Meaning of wham-bam in English:



  • Characterized by quick or violent action.

    • ‘Hollywood wanted a wham-bam end to the plot’


    • Used in reference to sexual activity conducted roughly and quickly, without tenderness.

      • ‘‘Men only want one thing’, she'd wept. ‘Wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am’’
      • ‘Paul and Mary fall gently and genuinely in love with one another, much to the displeasure of Tip, who knows every intimate detail of Paul's sexual history as a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am kind of guy.’
      • ‘Renditions of ‘Watch That Man,’ ‘Let's Spend the Night Together’ and ‘Suffragette City’ are just as hot - clearly, this band is going out not with a whimper but a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am.’
      • ‘I want to make the reader feel that these two people really care about each other deeply rather than just, you know, wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am kind of thing.’
      • ‘Beware men who say cricket is too slow (see wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, above) or who tell you that the sport is gay, thinking you'll assume they are not.’


1950s (as wham-bang): from wham+ bam or the verb bang.