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cowabunga

[kou-uh-buhng-guh] /ˌkaʊ əˈbʌŋ gə/
interjection
1.
(a yell of exhilaration, mainly used by surfers.)
Origin
of uncertain origin
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Contemporary definitions for cowabunga
interjection

an exclamation of delight or satisfaction

Word Origin

from Chief Thunderthud on the Howdy Doody Show

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Word Origin and History for cowabunga
interj.

1954, American English, from exclamation of surprise and anger by "Chief Thunderthud" in "The Howdy Doody Show," 1950s children's TV show; used by surfers 1960s as a shout of triumph, and spread worldwide 1990 by use in the TV cartoon "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

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Slang definitions & phrases for cowabunga

cowabunga

interjection

A surfer's exclamation of delight and commitment at the beginning of a ride, often used as a generalized cry of delight: It was the real Andy Griffith, too: cowabunga (1950s+ Surfers)

noun

Energetic popular plaudits: make their most open bid yet for commercial cowabunga (1980s+)

[apparently coined by Eddie Kean, writer of the television Howdy Doody Show, as a distress call for one of the characters]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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