One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object, with adverbial 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.’
- 1.1with 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.’
- 1.2no 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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