verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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)

Synonyms for wallop

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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

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

  • They should not waddle and wallop in every hollow lane, nor loll out their watery tongues at every wash-pool in the parish.

  • But he's there with the wallop, and I guess it's goin' to take more'n a commerce court to put the Corrugated out of business.

  • He goes on: 'I take it that I have caught you in my net, and that wallop about as you will I shall land you at last.

    James Frederick Ferrier

    Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane

  • The next day we went out and resorted to the wallop, plain, untrimmed slugging tactics, and beat Chicago 17 to 1.

    Pitching in a Pinch

    Christy Mathewson

British Dictionary definitions for wallop


verb -lops, -loping or -loped

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


informal a hard blow
informal the ability to hit powerfully, as of a boxer
informal a forceful impression
British a slang word for beer

verb, noun

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

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with wallop


see pack a punch (wallop).

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