Definitions

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

  • interj. Used to express wonder, amazement, or great pleasure.
  • n. An outstanding success.
  • transitive v. To have a strong, usually pleasurable effect on: a performance that wowed the audience.
  • n. Slow variation in the pitch of a sound reproduction resulting from variations in the speed of the recording or reproducing equipment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. An indication of excitement or surprise.
  • interj. An expression of amazement or awe.
  • v. To amaze or awe.
  • n. An exceptionally surprising or unbelievable fact.
  • proper n. World of Warcraft, a computer based MMORPG.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An exclamation of pleasure, surprise, or wonder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a joke that seems extremely funny
  • v. impress greatly

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
'Wow' is Scottish in origin. It appears in the poems of Allan Ramsay the poet (1686–1758) and of Robert Burns as in "And, wow! Tam saw an unco sight!" - 'Tam o' Shanter' poem. The word is probably a contraction of the interjection 'I vow!'. The word travelled to America where it took root and returned to the U.K. probably in the 20th century. (Wiktionary)
Acronym (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The costs wow powerlevel only keep piling up as you progress in levels, making gold world of warcraft power leveling farming one of the most arduous and boring tasks a player is challenged with.,wow leveling wow leveling。

    El Orfanato

  • [Illustration] _Bow wow, wow_, says the Dog at the Door.

    Goody Two-Shoes A Facsimile Reproduction of the Edition of 1766

  • At this Instant something was heard to slap at the Window, _Wow, wow, wow_, says Jumper, and attempted to leap up and open the Door, at which the Children were surprized; but Mrs. _Margery_ knowing what it was, opened the Casement, as _Noah_ did the Window of the

    Goody Two-Shoes A Facsimile Reproduction of the Edition of 1766

  • At last it cries, _Bow, wow, wow_; and I concluded it must be Mr. _Saunderson_'s Dog, which had followed me from their

    Goody Two-Shoes A Facsimile Reproduction of the Edition of 1766

  • "Bow, wow, _wow_!" exclaimed Cuffy in tones which there could be no mistaking, although the broken twigs and herbage which covered the mouth of the pit muffled them a good deal, and accounted for the strangeness of the creature's howls when heard at a distance.

    Jarwin and Cuffy

  • this (at 8: 33) high bar routine from a japanese gymnast. my mouth drops open, agog at the amazing feats of mid-air acrobatics. me: wow …. .wow … * wow*!!! did you see that?!? noble savage: I alway find that really shocking too.

    Jen's Den of Iniquity

  • The meaning of his _bow, wow, wow_, every time he repeated the words, was, "I'll bite you!

    The Diving Bell Or, Pearls to be Sought for

  • Wasserman Schultz had what she called a "wow moment" when Giffords called out to Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood by name.

    Giffords' hard work 'paying off'

  • Elizabeth prefaced her address with a greeting in Gaelic, prompting the Irish president, Mary McAleese, sitting at her side, to mouth the word "wow" in appreciation of the gesture.

    NYT > Global Home

  • Yes | No | Report from fliphuntr14 wrote 9 weeks 6 days ago thats a big log if that bear could get in wow that is and awesome picture

    Field & Stream

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  • Wow.

    July 9, 2009

  • *yawn* Heard it all before. Gets less interesting, more of a generalisation and more offensive ("You don't know how lucky you are your parents don't beat you"? Really?) every time.

    Although, I must say "You don't know how lucky you are to have caller ID!!" is a new one.

    July 8, 2009

  • To put that more succinctly, "Get off my lawn!"

    July 8, 2009

  • When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears
    with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were.. When they were growing up; walking Twenty-five miles to school every morning
    barefoot....Uphill...BOTH ways - In the snow... Yadda, yadda, yadda And I remember promising myself that when I grew up,
    there was no way in hell I was going to lay
    a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it
    and how easy they've got it!
    But now that... I'm over the ripe old age of
    fifty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a virtual Utopia!
    And I hate to say it but you kids today you
    don't know how good you've got it! I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, We had to go to the county library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!!
    There was no email!!! We had to actually write
    somebody a letter, with a pen!
    Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!
    Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! No where was safe!
    There were no MP3' s or Napsters! You wanted to
    steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd usually talked over the beginning and @#*% it all up!
    There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished and the tape would come undone quite often.
    We didn't have fancy features like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it! And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either!
    When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school,
    your mom, your boss, your Bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you
    just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!
    We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video
    games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games
    like 'Space Invaders', 'Pong' and 'asteroids'. You
    actually had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or
    screens, it was just one screen
    forever!
    And you could never win. The game just kept getting
    harder and harder and
    faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE !
    You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off
    your keister and walk over to the TV to change the channel! No remote control either. There was no
    Cartoon Network! You could only get cartoons
    on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying?! We had to wait ALL WEEK
    for cartoons, you spoiled
    little brats! And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove's oven ... Imagine that!
    That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids
    today have got it too easy.
    You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted
    five minutes back in 1970 or before !

    July 7, 2009

  • Arghh, I wanted to go to six flags and be a pirate this summer but mom got me this crummy free wow download.

    July 7, 2009

  • Wow!: What someone usually says when suprised. WoW: An acronym for the game World of Warcraft. (Where people usually make fools of themselves and become addicted to something that is obviously not real)..wait..there are real people that play..and that you type and/or talk to..so..it's real..but it's not real????..wow.

    July 7, 2009

  • You *butt*holes. Leave me alone!

    May 23, 2009

  • World of Warcraft and Guitar Hero are both properties of the company Activision Blizzard.

    January 17, 2009

  • Okay, here's one: Wow.

    November 18, 2008

  • C'mon reesetee, tell us a joke!

    November 18, 2008

  • Uh, WeirdNet...what??

    November 18, 2008

  • Acronym of World of Wordiecraft, an addictive online experience where pasty-faced nerds stalk each other with barbed lexemes.

    November 18, 2008

  • I was not aware words existed in the third dimension

    July 31, 2008

  • Not if you place the mirror above or below the word.

    March 27, 2008

  • Um... Isn't MOM in the mirror just... MOM? If you want WOW, you need only turn it upside down, no mirror needed.

    December 5, 2007

  • MOM in the mirror! Wow!

    December 2, 2007