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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɒp.ə(ɹ)/, /ˈʍɒp.ə(ɹ)/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɑ.pɚ/, /ˈʍɑ.pɚ/
whopper (plural whoppers)
- (informal) Something remarkably large.
- 1889, Jerome K. Jerome, chapter 17, in Three Men in a Boat […] :
- I’d gone out pike fishing, bless you, never thinking of a trout, and when I saw that whopper on the end of my line, blest if it didn’t quite take me aback. Well, you see, he weighed twenty-six pound.
- 1910, O. Henry [pseudonym; William Sydney Porter], “The Poet and the Peasant”, in Strictly Business:
- I’ve just run down from Ulster County to look at the town, bein’ that the hayin’s over with. Gosh! but it’s a whopper. I thought Poughkeepsie was some punkins; but this here town is five times as big.
- 1939, Noel Langley; Florence Ryerson; Edgar Allan Woolf, The Wizard of Oz:
- There's a storm blowing up, Sylvester—a 'whopper', speaking in the vernacular of the peasantry.
- (informal) An outrageous or blatant lie.
- 1894, Mark Twain, chapter XII, in Tom Sawyer Abroad:
- When he got done telling it there was one of them uncomfortable silences that comes, you know, when a person has been telling a whopper and you feel sorry for him and wish you could think of some way to change the subject and let him down easy, […]
- 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare and Company, […], →OCLC:
- Coming out with a whopper now. Rhapsodies about damn all. Believes his own lies. Does really. Wonderful liar. But want a good memory.
- 1997 , David Foster Wallace, “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”, in A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown and Company, →ISBN:
- Isuzu Inc. hit pay dirt in the late '80s with its series of “Joe Isuzu” spots, featuring an oily, Satanic-looking salesman who told whoppers about Isuzu's genuine llama-skin upholstery and ability to run on tapwater.
something remarkably large
- Jonathon Green (2023), “whopper n.”, in Green's Dictionary of Slang