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

  • interj. Used to express alarm, pain, or surprise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Expression of humorous surprise or emphasis.
  • interj. Expression of pain; ouch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pro. You.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dialectal form of ewe. See the quotation under shearhog.


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  • “Cao yao” pronounced tsow yow, rhymes with cow means herbs.

    Tao I

  • But thei will call yow to your compt booke, and that is to the Bible; and by it ye will no more be found the men that ye ar called, then the Devill wilbe approvin to be

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • You see what need we stand in of all the prayers of the churches with yow, which is the earnest desier of Yovr Loveinge Kinseman Herbert Pelham.

    Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

  • We're big John Stanley fans in my house, to the point where dinner conversation frequently revolves around reciting dialogue from our favorite Little Lulu stories (the word "yow" seems to come up a lot), so it stands to reason that we'd be looking forward to this collection of late-period Stanleyy comics, all about a little boy monster who only wants to do good, much to the consternation of his parents.

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  • But now I must log off as Veronica, our youngest oci, makes it plain by positioning herself inches from my face and signaling with a single note ( "yow") that it is time for her afternoon play session.

    Supper with the Stars: James Wolcott

  • Koko has only two, but he gets more music and meaning out of 'yow' and 'ik' than some of our learned friends get out of the whole dictionary. "

    The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare

  • He'll pinch sommat o 'yow'n yet afore' e's done. "

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • The time we get closest together is when I play the harmonica an 'he yow-yows.


  • And the man yow-yowls, and makes noises like a wild mountain lion.


  • His tongue is a long ways out, and his eyes like covered with cobwebs; but still he scratches the man's chest with his hind-feet and the man yow-yowls like a hen of the mountains.



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