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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hwam, wam]
    • /ʰwæm, wæm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hwam, wam]
    • /ʰwæm, wæm/

Definitions of whams word

  • noun whams a loud sound produced by an explosion or sharp impact: the wham of a pile driver. 1
  • noun whams a forcible impact. 1
  • adverb whams Also, whammo. abruptly; with startling suddenness: The car ran wham up against the building. 1
  • noun whams Plural form of wham. 1

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Origin of whams

First appearance:

before 1730
One of the 48% newest English words
First recorded in 1730-40; imitative

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Parts of speech for Whams


whams popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for whams

noun whams

  • impulsions — Plural form of impulsion.
  • crashes — Plural form of crash.
  • handclaps — Plural form of handclap.
  • whacks — Plural form of whack.
  • cracks — to break without complete separation of parts; become fissured: The plate cracked when I dropped it, but it was still usable.

verb whams

  • hits — (dialectal) Alternative form of its.
  • knocks — to strike a sounding blow with the fist, knuckles, or anything hard, especially on a door, window, or the like, as in seeking admittance, calling attention, or giving a signal: to knock on the door before entering.
  • whammies — Plural form of whammy.

Antonyms for whams

verb whams

  • taps — a cylindrical stick, long plug, or stopper for closing an opening through which liquid is drawn, as in a cask; spigot.

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