Definition of thwack in US English:



[with object]
  • Strike forcefully with a sharp blow.

    ‘she thwacked the back of their knees with a cane’
    • ‘The rest of the travel sector was also under the weather with Stagecoach (LSE: SGC) thwacked by a poor performance at its US coach operation.’
    • ‘She was thwacking a button on the wall with all her might, and cursing wildly under her breath.’
    • ‘He has no probs getting around at night thwacking the bad guys who terrorise his neighbourhood.’
    • ‘It may not be long before the sound of willow thwacking leather reverberates across the middle kingdom.’
    • ‘Jumping on top of him, she began thwacking him with it in every possible place - the head, the face, the chest, the arms, the ears, the legs, the torso, everywhere.’
    • ‘Sophia thwacked her hard on her back, and asked her concernedly, ‘Are you alright?’’
    • ‘They're coming up shortly after a federal judge thwacked the Pentagon's knuckles.’
    • ‘‘I hate that,’ she mumbled as she thwacked the ball.’
    • ‘For a few short weeks each autumn, in playgrounds across the land, the tinny buzz of the Nokia and the iPod is supplanted by the sound of youngsters thwacking their nuts.’
    • ‘I was swimming along, and as I was making the turn at lap 46, a hand thwacked me on the head.’
    • ‘Four minutes after making his entrance, the wafer-like winger was thwacking Neilson from behind to concede a preventable penalty.’
    • ‘So she took a stick and started thwacking my thighs like she was threshing wheat.’
    • ‘Bernie continued madly thwacking my back with his hand, while waving the other in the air and shrieking, ‘She's alive!’’
    • ‘Defiant newsagent Tina Harfield sent a would-be armed robber on his bike after thwacking him with an axe handle.’
    • ‘Isaacs' fruitful usage of the ball meant the score soon multiplied to 2-as he royally thwacked a loose ball into the corner of the net.’
    • ‘And then I thwacked my left knee on the washing machine this afternoon while I was cleaning out the rat cage, and it is all red and lumpy and it, too, hurts when I walk on it.’
    • ‘But just as the company is getting back to normalcy, another downturn in traveller numbers following the recent events in the US thwacked it again.’
    • ‘Before I knew it, I was trying my hand on the local real-life links and thwacking a white ball with a metal stick right down a fairway.’
    • ‘We have, on the one hand, an arrogant, unqualified celebrity, and on the other, a burly guy who seems to have a problem with thwacking women around.’
    • ‘Then, with a flourish, he thwacked my paying-in book twice with his stamp, initialled the counterfoil and handed it back to me with a relieved smile.’
    hit, strike, beat, batter, pound, attack, assault, knock, rap, smack, slap, pummel, thump, punch, cudgel, thrash, bang, drub, welt, cuff, crack, buffet, box someone's ears
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  • A sharp blow.

    ‘he hit it with a hefty thwack’
    • ‘And then the smart thwack of her hand on my shoulder and I was ‘it’.’
    • ‘Then, grunting with effort, they lunge furiously, colliding with resounding thwacks, red-faced and panting.’
    • ‘The thwack should have been an early wake-up call but the Minstermen continued to stumble and fumble thereafter.’
    • ‘That opening sentence originally read ‘Scent and smoke and sweat hit the taste buds with an acid thwack at three o'clock in the morning’ - a limp travesty of the polished version.’
    • ‘The sound of repeated thwacks lures you to the roasted-duck counter, where a small man with a big cleaver reduces a whole mahogany-colored bird into a pile of steamy, mouthwatering chunks in seconds.’
    • ‘The nice thwack of the club hitting the ball is one of the few, if only, notable effects.’
    • ‘Mugabe is often seen sipping tea, eating cake and clapping at Harare Sports Club while revelling in the magical thwack of leather against willow.’
    • ‘Racquet connected with ball with an almighty thwack.’
    • ‘Then the thwack of 700 pages hitting the floor jolted me awake again.’
    • ‘Guys are dumb, it takes us a couple of thwacks before we stop hitting our heads on walls.’
    • ‘The latest heavyweight report investigating pay inequalities between the genders landed last week, with a huge thwack, on news editors' desks up and down the country.’
    • ‘Again, aside from the thwack of the balls, it was superbly quiet.’
    • ‘The only sound is the thwack of a Corsican mountain breeze.’
    • ‘He landed with a sickening thwack on the hard pavement but miraculously was unhurt.’
    • ‘During that half awake dozing between thwacks, I often drift into lurid dreams.’
    • ‘Perhaps a well-timed thwack with a swatter works?’
    • ‘Sitting at the computer I saw something large and dark fall past my peripheral vision followed by a dull thwack.’
    • ‘Diversity might include free-thinking, liberal-minded schools, alongside those that favour the firm thwack of the three Rs above all else.’
    • ‘The keys have a feel somewhere between the Pro and the 101, with a solid click but not the thwack of the IBM.’
    • ‘Sir Michael Peat has been described as the prince's right-hand man, leaving me to think that Charles should be using his left hand to give him a good thwack about the head.’
    blow, hit, punch, thump, smack, slap, bang, welt, cuff, box, crack
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Late Middle English: imitative.