[ hwop-er, wop- ]
/ ˈʰwɒp ər, ˈwɒp- /
something uncommonly large of its kind.
a big lie.
Weasel Words And Other Ways We Avoid Telling The TruthMost of us know what the word lying means, but what happens when someone carefully skirts the truth instead of telling a bold-faced whopper? Politicians, in particular, are well known for making use of equivocal language as a way of hiding their true actions.
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British Dictionary definitions for whopper
/ (ˈwɒpə) /
anything uncommonly large of its kind
a big lie
Word Origin for whopper
C18: from whop
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Word Origin and History for whopper
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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