whupped; whupping

transitive verb

: to administer a beating to especially as punishment
: to defeat decisively

Example Sentences

The boxer whupped his overmatched opponent. Our team got whupped in last night's game.
Recent Examples on the Web As a metro-area duo, though, Johnson and Fisher would whup any bad-owner tag team from any other city. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Nov. 2021 Real material and social progress is rarely made up out of glorious and dramatic crusades, though we are called to crusade from time to time: Hitler ain’t gonna whup his self. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 14 Sep. 2017

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Word History


alteration of whip

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of whup was in 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Whup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whup. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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