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1 Make or produce a loud noise:‘the cheerleader whanged on a tambourine’
- ‘Johnny's shrill harmonica joined the whang of the guitar to make a sound powerful enough to bring the walls down.’
- 1.1[with object] Strike or throw heavily and loudly:‘he whanged down the receiver’
hurl, smash, crash, slam, throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, aim, direct, project, propel, send, bowlView synonyms
- ‘He went for the cylinder wrench, which he then used for the non-standard purpose of vigorously whanging the valve with strong overhand strokes.’
- 1.2[no object] Drive at speed:‘we whanged round the bend’
1A noisy blow:‘he gave a whang with his hammer’
2variant form of whanger
Late 17th century (in the sense ‘strike as if with a thong’): variant of thong; senses describing noise are imitative.
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