or whap·per

[ hwop-er, wop- ]
/ ˈʰwɒp ər, ˈwɒp- /

noun Informal.

something uncommonly large of its kind.
a big lie.

Origin of whopper

First recorded in 1775–85; whop + -er1
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/ (ˈwɒpə) /

noun informal

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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