whoop·​er | \ ˈh(w)ü-pər How to pronounce whooper (audio) , ˈh(w)u̇- How to pronounce whooper (audio) \

Definition of whooper

: one that whoops specifically : whooping crane

Examples of whooper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the International Crane Foundation, a 2-year-old female whooper arrived recently and 13 others have followed, tracking devices and other reports show. Frank Sargeant, al, "Outdoors notebook: FLW Pro Circuit schedules bass tourney on Lake Martin," 24 Nov. 2019 Adams said the refuge has seen as many 29 whoopers in a single year and as many as 20,000 sandhills. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Endangered whooping cranes are back at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge," 24 Dec. 2019 The refuge website says whoopers have been seen around the visitor center and wildlife observation building in recent years. USA TODAY, "Nativity on the run, ‘Bag O’Slag,’ kapu aloha: News from around our 50 states," 19 Nov. 2019 By the spring of 1976, federal breeding and recovery programs were underway, but there were still fewer than a hundred whoopers in the wild. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration Finds a New Target: Endangered Species," 16 Aug. 2019 In addition to the sandhill crane, whoopers are one of only two crane species native to North America. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo's whooping crane pair act as foster parents to chick born at the zoo," 28 June 2019 The International Crane Foundation breeds whoopers at its facility and helps manage eggs plucked from nests of wild cranes in Wisconsin, particularly the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge where approximately 30 cranes are spending the summer. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo's whooping crane pair act as foster parents to chick born at the zoo," 28 June 2019 Birds in Louisiana’s young flock are gradually becoming mature enough to pair off — whoopers mate for life. Washington Post, "Louisiana’s whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year," 13 July 2018 That's the year the fest moved to its current site, and its whooper is even more dooperish now. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Answering your ridiculous Summerfest questions," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of whooper

1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Whooper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whooper. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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