Main definitions of yow in English

: yow1yow2

yow1

exclamation

  • Used to express pain or shock.

    • ‘And yow, it hurts now the anaesthetic is wearing off.’

Origin

Late Middle English: imitative. The word was not recorded again until the early 19th century, when it was used to express the cry of a dog or cat. Compare with yeow.

Pronunciation

yow

/you/

Main definitions of yow in English

: yow1yow2

yow2

pronoun

British
  • ‘yow did that on purpose!’
    non-standard spelling of you, used to represent speech in various dialects
    • ‘Personally I think you should wear gems to keep the more powerful areas of yow chart strong, rather than to accentuate your weak points.’

Pronunciation

yow

/you/