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[hwop-er, wop-]
  1. whopper.
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or whap·per

[hwop-er, wop-]
noun Informal.
  1. something uncommonly large of its kind.
  2. a big lie.
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Origin of whopper

First recorded in 1775–85; whop + -er1
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Examples from the Web for whapper

Historical Examples

  • I know'd this was a whapper of a lie, as soon as I heard it.

    A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee.

    Davy Crockett

  • And turning to Tengelyi, he added, "That boy Imri is a whapper, sir; but the other chap's a scurvy rat!"

British Dictionary definitions for whapper


noun informal
  1. anything uncommonly large of its kind
  2. a big lie
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Word Origin

C18: from whop
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Word Origin and History for whapper



1785, formed as if from whop (v.) "to beat, overcome." Meaning "big lie" is recorded first in 1791. Whopping "large, big, impressive" is attested by 1620s.

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