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[lar-uh-ping] /ˈlær ə pɪŋ/
adverb, Chiefly Western U.S.
very; exceedingly:
That was a larruping good meal.
Origin of larruping
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05; larrup + -ing2


[lar-uh p] /ˈlær əp/
verb (used with object), larruped, larruping.
to beat or thrash.
1815-25; perhaps < Dutch larpen to thresh with flails
Related forms
larruper, noun Unabridged
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  • I gave him a glass of my choicest rum, when all he deserved was a larruping.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • They was a-making tracks along hereaway, sartain, sure; larruping them hosses to a keen jump, lickity-split.

    The Master of Appleby

    Francis Lynde
  • Blame my buttons, if I don't always hate to pronounce that larruping long name Blennerhassett!

    A Dream of Empire William Henry Venable
  • His wits have never come right, and a deal, a deal of larruping it will take to make 'em grow.

    A Book of Ghosts Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for larruping


(transitive) (dialect) to beat or flog
Derived Forms
larruper, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for larruping



"to beat, thrash," 1823, of unknown origin, possibly related to Dutch larpen "to thrash." First mentioned as a Suffolk dialect word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for larruping



To beat; thrash; clobber, lambaste, lather (1839+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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