a spoilsport, puritan or 'wet blanket'. A word which has been recorded in Amer-ican usage, but not in Britain; wowser originated in the late 19th century and is of uncertain origin. Most suggested etymologies refer to 'wow' as a roar or bark of disapproval or an exclamation of shocked surprise.

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