Origin of slam
First Known Use: 1660
Definition of slam
1 : a heavy blow or impact
2a : a noisy violent closingb : a banging noise; especially : one made by the slam of a door
3 : a cutting or violent criticism
4 : slammer
5 : a poetry competition performed before judges
Origin of slam
perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian slamre to bang, Swedish slamra to rattle
First Known Use: 1672
Simple Definition of slam
: to close (something) in a forceful way that makes a loud noise
: to set or throw (something) in a forceful way that makes a loud noise
: to hit something with a lot of force
Full Definition of slam
1 : to strike or beat hard : knock
2 : to shut forcibly and noisily : bang
3a : to set or slap down violently or noisily <slammed down the phone>b : to propel, thrust, or produce by or as if by striking hard <slam on the brakes> <slammed the car into a wall>
4 : to criticize harshly
1 : to make a banging noise
2 : to function (as in moving) with emphatic and usually noisy vigor <the hurricane slammed into the coast> <slammed out of the room>
3 : to utter verbal abuse or harsh criticism
Examples of slam
He slammed the door in my face.
She slammed the drawer shut.
He stepped inside and let the door slam behind him.
In her anger, she slammed the ball against the fence.
The car slid on the ice and slammed into a tree.
Her arm slammed against the table.
First Known Use of slam
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