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[hwop-er, wop-] /ˈʰwɒp ər, ˈwɒp-/
noun, Informal.
something uncommonly large of its kind.
a big lie.
Also, whapper.
Origin of whopper
1775-85; whop + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for whopper
  • Enjoyed the piece, but you opened it with a whopper.
  • The old adage certainly rings true here, make it a whopper so it's more believable, because the truth certainly doesn't matter.
  • The hogs in question are the whopper salmon attempting to swim past our fixed lines to their upriver spawning grounds.
  • But even by the shoddy standards of the notoriously-lax birthplace of the atomic bomb, this latest incident is a whopper.
  • So it's only lately that we've realized we've got a whopper on our doorstep.
  • If this whopper is a planet, it is the largest ever detected, defying current theory.
  • Then, he caught a whopper that took more than half an hour to land.
  • But, all in all, reports have not been too bad for this whopper of a storm which in some areas reached hurricane levels.
  • As big of a whopper as that may seem, there is some truth in that statement.
  • To significantly change the qualitative output of a simulation you need to tell a whopper.
British Dictionary definitions for whopper


noun (informal)
anything uncommonly large of its kind
a big lie
Word Origin
C18: from whop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for whopper

1785, formed as if from whop (v.) "to beat, overcome." Meaning "big lie" is recorded first in 1791. Whopping "large, big, impressive" is attested by 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for whopper



An exclamation of joy and approval; hurrah (1862+)


Exuberant merriment; wild celebration; whoop-de-do: ''Whoopee'' seems to have entered New York with the accent on the first syllable (1928+)

[based on whoop, which is found fr late 1300s; popularized and perhaps coined by the colmnist Walter Winchell]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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whopper in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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