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

That defender has to be strong enough not to get walloped, and long enough to make any contest at all. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 The Celtics, who entered the year with NBA Finals hopes, were walloped in the second round of the playoffs by the Bucks after a lukewarm regular season. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "For Gordon Hayward, summer has been about ‘reps,’ not vacation," 20 Aug. 2019 Tencent, the world's largest game company by revenue, was walloped when regulators halted new game approvals last year. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Tencent set to bounce back, reverse stock splits and this week's trivia," 21 July 2019 All three are exposed to further escalation of the US trade war with China, but they would also be walloped if President Donald Trump follows though on his threat to tax cars made in Europe. Charles Riley, CNN, "The global auto industry has the worst kind of problems," 12 July 2019 Everything else just gets walloped by new GPU options that cost scads less. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Graphics card massacre: 6 GPUs you absolutely should not buy right now," 12 July 2019 Dillingham had a trial run with his new coaching setup when Auburn walloped Purdue in the Music City Bowl, but the Tigers will unveil their new-look offensive dynamic on Saturday against No. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Inside the offensive dynamic that will dictate Auburn’s season," 27 Aug. 2019 And this was long before the internet had emerged and walloped newspapers. Keith Campbell, Dallas News, "'Blinded by the Light' captures how Bruce Springsteen reaches hungry hearts like mine," 9 Aug. 2019 The fastest serve ever recorded came in 2012, when Australian Sam Groth was measured walloping a ball at 163.7 mph. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The fact that Whitehead never raises his authorial voice enhances its wallop. George Will, National Review, "The Nickel Boys: A Searing Reminder of What’s Not Unthinkable," 22 Aug. 2019 Instead, there’s a bitter wallop of rum, courtesy of Rum-Bar White overproof rum and Clément Agricole. Los Angeles Times, "Love tiki drinks? Try this electric blue cocktail at the Formosa Cafe," 1 Aug. 2019 Altman’s latest merry band of transfers should carry a wallop. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Stock report: USC goes the FCS route; UCLA should follow (plus Oregon hoops and Washington State football)," 18 July 2019 Absent a wallop, bull markets end when investors tire of worrying. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "If everyone else is worried about stocks, capitalize on the fear and make a fortune," 7 July 2019 Idyllwild’s causes celebres tended toward high passion, but usually without a life-altering wallop. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, "Idyllwild prized its isolation. Now, with the roads into town wrecked, it feels all alone," 21 July 2019 Along with hydrangeas, sweet peas and roses, peonies pack a wallop of nostalgia, bringing to mind romantic gardens of old. oregonlive.com, "How to grow beautiful peonies in Oregon," 2 July 2019 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

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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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