whopping

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

adjective Informal.

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

adverb

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

Origin of whopping

First recorded in 1615–25; whop + -ing2

Definition for whopping (2 of 2)

whop

[ hwop, wop ]
/ ʰwɒp, wɒp /
Informal.

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.

noun

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)

whopping

/ (ˈwɒpɪŋ) /

adjective

informal uncommonly large

British Dictionary definitions for whopping (2 of 2)

whop

wop or less commonly whap

informal

verb whops, whopping or whopped

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

noun

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

whop


v.

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

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