wah-wah

noun, often attributive
\ ˈwä-ˌwä How to pronounce wah-wah (audio) \

Definition of wah-wah

: a fluctuating muted effect produced on a brass instrument by use of a mute or on an electric guitar by use of an electronic device connected to an amplifier and operated by a pedal

First Known Use of wah-wah

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wah-wah

imitative

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“Wah-wah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wah-wah. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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