\ ˈthwak How to pronounce thwack (audio) \
thwacked; thwacking; thwacks

Definition of thwack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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



Definition of thwack (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Sunday, Drew Brees thwacked his thumb off Aaron Donald’s helmet and now needs surgery. Conor Orr,, "Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning Showing Their Mortality as Quarterbacks," 16 Sep. 2019 The other night, a helicopter hovered over my old Craftsman, thwack-thwack-thwacking me into a new dawn. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Unplugging from ‘L.A. me’ once a year lets me plug back in refueled to see life anew," 17 Aug. 2019 But for her own productions, Ms. Borges mixes these childhood influences with polyrhythms, frantic beats, air horns and elements of genres like trance, European techno, Afro-house and American R&B. Her drums thwack like a bucking bronco. Kate Hutchinson, New York Times, "Nídia Is Bringing the Sound of Lisbon’s Ghettos to the World," 14 June 2018 Belgium had been thwacked by Italy and Turkey in the group stage of that 2000 tournament in a resounding message about the country’s prowess. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Professor Who Helped Make Belgian Soccer a World Power," 9 July 2018 But Bourdain chose his targets carefully, often made amends, and rarely thwacked his rhetorical skillet upon the less powerful. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Anthony Bourdain Understood About Authenticity," 12 June 2018 Washed away in a torrent, on Rocky goes, thwacking and plonking his way to Texas and then to South Dakota. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Happy Earth Day," 20 Apr. 2018 If a jockey is thwacked off his mount, his riderless horse can still win on its own, like Garfunkel arriving without Simon. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "The Palio di Siena: A Survivor’s Tale," 16 Apr. 2018 Or the one that conjures up the clip of him getting thwacked by Jalen Mills in the 2016 opener, causing a shoulder injury that cost him nearly the entire season. Conor Orr,, "Will Robert Griffin III Rebound in Baltimore?," 4 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun She was interrupted by what sounded like a rifle shot — thwack! Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Fore? Indoor golf soars, as outdoor golf struggles," 4 July 2019 And with the thwack of a gavel, a federal court judge in Chicago dismissed a lawsuit today that could have halted construction of the Obama Presidential Center on South Side parkland. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Lightfoot's gift to Oprah Winfrey is a book by Chicago artist - with an essay by the mayor," 11 June 2019 The old mechanical thwack of a high-end DSLR is a joy that mirrorless cameras can only ever hope to imitate. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Leica S3 is a frustratingly awesome medium format DSLR," 27 Sep. 2018 That Super Bowl commercial with the overdramatic chorus punctuated by massive thwacks on the bass drum? Weston Williams, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Verdi' takes a lively approach to uncovering the man behind the art," 4 July 2018 Fay winds up with the Squatch Stik and takes a home-run swing at a tall tree, sending a loud thwack echoing through the forest. Leah Sottile,, "Gone ‘squatchin’: How to hunt for Bigfoot," 8 June 2018 The camps echoed with the thwack of hammers nailing planks into place and with the grunts of men positioning sandbags on their roofs to keep them from blowing away. Shashank Bengali,, "Rohingya Muslims who escaped the Myanmar army now brace for a threat they can't outrun: Rain," 30 May 2018 The jangling whine of the engine turns into a steady jackhammer thwack as the drill pounds steel casings down two meters, then retrieves them, now full of soil samples. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 Wyatt's bat connected with the two-out, 2-2 pitch, and the rich, crisp thwack immediately drew attention as heads snapped to follow the ball high and deep over the right-field wall at Jim Patterson Stadium. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "'Ultimate teammate' Logan Wyatt fires up the bats for Louisville baseball," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of thwack


circa 1530, in the meaning defined above


1587, in the meaning defined above

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8 Oct 2019

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The first known use of thwack was circa 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of thwack

: to hit (someone or something) hard with a loud sound

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