One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thing that is extremely or unusually large.‘the novel is a 1,079 page whopper’
monster, brute, beast, giant, colossus, mountain, behemoth, leviathan, mammoth, monstrosityView synonyms
- ‘Apparently believing this was a real whopper of an idea, he wrote 10 meandering sequences and strung them together into a film.’
- ‘He is sent with a companion, his best friend and the publications photographer, to bring back a whopper of a story.’
- ‘The biggest pike caught during the winter leagues was a whopper of twenty-five pounds, caught on a deadbait on March 2.’
- ‘It was too easy, even for Julia who, fearing she wouldn't get a bite, found herself ankle-deep in whoppers.’
- ‘The two-disc set is a whopper.’
- ‘Mr. Greenspan's whopper must be followed by a whopper of a slump.’
- 1.1 A gross or blatant lie.
lie, untruth, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, made-up story, trumped-up story, fake news, invention, piece of fiction, fiction, falsification, falsity, fairy story, fairy tale, cock and bull story, barefaced lieView synonyms
- ‘A section of the website ironically labeled ‘Fact vs. Fiction’ contains this whopper.’
- ‘Indeed, some of them were whoppers like claiming areas had been clear-felled when they hadn't and putting misleading captions on photographs.’
- ‘However, the oversized softie has a weakness for sob stories and the lumber lout feeds him a whopper.’
- ‘Four years ago, I started the Lie Emporium, a website dedicated to lies, whoppers, porkies, politicians and just plain old cheap gags.’
- ‘And his lies, even his biggest whoppers, seem most sincerely to be believed by him - I have no doubt that he thinks he served in the National Guard, for example.’
- ‘As both posts and the ‘mainstream media’ story are full of whoppers (and I don't mean they went to Burger King…) I just had to toss in my two cents.’
- ‘To put it another way, we may need to tell one another and ourselves major whoppers, and not just little white lies, to replenish our interest in life.’
- ‘Historians disagree whether Washington told whoppers or whether he just spread propaganda among British spies and soldiers to help win the American Revolution.’
- ‘Research revealed that untruths range from little white lies to huge whoppers aimed purely at personal gain.’
- ‘Even Teb will stop arguing with me long enough to admit that I can tell a whopper to beat all whoppers.’
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