Definitions

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

  • noun Slow variation in the pitch of a sound reproduction resulting from variations in the speed of the recording or reproducing equipment.
  • interjection Used to express wonder, amazement, or great pleasure.
  • noun An outstanding success.
  • transitive verb To have a strong, usually pleasurable effect on.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An exclamation of pleasure, surprise, or wonder.

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  • interjection An indication of excitement or surprise.
  • interjection An expression of amazement or awe.
  • verb To amaze or awe.
  • noun An exceptionally surprising or unbelievable fact.
  • proper noun video games World of Warcraft, a computer based MMORPG.

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

  • noun a joke that seems extremely funny
  • verb impress greatly

Etymologies

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

[Imitative.]

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'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.

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Acronym

Examples

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    Pre-Production Day 6-8 (edited)

  • 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。

    Apple's market cap will exceed IBM's

  • 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。

    Video IPod: 4GM Baby Steps

  • 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

  • [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

  • "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

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  • MOM in the mirror! Wow!

    December 2, 2007

  • 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

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

    March 27, 2008

  • I was not aware words existed in the third dimension

    July 31, 2008

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

    November 18, 2008

  • Uh, WeirdNet...what??

    November 18, 2008

  • C'mon reesetee, tell us a joke!

    November 18, 2008

  • Okay, here's one: Wow.

    November 18, 2008

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

    January 17, 2009

  • You *butt*holes. Leave me alone!

    May 23, 2009