wa·​zoo (ˌ)wä-ˈzü How to pronounce wazoo (audio)
: anus
up the wazoo or less commonly out the wazoo
: in excess
we've got lawyers up the wazooSteven Bochco

Examples of wazoo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As every aspiring writer is taught, drama is conflict, and, in technical terms, pickleball has drama out the wazoo. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Aug. 2023 The third chapter in the saga of Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) and his Central Park Zoo pals… has timing up the wazoo. Gwen Ihnat, EW.com, 28 Apr. 2023 And keep in mind that there's no reason to make your equipment management processes a nightmare by tracking everything out the wazoo. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 28 Aug. 2020 Style out the wazoo here. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 1 Dec. 2021 Eye trauma up the wazoo. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 19 Oct. 2021 It’s got policy frameworks, action plans, performance dashboards, graphs and tables up the wazoo, all presented in a PowerPoint-style format that was out of date in 1996. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 29 Jan. 2021 How have buyers’ tastes changed coming out of the pandemic? JR: The hunger for [uplifting] stuff will go up to the wazoo by the beginning of next year. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 14 Oct. 2022 How can the most miraculous material in the history of the world, funded up the wazoo, all but dematerialize? WIRED, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wazoo was in 1961

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“Wazoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wazoo. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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