Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Wild; deranged; disordered in intellect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Scot. Disordered or unsettled in intellect; deranged.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Scotland Disordered or unsettled in intellect; deranged.
  • interjection Alternative form of woof.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • ‘Just Fifish,’ replied Peter; ‘wowf — a wee bit by the East Nook or sae; it’s a common case — the ae half of the warld thinks the tither daft.

    Redgauntlet

  • There was a funny pair of spectacles on the mantelshelf, which Canon Wrottesley would playfully place upon his handsome nose, and to small visitors he would accompany the action by a frolicsome 'wowf-wowf.'

    Peter and Jane or The Missing Heir

  • 'Just Fifish,' replied Peter; 'wowf -- a wee bit by the East Nook or sae; it's a common case -- the ae half of the warld thinks the tither daft.

    Redgauntlet

  • “Allan is right,” said his brother; “it is very odd how Allan, who, between ourselves,” said he to Musgrave, “is a little wowf, [WOWF, i.e. crazed.] seems at times to have more sense than us all put together.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • "Allan is right," said his brother; "it is very odd how Allan, who, between ourselves," said he to Musgrave, "is a little wowf, [WOWF, i.e. crazed.] seems at times to have more sense than us all put together.

    A Legend of Montrose

Comments

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  • partially deranged.

    April 28, 2009

  • This is obviously a canine interjection used to express pleasure or surprise. WOWF! WOWF!!

    May 21, 2010

  • Lookee here, frog speaks dog.

    May 21, 2010

  • Are you sure it's not "Wolof"?

    May 21, 2010

  • sionnach first listed this word. How appropriate that it means "partially deranged"!! Ha.

    May 21, 2010

  • I’m having a hard time finding pronunciation guidance on this one. The OED suggests what looks like a diphthong – wuh-oof. It’s Scottish of course, so it’s anybody’s guess.

    The Scots stay from good sense aloof,
    A word such as this is the proof.
    In Winter wits wilt
    From wearing a kilt
    And poor Jocks are driven quite wowf.

    May 21, 2016