One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A puritanical or censorious person, in particular a teetotaller or person opposed to alcohol.
spoilsport, moaner, complainer, mope, prophet of doom, cassandra, jeremiah, death's head at a feastView synonyms
- ‘We're not a wowser - we just remember the days when you used to go to the pub for a beer and a yarn.’
- ‘I do not think there is a single person in this House, including even some of the wowsers around here, who think that going to prohibition would be the right way to fix an alcohol problem.’
- ‘Now I have often enough had a meal and a glass of wine or two with Bob and his beautiful wife Helena, and know they are no wowsers.’
- ‘Sensibly, however, Young is careful not to adopt the moral tone so typical of many modern anthropological wowsers and he takes this complex issue - like others - in his stride with honesty and understanding.’
- ‘They don't need wowsers telling them that you can or can't gamble.’
- ‘Of course there are always the wowsers who resent the sight of anyone enjoying themselves, and would like to stop it.’
- ‘Even though he is a teetotaller - the basic reasons for which have been well reported - he is not a wowser.’
- ‘‘I've never seen her be such a wowser before,’ Jack added, more to himself than anyone else.’
- ‘I don't want to come across as a complete wowser, but with growing numbers of road deaths, especially amongst young, male drivers, is this advertising approach really that socially acceptable?’
- ‘If I'm sounding like a wowser, what's the bet that our gambling losses next year will top $13 billion?’
- ‘I'm no wowser, but the lives of many people are in your hands at sea and it can't be trivialised.’
- ‘The nation is again being told off for its profligacy, economic wowsers merrily predicting a scuttling.’
- ‘Call me a wowser if you must, but I can't see that this is a desirable form of hedonism.’
Late 19th century: of obscure origin.
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