wallop

[wol-uhp]
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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.
  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.
noun
  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.

Origin of wallop

1300–50; Middle English walopen to gallop, wal(l)op gallop < Anglo-French waloper (v.), walop (noun), Old French galoper, galop; see gallop
Related formswal·lop·er, nounout·wal·lop, verb (used with object)

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Contemporary Examples of wallop

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

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    America Swamped by Its Plenty

    Blake Gopnik

    May 29, 2013

Historical Examples of wallop

  • Wallop, however, (that is the man's name,) had no doubt about the matter.

    Five Mice in a Mouse-trap

    Laura E. Richards

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

  • But that wallop, hard as it was, had been delivered accidentally.

  • From their retreats they like to sally forth at intervals and have a wallop at our fellows.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly

  • Crow and Wallop stopped short in the middle of their exclamation.

    My Friend Smith

    Talbot Baines Reed


British Dictionary definitions for wallop

wallop

verb -lops, -loping or -loped
  1. (tr) informal to beat soundly; strike hard
  2. (tr) informal to defeat utterly
  3. (intr) dialect to move in a clumsy manner
  4. (intr) (of liquids) to boil violently
noun
  1. informal a hard blow
  2. informal the ability to hit powerfully, as of a boxer
  3. informal a forceful impression
  4. British a slang word for beer
verb, noun
  1. an obsolete word for gallop

Word Origin for wallop

C14: from Old Northern French waloper to gallop, from Old French galoper, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for wallop
v.

late 14c., "to gallop," possibly from Old North French *waloper (13c.), probably from Frankish *walalaupan "to run well" (cf. Old High German wela "well" and Old Low Franconian loupon "to run, leap"). The meaning "to thrash" (1820) and the noun meaning "heavy blow" (1823) may be separate developments, of imitative origin. Related: Walloped; walloping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with wallop

wallop

see pack a punch (wallop).

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