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Definition of wham exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wham

     exclamation
    exclamation
    BrE BrE//wæm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæm//
     
    (informal)
     
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  1. 1used to represent the sound of a sudden, loud hit The bombs went down—wham!—right on target.
  2. 2used to show that something that is unexpected has suddenly happened I saw him yesterday and—wham!—I realized I was still in love with him. More Like This Onomatopoeic words beep, bleep, boohoo, brrr, buzz, click, clip-clop, ding-dong, hiss, mwah, peep, ping, plop, pop, rat-tat, splat, splosh, squeak, squeal, squelch, swish, tee-hee, thud, thwack, tick-tock, toot, vroom, wham, whoosh, zoomSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin 1920s: imitative.

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