whack

verb
\ ˈhwak How to pronounce whack (audio) , ˈwak\
whacked; whacking; whacks

Definition of whack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to strike with a smart or resounding blow whack the ball
b : to cut with or as if with a whack : chop
2 chiefly British : to get the better of : defeat
3 slang : murder, kill

intransitive verb

: to strike a smart or resounding blow

whack

noun

Definition of whack (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a smart or resounding blow also : the sound of or as if of such a blow
b : a critical attack
2 : portion, share
4a : an opportunity or attempt to do something take a whack at it
b : a single action or occasion borrowed $50 all at one whack
out of whack
1 : out of proper order or shape threw his knee out of whack
2 : not in accord feeling out of whack with her contemporaries— S. E. Rubin

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Other Words from whack

Verb

whacker noun

Examples of whack in a Sentence

Verb

She whacked the piñata with a stick. The old man lifted his cane and whacked the mugger on the head. They were whacking through the jungle with their machetes. He got whacked by mobsters.

Noun

The pile of books hit the floor with a whack. took a whack at solving the math problem
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Google has already been whacked with the antitrust hammer several times in Europe and elsewhere. David Meyer, Fortune, "Randall Stephenson’s Big Challenge: CEO Daily," 10 Sep. 2019 Stock buybacks are the latest bipartisan piñata, whacked by politicians on the left and right who misunderstand capital markets. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Stock Buyback Panic," 10 Mar. 2019 To their right is percussionist Jodi Linscott, a whirling dervish surrounded by percussive toys who spins a full 360, slashing and whacking away at all of them. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: The Who’s generation turned out at stadium 30 years ago," 23 Aug. 2019 Take a picture and then get out the whacking shears. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Uh-oh. Here's how to deal with overgrown house plants come summer’s end," 16 Aug. 2019 When Conforto whacked his game-winner, he was mobbed by teammates and had his shirt stripped off. Michael Powell, New York Times, "As Wins Pile Up, Mets and Their Fans Soak in the Moment," 10 Aug. 2019 Like any plant, grass has to put out a lot of energy if constantly whacked unnaturally short. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: On scalded raspberries and how high to cut the lawn," 8 Aug. 2019 At the ensuing changeover, Thiem didn't whack a ball toward the stands, as Roger Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Howard Fendrich, courant.com, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in four sets to win his 12th French Open, 18th career Grand Slam title," 9 June 2019 At the ensuing changeover, Thiem didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Roger Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Rafael Nadal continues mastery on the clay, wins 12th French Open title," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While 2 degrees Fahrenheit might not sound like much, that difference throws a lot of Earth's processes out of whack. Brandon Miller, CNN, "The science behind the climate crisis," 4 Sep. 2019 But the exposure to economic risk, out-of-whack valuation, and absolute founder control are simply extraordinary. Quartz, "WeWork is already the wildest IPO of the year," 29 Aug. 2019 But when Parker and Cassie are paired with another kid, Theo, in class for the Science Triathalon, things are definitely thrown out of whack. Ciarra Chavarria, NBC News, "10 awesome books for young girls that encourage and celebrate STEM," 29 Aug. 2019 For many companies, the large outlays and disappearing profit margins risk throwing lending covenants with banks out of whack. New York Times, "‘It’s Just a Nightmare.’ Despite Tariff Delay, Toy Makers Are Worried.," 15 Aug. 2019 For many companies, the large outlays and disappearing profit margins risk throwing lending covenants with banks out of whack. Ana Swanson, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It’s just a nightmare.’ Despite tariff delay, toy makers are worried.," 15 Aug. 2019 What began as a collaboration turns into a nightmare, as Hussein’s bees begin to attack Hatidze’s, the natural order of things thrown irrevocably out of whack. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Honeyland Is a Stinging Allegory for Man-Made Disaster," 9 Aug. 2019 In a game of whack-a-mole, one agency destroyed and another rebuilt. Los Angeles Times, "After 9 years on L.A.’s streets, Big Mama needed a home. But it wasn’t that easy," 15 Aug. 2019 Having the federal government break the back of exclusionary policies would require not one law but a concerted whack-a-mole approach needing significant ongoing commitment. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "America’s dual housing crisis and what Democrats plan to do about it, explained," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of whack

Verb

1719, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for whack

Verb

probably imitative of the sound of a blow

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whack

verb

English Language Learners Definition of whack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : to hit (someone or something) with great force
US, informal : to reduce (something) by a large amount
US slang : to murder or kill (someone)

whack

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whack (Entry 2 of 2)

informal
: the act of hitting someone or something with great force
: the sound made when something is hit hard
British : a share or portion of something

whack

verb
\ ˈhwak How to pronounce whack (audio) , ˈwak\
whacked; whacking

Kids Definition of whack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit with a hard noisy blow The batter whacked the ball.

whack

noun

Kids Definition of whack (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a hard noisy blow I gave the ball a whack.
2 : the sound of a hard noisy blow
out of whack
: not in good working order or shape

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