wang

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See also: Wang, wáng, wàng, Wáng, wāng, and wǎng

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wange, from Old English wange(jaw, cheek), from Proto-Germanic *wangô(cheek), from Proto-Indo-European *wenǵ-(neck, cheek). Cognate with Scots wan, wang(cheek), West Frisian wang(cheek), Dutch wang(cheek), German Wange(cheek), Icelandic vanga(cheek), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌲𐌲𐌰-(wagga-) in 𐍅𐌰𐌲𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌴𐌹𐍃(waggareis, pillow, cushion), Italian guancia(cheek).

Noun[edit]

wang ‎(plural wangs)

  1. (dialectal or obsolete) Cheek; the jaw.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Onomatopoeia

Noun[edit]

wang ‎(plural wangs)

  1. (onomatopoeia) The sound made when a hollow metal object is struck a glancing blow.
  2. A slap; a blow.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Verb[edit]

wang ‎(third-person singular simple present wangs, present participle wanging, simple past and past participle wanged)

  1. To batter; to clobber; to conk.
  2. To throw hard.
    • 1993, Tom McNally, “Panfish on Flies and Bugs”, in The Complete Book of Fly Fishing[1], Second Edition edition, McGraw-Hill Professional, published 1997, ISBN 9780070456389, page 283:
      Ask, too, the guy in the bass boat wanging out a spinner-bait at Bull Shoals in Arkansas.
    • 1998, Barry Hines, “The Football Match”, in James Riordan, editor, Football Stories[2], Oxford University Press, published 2004, ISBN 9780192754059, "wanged" page 36:
      He wanged them across the room, and Billy caught them flying over his head, then held them up for inspection as though he was contemplating buying.
    • 2009, Mark Millhone, “Saltville”, in The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances: A Memoir[3], Rodale, ISBN 9781594868238, "wanged" page 132:
      After Sam filled in my big block letters with the glitter, he unleashed his inner Jackson Pollock, wanging artful paint splatters everywhere.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Origin uncertain. Perhaps short for whangdoodle(gadget, doodad), or from whang(stour, thick slice", also "thong), from thwang(thong). See thong.

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Noun[edit]

wang ‎(plural wangs)

  1. (colloquial) penis.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *wanga, from Proto-Germanic *wangô(cheek), from Proto-Indo-European *wenǵ-(neck, cheek).

Noun[edit]

wang f ‎(plural wangen, diminutive wangetje n)

  1. cheek

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wang

  1. Nonstandard spelling of wāng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of wáng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of wǎng.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of wàng.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Malay[edit]

Noun[edit]

wang ‎(plural wang-wang, possessives wangku, wangmu, wangnya, with particles wangkah, wanglah)

  1. money, cash

Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Old Saxon wang, Old High German -wang (in holzwang), Old Norse vangr (Swedish vång), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌲𐌲𐍃(waggs).

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Noun[edit]

wang m ‎(nominative plural wangas)

  1. (poetic) plain, field, ground
    • 1963, Paull Franklin Baum, Riddle 11, Anglo-Saxon Riddles of the Exeter Book
      sæs me sind ealle flodas on fæðmum / ⁊ þas foldan bearm grene wongas
      All seas and waters are in my embraces, and the bosom of earth and the green fields.

Descendants[edit]


Woiwurrung[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

wang

  1. cheek

References[edit]

  • Barry J. Blake, Woiwurrung, in The Aboriginal Language of Melbourne and Other Sketches (1991; edited by R. M. W. Dixon and Barry J. Blake; OUP, Handbook of Australian Languages 4), pages 31–124