noun \ˈhwa-mē, ˈwa-\

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

plural whammies

Full Definition of WHAMMY

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

Rhymes with WHAMMY


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