Definitions

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

  • adjective Exceptionally large.
  • adverb Used as an intensive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Very large; thumping: as, a whopping big trout.

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

  • adjective exceptionally large or great
  • verb Present participle of whop.

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

  • adjective (used informally) very large
  • adverb extremely

Etymologies

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

[ Present participle of whop.]

Examples

  • Their distinctive whooping call is instantly recognizable, hence the name whopping crane, and if you catch a look at one on the wing, they are a majesty to behold.

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  • We had to pay rent, which was as I recall a whopping $180 per month.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch » 2009 » June

  • We had to pay rent, which was as I recall a whopping $180 per month.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch » 2009 » June » 18

  • We had to pay rent, which was as I recall a whopping $180 per month.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch » Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Money, Part Two

  • "It is estimated that government will be coining a whopping R258 million a year from the additional fee on the country's 8.6 million registered motor vehicle owners," said DA spokesman on transport,

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Spread out over 7 years since we invaded, that works out to be about $100.57 billion PER YEAR out of an average annual federal budget of roughly $3.2 - $3.4 TRILLION ($3200 billion - $3400 billion) or in other words ... a whopping 2. 9% of every federal dollar spent over the last 7 years.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Spread out over 7 years since we invaded, that works out to be about $100.57 billion PER YEAR out of an average annual federal budget of roughly $3.2 - $3.4 TRILLION ($3200 billion - $3400 billion) or in other words ... a whopping 2. 9% of every federal dollar spent over the last 7 years.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Spread out over 7 years since we invaded, that works out to be about $100.57 billion PER YEAR out of an average annual federal budget of roughly $3.2 - $3.4 TRILLION ($3200 billion - $3400 billion) or in other words ... a whopping 2. 9% of every federal dollar spent over the last 7 years.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • As if having to recall a whopping 180,865 vehicles in the UK from the Auris, Avensis, Aygo, Corolla, iQ, Verso and Yaris ranges for having dodgy accelerator pedals wasn't embarassing enough, it's now announced a global recall of its third-generation Prius due to rubbish brakes.

    Crave at CNET UK

  • Apr. 30 -- Cass County health officials are grappling with a sharp rise in pertussis -- commonly known as whopping cough -- confirming five cases in the past six months, including one that resulted in death.

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  • Presumably "to whop" is to exude or be possessed of bigness.

    November 9, 2007

  • Not to be confused with the place in London called Wapping.

    November 9, 2007

  • What about when you whop someone upside the head?

    November 9, 2007

  • It's a gerund from the verb "to whop," which means to produce a noise like a hundred thousand people saying "whop." And trivet, isn't that whup?

    November 9, 2007

  • Nope, I come from a long line of whoppers. My mother used to call biscuits in a can whop biscuits because you had to whop 'em good to get them open.

    November 9, 2007

  • No, no. It's whomp. You whomp someone upside the head.

    November 9, 2007

  • There's a subtle distinction here. My Mom always let me whomp the biscuits open. But she would whop me upside the head with a hard-boiled egg to crack it.

    November 9, 2007

  • Whatever, opening biscuit cartons like that was one of my very favorite things to do when I was little. I had forgotten all about it until now. Nice recovered memory...

    November 9, 2007

  • No no no. Whomp is the noise made by a fell beast, and whup is what you do upside someone's head. I have never opened a biscuit tin in any way but the conventional, so I'll let you have whop for this.

    November 9, 2007

  • Also see whupping.

    November 9, 2007