Definition of wallop in English:

wallop

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 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’
    • ‘I'm a pensioner for goodness sake, I'm hardly likely to go round walloping people.’
    • ‘Sheffield followed by taking him even deeper, walloping a towering homer into the upper left-field deck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From there the striker had a straightforward job of angling his body and walloping it home.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Her own three sons - whom she was still cheerfully cuffing into their twenties - had always been walloped when they were naughty.’
    • ‘They dive over the plate to wallop outside pitches up the middle, knowing the inside strike won't be called.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Martin walloped me on the back and poured me a double and, ‘shamed as I am to admit it, I started bawling and wailing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cordelia leaned over and walloped him once, hard, on the back.’
    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 beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's ears
    hit, strike, beat, batter, thump, pound, attack, assault, knock, rap, smack, thwack, slap, pummel, punch, rain blows on, belabour, hammer, cudgel, thrash, bang, drub, welt, cuff, crack, buffet, box someone's ears
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    1. 1.1 Heavily defeat (an opponent).
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The semis saw Oak beat Sun and Tankard wallop Hammerton Social 6-0.’
      • ‘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

informal
  • 1A heavy blow or punch.

    • ‘They gave it an almighty wallop and the alarm sounded.’
    • ‘I must go down to the basement at once with my trusty two-by-four and administer a few more bracing wallops.’
    • ‘He's not the biggest guard in the league, but his punch packs quite a wallop.’
    • ‘He is big, and broad and takes guard with a wide stance and hits the ball an enormous wallop.’
    • ‘He looked at me from under his bushy European mullet, through glazed eyes and gave me a wallop on the shoulder.’
    • ‘With that Allardyce stands up and wallops Mark and Lard, leaving them flying into the crowd.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It appears that she got a hefty wallop from something heavy, which has pushed her sideways several inches over the edge of her plinth.’
    • ‘When she wakes up from that whack you gave her, she'll be ready to deal you a wallop, I'm sure.’
    1. 1.1North American in singular A potent effect.
      ‘the script packs a wallop’
      • ‘And in the blues, it wasn't so much a hint as a wallop.’
      • ‘Although they have for years attracted a local cult following, Wildner's ‘small statements’ pack a wallop and deserve a wider audience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However I did detect, to my distaste, a big wallop of condescension.’
      • ‘It's soft and moving in the right places, but feels hesitant to pack a powerful 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Together it would be a double wallop that could not come at a worse time for advertisers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reports are that, like the other quake drinks, it packs a wallop.’
      • ‘I just love the wallop in the back of the nose that you get with Wasabe!’
      • ‘Finally, it is with some joy and relief that I can say that alternative shows and venues can still pack a wallop.’
      • ‘It's a scene that really packs a wallop because it's believable.’
      • ‘Passing out of an elite institution and making a distinctive fashion statement is a double wallop.’
      • ‘It's a quirky little film, but it packs a wallop, toying with our expectations.’
      • ‘Whatever accompaniment you choose, tomato water lets its colors shine through but packs a wallop of supporting flavor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fidelity is excellent, channel separation is highly effective, and the bass packs quite the wallop.’
      • ‘It was a quiet, introspective story - with a powerful wallop.’
  • 2British Alcoholic drink, especially beer.

    • ‘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 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.

Pronunciation

wallop

/ˈwɑləp//ˈwäləp/