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n. Chiefly Australian
A person regarded as obnoxiously puritanical.
[Possibly from dialectal wow, to howl, complain, of imitative origin.]
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1. a fanatically puritanical person
2. (Brewing) a teetotaller
[C20: from English dialect wow to whine, complain]
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Australia and New Zealand. an excessively puritanical person.
[1895–1900; orig. uncertain]
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