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[hwang, wang]
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noun Informal.
  1. a resounding blow.
  2. the sound produced by such a blow: the whang of gongs and cymbals.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to strike with a resounding blow.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to resound with such a blow.
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Origin of whang1

First recorded in 1815–25; imitative
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Related Words

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

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

    Murder in Any Degree

    Owen Johnson

  • 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


  1. to strike or be struck so as to cause a resounding noise
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  1. the resounding noise produced by a heavy blow
  2. a heavy blow
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Word Origin

C19: of imitative origin


noun Scot
  1. a leather thong
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  1. (tr) to strike with or as if with a thong
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Word Origin

C17: variant of thong
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