Definition of wallop in English:

wallop

Syllabification: wal·lop
Pronunciation: /ˈwäləp
 
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informal

verb (wallops, walloping, walloped)

[with object]
1Strike or hit (someone or something) very hard: they walloped the back of his head with a stick figurative they were tired of getting walloped with income taxes
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  • Cordelia leaned over and walloped him once, hard, on the back.
  • Angrily, he grabbed the first thing that came to hand (a wooden spoon), crossed the room in three strides and walloped Simeon as hard as he could.
  • They dive over the plate to wallop outside pitches up the middle, knowing the inside strike won't be called.
1.1Heavily defeat (an opponent).
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  • True to his ultra-aggressive nature, Lance has decided to wallop his rivals who think he can be had with a psychological blow right out of the gate.
  • Last week was not only good for the Party, it was a triumph for Fox, which walloped its cable rivals and the ‘big three’ networks in the ratings.
  • But Cosmos still remain one of the teams which inflicted a heavy defeat on Bucks when they walloped them 5-1 in a Coca Cola Cup in Umtata a few years ago.

noun

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1A heavy blow or punch.
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  • I must go down to the basement at once with my trusty two-by-four and administer a few more bracing wallops.
  • With that Allardyce stands up and wallops Mark and Lard, leaving them flying into the crowd.
  • It appears that she got a hefty wallop from something heavy, which has pushed her sideways several inches over the edge of her plinth.
1.1 [in singular] chiefly North American A potent effect: the script packs a wallop
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  • It's a scene that really packs a wallop because it's believable.
  • Whatever accompaniment you choose, tomato water lets its colors shine through but packs a wallop of supporting flavor.
  • Reports are that, like the other quake drinks, it packs a wallop.
2British Alcoholic drink, especially beer.
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  • Blossom hill White Zinfandel 2000 Easy drinking and packing a huge fruity wallop, this delicious vintage reeks of luscious, ripe strawberries and cream with a refreshingly crisp finish.
  • Wallop was a slang term for beer, and Codd's wallop came to be used by beer drinkers as a derogatory term for weak or gassy beer, or for soft drinks.
  • In particular, their Jacobite Ale packs a bit of a wallop.

Origin

Middle English (as a noun denoting a horse's gallop): from Old Northern French walop (noun), waloper (verb), perhaps from a Germanic phrase meaning 'run well', from the bases of well1 and leap. Compare with gallop. From 'gallop' the senses 'bubbling noise of a boiling liquid' and then 'sound of a clumsy movement' arose, leading to the current senses.

Derivatives

walloper

noun
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  • A third muscle-bound baseline walloper was one too many.
  • With this walloper of a Bonnie Tyler cover, she even fluked herself a massive international hit.
  • There were usually eleven men in a crew - two forking off the dray, one feeding the mill, three in the bag hole, the engine driver, the cook, the tankye and one straw walloper.

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