Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

whack

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] informal whack pronunciation in British English /wæk/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theywhack
he/she/itwhacks
present participlewhacking
past tensewhacked
past participlewhacked

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    to hit someone or something with a lot of force

    I whacked my knee getting out of the car.

    Some kids were whacking the tree with sticks.

    He whacked his little sister on the head with a spoon.

  2. 2
    British to put something somewhere quickly or carelessly

    Just whack the fish under the grill for ten minutes.

phrasal verbs

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

sandwich woman

a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog