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whammy

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noun wham·my \ˈhwa-mē, ˈwa-\

Simple Definition of whammy

  • : something (such as a magical spell) that causes someone to have bad luck

Full Definition of whammy

plural whammies

  1. 1 a :  a supernatural power bringing bad luck b :  a magic curse or spell :  jinx, hex

  2. 2 :  a potent force or attack; specifically :  a paralyzing or lethal blow

Examples of whammy

  1. <if you tell anyone about this, I swear I'll put the whammy on you>

  2. <put the whammy on herself by publicly predicting that she would win the tennis tournament>



Origin of whammy

probably from 1wham


First Known Use: 1940

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