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wallop

[wol-uh p] /ˈwɒl əp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to beat soundly; thrash.
2.
Informal. to strike with a vigorous blow; belt; sock:
After two strikes, he walloped the ball out of the park.
3.
Informal. to defeat thoroughly, as in a game.
4.
Chiefly Scot. to flutter, wobble, or flop about.
verb (used without object)
5.
Informal. to move violently and clumsily:
The puppy walloped down the walk.
6.
(of a liquid) to boil violently.
7.
Obsolete. to gallop.
noun
8.
a vigorous blow.
9.
the ability to deliver vigorous blows, as in boxing:
That fist of his packs a wallop.
10.
Informal.
  1. the ability to effect a forceful impression; punch:
    That ad packs a wallop.
  2. a pleasurable thrill; kick:
    The joke gave them all a wallop.
11.
Informal. a violent, clumsy movement; lurch.
12.
Obsolete. a gallop.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English walopen to gallop, wal(l)op gallop < Anglo-French waloper (v.), walop (noun), Old French galoper, galop; see gallop
Related forms
walloper, noun
outwallop, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
3. trounce, rout, crush, best.
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Examples for wallop
  • But in comparison with earlier economic crackups, this crisis has packed an emotional wallop but only an intellectual whimper.
  • But a good pint of wallop, with chums, in a decent pub.
  • In the world of monster fish, these whiskered whoppers may not be pretty, but they pack a wallop.
  • It would wallop global investor and business confidence at a time when both are scarce.
  • The innocuous-looking pellets are about the size of almonds, but in your mouth they pack an invisible, highly potent wallop.
  • He cultivates dope in mineral-water solutions-he's a hydroponic felon-and his weed packs a wallop.
  • Shawn is a pint-size provocateur whose plays pack a real intellectual wallop.
  • The concept is simple, but it carries a wallop once you actually see the graph.
  • When cooked down and almost caramelized, they pack a terrific wallop of flavor on their own.
  • There was no mistaking, however, the wallop it packed.
British Dictionary definitions for wallop

wallop

/ˈwɒləp/
verb -lops, -loping, -loped
1.
(transitive) (informal) to beat soundly; strike hard
2.
(transitive) (informal) to defeat utterly
3.
(intransitive) (dialect) to move in a clumsy manner
4.
(intransitive) (of liquids) to boil violently
noun
5.
(informal) a hard blow
6.
(informal) the ability to hit powerfully, as of a boxer
7.
(informal) a forceful impression
8.
(Brit) a slang word for beer
verb, noun
9.
an obsolete word for gallop
Word Origin
C14: from Old Northern French waloper to gallop, from Old French galoper, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for wallop
v.

late 14c., "to gallop," possibly from Old North French *waloper (13c.), probably from Frankish *walalaupan "to run well" (cf. Old High German wela "well" and Old Low Franconian loupon "to run, leap"). The meaning "to thrash" (1820) and the noun meaning "heavy blow" (1823) may be separate developments, of imitative origin. Related: Walloped; walloping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wallop

wallop

noun
  1. A hard blow; a severe and resounding stroke: She gave him a wallop on the chin
  2. Power; clout, moxie: She'd be good if she had a little more wallop
verb
  1. : He walloped the ball right over the wall
  2. To defeat utterly; clobber
Related Terms

circuit clout

[1823+; fr British dialect, ''beat, thrash,'' apparently fr Old Norman French walop, ''gallop'']


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