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informal old-fashioned an expression of pleasurable surprise


(ˈzaʊ i)

(used to express keen pleasure, astonishment, approval, etc.)
[1935–40, Amer.]
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With tongue placed firmly in cheek, James Coburn starred as a super spy investigating who was responsible for the deaths of his fellow ZOWIE agents.
ZOWIE Smith (Echo, October 28) pocketed pounds 20,000 of school dinner money over a two-year period and has been punished.
ZOWIE BOWIE Poor chap born to one of the weirdest celebrity couples of the '70s - David and Angie Bowie - he became distanced from his drug-addled dad and performing artist mother while in childhood.