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whammy

wham·my
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hwam-ee, wam-ee]
    • /ˈʰwæm i, ˈwæm i/
    • /ˈwæ.mi/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hwam-ee, wam-ee]
    • /ˈʰwæm i, ˈwæm i/

Definitions of whammy word

  • noun plural whammy the evil eye; jinx. 1
  • noun plural whammy bad luck or misfortune. 1
  • noun plural whammy a devastating blow, setback, or catastrophe: The drought and the high price of fertilizer are a double whammy to farmers. 1
  • idioms whammy put the whammy on, to give the evil eye to; jinx. to destroy, end, or eradicate: New controls will put the whammy on irresponsible spending. 1
  • noun whammy An event with a powerful and unpleasant effect; a blow. 1
  • noun whammy severe blow, setback 1

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Origin of whammy

First appearance:

before 1935
One of the 8% newest English words
1935-40; wham + -y2, one of the methods of putting a whammy on someone being to strike the fist into the palm

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Parts of speech for Whammy

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

whammy popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

whammy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for whammy

noun whammy

  • spell — to take the place of for a time; relieve: Let me spell you at the wheel.
  • hex — to bewitch; practice witchcraft on: He was accused of hexing his neighbors' cows because they suddenly stopped giving milk.
  • abracadabra — Abracadabra is a word that someone says when they are performing a magic trick in order to make the magic happen.
  • charm — Charm is the quality of being pleasant or attractive.
  • conjuration — a magic spell; incantation

verb whammy

  • whacked — exhausted; tired out.
  • wham — a loud sound produced by an explosion or sharp impact: the wham of a pile driver.
  • whacking — large.

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