a sound beating or thrashing.
a thorough defeat.


impressively big or good; whopping.


extremely; immensely: We ran up a walloping big bill.

Origin of walloping

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at wallop, -ing1, -ing2



verb (used with object)

to beat soundly; thrash.
Informal. to strike with a vigorous blow; belt; sock: After two strikes, he walloped the ball out of the park.
Informal. to defeat thoroughly, as in a game.
Chiefly Scot. to flutter, wobble, or flop about.

verb (used without object)

Informal. to move violently and clumsily: The puppy walloped down the walk.
(of a liquid) to boil violently.
Obsolete. to gallop.


a vigorous blow.
the ability to deliver vigorous blows, as in boxing: That fist of his packs a wallop.
  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.
Informal. a violent, clumsy movement; lurch.
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)

Synonyms for wallop

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Examples from the Web for walloping

Contemporary Examples of walloping

Historical Examples of walloping

  • You wouldn't say so if you had seen him walloping me with a hard leather strap.

    One Day More

    Joseph Conrad

  • Then, for the love of Pete, wotcha doin' walloping off'n her like a sack of potatoes?

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

  • “It was some walloping, too,” said Old Hundred, with a reminiscent grin.

  • Just remember the walloping we gave you the last time you were here.

  • I ain't forgot that hop, skip and jump, walloping Australian tornado!


    Ernest Vincent Wright

British Dictionary definitions for walloping



a thrashing


(intensifier)a walloping drop in sales


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 walloping



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 walloping


see pack a punch (wallop).

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