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[ bou-wou, -wou ]
/ ˈbaʊˌwaʊ, -ˈwaʊ /


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


puppy, pup, beagle, cur, stray, tyke, bitch, mutt, hound, mongrel, doggy, pooch, frank, dog, wiener, link, weenie, canine, afghan, pointer

Nearby words

bowstring, bowstring hemp, bowstring truss, bowtel, bowwood, bowwow, bowyangs, bowyer, box, box beam, box bed

Origin of bowwow

First recorded in 1570–80; rhyming compound; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bowwows

  • If I don't, most of them will go to the bowwows, financially.

    A Captain in the Ranks|George Cary Eggleston
  • They ought to be looking lovely in there with their tongues hanging out like a lot of bowwows sitting round on their behinds.