• synonyms


[hwang, wang]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun Informal.
  1. a resounding blow.
  2. the sound produced by such a blow: the whang of gongs and cymbals.
verb (used with object)
  1. to strike with a resounding blow.
verb (used without object)
  1. to resound with such a blow.

Origin of whang1

First recorded in 1815–25; imitative


[hwang, wang]
  1. a thong, especially of leather.
  2. Also called thong leather. rawhide.
  3. Slang: Often Vulgar. penis.

Origin of whang2

1530–40; orig. Scots form of thwang, early form of thong (cf. whack, whittle); sense “penis” perhaps an unrelated expressive word (cf. dong3)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for whang

Historical Examples

  • By the 17 look of him he was about ready to whang loose through the door.

    Crooked Trails and Straight

    William MacLeod Raine

  • He could whang away at a quarter with that sawed-off .45 of his and hit it every crack.

    Crooked Trails and Straight

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Oh, by the by, Hal, the Whang Doodle has made her appearance in our parts again.

    My Wife and I

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • He liked to make things, and fix things, and whang away at his anvil.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • Bang, whang, go the wrestlers below, with loud shouts and laughter.

    A Trip to Cuba

    Julia Ward Howe

British Dictionary definitions for whang


  1. to strike or be struck so as to cause a resounding noise
  1. the resounding noise produced by a heavy blow
  2. a heavy blow

Word Origin

C19: of imitative origin


noun Scot
  1. a leather thong
  1. (tr) to strike with or as if with a thong

Word Origin

C17: variant of thong
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012