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The Collaborative Dictionary

Whack \Whack\, v. i. To strike anything with a smart blow. [1913 Webster] To whack away, to continue striking heavy blows; as, to whack away at a log. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
Whack \Whack\, n.
A smart resounding blow. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
A portion; share; allowance. [Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
an attempt; as, to take a whack at it. [Colloq.] [PJC] Out of whack, out of order. [Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Whack \Whack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whacked; p. pr. & vb. n. Whacking.] [Cf. Thwack.]
To strike; to beat; to give a heavy or resounding blow to; to thrash; to make with whacks. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Rodsmen were whackingtheir way through willow brakes. --G. W. Cable. [1913 Webster]
To divide into shares; as, to whack the spoils of a robbery; -- often with up. [Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Word Net

whack

Noun

1 the sound made by a sharp swift blow
2 the act of hitting vigorously; "he gave the table a whack" [syn: knock, belt, rap, whang] v : hit hard; "The teacher whacked the boy" [syn: wham, whop, wallop]

Moby Thesaurus

approach, assay, attempt, bang, bash, bat, beating, belt, bid, biff, blow, bonk, bout, box, box the ears, buffet, bump, burst, bust, catch, chance, chop, clap, clash, clip, clobber, clout, clump, coldcock, crack, crash, crump, cuff, cut, dash, deal, deal a blow, deck, dig, ding, dint, drub, drubbing, drumming, effort, endeavor, essay, experiment, fetch, fetch a blow, flap, fling, flop, fusillade, gambit, go, hit, hit a clip, inning, innings, jab, knock, knock cold, knock down, knock out, let have it, lick, move, offer, opportunity, paste, pelt, place, plunk, poke, pop, pound, punch, rap, relief, report, round, say, shot, slam, slap, slap the face, slat, slog, slug, smack, smash, smite, snap, soak, sock, spell, splat, stab, stagger, step, strike, strike at, stroke, strong bid, swap, swat, swing, swipe, tap, tattoo, tentative, thump, thwack, time, time at bat, token punishment, trial, trial and error, try, turn, undertaking, wallop, wham, whap, whirl, whomp, whop, yerk

English

Etymology

Onomatopoeic.

Pronunciation

  • /wæk/, or
    Rhymes with: -æk

Homophones

Noun

  1. A blow, impact or slap.
  2. A share or portion.
    • 1951, Katherine Mansfield, Letters to John Middleton Murry, 1913-1922,
      For one thing I had a splendid supper when I got on board—a whack of cold, lean beef and pighells, bread, butter ad lib., tea, and plenty of good bread.
  3. An attempt.

Translations

A blow, impact or slap

Verb

  1. To hit, slap or strike.
  2. To kill, bump off.
  3. To share or parcel out.

Translations

To hit, slap or strike
To kill, bump off
Other forms include wacking, wacker, and wack attack.
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