or wa-wa

[ wah-wah ]
/ ˈwɑˌwɑ /


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.


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Origin of wah-wah

First recorded in 1925–30; imitative

Definition for wawa (2 of 2)

[ wah-wah ]
/ ˈwɑˌwɑ /


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Example sentences from the Web for wawa

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British Dictionary definitions for wawa (1 of 3)

/ (ˈwɑːˌwɑː) Canadian West coast slang /


speech; language


(intr) to speak

Word Origin for wawa

C19: from Chinook Jargon; probably of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for wawa (2 of 3)

/ (ˈwɑːˌwɑː, ˈwɑːwə) /


Canadian a variant of wavey

British Dictionary definitions for wawa (3 of 3)

/ (ˈwɑːˌwɑː) /


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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