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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Other Words from wallop


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 Hospitals have canceled all but emergency surgeries for the first time since March 2020 and are preparing field hospitals as record cases wallop the province. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Humbling’: Canada’s self-image slides in pandemic as US rebounds," 16 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, freezing or near-freezing temperatures were expected in New Orleans on Tuesday as winter weather continues to wallop most of the country. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Mardi Gras celebrations toned down after last year's revelry may have led to COVID-19 spike in New Orleans," 16 Feb. 2021 When any infectious interloper hits, the body’s first responders—the less specialized cells of the innate immune system—rush in to wallop it. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "The Virus Is Evolving. But So Are Your Antibodies," 12 Feb. 2021 The dire and deteriorating conditions in California’s most-populous county come as a giant wave of new coronavirus infections continues to wallop the region, leaving in its wake unprecedented numbers of Angelenos hospitalized or dead. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County records 140 COVID-19 deaths in one day, a new record," 24 Dec. 2020 On the heels of a minor snow event Monday, the season's first big East Coast snowstorm is forecast to wallop much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday and into Thursday. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Winter storm forecast to blast Mid-Atlantic, Northeast with heavy snow," 15 Dec. 2020 Amore said that recent COVID-19 related restrictions have continued to wallop Conspiracy, a high-end craft cocktail bar in Middletown with a full food menu. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Restaurant industry workers plan protest, plead for help in response to doctors’ calls to close indoor dining," 8 Dec. 2020 Roche, who had 1½ sacks like Jaelan Phillips, also recovered a fumble that Waynmon Steed forced right before Nesta Silvera came in to wallop Duke running back Deon Jackson. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricanes overpower Duke 48-0 on night they’re eliminated from ACC title-game contention," 5 Dec. 2020 The results so far for other vaccines have fed a growing sense that many vaccines will wallop what is, from a vaccine’s point of view, a somewhat wimpy virus. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "With global push for COVID-19 vaccines, China aims to win friends and cut deals," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fourth-year varsity starter at outside hitter for the Blackhawks packs a wallop at the net and is close to sealing the deal, getting close to signing for a scholarship with Webber International, a NAIA school in Babson Park, Florida. Rick Armstrong, chicagotribune.com, "Beach beckons hard-hitting Chloey Myers for her college volleyball future. But first, the 6-foot-2 senior heads indoors for West Aurora.," 16 Mar. 2021 District of Columbia Washington: People gathered downtown Saturday to protest utility shut-offs that are still happening amid a pandemic that has delivered a financial wallop to many, WUSA-TV reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Yo-Yo Ma, flowing green, Brooklyn Bridge: News from around our 50 states," 15 Mar. 2021 Most notably, Bell's Brewery did this with Double Two Hearted Ale, which tastes very similar to the original Two Hearted Ale but packs a wallop at 11% ABV. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Short's Brewing to release Double Soft Parade, a stronger version of a Michigan favorite," 1 Mar. 2021 But while those bar shows are fun (and sometimes even transcendent), the songs, production and wallop of touring-level live music have been sorely missed. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Is Huntsville’s 2021 concert outlook any better than 2020?," 19 Feb. 2021 Davies’s skill with structure is on full display here; the first installment is an immaculate introduction that builds and builds and ends with a wallop. New York Times, "It's a Sin," 17 Feb. 2021 Just a three-minute news clip of Herrera Beutler telling the Kevin McCarthy story to the Senate would have had more emotional wallop than all the eloquence of the impeachment managers. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Botched Democratic Effort to Convict Donald Trump," 13 Feb. 2021 But the challenges of an extremely rare winter storm in Texas are an extra wallop after 11 tough months. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Cooking in the dark: How Dallas restaurants are feeding neighbors during 2021 snowstorm," 16 Feb. 2021 Produced by Kevin Bowe, all tracks were co-written with guitarist Mark Lamoine, but the lyrics pack a wallop that is pure Parker. Star Tribune, "6 cool things in music this week include Miley Cyrus, Willie Jones, Joyann Parker and Downbeat's blues," 29 Jan. 2021

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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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22 Apr 2021

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“Wallop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallop. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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