: one that whoops
specifically : whooping crane

Examples of whooper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study focused on mute and whooper swans residing in the WWT Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve in Scotland via live-stream webcam. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 8 July 2022 The little whooper that hatched May 12 is part of that work. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 June 2021 About 20 zoos and research facilities participate in the captive whooper program, including the Milwaukee County Zoo, Stone Zoo in Massachusetts and the ICF in Baraboo. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 June 2021 Appropriately, both the sandhill and whooper sport Badger red caps. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 June 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whooper was in 1600

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“Whooper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whooper. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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