, such wowsers they are in regard to pure English

[1899+; origin unknown; claimed in 1899 by John Norton, an Australian muckraking publisher, as his coined acronym for the name of his organization We Only Want Social Evils Righted]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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