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

Expect sloppy, close and low scoring. Oct. 5: at Oregon Result: Loss Record: 5-1/2-1 Comment: Gassed and battered, the Bears get walloped by a home team that has two weeks to prepare. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Cal preview: Breakthrough season possible if the offense is no longer offensive," 16 Aug. 2019 Severe thunderstorms walloped western and southern portions of Connecticut early Monday evening, leaving thousands without power and even causing a fire at Choate Rosemary Hall after lightning struck one of the campus buildings. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Thousands without power as severe thunderstorms continue to pound Connecticut," 23 July 2019 The new homeless numbers have left a lot of people who live in houses and apartments in Los Angeles feeling walloped. Nita Lelyveld, latimes.com, "Homelessness crisis makes us ashamed and angry — at our leaders, and ourselves," 6 June 2019 Flowe walloped another Diablo a couple of plays later. Los Angeles Times, "Upland’s Justin Flowe is the latest top-level recruit to snub USC," 3 Aug. 2019 Punch, freed, grabs up a slapstick and wallops him with it. Robert Coover, The New Yorker, "Citizen Punch," 18 July 2019 Chapman singled in two runs in the third, then walloped a two-run homer in the fifth to help down Seattle 9-2 on Tuesday night at the Coliseum. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Matt Chapman’s big night helps A’s top Mariners, Marco Gonzales," 17 July 2019 The B Party ended up walloping Female Trouble, 271-89. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "At Baltimore tournament, roller derby athletes find family and fun," 6 July 2019 Economic growth has been unspectacular but steady, despite uncertainty caused by the renegotiation of NAFTA and a drop in oil prices in 2014, which walloped Alberta. The Economist, "Justin Trudeau starts Canada’s election campaign as the underdog," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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