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wah-wah

or wa-wa

[ wah-wah ]
/ ˈwɑˌwɑ /
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adjective
producing a muted, bawling sound like that of a trumpet with the hand moved momentarily over the bell: a wah-wah effect on a synthesizer; a guitar with a wah-wah pedal.
noun
a sound or effect like the muted sound of a trumpet, especially in music.
an electronic device or attachment to produce such a sound, often used with an electric guitar.
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Origin of wah-wah

First recorded in 1925–30; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for wah-wah

wah-wah
/ (ˈwɑːˌwɑː) /

noun
the sound made by a trumpet, cornet, etc, when the bell is alternately covered and uncovered: much used in jazz
an electronic attachment for an electric guitar, etc, that simulates this effect

Word Origin for wah-wah

C20: of imitative origin
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