- the evil eye; jinx.
- bad luck or misfortune.
- a devastating blow, setback, or catastrophe: The drought and the high price of fertilizer are a double whammy to farmers.
- put the whammy on,
- to give the evil eye to; jinx.
- to destroy, end, or eradicate: New controls will put the whammy on irresponsible spending.
Origin of whammy
Related Words for whammyhex, hocus-pocus, curse, magic, abracadabra, charm, voodoo, jinx, conjuration
Examples from the Web for whammy
Contemporary Examples of whammy
Then, he enters a Whammy Burger and attempts to order breakfast, but is refused for being a few minutes late.Movies’ Biggest Midlife Meltdowns
July 1, 2011
Historical Examples of whammy
This time they ain't none of them screwy Venusians to put the whammy on him, and he's doing okay.Hoiman and the Solar Circuit
- something which has great, often negative, impactthe double whammy of high interest rates and low wage increases
- an evil spell or curseshe was convinced he had put the whammy on her
Word Origin for whammy
often double whammy, "hex, evil eye," 1932, of unknown origin, popularized 1941 in Al Capp's comic strip "Li'l Abner."