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[ kou-uh-buhng-guh ]
/ ˌkaʊ əˈbʌŋ gə /


(a yell of exhilaration, mainly used by surfers.)

Nearby words

cow shark, cow town, cow tree, cow vetch, cow-spanker, cowabunga, cowage, cowal, cowansville, coward, cowardice

Origin of cowabunga

of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for cowabunga



1954, American English, from exclamation of surprise and anger by "Chief Thunderthud" in "The Howdy Doody Show," 1950s children's TV show; used by surfers 1960s as a shout of triumph, and spread worldwide 1990 by use in the TV cartoon "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper