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slam

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noun \ˈslam\

Definition of slam



Origin of slam

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1660

Rhymes with slam


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slam

noun

Definition of slam

  1. 1 :  a heavy blow or impact

  2. 2a :  a noisy violent closingb :  a banging noise; especially :  one made by the slam of a door

  3. 3 :  a cutting or violent criticism

  4. 4 :  slammer

  5. 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


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slam

verb

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

slammedslam·ming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike or beat hard :  knock

  3. 2 :  to shut forcibly and noisily :  bang

  4. 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>

  5. 4 :  to criticize harshly

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to make a banging noise

  8. 2 :  to function (as in moving) with emphatic and usually noisy vigor <the hurricane slammed into the coast> <slammed out of the room>

  9. 3 :  to utter verbal abuse or harsh criticism

Examples of slam

  1. He slammed the door in my face.

  2. She slammed the drawer shut.

  3. He stepped inside and let the door slam behind him.

  4. In her anger, she slammed the ball against the fence.

  5. The car slid on the ice and slammed into a tree.

  6. Her arm slammed against the table.



Circa 1691

First Known Use of slam

circa 1691




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