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 Dictionary entry overview: What does whammy mean? 

WHAMMY (noun)
  The noun WHAMMY has 2 senses:

1. a serious or devastating setback
2. an evil spell

  Familiarity information: WHAMMY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

WHAMMY (noun)

Sense 1whammy [BACK TO TOP]


A serious or devastating setback

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("whammy" is a kind of...):

black eye; blow; reversal; reverse; setback (an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating)

Sense 2whammy [BACK TO TOP]


An evil spell

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


hex; jinx; whammy; curse

Context examples:

a witch put a curse on his whole family / he put the whammy on me

Hypernyms ("whammy" is a kind of...):

charm; magic spell; magical spell; spell (a verbal formula believed to have magical force)

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