- a loud sound produced by an explosion or sharp impact: the wham of a pile driver.
- a forcible impact.
- (used as an exclamation suggestive of a loud slam, blow, or the like).
- to hit or make a forcible impact, especially one producing a loud sound: The boat whammed into the dock. He whammed the door shut.
- 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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- a forceful blow or impact or the sound produced by such a blow or impact
- an exclamation imitative of this sound
- to strike or cause to strike with great force
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whams
"a heavy blow," 1923, of echoic origin.
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