wow

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interjection
  1. (an exclamation of surprise, wonder, pleasure, or the like): Wow! Look at that!

verb (used with object)
  1. to gain an enthusiastic response from; thrill.

noun
  1. an extraordinary success: His act is a real wow.

  2. 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

Other definitions for wow (2 of 2)

wow2
[ wou ]

noun
  1. 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).

  2. Scot. and North England Dialect. a howl, wail, bark, whine, or mew.

verb (used without object)
  1. Scot. and North England Dialect. to howl, wail, bark, whine, or mew.

Origin of wow

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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
  1. an exclamation of admiration, amazement, etc

noun
  1. slang a person or thing that is amazingly successful, attractive, etc

verb
  1. (tr) slang to arouse great enthusiasm in

Origin of wow

1
C16: originally Scottish, expressive of surprise, amazement, etc

British Dictionary definitions for wow (2 of 3)

wow2

/ (waʊ, wəʊ) /


noun
  1. 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, etc: See also flutter (def. 14)

Origin of wow

2
C20: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for WOW (3 of 3)

WOW

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

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