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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However, while such luminaries as Kant and Goethe were never themselves caught red-handed in a massive whopper, their two most influential works hinged directly on the role of subterfuge in an enlightened society. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "On Truth and Lying in the Extra German Sense," 20 June 2019 So many lies - from white lies to whoppers - told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity. al.com, "Trump launches reelection bid with familiar themes, redoubling focus on his most avid backers," 19 June 2019 The special, limited edition burger will have all the same ingredients as the classic whopper — beef patty, sesame seed bun, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and sliced onion. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Stranger Things-Themed 'Upside Down' Whoppers Are Coming to Burger King — But Only in 11 Cities," 13 June 2019 Previous SlideNext Slide Shortly after Google's Stadia reveal presentation on Thursday, the Destiny 2 handlers at Bungie kicked off their own whopper of a livestream. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Destiny 2 will become free-to-play later this year, cross-platform [Updated]," 6 June 2019 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

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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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