Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a gibbon, especially the silvery gibbon or the agile gibbon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See wou-wou.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The active gibbon of Sumatra, Hylobates agilis. Also wou-wou, ungaputi, and oungha.
  • n. The silvery gibbon of Java, Hylobates leuciscus. Also wou-wou, wau-wau, wa-wah.

Etymologies

From Malay wauwau or Javanese wâwâ, imitative of the animal's call. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Lots of word children use are onomatopoeiae, like wau-wau (pronunciation sowthing like wow-wow) for dog.

    Or a hair dryer in the tub.

  • Different researchers classify different calls differently, and no one claims to know what they all mean: some are called “woo-ah” notes, “wow-wow” notes, organ notes, coo notes, rattles, clicks, and chirps.

    Birdology

  • Just needed some chick-a- wow-wow guitar in the background...

    Hey, Bebeh

  • Then he hops up on to a log and calls, throwing his head back and giving vent to a repeated loud ringing wow-wow that would be enough to have you jump out of your leech socks if you weren't expecting it.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • I started a baritone howl, ‘wow-wow,’ very long on one note, and began waving my arms about a lot, and then very slowly and ceremoniously turned their image over on its side and sat down on it.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • First from the hill across the creek came a snappy _wow-wow, yac-yac_, and then a long drawn out _ooo-oo_; then another voice, a soprano, joined in, followed by a baritone, and then the star voice of them all -- loud, clear, vicious, mournful.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

  • I have been having a wow-wow time of late, or you should have heard from me.

    Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910

  • We are talking quietly and suddenly you bristle like a bottle-brush; or we happen to be playing amicably together and I bark behind your back -- bow, wow-wow!

    Barks and Purrs

  • I started a baritone howl, 'wow-wow,' very long on one note, and began waving my arms about a lot, and then very slowly and ceremoniously turned their image over on its side and sat down on it.

    The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories

  • Then they all sang out in unison, "Wow wow wow-wow wow" -- that, at all events, is what it sounded like.

    Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918

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