(used especially as an expression of intense or sudden pain.)

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Examples from the Web for ow

Historical Examples of ow

  • Landlidey said as 'ow a strange gent came, buried 'im an' took 'is hinsurance pipers awye with 'im.


    Davis Brinton

  • I'll tell the p'lice as 'ow you set your great savage dog on us.

    The Carroll Girls

    Mabel Quiller-Couch

  • Then I thought we might lose 'im and I would 'ave a little chat with the gal, and show 'er 'ow foolish she was.

    Easy Money

    W.W. Jacobs

  • Did you ever 'ear 'ow a big moray 'ad a fight with two men, one of 'em a fisherman from New York, and jolly well beat 'em both?

  • Sometimes I think, though, as 'ow all men get the feelin' in spells.


    Davis Brinton

British Dictionary definitions for ow



an exclamation of pain
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Word Origin and History for ow

14c. as an exclamation of surprise; 1919 as an expression of sudden pain.

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