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  1. present participle of whack


whacking (not comparable)

  1. (informal) Exceptionally large; whopping (often followed by an adjective such as great or big).
    • 1762, Thomas Bridges, A Burlesque Translation of Homer, London: S. Hooper, 1772, Book 7 of Homer’s Iliad, p. 289,[1]
      [] all our grannies tell us how
      He kill’d a whacking great dun cow;
    • 1819, Olivia Clarke, The Irishwoman. A Comedy in Five Acts, London: H. Colburn, Act V, Scene 2, p. 80,[2]
      [] these two whacking Irish boys, that I was telling you of just now, are posted at the hall door to seize the villain, and take him to pay his respects to the next sitting magistrate []
    • 1895, Arthur Quiller-Couch, “The Roll-Call of the Reef” in Wandering Heath: Stories, Studies, and Sketches, London: Cassell & Co., 1896, p. 13,[3]
      [] beside them clung a trumpeter, a whacking big man, an’ between the heavy seas he would lift his trumpet with one hand, and blow a call; and every time he blew the men gave a cheer.
    • 1903, F. Marion Crawford, Man Overboard!, New York: Macmillan, pp. 81-82,[4]
      He was what they call a Hard-shell Baptist in those parts, with a long, shaven upper lip and a whacking appetite, and a sort of superior look, as if he didn't expect to see many of us hereafter []
    • 1926, Neville Shute, Marazan, London: Cassell & Co., Chapter Five,[5]
      There was no secret in Genoa about the destination of the little tramp with the peculiar equipment of lifeboats and davits—two whacking great motor boats each as big as a Navy pinnace, each with a couple of hundred horse-power in her.
    • 2004, Peter Bradshaw, “House of Sand and Fog,” The Guardian, 27 February, 2004,[6]
      He seizes on an opportunity to buy a house at a repo-auction, planning to sell it on for a whacking profit.


whacking (plural whackings)

  1. A beating.