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thwacked; thwacking; thwacks

transitive verb

: to strike with or as if with something flat or heavy : whack


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: a heavy blow : whack
also : the sound of or as if of such a blow

Examples of thwack in a Sentence

Verb A book fell off the shelf and thwacked me on the head. thwacked the growling dog on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper Noun he gave the ball a hard thwack with the bat and sent it deep into the outfield even from the top of the bleachers we could hear the loud thwack of the ball being hit
Recent Examples on the Web
With three classes of accommodation on board, passengers can sit at the windows of vintage cabins paneled with polished cherrywood and draped with blush pink silks as the train rumbles through rubber and palm plantations, giant leaves thwacking the sides. Monisha Rajesh, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Jan. 2024 No more thwacking away at cold dough on your countertop. Shilpa Uskokovic, Bon Appétit, 8 Dec. 2023
Things fall almost eerily silent as players prepare to serve, and even then, the usual thwack of a tennis ball hitting the court is muffled by the grass. Ava Wallace, Washington Post, 6 July 2024 The movie’s silence is so loaded with the anxiety, obstinance, inchoate anger and desire for anonymity of the traumatized teenage sportswoman that the constant thwack of her racquet hitting the ball cuts through the tension like violent shocks. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for thwack 

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Word History




First Known Use


circa 1530, in the meaning defined above


1587, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thwack was circa 1530

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“Thwack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to strike with or as if with something flat or heavy : whack
thwack noun
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