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


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noun (1)

: a striking success : hit


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wowed; wowing; wows

transitive verb

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


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noun (2)

: 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.
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Word History


Noun (2)


First Known Use


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

Time Traveler
The first known use of wow was in 1513

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“Wow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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