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[ wol-uhp ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to beat soundly; thrash.
  2. Informal. to strike with a vigorous blow; belt; sock:

    After two strikes, he walloped the ball out of the park.

  3. Informal. to defeat thoroughly, as in a game.

    Synonyms: best, crush, rout, trounce

  4. Chiefly Scot. to flutter, wobble, or flop about.

verb (used without object)

  1. Informal. to move violently and clumsily:

    The puppy walloped down the walk.

  2. (of a liquid) to boil violently.
  3. Obsolete. to gallop.


  1. a vigorous blow.
  2. the ability to deliver vigorous blows, as in boxing:

    That fist of his packs a wallop.

  3. Informal.
    1. the ability to effect a forceful impression; punch:

      That ad packs a wallop.

    2. a pleasurable thrill; kick:

      The joke gave them all a wallop.

  4. Informal. a violent, clumsy movement; lurch.
  5. Obsolete. a gallop.


/ ˈwɒləp /


  1. informal.
    tr to beat soundly; strike hard
  2. informal.
    tr to defeat utterly
  3. dialect.
    intr to move in a clumsy manner
  4. intr (of liquids) to boil violently


  1. informal.
    a hard blow
  2. informal.
    the ability to hit powerfully, as of a boxer
  3. informal.
    a forceful impression
  4. See beer
    a slang word for beer


  1. See gallop
    an obsolete word for gallop

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Other Words From

  • wallop·er noun
  • outwallop verb (used with object)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of wallop1

1300–50; Middle English walopen to gallop, wal ( l ) op gallop < Anglo-French waloper (v.), walop (noun), Old French galoper, galop; gallop

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Word History and Origins

Origin of wallop1

C14: from Old Northern French waloper to gallop, from Old French galoper, of unknown origin

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Idioms and Phrases

see pack a punch (wallop) .

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Example Sentences

It’s the howl, the crash bang wallop, you know, the cry of a soul setting itself on fire.

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The Delta Pro alone packs a 3,600Wh wallop, and you can expand that to 25,000Wh by chaining it to extra EcoFlow batteries and generators.

The book then sustains a relentless focus on explaining and documenting the wallop packed by the simple and omnipresent error of noise — and what decision-makers can do about it.

Friends warned me about a kind of otherworldly wallop upon arrival, but nothing could prepare me for the feeling I had seeing it for the very first time.

In the 1930s, psychiatrists discovered that a massive wallop of seizure-inducing electricity could sometimes relieve psychiatric symptoms.

And because Whitehurst took his FBI oath seriously, he wallop-slapped crime lab protocols into the 21st Century.

Her fantastical accumulations of detritus and throwaway goods can seem to pack more whimsy than wallop.

It wasn't much, as cannons go, but it packed a much stronger wallop than the flintlocks and shotguns most men owned.

She married twice, first to Quentin Wallop, 10th Earl of Portsmouth, and then to the Oxford academic Fram Dinshaw.

He gave her permission later in the trial to slap/wallop/hit/punch/smack/bop him again and the result was fantastic.

I wonder if Bert's had anything to eat since he got the wallop on the coco?

For quite surely I saw Angus Jones fetch the jungle monarch but the one wallop with his oar.

Then came there by them a knight with a bended shield of azure, whose name was Epinogris, and he came toward them a great wallop.

And therewithal he groaned piteously, and rode a great wallop away-ward from them until he came under a wood's side.

That measly little tap of yours in the last round was certainly a soporific wallop.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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