World English Dictionary
bow-wow (ˈbaʊˌwaʊ, -ˈwaʊ)
1.  a child's word for dog
2.  an imitation of the bark of a dog
3.  (intr) to bark or imitate a dog's bark

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Word Origin & History

imitative of a dog's barking, first recorded 1570s.
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Slang Dictionary

bow-wow definition

  1. n.
    a dog. (Juvenile.) : We're going to get you a bow-wow!
  2. n.
    an ugly woman; a dog. (Derogatory.) : I would have chosen a better nose if I had been given a chance, but—all in all—I'm not such a bow-wow.
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