- 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, Dial. 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 (“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 *hlaupanÄ… (“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.
(third-person singular simple present wallops, present participle walloping, simple past and past participle walloped)