wham

noun
\ ˈ(h)wam How to pronounce wham (audio) \

Definition of wham

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a solid blow
2 : the loud sound of a hard impact

wham

adverb
\ ˈ(h)wam How to pronounce wham (audio) \
variants: or whammo \ ˈ(h)wa-​(ˌ)mō How to pronounce wham (audio) \

Definition of wham (Entry 2 of 3)

: with violent abruptness everything was going well; then wham the deal fell through

wham

verb
whammed; whamming

Definition of wham (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to propel, strike, or beat so as to produce a loud impact

intransitive verb

: to hit or explode with a loud impact

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Examples of wham in a Sentence

Noun gave the TV a good wham with her fist, and suddenly the picture came back on
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Perhaps my overall disappointment stems from this pilot stiffness, but the more likely culprit is the standard brashness of American reality television, which is less cinema vérité and more wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lego Masters': TV Review," 4 Feb. 2020 But the movie, for all its retrograde politics and wham-bam machismo, can also be slick, silly fun — a giddy exercise in freewheeling nihilism, played to the hilt. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Guy Ritchie gets his gangster ya-yas out again in The Gentlemen: Review," 23 Jan. 2020 The movie comes at you with a quick, wham-bam style that feels like a nod to the source material, a DC Vertigo comic-book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019 The movie comes at you with a quick, wham-bam style that feels like a nod to the source material, a DC Vertigo comic-book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019 The movie comes at you with a quick, wham-bam style that feels like a nod to the source material, a DC Vertigo comic-book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019 The movie comes at you with a quick, wham-bam style that feels like a nod to the source material, a DC Vertigo comic-book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019 The movie comes at you with a quick, wham-bam style that feels like a nod to the source material, a DC Vertigo comic-book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019 The movie comes at you with a quick, wham-bam style that feels like a nod to the source material, a DC Vertigo comic-book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Goalscorer Asamoah Gyan took the resulting penalty, only to wham it off the top of the bar. SI.com, "50 of the Biggest Controversies in Football History," 21 June 2019 Goalscorer Asamoah Gyan took the resulting penalty, only to wham it off the top of the bar. SI.com, "50 of the Biggest Controversies in Football History," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of wham

Noun

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1924, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1925, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for wham

Noun

imitative

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“Wham.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wham. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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