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[wou-zer] /ˈwaʊ zər/
noun, Australia and New Zealand.
an excessively puritanical person.
Origin of wowser
1895-1900; origin uncertain Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for wowser


noun (Austral & NZ, slang)
a fanatically puritanical person
a teetotaller
Word Origin
C20: from English dialect wow to whine, complain
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wow 1


(also wowee-kazowee or wowie-kazowie) An exclamation of pleasure, wonder, admiration, surprise, etc •This old interjection had a new popularity in the early 1900s and again during the 1960s and later: Wow, what a nice voice you have!/ Oh, wow, far out!/ Hey, wow!/ I have a PhD in communications from UCLA. Well, wowee-kazowee!/ Big rock-'n'-roll concerts are often as much about wowiekazowie production values, video, neon, fireworks, suggestively costumed young men and women, as music (entry form 1513+, variants 1990s+)


  1. Something very exciting and successful; a sensation: It would be a wow of a scrap/ a wow of a line! (1920+)
  2. A theatrical success; boffola, hit (1920s+ Show business)


To impress someone powerfully and favorably; KNOCK someone DEAD, lay them in the aisles: wondering whether he'll make a fraternity and whether or not he'll wow the girls/ all self-proclaimed poets who, to wow an audience, utter some resonant line (1920s+ Show business)

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[echoic of a bark or howl of approval]

wow 2


An intrusive wavering sound from a record player, usually caused by uneven running of the turntable

[1930s+ Electronics; echoic of a howl or yowl]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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