• (Australia) IPA: /ˌkæɔəˈbaŋɡə/
  • (British) IPA: /ˌkaʊəˈbʌŋɡə/
  • (GA) enPR: kou'ə-bŭngʹə, IPA: /ˌkaʊəˈbʌŋɡə/
  1. (slang, originally US, usually jocular) Expressing amazement, enthusiasm, or joy.
    • 1954 Jan., Howdy Doody:
      Kowa-Bunga! Then Me Fix You Good! You Be Sorry.
    • 1963 August 9, Time:
      Shouting the surfer's cry ‘Cowabunga!’ they climb a 12-ft. wall of water and ‘take the drop’ off its shoulder.
    • 1991 December 9, The New Yorker, p. 115:
      Both words turn up in the same sentence—as in ‘Cowabunga, it's humongous!’—when the children crowd around some toy.
    Cowabunga, dude!

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