[ bou-wou, -wou ]
/ ˈbaʊˌwaʊ, -ˈwaʊ /
the bark of a dog.
an imitation of this.
Chiefly Baby Talk. a dog.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of bowwow
First recorded in 1570–80; rhyming compound; imitative
Words nearby bowwow
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Example sentences from the Web for bowwow
Ive heard of the bowwow theory and the dingdong theory, said Thwaite, his hands busy with the machine.The Record of Currupira|Robert Abernathy
British Dictionary definitions for bowwow
/ (ˈbaʊˌwaʊ, -ˈwaʊ) /
a child's word for dog
an imitation of the bark of a dog
(intr) to bark or imitate a dog's bark
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