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whang1

[hwang, wang] /ʰwæŋ, wæŋ/
noun, Informal.
1.
a resounding blow.
2.
the sound produced by such a blow:
the whang of gongs and cymbals.
verb (used with object)
3.
to strike with a resounding blow.
verb (used without object)
4.
to resound with such a blow.
Origin of whang1
1815-1825
1815-25; imitative

whang2

[hwang, wang] /ʰwæŋ, wæŋ/
noun
1.
a thong, especially of leather.
2.
Also called thong leather. rawhide.
3.
Slang: Often Vulgar. penis.
Origin
1530-40; orig. Scots form of thwang, early form of thong (cf. whack, whittle); sense “penis” perhaps an unrelated expressive word (cf. dong3)
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Examples from the Web for whang
Historical Examples
  • That "whang" was the blow with which the door, wrenched off its hinges, was flung against the side of the wood-house.

  • Oh, by the by, Hal, the whang Doodle has made her appearance in our parts again.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • He liked to make things, and fix things, and whang away at his anvil.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • Bang, whang, go the wrestlers below, with loud shouts and laughter.

    A Trip to Cuba Julia Ward Howe
  • "whang, whang," went the hammer on the anvil as sparks flew out like Fourth-of-July.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • The birds are bagged with a gentle remonstrance, and Luath's exploit rewarded with a whang of cheese.

  • By the 17 look of him he was about ready to whang loose through the door.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • “Like a bomb—it goes off with a whang,” answered a freckle-faced boy standing near.

    Sunny Boy in the Country Ramy Allison White
  • He pu'd a turnip, an' was juist gaun to whang off the shaw, when doon he drappit in the middle o' the drill as deid as Abel.'

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • The overalls being wide and broad did not cut his chest, as do smaller straps, thongs or whang strings.

British Dictionary definitions for whang

whang1

/wæŋ/
verb
1.
to strike or be struck so as to cause a resounding noise
noun
2.
the resounding noise produced by a heavy blow
3.
a heavy blow
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin

whang2

/wæŋ/
noun (Scot)
1.
a leather thong
verb
2.
(transitive) to strike with or as if with a thong
Word Origin
C17: variant of thong
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Slang definitions & phrases for whang

wambulance

noun

A hypothetical rescue vehicle to spirit away someone who whines and complains: I'm calling the wambulance for that brat

whammy, the

noun phrase

The evil eye; a crippling curse; hex, the Indian Sign: with a whammy of ordinary indebtedness over his head

Related Terms

double whammy, triple whammy

[1932+; origin unknown; popularized in the comic strip ''Li'l Abner'' by Al Capp, beginning in 1941, where a character named Evil-Eye Fleegle can paralyze with a stare; the dated example is spelled wami]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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