Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To beat forcefully; thrash.
  • intransitive verb To strike with a hard blow.
  • intransitive verb To defeat thoroughly.
  • intransitive verb To affect harshly or severely.
  • intransitive verb To move in a heavy or clumsy manner.
  • noun A hard or severe blow.
  • noun A powerful force.
  • noun A powerful effect.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To castigate; beat soundly; drub; thrash.
  • To tumble over; dash down.
  • noun A severe blow.
  • To boil with a continued bubbling or heaving and rolling of the liquor, accompanied with noise.
  • To move quickly with great but somewhat clumsy effort; gallop. See gallop.
  • noun A quick motion with much agitation or effort; a gallop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. & Scot. A quick, rolling movement; a gallop.
  • transitive verb Prov. Eng., Scot., & Colloq. U. S. To beat soundly; to flog; to whip.
  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. To wrap up temporarily.
  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. To throw or tumble over.
  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. & Scot. To move quickly, but with great effort; to gallop.
  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. To boil with a continued bubbling or heaving and rolling, with noise.
  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. To move in a rolling, cumbersome manner; to waddle.
  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. To be slatternly.
  • noun A thick piece of fat.
  • noun Prov. Eng., Scot., & Colloq. U. S. A blow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A heavy blow, punch.
  • noun A person's ability to throw such punches.
  • noun An emotional impact, psychological force.
  • noun A thrill, emotionally excited reaction.
  • noun slang anything produced by a process that involves boiling; Beer, tea, whitewash.
  • noun archaic A thick piece of fat.
  • verb intransitive To rush hastily
  • verb intransitive To flounder, wallow
  • verb intransitive To boil noisily
  • verb transitive To strike heavily, thrash soundly.
  • verb transitive To trounce, beat by wide.
  • verb Internet To write a message to all operators on an Internet Relay Chat server.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb hit hard
  • noun a severe blow
  • noun a forceful consequence; a strong effect
  • verb defeat soundly and utterly

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English walopen, to gallop, from Old North French *waloper; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English wallopen ("gallop"), from Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French walop ("gallop (noun)") and waloper ("to gallop (verb)") (compare Old French galoper, whence modern French galoper), from Frankish *wala hlaupan ("to run well") from *wala ("well") + *hlaupan ("to run"), from Proto-Germanic *hlaupanan (“to run, leap, spring”), from Proto-Indo-European *klaup-, *klaub- (“to spring, stumble”). Possibly also derived from a deverbal of Frankish walhlaup ("battle run") from *wal ("battlefield") from a Proto-Germanic word meaning "dead, victim, slain" from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“death in battle, killed in battle”) + *hlaup ("course, track") from *hlaupan ("to run"). Compare the doublet gallop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the acronym: write [to] all operators

Examples

  • Lidia theorizes that pasta alla puttanesca soared to popularity here in the 1970s because authentic Italian ingredients such as cured olives and cured capers were just becoming available, so the dish delivered what she calls a "wallop of flavor" that keeps people making it right up to today.

    Rozanne Gold: Lidia's Italy in America

  • Lidia theorizes that pasta alla puttanesca soared to popularity here in the 1970s because authentic Italian ingredients such as cured olives and cured capers were just becoming available, so the dish delivered what she calls a "wallop of flavor" that keeps people making it right up to today.

    Rozanne Gold: Lidia's Italy in America

  • Lidia theorizes that pasta alla puttanesca soared to popularity here in the 1970s because authentic Italian ingredients such as cured olives and cured capers were just becoming available, so the dish delivered what she calls a "wallop of flavor" that keeps people making it right up to today.

    Rozanne Gold: Lidia's Italy in America

  • Lidia theorizes that pasta alla puttanesca soared to popularity here in the 1970s because authentic Italian ingredients such as cured olives and cured capers were just becoming available, so the dish delivered what she calls a "wallop of flavor" that keeps people making it right up to today.

    Rozanne Gold: Lidia's Italy in America

  • Lidia theorizes that pasta alla puttanesca soared to popularity here in the 1970s because authentic Italian ingredients such as cured olives and cured capers were just becoming available, so the dish delivered what she calls a "wallop of flavor" that keeps people making it right up to today.

    Rozanne Gold: Lidia's Italy in America

  • The eggs and cheese pack a protein wallop, while the brown rice adds whole grains.

    Zucchini & Caramelized Onion Frittata with Feta

  • The eggs and cheese pack a protein wallop, while the brown rice adds whole grains.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Johnny's "wallop" was quite enough; more than enough, as the slender one might learn to his sorrow.

    Triple Spies

  • "Well," she said, "I'm afraid that Joe will 'wallop' you some day if you worry him about his food, for even a gentle dog will sometimes snap at any one who disturbs him at his meals; so you had better not try his patience too far."

    Beautiful Joe

  • "Well," she said, "I'm afraid that Joe will 'wallop' you some day if you worry him about his food, for even a gentle dog will sometimes snap at any one who disturbs him at his meals; so you had better not try his patience too far."

    Beautiful Joe: An Autobiography

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  • He did come a wallop, by George. Must have cracked his skull on the cobblestones.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 8

    January 3, 2007

  • Dark as anger,

    Waves wallop, assaulting the stubborn hull.

    from "Channel Crossing," Sylvia Plath

    April 14, 2008