wow

1
[wou]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.

Nearby words

  1. wove,
  2. wove paper,
  3. woven,
  4. woven bone,
  5. wovoka,
  6. wow factor,
  7. wowser,
  8. wozniak,
  9. wp,
  10. wp.

Origin of wow

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

wow

2
[wou]

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 wowed

wow

1

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

wow

2

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

WOW

abbreviation for

waiting on weather: used esp in the oil industry
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Word Origin and History for wowed
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