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[zou-ee] /ˈzaʊ i/
(used to express keen pleasure, astonishment, approval, etc.)
Origin of zowie
An Americanism dating back to 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Along the eastern front of these nations it was softened to "zowie!"

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • And, zowie, how the second will lay for you and hand it to you!

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
  • I saw a great fish dart for this bait and at the same time “zowie!”

    Up the Mazaruni for Diamonds

    William La Varre
Word Origin and History for zowie

expression of astonishment, c.1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for zowie



An exclamation imitating sudden impact; pow, wham: I ducked, but zowie, it caught me on the nose (1913+)


Energy; vitality; vim; zing, zip: full of zing, full of zest, full of zowie (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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