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wow

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interjection \ˈwau̇\

Simple Definition of wow

  • —used to show that you are very surprised or pleased

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wow

  1. —used to express strong feeling (as pleasure or surprise)

1513

First Known Use of wow

1513


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wow

noun

Definition of wow

  1. :  a striking success :  hit



1920

First Known Use of wow

1920


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wow

verb

Simple Definition of wow

  • : to impress or excite (someone) very much

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wow

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to excite to enthusiastic admiration or approval <a performance that wowed the critics>

Examples of wow in a sentence

  1. Her performance wowed the critics.



1924

First Known Use of wow

1924


4

wow

noun

Definition of wow

  1. :  a distortion in reproduced sound consisting of a slow rise and fall of pitch caused by speed variation in the reproducing system



Origin and Etymology of wow

imitative


First Known Use: 1932

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