[ 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.

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

  2. 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.

  1. Obsolete. to gallop.

  1. a vigorous blow.

  2. the ability to deliver vigorous blows, as in boxing: That fist of his packs a wallop.

  1. Informal.

    • the ability to effect a forceful impression; punch: That ad packs a wallop.

    • a pleasurable thrill; kick: The joke gave them all a wallop.

  2. Informal. a violent, clumsy movement; lurch.

  3. 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

Other words for wallop

Other words from wallop

  • wal·lop·er, noun
  • outwallop, verb (used with object)

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How to use wallop in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for wallop


/ (ˈwɒləp) /

verb-lops, -loping or -loped
  1. (tr) informal to beat soundly; strike hard

  2. (tr) informal to defeat utterly

  1. (intr) dialect to move in a clumsy manner

  2. (intr) (of liquids) to boil violently

  1. informal a hard blow

  2. informal the ability to hit powerfully, as of a boxer

  1. informal a forceful impression

  2. British a slang word for beer

verb, noun
  1. an obsolete word for gallop

Origin of wallop

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

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Other Idioms and Phrases with wallop


see pack a punch (wallop).

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