whop·​ping | \ ˈhwä-piŋ , ˈwä-\

Definition of whopping

: extremely large also : extraordinary, incredible

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Examples of whopping in a Sentence

The play was a whopping success. The car sped by at a whopping 110 miles per hour.

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Of those, a whopping 30 percent (8,737 patients) were under the age of 54. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Are Heart Attacks Becoming More Common in Women Under Age 54?," 13 Feb. 2019 In 2017, Variety reported that Ellen makes a whopping $50 million a year from her show alone. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Truth About Ellen DeGeneres Leaving Her Talk Show," 15 Jan. 2019 No word yet on how much her clothing costs, but since the royal family clothing budget is up a whopping $2 million since Prince Harry and Meghan got engaged, the answer is probably A LOT. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Here's What Meghan Markle's Bags Cost This Year, If You Want to Copy Her Style," 2 Jan. 2019 According to the Washington Post, the former FLOTUS’s memoir is now in its sixth printing, bringing its print copies up to a whopping 3.4 million in North America. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Michelle Obama's Memoir "Becoming" Is Already the Best-Selling Hardcover Book of 2018," 1 Dec. 2018 Her latest salary brings her net worth up to a whopping $400 million! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Judge Judy Sheindlin Is the Highest-Paid Host on Television," 28 Nov. 2018 Sotheby's had estimated to sell the item for between one and two million dollars, but a bidding war upped the price tag to a whopping $36 million. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Marie Antoinette's Pearl Pendant Sells for a Record-Breaking $36 Million at Auction," 15 Nov. 2018 Per The Hollywood Reporter, the biggest horror movie opening came courtesy of 2017's It, which garnered a whopping $123.4 million in its first few days in theaters. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Jamie Lee Curtis Can't Help Bragging About Halloween's Record-Breaking Opening Weekend," 22 Oct. 2018 Instead, a whopping 77 percent of you are into the Laura Ingalls Wilder vibe. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Most Popular Street Style Trends of 2018, According to You, Our Followers," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of whopping

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whopping was circa 1625

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English Language Learners Definition of whopping

informal : very large, impressive, etc.

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