Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wavering sound produced by alternately covering and uncovering the bell of a trumpet or trombone with a mute.
  • n. A similar sound produced by means of an electronic attachment, as on an electric guitar, operated by a foot pedal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Modifying the resonance of musical notes to produce the effect of a human voice.
  • n. A wavering sound produced by means of a movable mute or by electronic means

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Bornean gibbon, Hylobates leuciscus. The name is used as a book-name and is frequently applied to other species of gibbons.

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Imitative. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • At the very least his creative drive, technical ability and painterly application of such effects as wah-wah and distortion forever transformed the sound of rock and roll.

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  • Almost every step in between is a high energy flood of brass, bass and wah-wah guitar.

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  • Having Robert Carlyle talking to a mirror, porn ‘stache in full effect, is a solid start in that it establishes nothing but as the 70’s wah-wah guitar starts in it all at least feels like a jaunty trip into a movie that feels fun.

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  • The Ebène Quartet's latest release, "Fiction" Virgin Classics, documents just about everything these four musicians like to do in jazz—from accompanying soprano Natalie Dessay's vocals in Harold Arlen's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to producing funk and wah-wah guitar effects on 17th-century Italian violins while zipping through the "Ocean's 12" theme with drummer Richard Héry.

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  • In Tallahassee, Florida she is the Head Cheese of the Mickee Faust Academy for the REALLY Dramatic Arts and the co-founder of the Mickee Faust Club, a performance group responsible for the award-winning video parodies, "Annie Dearest, The Real Miracle Worker," featuring lots and lots of wah-wah, and "The Scary Lewis Yell-a-thon," featuring a Jerry Lewis look-alike and a bevy of inspirational cripples.

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  • Taylor has always had an innate sense of how to emphasize certain Western elements in his music such as the wah-wah guitar pedal and JB's influenced horn lines to compliment the more pronounced African elements such as traditional African percussion and Ghanaian lyrics.

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  • It's provided not only by No I.D.'s big beats, but also by layers of Steve Wyreman's wavy wah-wah guitars.

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  • "Man in Motion," though, is very much his own show, a Southern soul record with Memphis horns, scorching organ and stinging wah-wah, the star-studded band including Ivan Neville on keyboards and Ruthie Foster on background vocals.

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