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whack

verb \ ˈhwak , ˈwak \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of whack

transitive verb
1 a :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

whacker

noun

Examples of whack in a Sentence

  1. She whacked the piñata with a stick.

  2. The old man lifted his cane and whacked the mugger on the head.

  3. They were whacking through the jungle with their machetes.

  4. He got whacked by mobsters.

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Origin and Etymology of whack

probably imitative of the sound of a blow


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whack

noun

Definition of whack

1 a :a smart or resounding blow; also :the sound of or as if of such a blow
b :a critical attack
4 a :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

Examples of whack in a Sentence

  1. The pile of books hit the floor with a whack.

  2. took a whack at solving the math problem

Recent Examples of whack from the Web

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First Known Use of whack

1736

whack Synonyms

Synonyms
assay [archaic], bash [chiefly British], bid, crack, endeavor, essay, fling, go, offer, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, attempt, whirl
Related Words
striving, struggle, throes, undertaking; trial and error


WHACK Defined for English Language Learners

whack

verb

Definition of whack for English Language Learners

  • : to hit (someone or something) with great force

  • : to reduce (something) by a large amount

  • : to murder or kill (someone)


whack

noun

Definition of whack for English Language Learners

  • : the act of hitting someone or something with great force

  • : the sound made when something is hit hard

  • : a share or portion of something


WHACK Defined for Kids

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whack

verb \ ˈhwak , ˈwak \

Definition of whack for Students

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

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whack

noun

Definition of whack for Students

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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