- very large of its kind; thumping: We caught four whopping trout.
- extremely; exceedingly: a whopping big lie.
Origin of whopping
- to strike forcibly.
- to defeat soundly, as in a contest.
- to put or pull violently; whip: to whop out a book.
- to plump suddenly down; flop.
- a forcible blow.
- the sound made by it.
- a bump; heavy fall.
Origin of whop
1350–1400; Middle English, variant of wap
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- informal uncommonly large
wop or less commonly whap
- (tr) to strike, beat, or thrash
- (tr) to defeat utterly
- (intr) to drop or fall
- a heavy blow or the sound made by such a blow
C14: variant of wap, perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whopping
"to beat, strike," mid-15c., of imitative origin; cf. Welsh chwap "a stroke," also of imitative origin; cf. also wap.
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