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bow-wow

imitative of a dog's barking, first recorded 1570s. Compare Latin baubor, Greek bauzein "to bark," Lithuanian baubti "cry," of cows, etc.

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of bow-wow from WordNet

bow-wow (n.)
the bark of a dog;
bow-wow (n.)
informal terms for dogs;
Synonyms: pooch / doggie / doggy / barker
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