Definition of wallop in English:

wallop

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1 Strike or hit very hard:

    ‘they walloped the back of his head with a stick’
    figurative ‘they were tired of getting walloped with income taxes’
    • ‘From there the striker had a straightforward job of angling his body and walloping it home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sheffield followed by taking him even deeper, walloping a towering homer into the upper left-field deck.’
    • ‘Cordelia leaned over and walloped him once, hard, on the back.’
    • ‘I'm a pensioner for goodness sake, I'm hardly likely to go round walloping people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her own three sons - whom she was still cheerfully cuffing into their twenties - had always been walloped when they were naughty.’
    • ‘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 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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They dive over the plate to wallop outside pitches up the middle, knowing the inside strike won't be called.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stephen Carson walloped another long-range shot goalwards, although this one demanded fine handling from the goalkeeper currently on loan from Manchester United.’
    • ‘Martin walloped me on the back and poured me a double and, ‘shamed as I am to admit it, I started bawling and wailing.’
    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. 1.1 Heavily defeat (an opponent):
      ‘we were walloped by Milan’
      • ‘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:

    ‘I gave it a wallop with my boot’
    • ‘They gave it an almighty wallop and the alarm sounded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's not the biggest guard in the league, but his punch packs quite a 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.’
    • ‘He looked at me from under his bushy European mullet, through glazed eyes and gave me a wallop on the shoulder.’
    • ‘When she wakes up from that whack you gave her, she'll be ready to deal you a wallop, I'm sure.’
    • ‘He is big, and broad and takes guard with a wide stance and hits the ball an enormous wallop.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I must go down to the basement at once with my trusty two-by-four and administer a few more bracing wallops.’
    1. 1.1North American [in singular] A powerful effect:
      ‘the script packs a 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reports are that, like the other quake drinks, it packs a wallop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I just love the wallop in the back of the nose that you get with Wasabe!’
      • ‘And in the blues, it wasn't so much a hint as a 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However I did detect, to my distaste, a big wallop of condescension.’
      • ‘Whatever accompaniment you choose, tomato water lets its colors shine through but packs a wallop of supporting flavor.’
      • ‘It's soft and moving in the right places, but feels hesitant to pack a powerful wallop.’
      • ‘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 quirky little film, but it packs a wallop, toying with our expectations.’
      • ‘It was a quiet, introspective story - with a powerful wallop.’
      • ‘Fidelity is excellent, channel separation is highly effective, and the bass packs quite the wallop.’
  • 2British [mass noun] Alcoholic drink, especially beer:

    ‘an endless supply of free wallop’
    • ‘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

/ˈwɒləp/