wow

1
[ wou ]
/ waʊ /
Informal.

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.

Origin of wow

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

Definition 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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