- (an exclamation of surprise, wonder, pleasure, or the like): Wow! Look at that!
- to gain an enthusiastic response from; thrill.
- 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 wow1
- 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.
- Scot. and North England Dialect. to howl, wail, bark, whine, or mew.
Origin of wow2
Examples from the Web for wowing
At 20 he switched to a more glitzy approach after wowing an audience with a playful rendition of “Three Little Fishes.”A Millennial’s Guide to Liberace
May 21, 2013
Despite being hailed for her gale-force voice and wowing performances throughout the season, she fell flat on Wednesday night.Phillip Phillips: All About America’s New ‘Idol’
The Daily Beast
May 24, 2012
Harry then continued his idiosyncratic diplomatic campaign by wowing the crowd, dancing to 'One Love'.
The scene had no special effects or wowing us with other visuals, simply a great emotional punch to the drama.9 Superfans on 9 Extra Avatar Minutes
The Daily Beast
August 29, 2010
- an exclamation of admiration, amazement, etc
- slang a person or thing that is amazingly successful, attractive, etc
- (tr) slang to arouse great enthusiasm in
- 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)
- waiting on weather: used esp in the oil industry
Word Origin and History for wowing
1510s, Scottish interjection, a natural expression of amazement. "This old interjection had a new popularity in the early 1900s and again during the 1960s and later" [DAS].
"overwhelm with delight or amazement," 1924, American English slang, from wow (interj.). Related: Wowed; wowing. Used as a noun meaning "unqualified success" since 1920.