whop·​ping | \ ˈhwä-piŋ How to pronounce whopping (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of whopping

: extremely large also : extraordinary, incredible

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of whopping in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Most impressively, its super-high capacity will charge a laptop at least once and most phones a whopping seven to eight times. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Over 20,000 people love these portable chargers," 2 July 2019 That plan was scrapped after reports put the cost of the military extravaganza at a whopping $92 million — over three times the maximum initial White House estimate. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Tanks, flyovers and fireworks: What to know about Trump's July 4th extravaganza," 2 July 2019 Scotty's femur was a whopping eight inches across—which means that Scotty's two legs could hold up more than 19,500 pounds, give or take a couple tons. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "World's biggest T. rex discovered," 26 Mar. 2019 Country queen Reba McEntire is returning to host the program for a whopping 16th time. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's Everything to Know About the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards," 16 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, the footage of the dive has since gone viral, having been viewed a whopping 27 million times via Facebook page Militarykind Stories. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Veteran, 95, jumps off diving board to motivate scared boy," 12 July 2018 Diamondbacks’ hitters, meanwhile, struck out a whopping 18 times themselves. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Diamondbacks try everything, everybody but end up falling to the Padres 4-3 in 16 innings," 8 July 2018 The newspaper reports the 57-year-old woman has misused the emergency call system a whopping 28 times since February. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "She wanted a beer so she called 911 — and cops responded | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 Latest national weather service forecast is a whopping 12-18 inches of snow in NYC, hitting hard this afternoon and into the night. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Fourth Nor’easter of March, and First of the Spring, Hits East Coast," 21 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'whopping.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of whopping

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about whopping

Dictionary Entries near whopping







whore's bird

Statistics for whopping

Last Updated

7 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for whopping

The first known use of whopping was circa 1625

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for whopping



English Language Learners Definition of whopping

informal : very large, impressive, etc.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on whopping

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with whopping

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for whopping

Spanish Central: Translation of whopping

Nglish: Translation of whopping for Spanish Speakers

Comments on whopping

What made you want to look up whopping? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!