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zowie

[zou-ee] /ˈzaʊ i/
interjection
1.
(used to express keen pleasure, astonishment, approval, etc.)
Origin of zowie
1935-1940
1935-40, Americanism
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  • And, zowie, how the second will lay for you and hand it to you!

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
  • All went well with Cal Smith and Whitey until they got to about the middle of the creek, and then, zowie!

  • Along the eastern front of these nations it was softened to "zowie!"

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • I saw a great fish dart for this bait and at the same time “zowie!”

    Up the Mazaruni for Diamonds William La Varre
Word Origin and History for zowie

expression of astonishment, c.1913.

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

zoot suit

noun phrase

A man's suit with a jacket having very wide lapels, heavily padded shoulders, and many-buttoned sleeves, with very high-waisted trousers full in the leg and tapering to narrow cuffs •Such garments were worn as symbols of status and defiance, esp by urban black hipsters and Los Angeles Chicanos: Some were garbed in short sleeve shirts, others in zoot suits/ Jelly got into his zoot suit with the reet pleats

[1942+; origin unknown; probably in essence a rhyming phrase of the sort common in black English and slang; perhaps related to other jive and cool-talk terms like vootie]

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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