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 Even certain sections of the reservoirs, like Liberty Reservoir, Cunningham Falls Lake and Piney Run, provide most of these conditions, and yield some whopper bluegills. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 4 July 2021 Named after Roman mythology’s virgin goddess of home and hearth, Vesta is a whopper, measuring about 326 miles/525 kilometers in diameter. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Second big whopper of an initiative from a guy lots of Americans expected to be sort of ... Gail Collins New York Times, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 In true midtown fashion, the Times Square Edition is a whopper, with 496 guest rooms spread over 26 floors. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2020 The Rays, who can’t afford to make too many roster mistakes, made what for them was a whopper with utility player Yoshi Tsutsugo. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 Another showy flower for the shade is the whopper begonia. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 7 May 2021 As every Alabamian knows, this means a whopper is coming — an entertaining tale of humor and heartache and maybe some hyperbole, too. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 30 Apr. 2021 Harriet the ice breather overhears another whopper when Amalia and the married Dr. Cousens discuss their aborted affair in the grand staircase. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 25 Apr. 2021

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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 6 Aug. 2021.

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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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