One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that strikes something forcefully.
- ‘It's more fun to ski from your bumper than hike a rocky trail in the dark, wondering when you'll finally get those branch whackers off your back and on to your feet.’
- ‘That at least is the word from the ‘Nuevo Dia Newspaper’ which as all good Pinata whackers know means New Day.’
- ‘Four inches of surface and a finger-grooved linen Micarta grip make this one upscale whacker.’
2Australian informal A person who is stupid or annoying (used as a general term of abuse)‘don't humour this guy, he's a whacker’
- ‘It would ease his mind if all those whackers were dead.’
- ‘What are they doing now, the whackers?’
- ‘Who else belongs to this mysterious group of celebrity whackers?’
- ‘He was ordered to withdraw a description of an opponent as a "whacker".’
- ‘I can't imagine how they dared break the rules, with all those regulatory whackers waiting to pounce.’
Early 19th century (in sense ‘a heavy blow’): from whack + -er. Sense 2 is a back formation from wacky.
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