from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used especially in response to sudden pain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An interjection expressing surprise, pain, or other feeling, according to circumstances.
  • An obsolete form of you.

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  • interjection Same as ouch.


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  • Ow, ow, ow_! came from a couple of hundred yards away -- a hollow, diabolical kind of mocking laugh which sent a chill through the listeners.

    Fire Island Being the Adventures of Uncertain Naturalists in an Unknown Track George Manville Fenn 1870

  • "[N] ow is a time for respect, reflection and remembrance," Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients 'Rights, said in a statement.

    'Now is a time for respect,' conservative group says 2009

  • "[N] ow is a time for respect, reflection and remembrance," Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients 'Rights, said in an August 26 statement announcing the temporary halt to health care ads.

    Conservative group resumes health care ad campaign 2009

  • Keep it up! on August 28, 2008 at 8: 12 am | Reply Nilsa ow is it that in looking for the answers, I only find more questions?

    Subtlety in disguise. « 2008

  • 'ungry an' thinkin '' ow I'd worked all the years o 'my life an' now

    Coronation Day 1903

  • It's probably a good thing that you can't hear us, since I not only called your ow resident geek.

    CNN Transcript Apr 13, 2007 2007

  • Management analyzes operating cash fl ows by tracking free cash fl ow, which is calculated using net cash provided by operating activities, adding back after-tax cash used for restructuring activities and proceeds on the sale of fi xed assets, then subtracting capital expenditures, including those fi nanced with capital leases.

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows 2009

  • this is so cool i love the new dora and ps: thay are sill going to show the new dora im ok with it and dora is is my grandmas name ow and im 14

    New Tween “Dora The Explorer” Revealed 2009

  • That happens because the sampling rate is kept high for long complex sounds like "ow", but cut down for simple consonants like "c".

    Boing Boing 2008

  • So the number of words you can create is in fact only limited by your patience - which worked the same way with the English language experiment I conducted during the run to list 100 marathon runners' words for pain using Anglo-Saxon modifiers like 'ow', and 'fucking-ow'.

    Running the Polar Circle marathon Nick Mead 2010


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