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

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.

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In other news, on Monday The Washington Post announced that since taking office, the president has told more than 10,000 lies—an average of eight whoppers a day. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: The President Has Told More Than 10,000 Lies," 5 May 2019 This year there are some whoppers on the list of worst-performing S&P 500 stocks, including General Electric, down 60% this year, and cosmetics company Coty, down 69%. Aaron Back, WSJ, "How to Profit From the Christmas Market Rout," 24 Dec. 2018 From ‘the Count’ to inmate: The fall of former Trump... The 5 biggest whoppers from Trump's impromptu news... David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Politics & Government," 16 June 2018 Glenn Kessler and The Post's fact-checking team run down all of Trump's whoppers and distortions... Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump's State of the Union address isn't going to reshape Washington agenda," 31 Jan. 2018 All reintroduction programs run into problems, but black ferrets have faced one whopper of a problem: the bubonic plague. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How to save a species (if you really want to)," 21 Nov. 2018 More whoppers, among them the likes of Uber, Saudi Aramco and Ant Financial, Alibaba’s financial affiliate, could take the plunge next year. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018 Just seven others did it, and the names are whoppers: LeBron, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Stephen Curry, DeMarcus Cousins, Blake Griffin. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Pacers to the NBA — here we come," 6 July 2018 The four-year-old pet, named Trevor, went from wiener to whopper when a hole in its windpipe left air trapped under its skin in a rare condition. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "One crazy summer for Trump and Mueller," 1 June 2018

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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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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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something valued as if it were money

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