One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express pain or shock.
- ‘I am trying to picture this whole thing in my mind's eye, yeow, it hurts me just thinking about it.’
- ‘Well, you should have taken that into consider… yeow!’
- ‘Yeow ... those painful cramps! Expert advice to avoid muscle woes.’
Late 19th century (as a representation of the howl of a wolf): natural exclamation. Compare with yow.
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