Wondering whether to use ‘whack’ or ‘wack’? And what is the difference between the two? We’ll answer that in more detail below, plus teach you how to use the correct spelling of the word in a sentence.
In short, the difference is:
Therefore, these words shouldn’t be used interchangeably.
As you just learned, the difference between these two words is that ‘wack’ is an adjective that means abnormal or unusual.
‘Whack’ is a verb that means to hit or punch someone with your hand or with an object.
Since they sound the same and mean different things, they're considered homophones.
Since both words are technically recognized words in the English language, they’re both correct. It just depends on the context in which you use them.
For example, you’d only use ‘whack’ when referring to hitting someone or something.
And you’d only use ‘wack’ when you’re talking about something that’s out of the ordinary or unusual.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘whack’ is to strike with a resounding blow, to cut with, to get the better of (defeat), or to murder someone.
It could also be defined as a condition or state, a portion or share, or a single action or occasion.
Synonyms of the word include:
The definition of ‘wack’ is not up to the mark, lousy, and lame.
Synonyms of this word include:
Wondering how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.
Now that you know how to pronounce the words and what they mean let’s see some examples of how to use them both in a sentence.
Now, let’s see some examples of how to use ‘wack.’
To recap, we learned that ‘whack’ and ‘wack’ are homophones because they sound the same but mean different things. ‘Whack’ means to hit someone, while ‘wack’ means out of the ordinary.
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