walloper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From wallop +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

walloper (plural wallopers)

  1. One who wallops.
  2. (Ireland) A cudgel, a shillelagh.
  3. (Australia, slang, humorous) A policeman, a male police officer.
    • 1950, Frank Hardy, Power Without Glory,
      Police! Everyone out! The bloody wallopers are on their way!
    • 1971, John O'Grady, Dealing with Cops, in Aussie Etiket, quoted in 1988, Aussie Humour, Macmillan, ISBN 0-7251-0553-4, page 200,
      Uniformed cops are generally known as ‘wallopers’, and cops in plain clothes are called ‘demons’. These latter, supposed to be disguised, are instantly recognisable.
    • 2006, Andrew Stafford, Pig City: From the Saints to Savage Garden, page 106,
      Understandably the wallopers were called, and they cleared everybody out.

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