bowwow

[ bou-wou, -wou ]
/ ˈbaʊˌwaʊ, -ˈwaʊ /

noun

the bark of a dog.
an imitation of this.
Chiefly Baby Talk. a dog.

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Origin of bowwow

First recorded in 1570–80; rhyming compound; imitative
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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

bow-wow
/ (ˈbaʊˌwaʊ, -ˈwaʊ) /

noun

a child's word for dog
an imitation of the bark of a dog

verb

(intr) to bark or imitate a dog's bark
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