"Larrupin’” (also spelled various ways, such as “larruping” or “larapin” or “larapen” or “larepin") originally meant a good, sound beating, but it later evolved to mean something good or excellent ("larrupin’ good"). The term is often used today in Texas and other parts of the South to indicate especially good food, such as a “larrupin’ piece of barbecued beef.”
Also spelled larruping, this usually refers to food that tastes exceptionally good.
That fried chicked that grandma used to cook was down right larruping.
by Jon Dec 2, 2003
A good flavor
Usage: Those are larapin good collard greens
(Verb) Over the top in delectable flavor, seasoning, and texture., Superior taste in the food, sauce, drink, or dessert. Memorable meal.
Usage: That sausage gravey made those biscuts larapin. The vanilla icecream was larapin on the peach cobbler.***Note: Collard greans could never be “larapin”.
larapin - Cowboy slang for great food, usually home-cooked.
e.g., Erle, this BBQ chicken is downright larapin.
laripin - A favorable description of food: delicious, yummy, tasty. Laripin’, lariping.
1959 VT Hist. 27.147, Larruping. . . Slang. Extremely. Occasional. 1960 Criswell Resp. to PADS 20 Ozarks, Larrupin—exceedingly good to the taste; first rate, top-notch; plenty good.
1965- 70 DARE (Qu. KK1a, . . Very good—for example, food: “ That pie was _____. “ ) Infs IL25, NE11, OK9, 27, 31, TN26, TX1, 81, Larruping; IL96, TN23, 31, TX35, Larruping good; MS1, Ain ‘ t that tad-larruping; NM9, Larrupin ‘ dope—cowboy used to say; TN36, Larruping good truck; (Qu. DD15, A person who is thoroughly drunk) Inf LA14, Larruping drunk; (Qu. LL35, Words used to make a statement stronger: “ This cake tastes_____good. “ ) Infs IL135, LA28, MO7, OK25, TN31, TX98, Larrupin(g).
1975 Gainer Witches 13 sAppalachians, Larpin ‘ . . . very, exceedingly. “ This pie is larpin ‘ good.
1976 Harper ‘ s Weekly 26 Jan 19 cKS, If the pecan pie at the family reunion was delicious, people . . proclaimed, “ This pie is absolutely larapin.
c1968 DARE FW Addit swOK, Larruping —Too sweet to be good eating; cloying.
(Oxford English Dictionary)
larrup, v. and intr.
dial. and colloq.
trans. To beat, flog, thrash. Hence larruping vbl. n.
1823 MOOR Suffolk Wds. 208 Larrup, to beatsimilar to lace, lather etc..
1824 PEAKE Amer. Abr. I. i, I’ll larrup you till you can’t stand.
a1825 JENNINGS Observ. Dial. W. Eng. 53 To Lirrop, to beat. This is said to be a corruption of the sea term, lee-rope.
a1825 FORBY Voc. E. Anglia, Larrup.
1829 FONBLANQUE Eng. under 7 Administr. (1837) I. 246 Is this a land of liberty, where a man can’t larrop his own nigger?
Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875
Boston, MA: J. French, Redding
“Here, Armbus,” said the boys together; “here’s the man you give that thunderin’ larrupin’ to, t’other night.”
The War-Trail; Or, The Hunt of the Wild Horse
by Captain Mayne Reid
London: J. and C. Brown
“I met the pedlar shortly arter, and gin him sech a larrupin as laid him up for a month;...”
Figs and Thistles: A Romance of the Western Reserve
by Albion Winegar Tourgee
New York, NY: Fords, Howard, & Hulbert
“He used to hide there when he was afraid of a larrupin’ below stairs, you know, Deacon;...”
Nights with Uncle Remus
by Joel Chandler Harris
Boston, MA: Houghton, Mifflin and Co.
“I’m gwine ter take you en gin you a larrupin’,’ sezee, ‘en den I’m gwine ter skin you en nail yo’ hide on de stable do’,’ sezee; en den ter make sho dat you git de right kinder larrupin’, I’ll des step up ter de house,’ sezee.”
The Land of Last Chance
by George Washington Ogden
Chicago, IL: A. C. McClurg & Co.
“I got this larrupin’ tonight because I wouldn’t give it over to that crowd from Texas.”
Big Spring: The Casual Biography of a Prairie Town
by Shine Phillips
New York, NY: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
The thought of a large larrupin’ piece of barbecued beef cooked on the range, along with the inherited desire of man to get out his gun and kill something, usually…
by Edna Ferber
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
Jett and the others they rout him out they make him fix them a mess of barbecued ribs and they eat it and Jett says it’s larrupin’ and what has he got in the barbecue sauce make it taste different.
Home to Texas
by Stanley Walker
New York, NY: Harper
...my wife makes tamales from the heads of hogs, a tedious process but the result, to my way of thinking, is excellent—indeed, as the old folks used to say, larrupin’.
Texas Highways Cookbook
by Joanne Smith
Austin, TX: University of Texas Press
Larry Hodge’s Larrupin’ Pralines, 97
Texas Monthly (May 1997)
The sauce is sweet-sour and peppery, the banana pudding larruping good.
Kinky Friedman’s Guide to Texas Etiquette:
Or, How to Get to Heaven or Hell Without Going Through Dallas-Fort Worth
by Kinky Friedman
New York, NY: Cliff Street Books
Pg. 53 (Texas Talk):
Words like “larruping,” “blue nothers,” and “pole-axed” leave non-Texans scratching their heads wondering if they should sit down or get out of the way.
“larrupin”—a few fingers tastier than finger-lickin’ good.