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[hwop-ing, wop-]
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adjective Informal.
  1. very large of its kind; thumping: We caught four whopping trout.
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  1. extremely; exceedingly: a whopping big lie.
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Also whapping.

Origin of whopping

First recorded in 1615–25; whop + -ing2


[hwop, wop]Informal.
verb (used with object), whopped, whop·ping.
  1. to strike forcibly.
  2. to defeat soundly, as in a contest.
  3. to put or pull violently; whip: to whop out a book.
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verb (used without object), whopped, whop·ping.
  1. to plump suddenly down; flop.
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  1. a forcible blow.
  2. the sound made by it.
  3. a bump; heavy fall.
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Also whap, wap.

Origin of whop

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of wap
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Related Words for whopping

colossal, massive, big, extraordinary, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, great, huge, immense, large, mammoth, mighty, monstrous, mountainous, prodigious, tremendous

British Dictionary definitions for whopping


  1. informal uncommonly large
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wop or less commonly whap

verb whops, whopping or whopped
  1. (tr) to strike, beat, or thrash
  2. (tr) to defeat utterly
  3. (intr) to drop or fall
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  1. a heavy blow or the sound made by such a blow
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Word Origin for whop

C14: variant of wap, perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whopping



"to beat, strike," mid-15c., of imitative origin; cf. Welsh chwap "a stroke," also of imitative origin; cf. also wap.

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