wowser

[ wou-zer ]
/ ˈwaʊ zər /

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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British Dictionary definitions for wowser

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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