\ ˈ(h)wu̇p How to pronounce whup (audio) \
whupped; whupping

Definition of whup

transitive verb

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

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Examples of whup in a Sentence

The boxer whupped his overmatched opponent. Our team got whupped in last night's game.
Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of whup

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whup

alteration of whip

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“Whup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whup. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whup

: to beat (someone or something) as a punishment
: to defeat (someone or something) easily and completely


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