from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To beat, flog, or thrash.
  • n. A blow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to beat or thrash
  • n. backchat or rudeness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To beat or flog soundly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To flog; thrash.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give a spanking to; subject to a spanking


Perhaps from Dutch larpen, to slap, thrash, from larp, rod, whip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. Many dictionaries suggest a connection with larpen, Dutch, 'to thresh with flails'. (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • As the child got larruped the mother felt bad. bitbritt22

    July 27, 2012

  • An Oak Grove-ism, where if a food is "larrupin'" it is so good that your tongue will come out of your mouth and beat you around the head for more.

    September 8, 2008