See also: ów, -ow, 'ow, and -ów

English edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈaʊ/
  • (file)
    Rhymes: -aʊ
  • Homophone: our (some dialects)

Interjection edit


  1. Synonym of ouch (cry of pain)
  2. (music) Used for emotional emphasis.
    • 1970, Free (lyrics and music), “All Right Now”:
      Now don't you wait or hesitate / Let's move before they raise the parking rate, ow!
    • 1987, Michael Jackson (lyrics and music), “Smooth Criminal”:
      Then you ran into the bedroom / You were struck down / It was your doom, Annie / Ow!

Usage notes edit

In everyday colloquial (spoken or written) usage, the sound may be lengthened, such as in the form oww, usually to indicate an increase in pain or distress.

Derived terms edit

Anagrams edit

Chinook Jargon edit

Noun edit


  1. younger brother

Coordinate terms edit

  • (with regards to gender): ats
  • (with regards to age): kahpo

Cornish edit

Alternative forms edit

  • owth (used before vowels and h)

Etymology edit

From Proto-Brythonic *wurt

Particle edit

ow (triggers hard mutation)

  1. -ing (precedes verbal noun)

Middle English edit

Pronoun edit


  1. Alternative form of yow

Tagalog edit

Etymology edit

From English o, the English name of the letter O/o.

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: ow
  • IPA(key): /ˈʔow/, [ˈʔoʊ̯]
  • Rhymes: -ow

Noun edit

ow (Baybayin spelling ᜂᜏ᜔)

  1. Alternative form of o: The name of the Latin-script letter O/o, in the Filipino alphabet.
    Synonym: (in the Abakada alphabet and the Abecedario) o

See also edit

Further reading edit

  • ow”, in Pambansang Diksiyonaryo |, Manila, 2018