Definition of wallop in English:



[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1 Strike 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’
    • ‘In Florida, as in at least 20 other states with similar laws on the books, pricing curbs kick in during declared emergencies - say, when thousands of residents have been walloped by a natural disaster.’
    • ‘In what other football game, one might ask, is the skill of those who get the ball and wallop it up the pitch - hopefully to one of their own players - so admired?’
    • ‘Martin walloped me on the back and poured me a double and, ‘shamed as I am to admit it, I started bawling and wailing.’
    • ‘Sheffield followed by taking him even deeper, walloping a towering homer into the upper left-field deck.’
    • ‘To the band's credit, this only seems to increase their pummelling potential, provoking them into walloping, abusing and thrashing their amps harder than ever.’
    • ‘That's bound to confuse future historians, but not as much as another recent discovery, Heidbanger Hole, in honour of the unfortunate speleologist who walloped his head on his way out.’
    • ‘A wonderfully-struck drive from Scotland, following yet another exciting slalom across the face of the Dunfermline defence, walloped the crossbar before flying out of harm's way.’
    • ‘Cordelia leaned over and walloped him once, hard, on the back.’
    • ‘From there the striker had a straightforward job of angling his body and walloping it home.’
    • ‘The metropolitan area has been walloped by the loss of nearly 10,000 high-paying telecom jobs and - in a recovery that's so far jobless - there is little relief in sight.’
    • ‘In Warsaw a protester hurled an egg that walloped him on about the same quadrant of his person as did the egg thrown at the deputy prime minister the week before.’
    • ‘He can cut loose, smash and wallop the ball for towering sixes and delightful fours.’
    • ‘I'm a pensioner for goodness sake, I'm hardly likely to go round walloping people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Needless to say, I'm currently getting walloped by Tim Blair, but as they say, if I have to walloped by anyone, I'm glad it's him.’
    • ‘The visitors sensed they had the upper hand at this point and on 25 minutes, they nearly stole a second goal when Kieran O'Donnell walloped the crossbar from all of 40 yards.’
    • ‘They dive over the plate to wallop outside pitches up the middle, knowing the inside strike won't be called.’
    • ‘Her own three sons - whom she was still cheerfully cuffing into their twenties - had always been walloped when they were naughty.’
    • ‘Stephen Carson walloped another long-range shot goalwards, although this one demanded fine handling from the goalkeeper currently on loan from Manchester United.’
    • ‘The pitch stayed up and was walloped 438 feet to left center, a three-run, two-out homer that put the game out of reach.’
    strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, swat, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's ears
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    1. 1.1Heavily defeat (an opponent)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Valencia did not look like champions and had arrived demoralised after a first league defeat last Sunday and a 5-1 walloping from Internazionale in Europe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The semis saw Oak beat Sun and Tankard wallop Hammerton Social 6-0.’
      • ‘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.’


  • 1A heavy blow or punch.

    • ‘He showed his determination to hang in there when he refused to be substituted despite taking a nasty wallop on the side of the head in the first half.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's not the biggest guard in the league, but his punch packs quite a wallop.’
    • ‘When she wakes up from that whack you gave her, she'll be ready to deal you a wallop, I'm sure.’
    • ‘I must go down to the basement at once with my trusty two-by-four and administer a few more bracing wallops.’
    • ‘They gave it an almighty wallop and the alarm sounded.’
    • ‘He looked at me from under his bushy European mullet, through glazed eyes and gave me a wallop on the shoulder.’
    • ‘He is big, and broad and takes guard with a wide stance and hits the ball an enormous wallop.’
    • ‘In sheer desperation, Smith swung his left, missed badly, and for this mistake received a mighty downward wallop on the left ear, and Les was in the act of following on with his left when Smith shot out his right to the body.’
    1. 1.1North American [in singular]A potent effect.
      ‘the script packs a wallop’
      • ‘Reports are that, like the other quake drinks, it packs a wallop.’
      • ‘It packed a powerful, joyous wallop, delivering all the things one hoped to find in music: The thrill of the new, the excitement of the unexpected, a galvanizing groove, and lyrics that actually said something.’
      • ‘It was a quiet, introspective story - with a powerful wallop.’
      • ‘The result is a relatively short work that packs a substantial wallop, evoking a world in which there are no simple answers, either in individual lives or in the lives of nations and continents.’
      • ‘Finally, it is with some joy and relief that I can say that alternative shows and venues can still pack a wallop.’
      • ‘Most of the dishes hit us with a wallop of flavour right from the start, so the different tastes didn't really have a chance to unfold.’
      • ‘Although they have for years attracted a local cult following, Wildner's ‘small statements’ pack a wallop and deserve a wider audience.’
      • ‘One has to pay for ammo, and the gun cannot be turned around to the main gallery space, so it must pack a real wallop.’
      • ‘Passing out of an elite institution and making a distinctive fashion statement is a double wallop.’
      • ‘Together it would be a double wallop that could not come at a worse time for advertisers.’
      • ‘Fidelity is excellent, channel separation is highly effective, and the bass packs quite the wallop.’
      • ‘With chaotic mise-en-scene, unsettling content, and several interesting ideas behind all the style, Irréversible packs a wallop that amounts to more than its extreme brutality.’
      • ‘It's soft and moving in the right places, but feels hesitant to pack a powerful wallop.’
      • ‘Of course it's 40 years later now, but Jackson can still pack a wallop with a voice that has just gotten more velvety smooth with age.’
      • ‘However I did detect, to my distaste, a big wallop of condescension.’
      • ‘I just love the wallop in the back of the nose that you get with Wasabe!’
      • ‘It's a scene that really packs a wallop because it's believable.’
      • ‘It's a quirky little film, but it packs a wallop, toying with our expectations.’
      • ‘And in the blues, it wasn't so much a hint as a wallop.’
      • ‘Whatever accompaniment you choose, tomato water lets its colors shine through but packs a wallop of supporting flavor.’
  • 2British Alcoholic drink, especially beer.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In particular, their Jacobite Ale packs a bit of a wallop.’


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 well 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.