whacking

[ hwak-ing, wak- ]
/ ˈʰwæk ɪŋ, ˈwæk- /

adjective Informal.

Origin of whacking

First recorded in 1800–10; whack + -ing2

Definition for whacking (2 of 2)

Origin of whack

1710–20; orig. dial., Scots form of thwack; cf. whang2, whittle

Related forms

whack·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for whacking (1 of 2)

whacking

/ (ˈwækɪŋ) informal, mainly British /

adjective

enormous

adverb

(intensifier)a whacking big lie

British Dictionary definitions for whacking (2 of 2)

whack

/ (wæk) /

verb (tr)

noun

interjection

an exclamation imitating the noise of a sharp resounding blow

Derived Forms

whacker, noun

Word Origin for whack

C18: perhaps a variant of thwack, ultimately of imitative origin
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Idioms and Phrases with whacking

whack


In addition to the idioms beginning with whack

  • whacked out
  • whack off

also see:

  • have a crack (whack) at
  • out of kilter (whack)
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