- to move along in a rapid, reckless, awkward way
- to move heavily and clumsily; flounder
- to boil vigorously, with noisy bubbling
Origin of wallopMiddle English walopen, to gallop ; from Norman French waloper (OFr galoper): see gallop
- to beat soundly; thrash
- to strike hard
- to defeat overwhelmingly
- Informal, Dialectal a heavy, clumsy movement of the body
- a hard blow
- the power to strike a hard blow
- effective force; vigor
- ☆ Informal a feeling of pleasurable excitement; thrill
- Brit., Slang beer
verbwal·loped, wal·lop·ing, wal·lops
- To beat forcefully; thrash.
- To strike with a hard blow: walloped the ball into the outfield.
- To defeat thoroughly.
- To affect harshly or severely: was walloped with a large fine.
- A hard or severe blow.
- a. A powerful force: has a punch that delivers a wallop.b. A powerful effect: “Therein lies the novel's emotional wallop and moral message” (George F. Will).
Origin of wallopMiddle English walopen, to gallop, from Old North French *waloper; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A heavy blow, punch.
- A person's ability to throw such punches.
- An emotional impact, psychological force.
- A thrill, emotionally excited reaction.
- (slang) anything produced by a process that involves boiling; Beer, tea, whitewash.
- (archaic) A thick piece of fat.
- (UK, Scotland, dialect) A quick rolling movement; a gallop.
(third-person singular simple present wallops, present participle wallopping, simple past and past participle wallopped)
From Middle English wallopen (â€œgallopâ€), from Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French walop (â€œgallop (noun)â€) and waloper (â€œto gallop (verb)â€) (compare Old French galoper, whence modern French galoper), from Frankish *wala hlaupan (â€œto run wellâ€) from *wala (â€œwellâ€) + *hlaupan (â€œto runâ€), from Proto-Germanic *hlaupanÄ… (â€œto run, leap, springâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *klaup-, *klaub- (â€œto spring, stumbleâ€). Possibly also derived from a deverbal of Frankish *walhlaup (â€œbattle runâ€) from *wal (â€œbattlefieldâ€) from a Proto-Germanic word meaning "dead, victim, slain" from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (â€œdeath in battle, killed in battleâ€) + *hlaup (â€œcourse, trackâ€) from *hlaupan (â€œto runâ€). Compare the doublet gallop.
(third-person singular simple present wallops, present participle walloping, simple past and past participle walloped)