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Definition of wow

 (Entry 1 of 4)

used to express strong feeling (such as pleasure or surprise)

Definition of wow (Entry 2 of 4)

: a striking success : hit


wowed; wowing; wows

Definition of wow (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to excite to enthusiastic admiration or approval a performance that wowed the critics

Definition of wow (Entry 4 of 4)

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

Examples of wow in a Sentence

Verb Her performance wowed the critics.

First Known Use of wow


1513, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1920, in the meaning defined above


1924, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wow

Noun (2)


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“Wow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/WOWS. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to show that you are very surprised or pleased



English Language Learners Definition of wow (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : to impress or excite (someone) very much

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