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/ ˈwaʊ zər /
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noun Australia and New Zealand.
an excessively puritanical person.
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Origin of wowser

First recorded in 1895–1900; origin uncertain

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How to use wowser in a sentence

  • He's a real wowser at one class of knowledge, and doesn't know spit about the others.

    Damned If You Don't|Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Oxford has made Ginger into a cock-eyed wowser, and Cambridge has turned Beefy into a base-ball looney.

    John Brown|Captain R. W. Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for wowser

/ (ˈwaʊzə) /

noun Australian and NZ slang
a fanatically puritanical person
a teetotaller

Word Origin for wowser

C20: from English dialect wow to whine, complain
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