[ hwop-ing, wop- ]
/ ˈʰwɒp ɪŋ, ˈwɒp- /
very large of its kind; thumping: We caught four whopping trout.
extremely; exceedingly: a whopping big lie.
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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.
a forcible blow.
the sound made by it.
a bump; heavy fall.
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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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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