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[zou-ee] /ˈzaʊ i/
(used to express keen pleasure, astonishment, approval, etc.)
1935-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for zowie

expression of astonishment, c.1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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