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]

verb (used with object), lar·ruped, lar·rup·ing.

to beat or thrash.

Origin of larrup

1815–25; perhaps < Dutch larpen to thresh with flails
Related formslar·rup·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for larruping

Historical Examples of larruping

  • 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.

  • 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



(tr) dialect to beat or flog
Derived Formslarruper, noun

Word Origin for larrup

C19: of unknown origin
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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.

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