whopper

noun
whop·​per | \ˈhwä-pər, 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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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 Lots of ingredients have to come together just right for whoppers of this size. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Three-inch hail and multiple tornadoes raked the Sunshine State on Tuesday," 11 Apr. 2018 Yet overall, corporate whoppers had a mixed time of it. The Economist, "History’s biggest firms," 5 July 2018 His latest is a whopper: a jumbo turkey leg wrapped in a pretzel. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Theme-park foods get a little freaky," 3 July 2018 The Giants will get some tempting offers, and keeping Bumgarner has its downsides, including a whopper next contract. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Scott Ostler: Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots," 30 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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whopper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whopper

: something that is very large and impressive

: a big lie

whopper

noun
whop·​per | \ˈhwä-pər, 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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