Definition of wah-wah in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈwɑːwɑː
(also wa-wa)


[mass noun]
  • 1A musical effect achieved on brass instruments by alternately applying and removing a mute and on an electric guitar by controlling the output from the amplifier with a pedal.
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    • I always thought it was pulsing wah-wah reverb guitar that made the Whigs sound so Whigs-like.
    • A little reverb here, a little wah-wah there, it all fits in beautifully allowing the music to drift along at just the right speed.
    • Solid-body guitars were combined with new sonic modification devices such as distortion boxes and wah-wah pedals.
  • 1.1 [count noun] ( • trademark in the US) A pedal for producing a wah-wah effect on an electric guitar.
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    • It's just that, because there's a wah-wah, it sounds more… sexy.


1920s: imitative.

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