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whooper

[hoo-per, hwoo-, woo-]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that whoops.
  2. whooper swan.
  3. Informal. whooping crane.

Origin of whooper

First recorded in 1650–60; whoop + -er1
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Examples from the Web for whooper

Historical Examples

  • He hastened to assure the whooper that he was awake and afoot.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • How'd you like to have been caught out in that whooper, eh, Lub?

  • They're fetching up a keel boat to the shore, Miss Betty—it's a whooper!

    The Prodigal Judge

    Vaughan Kester

  • I cudden't stand it no longer, so I wint down town to-night, down be Shekel an' Whooper's place, an' bought these things.

  • Well, there ain't much use 'whooping up the boys' when only the whooper gets wild.


British Dictionary definitions for whooper

whooper

whooper swan

noun
  1. a large white Old World swan, Cygnus cygnus, having a black bill with a yellow base and a noisy whooping cry
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