Wah-wah meaning

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A wavering sound resembling the vowels of human speech, produced by alternately covering and uncovering the bell of a trumpet or trombone with a mute.
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The definition of a wah-wah is an instrumental sound that is similar to a baby's cry.

An example of a wah-wah is a sound made by opening and closing a trumpet's bell with a plunger mute.

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A similar sound produced by means of an electronic attachment, as on an electric guitar, operated by a foot pedal.
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(jazz) An instrumental effect somewhat like that of the sound of a baby crying, produced by closing and opening the bell of a trumpet, trombone, etc. with a plunger mute held in the hand.
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A similar effect created by an electronic device controlled by a foot pedal, that can be used with any musical instrument.
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(music) A wavering sound produced by means of a movable mute or by electronic means.
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(music) Modifying the resonance of musical notes to produce the effect of a human voice.
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Origin of wah-wah

  • Imitative

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Imitative.

    From Wiktionary