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[hwam, wam]
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  1. a loud sound produced by an explosion or sharp impact: the wham of a pile driver.
  2. a forcible impact.
  1. (used as an exclamation suggestive of a loud slam, blow, or the like).
verb (used with or without object), whammed, wham·ming.
  1. to hit or make a forcible impact, especially one producing a loud sound: The boat whammed into the dock. He whammed the door shut.
  1. Also whammo. abruptly; with startling suddenness: The car ran wham up against the building.

Origin of wham

First recorded in 1730–40; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for wham


  1. a forceful blow or impact or the sound produced by such a blow or impact
  1. an exclamation imitative of this sound
verb whams, whamming or whammed
  1. to strike or cause to strike with great force

Word Origin

C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for wham


"a heavy blow," 1923, of echoic origin.

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