\ 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


\ 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


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


gave the TV a good wham with her fist, and suddenly the picture came back on

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In its very spareness Women and Power gains some wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am appeal. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Mary Beard’s Medusas," 19 Dec. 2017 All followed by — wham — the potential threat of yet another Cat 5. The Editorial Board, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Putting hurricane headaches into perspective | Editorial," 6 Oct. 2017

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

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First Known Use of wham


1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1924, in the meaning defined above


1925, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for wham



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