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WHOW, int., n. An exclamation of astonishment or surprise, gen. in a sorrowful or regretful fashion, also expressing weariness (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., 1942 Zai; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Slg., Fif., Bwk., Rxb. 1974). For eh whow, see Eh. Used as n. in 1847 quot. Sc. 1827  Blackwood's Mag. (July) 65:
Whow, man, but ye are sair in the dark!
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 176:
Nae mair we're grainin' whows or sirses.
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 14:
Whow! yon brae o the Caslegate o Jethart!

[Onomat. Cf. How, int., v.2, Wow, and †Eng. whough.]

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"Whow interj., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2019 <>



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