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 Hillsides, valleys, and mountains stretch widely across the game's field of view, and the game is keen to wallop you over the head with its enormous scale every step of the way. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Why this month’s PC port of Death Stranding is the definitive version," 1 July 2020 Many have been walloped by the closure of their peripheral businesses, like preschools. The Economist, "Sunday slump The virus is accelerating dechurching in America," 23 May 2020 The hospitality industry, which has been walloped during the coronavirus pandemic, has seen a dip of new unemployment insurance claims filed in the month of May. al, "From bust to boom: Alabama beach rentals fill up, but will the good times last?," 22 May 2020 The coronavirus has walloped nearly every industry, especially leisure and hospitality, Sung Won Sohn, an economist at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, said. NBC News, "Some Instacart workers strike, others demand more as coronavirus alters labor landscape," 30 Mar. 2020 The hurricane could wallop the state with even higher winds and torrential rains late Monday or early Tuesday, with millions of people in the crosshairs, along with Walt Disney World and President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. Washington Post, "Dorian becomes a Category 4 monster powering toward Florida," 31 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Residents, anxious about a double-hurricane wallop just hours before, awoke Monday to blue skies and a calming breeze. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Fifteen years and $15 billion since Katrina, New Orleans is more prepared for a major hurricane. For now.," 25 Aug. 2020 Oliver’s homer was good for two runs in the seventh, and seemed good for a 6-4 triumph until Robinson’s wallop. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Remembering the Orioles’ 1970 World Series title: O’s top Royals again on Frank Robinson’s walk-off homer," 9 Aug. 2020 The documentary packs a wallop, especially in the wake of current events. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Guillermo del Toro's animated adventure and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week," 7 Aug. 2020 With the economic wallop that COVID-19 has brought us, and the accompanying rise in unemployment, some might think lamenting international travel is a luxurious whine. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Shunned by other countries, we long for the day to expand our horizons again," 21 June 2020 The latter, getting a taste of the Rolling Block’s wallop, long-range accuracy, and rapid fire, decided to fight someone else. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Wild West Guns that Hollywood Forgot," 10 June 2020 That Henry can manage to both pack a fierce emotional wallop and spear literary posturing in one go is a testament to her immense skill. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: May romances tackle issues with ferocity and love," 1 June 2020 As with nearly all restaurants, Balkan House's sales took a big wallop after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order prohibited on premise dining across the state on March 16. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Mysterious customer leaves Balkan House restaurants a tip the size of a billboard," 7 May 2020 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

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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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“Wallop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallop. Accessed 25 Sep. 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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