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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hwak, wak]
    • /ʰwæk, wæk/
    • /wæk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hwak, wak]
    • /ʰwæk, wæk/

Definitions of whack word

  • verb with object whack to strike with a smart, resounding blow or blows. 1
  • verb with object whack Slang. to divide into or take in shares (often followed by up): Whack the loot between us two. 1
  • verb without object whack to strike a smart, resounding blow or blows. 1
  • noun whack a smart, resounding blow: a whack with his hand. 1
  • noun whack Informal. a trial or attempt: to take a whack at a job. 1
  • noun whack Slang. a portion or share. 1

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Origin of whack

First appearance:

before 1710
One of the 50% oldest English words
1710-20; orig. dial., Scots form of thwack; cf. whang2, whittle

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Parts of speech for Whack


whack popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

whack usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for whack

noun whack

  • thump — a blow with something thick and heavy, producing a dull sound; a heavy knock.
  • wallop — to beat soundly; thrash.
  • slap — a gap or opening, as in a fence, wall, cloud bank, or line of troops.
  • clout — If you clout someone, you hit them.
  • thwack — to strike or beat vigorously with something flat; whack.

general whack

  • whacked — exhausted; tired out.
  • clonk — to make a loud dull thud
  • thunk — an abrupt, dull sound: the thunk of a shutting window.
  • whacking — large.

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