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 Before his arrest, the crime boss Dmitri (The Exfoliator) Kahn flushed his beloved whooper swans down the toilet, sending them underground into New York City’s sewer system, and saving them from certain extinction. Dahlia Gallin Ramirez, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2021 Here's to many more happy whooper milestones in the years to come. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 24 Dec. 2019 The refuge website says whoopers have been seen around the visitor center and wildlife observation building in recent years. USA TODAY, 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, 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, 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, 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of whooper

1660, in the meaning defined above

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24 Apr 2021

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“Whooper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whooper. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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