Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The bark of a dog.
  • n. Informal A dog.
  • n. Outcry; clamor.
  • n. An overbearing manner.
  • adj. Commanding, especially in an arrogant manner; overbearing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Representing the sound of a dog barking.
  • n. The sound of a dog barking
  • n. A dog

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoeic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "You give me that bow-wow, and I'll smash Hanson right now, and you got the job right away -- come to work in the morning."

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  • A bow-wow is good on a scow when all hands sleep alongside the dock or in an anchor watch.

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  • "This cook-feller, Hanson, pretty quick I smash him up an 'fire him, then you can come along ... and the bow-wow, too."

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  • "How would you like it, Toto, if I said nothing to you but 'bow-wow'?"

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  • If you were his pet bow-wow or bunny, it would just be noise and you wouldn't think, wow, hrun intelligently intervened in that bacterial culture — jumpinpussycats, that means hrun must be, my God, an INTELLIGENT DESIGNER:!

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  • He shakes his paw with a loud bow-wow, and thus the news he tells.

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  • Unhappily he proved by example the truth of his own opinion that he could do “the big bow-wow strain” very well, but that it was not his celebrare domestica facta.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • But you'll wise up -- especially if stocks go from wow to bow-wow in the years ahead.

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  • I've heard modern productions do all sorts of things to get round the problem - usually by lengthening the 'o' at the end, so that it becomes more 'oo'-like, for both bow-wow and dow.

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  • The Ethical Blogger: Iranian blogger in bow-wow row

    Iranian blogger in bow-wow row

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