Part of speech: noun
Origin: American English, mid 19th century
An exceptional person or thing.
A forceful blow.
Examples of Sockdolager in a sentence
"All of the nominees tonight are well-accomplished sockdolagers."
"The car door hit Randy with a sockdolager that knocked the wind out of him."
Popularity Over Time
It is believed that sockdolager developed as a fanciful formation from “sock.” How the word became associated with an exceptional person or a forceful blow is unknown.
Did you Know?
To find a sockdolager, you need not look much further than the Nobel Prizes. People and companies who qualify for nomination are exceptional in their actions and impact, and have often found a way to contribute to humanity’s progress in a particular field. Some notable recipients include activist Malala Yousafzai, writer Ernest Hemingway, and scientist Albert Einstein.