Origin of wham

First recorded in 1730–40; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for whams


/ (wæm) /


a forceful blow or impact or the sound produced by such a blow or impact


an exclamation imitative of this sound

verb whams, whamming or whammed

to strike or cause to strike with great force

Word Origin for wham

C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whams



"a heavy blow," 1923, of echoic origin.

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