from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thong or whip of hide or leather.
  • n. A lashing blow, as of a whip.
  • n. The sound of such a blow.
  • n. Vulgar Slang The penis.
  • transitive v. To beat or whip with a thong.
  • transitive v. To beat with a sharp blow or blows.
  • transitive v. To strike so as to produce a loud, reverberant noise.
  • intransitive v. To produce a loud, reverberant noise.
  • n. A loud, reverberant noise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A penis.
  • v. To make a noise such as something moving quickly through the air.
  • v. To throw with a rapid slamming motion.
  • v. To whack or beat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leather thong.
  • n. A blow; whack.
  • n. A large piece or slice; chunk.
  • n. Formerly, a house-cleaning party.
  • transitive v. To beat; thrash; bang; also, to throw, hurl, or fling about, violently.
  • transitive v. To slice, esp. in large pieces; to chop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat or bang; thwack; whack; flog; also, to throw with violence.
  • To cut in large slices or strips; slice.
  • To make or give out a banging noise.
  • n. A thong, especially a leathern thong.
  • n. A tough leather, such as is used for thongs, belt-lacing, etc. It is usually made of calf's hide, but sometimes of eelskin or the hide of a dog, woodchuck, racoon, etc.
  • n. A blow or thwack; a whack; a beating or banging; a bang
  • n. A cut; a piece; a slice; a chunk.
  • n. Formerly, in Maine and some other parts of New England, a house-cleaning party; a gathering of neighbors to aid one of their number in cleaning house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. attack forcefully
  • v. propel or hit with force
  • v. beat with force
  • n. the act of hitting vigorously


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Dialectal variant of Middle English thong, thwang, thong; see thong.

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Debuccalized (/θw/ > /hw/) from Scots thwang, cognate to thong.


  • Even those evil days of New England households, the annual house-cleaning, were robbed of some of their dismal terrors by what was known as a "whang," a gathering of a few friendly women neighbors to assist one another in that dire time, and thus speed and shorten the hours of misery.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • All of a sudden, on a murky night, a light would hop up, right under our bows, almost, and an agonized voice, with the backwoods 'whang' to it, would wail out --

    Life on the Mississippi

  • I heard a shell whang dead center into his helmet and ricochet inside.

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • In the old days, when Clete and I walked a beat on Canal and in the Quarter, a cop in trouble or chasing a perp would whang his baton on the pavement or a curb as a distress signal to other cops.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • OTAY so i sweeps the oooshy grey goop into a pan wipe the dirt of wiff my sleeve plop the mess inta the cavernous gaping skull crater whang the parts ob skull into place

    Dats one small step fur me and… - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • A good source to buy some organic astralagus/whang-ki: Mountain Rose Herbs.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • Country blues performers can whang away on one chord for hours, working themselves and an audience into a lather.

    Back To Basics

  • I'm not sure I mentioned this previously, but that whang-whang-whang downtown is a common, if obnoxious, part of construction around here.

    More with the gray

  • Will attempt to avoid both Shopping Mania and Construction Chaos in both cases -- difficult, as that whang...whang...whang of the pile-driver is just across a parking lot or two from my afternoon meeting, while some of the morning shopping is on the far side of a missing bridge...

    Sunny, windy, chilly (redux)

  • So let use off be octo while oil bike the bil and wheel whang till wabblin befoul you but mere and mire trullopes will knaver mate a game on the bibby bobby burns of. —

    Finnegans Wake


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  • Your faux pas I'll try to explain:

    When somebody says up in Maine,

    "We're inviting a gang

    To the house for a whang,"

    Don't go with a whip and a chain.

    December 6, 2014

  • House-cleaning party.

    February 9, 2011