wallop

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wallopen (gallop), from Anglo-Norman [Term?], 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 Proto-Germanic [Term?] (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. (Britain, Scotland, dialect) A quick rolling movement; a gallop.
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Verb[edit]

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