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wow

1
[ wou ]
/ waʊ /
Informal.
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interjection
(an exclamation of surprise, wonder, pleasure, or the like): Wow! Look at that!
verb (used with object)
to gain an enthusiastic response from; thrill.
noun
an extraordinary success: His act is a real wow.
excitement, interest, great pleasure, or the like: a car that will add some wow to your life.
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Origin of wow

1
1890–95; perhaps identical with Scots wow! exclamation of surprise or admiration

Other definitions for wow (2 of 2)

wow2
[ wou ]
/ waʊ /

noun
Audio. a slow wavering of pitch in sound recording or reproducing equipment caused by uneven speed of the turntable or the tape.Compare flutter (def. 12).
Scot. and North England Dialect. a howl, wail, bark, whine, or mew.
verb (used without object)
Scot. and North England Dialect. to howl, wail, bark, whine, or mew.

Origin of wow

2
1800–10 for defs. 2, 3; 1930–35 for def. 1; imitative; the audio term is probably an independent formation
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British Dictionary definitions for wow (1 of 3)

wow1
/ (waʊ) /

interjection
an exclamation of admiration, amazement, etc
noun
slang a person or thing that is amazingly successful, attractive, etc
verb
(tr) slang to arouse great enthusiasm in

Word Origin for wow

C16: originally Scottish, expressive of surprise, amazement, etc

British Dictionary definitions for wow (2 of 3)

wow2
/ (waʊ, wəʊ) /

noun
a slow variation or distortion in pitch that occurs at very low audio frequencies in sound-reproducing systems, such as a record player, usually due to variation in speed of the turntable, etcSee also flutter (def. 14)

Word Origin for wow

C20: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for wow (3 of 3)

WOW

abbreviation for
waiting on weather: used esp in the oil industry
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