whop·​per | \ ˈ(h)wä-pər How to pronounce whopper (audio) \

Definition of whopper

1 : something unusually large or otherwise extreme of its kind
2 : an extravagant or monstrous lie

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Examples of whopper in a Sentence

That's a whopper of a diamond ring. He told us a real whopper.
Recent Examples on the Web Heritage fishing techniques like nets, traps, spears, hooks, and even hand fishing can still land a whopper when luck and skill collide. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Primitive Survival Skills that Will Keep You Alive," 26 May 2020 And how many other whoppers are out there, waiting to be caught? Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "No Name’s unpaid tax bill could be the big one that got away," 16 Jan. 2020 That’s the warning from Eric Freedman, chief investment officer at U.S. Bank Wealth Management yesterday after the U.S. markets soared on hopes—later realized—of a whopper of a coronavirus stimulus package coming out of Washington. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets soar after the Senate reaches a mammoth stimulus deal," 25 Mar. 2020 The pitching staff has made one whopper of a free agent signing: Madison Bumgarner, the legendary lefty from division rival San Francisco. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "MLB power rankings: Diamondbacks rise after Madison Bumgarner, Starling Marte acquisitions," 7 Feb. 2020 That’s the equivalent of eating four impossible whoppers per day. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Plant-based burgers will make men grow boobs, Livestock News reports," 27 Dec. 2019 Free whoppers for students:Burger King is giving students free Whoppers for solving questions These restrictions follow several others put in place by Amazon as more people under stay-at-home orders buy things online. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus fallout: Amazon is placing new online grocery customers on a waiting list," 14 Apr. 2020 The massive catch came on the heels of what already had been a magical week for whoppers on the 114,000-acre reservoir east of Lufkin. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Anglers bring in state-record five-bass catch," 29 Feb. 2020 Several of the whoppers have been hauled aboard Ibarra’s 24-foot center console rig in recent times, a few that would outweigh the average third-grader. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Big fish story: Local guide has a knack for finding whoppers," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of whopper

circa 1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whopper

whop entry 1

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The first known use of whopper was circa 1712

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“Whopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whopper. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of whopper

: something that is very large and impressive
: a big lie


whop·​per | \ ˈhwä-pər How to pronounce whopper (audio) , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of whopper

1 : something huge of its kind I've got this big egg that our hen laid … It's a real whopper— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg
2 : a big lie

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