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’
- ‘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.