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thwack

[thwak] /θwæk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike or beat vigorously with something flat; whack.
noun
2.
a sharp blow with something flat.
Origin of thwack
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; imitative
Related forms
thwacker, noun
outthwack, verb (used with object)
unthwacked, adjective
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Examples from the Web for thwack
Historical Examples
  • Geddie leaped high and caught the roll with a sounding "thwack."

  • His wife, taken aback, started up and gave him a thwack on the back.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • She struck one plank a thwack with the small axe she carried in her hand.

    Green Eyes Roy J. Snell
  • Then, above the murmur from the temple, he heard a sound in the corridor—a thwack.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • Jock's hand came down with a thwack on the papers before him.

    Personality Plus Edna Ferber
  • He was stronger than the prince, otherwise there wouldn't have been a table to thwack.

    The Princess Elopes

    Harold MacGrath
  • Meanwhile, Ben sweeps on like the wind, hearkening even in his haste for the welcome "thwack, thwack" of his father's axe.

  • Tch, ye baggage, dinna tell me what I ken, chance I fetch ye a thwack wi th poss-stick!

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • Suddenly something shot out into the air from above, falling with a ‘thwack’ against the face of the cliff.

    Renshaw Fanning's Quest Bertram Mitford
  • Blow upon blow, thwack upon thwack—they fought hand to hand until black rock and bulrush were all gone.

    The Indian Fairy Book Cornelius Mathews
British Dictionary definitions for thwack

thwack

/θwæk/
verb
1.
to beat, hit, or flog, esp with something flat
noun
2.
  1. a blow with something flat
  2. the sound made by it
interjection
3.
an exclamation imitative of this sound
Derived Forms
thwacker, noun
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for thwack
v.

"to hit hard with a stick," 1520s, of echoic origin. Related: Thwacked; thwacking. The noun is recorded from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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