wham

noun
\ ˈhwam How to pronounce wham (audio) , ˈwam\

Definition of wham

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

wham

adverb
\ ˈhwam How to pronounce wham (audio) , ˈwam How to pronounce wham (audio) \
variants: or whammo \ ˈhwa-​(ˌ)mō How to pronounce whammo (audio) , ˈwa-​ \

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 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 Two goals, maximum Brucey bonuses applied and wham, also 13 points. SI.com, "Fantasy Premier League: The Dream Team From Gameweek 1," 12 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. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 7 Aug. 2019 The resulting Instagram pic confirms the wham bam fabulosity. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Of Course Star Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard Is Friends With Lisa Vanderpump," 30 Dec. 2018 Also films changed and stopped being the really interesting films of the 1970s and became the wham-bam films of the early 1980s. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Jonathan Rhys Meyers Has Only Seen Velvet Goldmine Once," 20 June 2018 The run game is varied, employing zone runs, wham blocks and pulling guards. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Doug Pederson has already proven himself as one of the NFL's best coaches," 21 Jan. 2018 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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of wham was in 1739

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