I. transitive verb Etymology: imitative Date: circa 1530 to strike with or as if with something flat or heavy ; whack II. noun Date: 1587 a heavy blow ; whack; also the sound of or as if of such a blow

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  • Thwack — Thwack, n. A heavy blow with something flat or heavy; a thump. [1913 Webster] With many a stiff thwack, many a bang, Hard crab tree and old iron rang. Hudibras. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thwack — (thw[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thwacked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thwacking}.] [Cf. OE. thakken to stroke, AS. [thorn]accian, E. whack.] 1. To strike with something flat or heavy; to bang, or thrash: to thump. A distant thwacking sound. W. Irving.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thwack — [θwæk] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From the sound] a short loud sound like something hitting a hard surface >thwack v [T] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thwack — (v.) to hit hard with a stick, 1520s, of echoic origin. Related: Thwacked; thwacking. The noun is recorded from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

  • thwack — ► VERB ▪ strike forcefully with a sharp blow. ► NOUN ▪ a sharp blow. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • thwack — [thwak] vt. [prob. echoic] to strike with something flat; whack n. a blow with something flat …   English World dictionary

  • thwack — thwack1 [ θwæk ] noun singular a short loud sound like something flat hitting a surface hard thwack thwack 2 [ θwæk ] verb transitive INFORMAL to hit someone or something with a thwack …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thwack — [[t]θwæ̱k[/t]] thwacks N COUNT; SOUND A thwack is a sound made when two solid objects hit each other hard. I listened to the thwack of the metal balls... Then the woodcutter let his axe fly Thwack! Everyone heard it …   English dictionary

  • thwack — be·thwack; thwack·er; thwack; …   English syllables

  • thwack — I UK [θwæk] / US noun [singular] a short loud sound like something flat hitting a surface hard II UK [θwæk] / US verb [transitive] Word forms thwack : present tense I/you/we/they thwack he/she/it thwacks present participle thwacking past tense… …   English dictionary

  • thwack — 1. noun the plastic ruler made a loud thwack on the desk Syn: slap, whack, smack, wallop 2. verb See thump 1. 1) …   Thesaurus of popular words

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