wal·​lop | \ ˈwä-ləp How to pronounce wallop (audio) \
walloped; walloping; wallops

Definition of wallop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to boil noisily
2a : to move with reckless or disorganized haste : advance in a headlong rush

transitive verb

1a : to thrash soundly : lambaste
b : to beat by a wide margin : trounce
2 : to hit with force : sock



Definition of wallop (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a powerful blow : punch
b : something resembling a wallop especially in suddenness of force
c : the ability (as of a boxer) to hit hard
2a : emotional, sensory, or psychological force or influence : impact a novel that packs a wallop
b : an exciting emotional response : thrill
3 British : beer

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walloper noun

Examples of wallop in a Sentence


I was so angry I felt like walloping him. walloped the branches of the pear tree with a stick in an effort to knock down some fruit


felt the wallop of a car crashing into their front porch gave the ball a good wallop with the bat
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Labor, the main opposition, shilly-shallied over its future, and was walloped in the surrounding marginal constituencies, delivering an unexpected victory to Scott Morrison, the prime minister, who once cradled a lump of coal in parliament. The Economist, "Adani’s giant Australian coal mine gets the go-ahead," 29 June 2019 Still, getting walloped by Goldman stung, analysts say. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "JPMorgan’s ETF Business Is Finally Catching Up to Goldman," 9 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, DirecTV has been walloped by customer defections, a problem that has weighed on AT&T’s stock price for much of the last year. Meg James, The Seattle Times, "Viacom, AT&T reach deal that keeps Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central on DirecTV," 25 Mar. 2019 Among the companies that have been walloped is Tencent Music’s parent company, Tencent Holdings Ltd. TCEHY 8.05% , whose shares fell 6.8% Thursday in Hong Kong for their 10th straight decline. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Tencent Music Pauses IPO Amid Market Turmoil," 11 Oct. 2018 Unlike that staid institution, Barclays has been walloped by a decade of financial and trading scandals and changed CEOs three times in five years. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Barclays Names Rothschild Veteran to Succeed Departing Chairman," 1 Nov. 2018 But meteorologists are warning heavy rains could still wallop the islands with flash flooding and landslides. Fox News, "The Latest: Feds: Tropical Storm Lane still dangerous," 25 Aug. 2018 Nintendo's latest mascot-fighter sequel seems determined to wallop you over the head with its enormity, even after establishing itself as an oversized package. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 Even if the center of Lane doesn’t make landfall, the islands could be walloped with rain and wind. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Seattle Times, "Residents prepare as hurricane near Hawaii strengthens," 21 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For all of the staggering success Boston’s four major professional sports teams have enjoyed since 2001, collecting a dozen championships among them, the losses still pack a wallop. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "The losses still pack a wallop," 13 June 2019 Manslaughter and murder charges carry more of a wallop, even against corporations whose only penalties would be financial and reputational. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Criminal charges against PG&E could send message in Northern California wildfires," 10 June 2019 The package also includes about $1.4 billion in assistance for Puerto Rico, still digging out of nearly two years later from the one-two wallop of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Disaster aid passes Congress after months of delays over costs, border wall and Trump's feud with Puerto Rico," 3 June 2019 These little packages deliver a wallop of pleasing geometry, color and texture that is disproportionate to their size. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Design for the New Year," 5 Jan. 2010 Orlando wants to be that place because Visit Orlando, the region’s marketing arm, estimates the 2019 Monster Jam World Finals would pack an economic wallop of $44 million. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Monster Jam, Bay Hill highlight sport-incentive requests for bed-tax money," 10 July 2018 Realmuto’s seventh homer was a wallop: 412 feet into the shrubbery. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Homers by Anderson, Realmuto lead Marlins past Giants," 12 June 2018 Quite a wallop Darren Dreger of TSN Canada said Ryan Reaves' new deal in Las Vegas is two seasons at an average of $2.775 million. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL free agency 2018: Breaking down the deals and rumors on July 1," 1 July 2018 To combine a nice chapter of history with a big old wallop of scenery, hop aboard Grand Canyon Railway. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of wallop


1579, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wallop


Middle English walopen to gallop, from Old French (Picard dialect) waloper

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English Language Learners Definition of wallop

informal : to hit (someone or something) very hard


wal·​lop | \ ˈwä-ləp How to pronounce wallop (audio) \
walloped; walloping

Kids Definition of wallop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit hard



Kids Definition of wallop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hard blow

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