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wa-wa

[wah-wah] /ˈwɑˌwɑ/
noun
1.

wah-wah

or wa-wa

[wah-wah] /ˈwɑˌwɑ/
adjective
1.
producing a muted, bawling sound like that of a trumpet with the hand moved momentarily over the bell:
a wah-wah effect on a synthesizer; a guitar with a wah-wah pedal.
noun
2.
a sound or effect like the muted sound of a trumpet, especially in music.
3.
an electronic device or attachment to produce such a sound, often used with an electric guitar.
Origin of wah-wah
1925-1930
1925-30; imitative
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  • (spoiled); and poor wawa puckered up his little rosy mouth, and began to cry most piteously.

    Funny Little Socks Sarah. L. Barrow
  • Then there must be a great “wawa,” or discussion by the Indians.

    The Columbia River William Denison Lyman
  • Next day he arrived before the walls of wawa, in the neighbourhood of the far-famed river.

    Great African Travellers W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for wawa

wawa1

/ˈwɑːˌwɑː/
noun
1.
speech; language
verb
2.
(intransitive) to speak
Word Origin
C19: from Chinook Jargon; probably of imitative origin

wawa2

/ˈwɑːˌwɑː; ˈwɑːwə/
noun
1.
(Canadian) a variant of wavey

wah-wah

/ˈwɑːˌwɑː/
noun
1.
the sound made by a trumpet, cornet, etc, when the bell is alternately covered and uncovered: much used in jazz
2.
an electronic attachment for an electric guitar, etc, that simulates this effect
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for wawa

wah-wah

1926, in jazz slang, in reference to the effect on brass instruments made by manipulating the mute; of imitative origin. Later also in reference to an electric guitar effect. As an imitation of the sound of a baby crying, it is recorded from 1938. Wah-wah pedal is recorded from 1969. Cf. Chinook jargon wawa "talk, speak, call, ask, sermon, language;" Cree (Algonquian) wehwew "goose," Lenape (Algonquian) wava "snow goose," all probably of imitative origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for wawa

wag one's chin

verb phrase

To talk: to be seen waggin' your chin with a sleuth (1920+)

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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