[ hwop-ing, wop- ]
/ ˈʰwɒp ɪŋ, ˈwɒp- /

adjective Informal.

very large of its kind; thumping: We caught four whopping trout.


extremely; exceedingly: a whopping big lie.
Also whapping.

Origin of whopping

First recorded in 1615–25; whop + -ing2

Definition for whopping (2 of 2)

[ hwop, wop ]
/ ʰwɒp, wɒp /

verb (used with object), whopped, whop·ping.

to strike forcibly.
to defeat soundly, as in a contest.
to put or pull violently; whip: to whop out a book.

verb (used without object), whopped, whop·ping.

to plump suddenly down; flop.


Also whap, wap.

Origin of whop

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of wap
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British Dictionary definitions for whopping (1 of 2)

/ (ˈwɒpɪŋ) /


informal uncommonly large

British Dictionary definitions for whopping (2 of 2)


wop or less commonly whap


verb whops, whopping or whopped

(tr) to strike, beat, or thrash
(tr) to defeat utterly
(intr) to drop or fall


a heavy blow or the sound made by such a blow

Word Origin for whop

C14: variant of wap, perhaps of imitative origin
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