whang

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noun (1)

1
dialect
a
: thong
b
2
British : a large piece : chunk
3
often vulgar : penis

whang

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verb (1)

whanged; whanging; whangs

transitive verb

1
dialect : beat, thrash
2
: to propel or strike with force

intransitive verb

: to beat or work with force or violence

whang

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noun (2)

: a loud sharp vibrant or resonant sound

whang

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verb (2)

whanged; whanging; whangs

intransitive verb

: to make a whang

transitive verb

: to strike with a whang

Examples of whang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
At one point, Ron absentmindedly whangs a tray of hors d'oeuvres off a door frame, mere seconds after two other trays are knocked out of his hands. Erik Adams, Chron, 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

alteration of Middle English thong, thwang

Noun (2)

imitative

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1685, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1770, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1854, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of whang was circa 1540

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“Whang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whang. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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