Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To beat soundly; thrash.
  • transitive v. To strike with a hard blow.
  • transitive v. To defeat thoroughly.
  • intransitive v. To move in a rolling, clumsy manner; waddle.
  • intransitive v. To boil noisily. Used of a liquid.
  • n. A hard or severe blow.
  • n. The ability to strike a powerful blow: has a punch that delivers a wallop.
  • n. The capacity to create a forceful effect: "Therein lies the novel's emotional wallop and moral message” ( George F. Will).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heavy blow, punch.
  • n. A person's ability to throw such punches.
  • n. An emotional impact, psychological force.
  • n. A thrill, emotionally excited reaction.
  • n. anything produced by a process that involves boiling; Beer, tea, whitewash.
  • n. A thick piece of fat.
  • v. To rush hastily
  • v. To flounder, wallow
  • v. To boil noisily
  • v. To strike heavily, thrash soundly.
  • v. To trounce, beat by wide.
  • v. To write a message to all operators on an Internet Relay Chat server.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To move quickly, but with great effort; to gallop.
  • n. A quick, rolling movement; a gallop.
  • intransitive v. To boil with a continued bubbling or heaving and rolling, with noise.
  • intransitive v. To move in a rolling, cumbersome manner; to waddle.
  • intransitive v. To be slatternly.
  • transitive v. To beat soundly; to flog; to whip.
  • transitive v. To wrap up temporarily.
  • transitive v. To throw or tumble over.
  • n. A thick piece of fat.
  • n. A blow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To boil with a continued bubbling or heaving and rolling of the liquor, accompanied with noise.
  • To move quickly with great but somewhat clumsy effort; gallop. See gallop.
  • n. A quick motion with much agitation or effort; a gallop.
  • To castigate; beat soundly; drub; thrash.
  • To tumble over; dash down.
  • n. A severe blow.

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

  • v. hit hard
  • n. a severe blow
  • n. a forceful consequence; a strong effect
  • v. defeat soundly and utterly

Etymologies

Middle English walopen, to gallop, from Old North French *waloper; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wallopen ("gallop"), from Anglo-Norman, 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 *hlaupanan (“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 a Proto-Germanic word meaning "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. (Wiktionary)
From the acronym: write [to] all operators (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Lidia theorizes that pasta alla puttanesca soared to popularity here in the 1970s because authentic Italian ingredients such as cured olives and cured capers were just becoming available, so the dish delivered what she calls a "wallop of flavor" that keeps people making it right up to today.

    Rozanne Gold: Lidia's Italy in America

  • The eggs and cheese pack a protein wallop, while the brown rice adds whole grains.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Johnny's "wallop" was quite enough; more than enough, as the slender one might learn to his sorrow.

    Triple Spies

  • "Well," she said, "I'm afraid that Joe will 'wallop' you some day if you worry him about his food, for even a gentle dog will sometimes snap at any one who disturbs him at his meals; so you had better not try his patience too far."

    Beautiful Joe: An Autobiography

  • School of Osteopathy, which recommends to "wallop" and "wallop" very freely the empty headed schools and theories that have no more sense than to torture a sick person and do so to disguise their ignorance of the cause of her disease, which is shown by the spasmodic effect that has been named by a little book of guess work, generally called and universally known as symptomatology.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy

  • In consequence of the energetic and summary way in which he carried out his system of retaliation, those who have imitated him have been said to "wallop" the enemy.

    How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves Updated to 1900

  • He'll "wallop" the sitting Democrat, he told a crowd of Republicans on Tuesday before he breezed past questions about J.J. Ament, who's also running for treasurer as a Republican.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • No recent movie packs the same kind of wallop as McQueen's alternately harrowing and meditative study of the conditions within Northern Ireland's Maze Prison's H-Block - where members of the Irish Republican Army were imprisoned during the Troubles - and of the self-destruction of its most famous inmate, played here by Fassbender in a staggering performance.

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  • The chest thumping "Colossal" had the kind of wallop that Tony Iommi built his legend upon and Stockdale is every bit as thunderous, plus the guy has vocal prowess for miles.

    PegasusNews.com stories

  • Zee Avi is a celebrated singer/songwriter from Malaysia who packs an emotional wallop with her retro cool indie-rock folkiness making that a word, by the way.

    Jon Chattman: A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Zee Avi and Hindi Zahra Perform and Chat in NYC

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  • Dark as anger,
    Waves wallop, assaulting the stubborn hull.

    from "Channel Crossing," Sylvia Plath

    April 14, 2008

  • He did come a wallop, by George. Must have cracked his skull on the cobblestones.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 8

    January 3, 2007