[ wou-zer ]
/ ˈwaʊ zər /
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noun Australia and New Zealand.
an excessively puritanical person.
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Origin of wowser
First recorded in 1895–1900; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for wowser
/ (ˈwaʊzə) /
noun Australian and NZ slang
a fanatically puritanical person
Word Origin for wowser
C20: from English dialect wow to whine, complain
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