Pronunciation: (hwam'ē, wam'ē),[key] —n., —pl.-mies.Informal. 1. the evil eye; jinx.
2. bad luck or misfortune.
3. a devastating blow, setback, or catastrophe: The drought and the high price of fertilizer are a double whammy to farmers. 4. put the whammy on, a. to give the evil eye to; jinx.
b. to destroy, end, or eradicate: New controls will put the whammy on irresponsible spending.