whop·​per ˈ(h)wä-pər How to pronounce whopper (audio)
: something unusually large or otherwise extreme of its kind
: an extravagant or monstrous lie

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 His summers are dedicated to growing a whopper of a pumpkin, hoping to beat the next state record in Connecticut. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2023 Eschewing cheap shots, McBride favors a careful, winding excavation – reaching into history for the whys and wherefores of his novels’ crowded casts, while delivering whopper stories with electric finales. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Oct. 2023 Here's why Burger King must face whopper of a lawsuit. USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 That means your 20-pound whopper will need five days to properly thaw in the refrigerator.2 Once the bird is thawed, be sure to cook it within two days. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 30 Aug. 2023 Which is what Trump endures; which explains the blatant weight whopper on his arrest report. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2023 Carry it like a suitcase thanks to that whopper of a handle on its side. Jack Baruth, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2023 And the vehicle is carrying a whopper of a battery: 200kWh, good for a range of 450 miles on a single charge, according to Cadillac’s estimates. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 9 Aug. 2023 Among its whopper figures, Texas reported $74.9 million in contributions (No. 1 nationally) and $57.5 million in ticket sales (No. 2 nationally). USA TODAY, 14 June 2023 See More

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Word History


whop entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 Dec. 2023.

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whop·​per ˈhwäp-ər How to pronounce whopper (audio)
: something unusually large
: a monstrous lie

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