Definition of wah-wah in English:

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wah-wah

Pronunciation: /ˈwɑːwɑː/
(also wa-wa)

noun

[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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • It's just that, because there's a wah-wah, it sounds more… sexy.

Origin

1920s: imitative.

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