[hwang, wang]

noun Informal.

a resounding blow.
the sound produced by such a blow: the whang of gongs and cymbals.

verb (used with object)

to strike with a resounding blow.

verb (used without object)

to resound with such a blow.

Origin of whang

First recorded in 1815–25; imitative
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Related Words for whanging

knock, bat, beat, punch, pop, nail, smack, batter, slap, blast, whack, kick, belt, ding, pound, tap, lace, clip, bump, blitz

Examples from the Web for whanging

Historical Examples of whanging

  • Then I will have the exquisite pleasure of taking my niblick, and whanging it out for the loss of a stroke.

  • I dont want him whanging away at me on my return, explained Mr. Masterson.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • There was a great deal of clanging and whanging and scuffling, it seemed to the poor, overwrought girl.

  • They decided that they did not want to be kept awake nights by the clanging and the whanging of a brazen bell.

  • If this is not sufficient, he calls in an assistant, who cows them with the roar of a whanging Chinese stewpan.


    Lawton Mackall

British Dictionary definitions for whanging




to strike or be struck so as to cause a resounding noise


the resounding noise produced by a heavy blow
a heavy blow

Word Origin for whang

C19: of imitative origin



noun Scot

a leather thong


(tr) to strike with or as if with a thong

Word Origin for whang

C17: variant of thong
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