- 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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Examples from the Web for wham
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Her pregnancy was heralded in the Sun with the headline “Wham Bam Sam Cam.”Move Over, Michelle
May 12, 2010
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Why he used to spell “who” wha, and “have” hae, and “whom” wham!
I stepped out between acts for a breath of fresh air, and wham, a sack over the head and here I am.The Hell Ship
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There was a sudden catastrophic whooshing roar and, wham, a tree took flame for roots.A Feast of Demons
In a jiffy, I'd be going slippety-sizzle over the edge of the eaves and land with a wham at Poetry's feet.Shenanigans at Sugar Creek
- 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 wham
"a heavy blow," 1923, of echoic origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper