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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Diaz’s revelation will wallop you with its obviousness. Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The Huskies proceeded to wallop the third-seeded Hoosiers, 75-58, setting up Monday’s contest. New York Times, 28 Mar. 2022 With limited surgical equipment and no anesthesia, Will has to wallop the patient to keep him from waking up in a panic mid-procedure. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2022 Tens of millions of Americans are in the path of a winter storm that's forecast to wallop much of the eastern U.S. with snow, rain and wind over the next couple of days. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2022 This time, winter storm Landon is set to wallop areas to the south and east of Wisconsin including the Chicago metro area as well as northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Feb. 2022 Many nor'easters – big storms that wallop the East Coast – are the product of bomb cyclones. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2022 Food prices at grocery stores continue to wallop consumer wallets. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Oct. 2021 Ida is expected to wallop the northern Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm on Sunday with maximum winds of 140 mph, according to forecasters — 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana as a devastating Category 3 storm. NBC News, 27 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With a face like Boba Fett’s helmet, the Ioniq 5 and its future intent pack a wallop. Dan Neil, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Lucius’ singing that gives the music its emotional wallop. Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Maxfield said the jury would hear testimony from psychologists showing how the wallop of traumatic events can erase memories. oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2022 Spending on these services will have normalized by then, just as the higher interest rates pack their strongest wallop. Gad Levanon For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 This one has a light and silky feel, packs a moisturizing wallop that makes my skin feel soothed all day, and sits nicely under makeup without pilling. ELLE, 15 Apr. 2022 In our hyperpartisan era, the play’s reflections on conformism, groupthink and ideological contagion pack a wallop like a 5,000-pound pachyderm’s stomp. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 The heartfelt modesty of the image is infused with deeply personal insight, resonating with the historic wallop of the event. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 The nor’easter is forecast to pack a wallop well into Sunday, state and federal officials said. Ginger Adams Otis And Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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4 May 2022

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“Wallop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallop. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for wallop


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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