- 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.
- 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.
Origin of wah-wah
Examples from the Web for wawa
By the way, the reports that he found a Wawa touch-screen menu “amazing” are misleading.Mitt Romney, Awesome Campaigner?
June 19, 2012
Then there must be a great “wawa,” or discussion by the Indians.The Columbia River
William Denison Lyman
(spoiled); and poor Wawa puckered up his little rosy mouth, and began to cry most piteously.Funny Little Socks
Sarah. L. Barrow
Next day he arrived before the walls of Wawa, in the neighbourhood of the far-famed river.Great African Travellers
- speech; language
- (intr) to speak
- Canadian a variant of wavey
- 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 and History for wawa
1926, in jazz slang, in reference to the effect on brass instruments made by manipulating the mute; of imitative origin. Later also in reference to an electric guitar effect. As an imitation of the sound of a baby crying, it is recorded from 1938. Wah-wah pedal is recorded from 1969. Cf. Chinook jargon wawa "talk, speak, call, ask, sermon, language;" Cree (Algonquian) wehwew "goose," Lenape (Algonquian) wava "snow goose," all probably of imitative origin.