wallop

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Etymology 1[edit]

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 *hlaupaną (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.

Noun[edit]

wallop (plural wallops)

  1. A heavy blow, punch.
  2. A person's ability to throw such punches.
  3. An emotional impact, psychological force.
  4. A thrill, emotionally excited reaction.
  5. (slang) anything produced by a process that involves boiling; Beer, tea, whitewash.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four,
      "You're a gent," said the other, straightening his shoulders again. He appeared not to have noticed Winston's blue overalls. "Pint!" he added aggressively to the barman. "Pint of wallop."
  6. (archaic) A thick piece of fat.
  7. (UK, Scotland, dialect) A quick rolling movement; a gallop.
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Verb[edit]

wallop (third-person singular simple present wallops, present participle wallopping, simple past and past participle wallopped)

  1. (intransitive) To rush hastily
  2. (intransitive) To flounder, wallow
  3. To boil with a continued bubbling or heaving and rolling, with noise.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Brockett to this entry?)
  4. (transitive) To strike heavily, thrash soundly.
  5. (transitive) To trounce, beat by a wide margin.
  6. (transitive) To wrap up temporarily.
  7. To move in a rolling, cumbersome manner; to waddle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
  8. To be slatternly.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

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Etymology 2[edit]

From the acronym: write [to] all operators

Verb[edit]

wallop (third-person singular simple present wallops, present participle walloping, simple past and past participle walloped)

  1. (Internet) To write a message to all operators on an Internet Relay Chat server.

References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967