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

Verb 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 Noun 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 Trump, however, wallops Biden among rural Georgians by 40 points. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden narrowly beating Trump in Georgia, poll shows," 19 May 2020 Pursued by University of Cincinnati special teams coordinator Brian Mason, Lundberg committed to walk-on and wallop the pigskin for the Bearcats this past week. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Indian Hill's Luke 'The Leg' Lundberg commits to UC Bearcats football as a kicker," 20 Mar. 2020 Still, Stansell notes that Michigan had a similar amount in its Rainy Day Fund in 2000 — more, when inflation is considered — and burned through nearly all of it by 2002 when the recession walloped Michigan harder than almost any other state. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus is hurting every sector of Michigan's economy," 20 Mar. 2020 This is a stark comparison to last year when California was walloped with above-average snowfall and ended the season 175% of average by April 1. Derek Van Dam, CNN, "Climate change is threatening winter sports' very existence," 29 Feb. 2020 Late in the second quarter, Harris powered through two Minnesota blockers and walloped Cousins, collecting a sack and forcing a fumble that Denver would recover. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "WATCH: Broncos’ Shelby Harris’ strip sack of Vikings QB Kirk Cousins," 17 Nov. 2019 Despite his initial rush not getting home, the relentless rookie kept chasing the quarterback and eventually walloped Flacco behind the line of scrimmage to force a fumble. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Colts' Ben Banogu bursts onto to scene with breakout game vs. Broncos," 28 Oct. 2019 With seven starters returning on both sides of the ball, Thurston topped the preseason poll and walloped Churchill, 55-0, to kick things off. Bob Lundeberg For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "‘Just a bunch of Thurston kids.’ Top-ranked Colts stick to principles as they push for second consecutive 5A crown," 10 Oct. 2019 Any balls found wanting will be chucked away, while the ones deemed acceptable are duly thrown into the air and walloped across the net. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Why do male tennis players at the US Open reject balls more often than the women do?," 2 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The city’s minimum wage is among the nation’s highest, annual rent can run into six digits, and taxes pack a wallop. Hillary Chura, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘We’re open for them’: The small shops in New York trying to stay afloat," 7 May 2020 There are sedans that pack more brute wallop, but none that delivers power in a more engaging manner. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2020 Audi S6 Is Less and More Than the S7," 8 Apr. 2020 An ad by Shas, the Sephardic ultra-Orthodox party, sends the message home with a wallop: an elderly couple sit alone at their Sabbath table, peering across a sea of empty chairs. New York Times, "How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be? The Question Shadows an Israeli Vote," 12 Sep. 2019 From tiny mussels that collectively pack a wallop, to mudbugs that displace or devour native species, fishery managers around the country are being confronted by lurking catastrophes waiting to happen in the nation’s waterways. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "These 8 Aquatic Invasive Species are Threatening Fisheries Across the U.S.," 7 Feb. 2020 Designed for those looking to boost arrow FOC weight and deliver a little more wallop, this head should make for an excellent big-game getter. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, "The Best New Broadheads from the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 9 Jan. 2020 Cachou Lajaunie are black, square pastilles about the size of a stud earring that pack an enormous menthol-y, licorice-y wallop. Mackenzie Fegan, Bon Appétit, "Mints Are for Wimps—You Need These Tiny Licorice Bombs," 20 Feb. 2020 And the sensory overload packed more of an emotional wallop than a set of grim statistics, a thick scientific journal or the exultations of an earnest speaker ever could. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Fashion sees a bleak future, but there’s still a little sparkle in the darkness," 1 Mar. 2020 But the Kims' get-rich scheme goes violently off the rails in the film's suspenseful second half, descending into chaos that packs an emotional wallop. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Everything you should know about 'Parasite,' the new Oscar best-picture winner," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of wallop was in 1579

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27 May 2020

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“Wallop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallop. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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