- to strike or beat vigorously with something flat; whack.
- a sharp blow with something flat.
Origin of thwack
First recorded in 1520–30; imitative
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Examples from the Web for thwack
Geddie leaped high and caught the roll with a sounding "thwack."Cabbages and Kings
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
Jock's hand came down with a thwack on the papers before him.Personality Plus
- to beat, hit, or flog, esp with something flat
- a blow with something flat
- the sound made by it
- an exclamation imitative of this sound
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for thwack
"to hit hard with a stick," 1520s, of echoic origin. Related: Thwacked; thwacking. The noun is recorded from 1580s.
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