noun \ˈslap\

Definition of SLAP

dial British

Origin of SLAP

Middle English slop, from Middle Dutch; akin to Middle Dutch slippen to slip
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SLAP


transitive verb

: to hit (someone or something) with the front or back of your open hand

: to hit something with a sound like the sound made when your hand slaps something

: to put (something) on a surface quickly or forcefully


Full Definition of SLAP

a :  to strike sharply with or as if with the open hand
b :  to cause to strike with a motion or sound like that of a blow with the open hand
:  to put, place, or throw with careless haste or force <slapped on a coat of paint>
:  to assail verbally :  insult
:  to subject to a penalty —usually used with with <slapped him with a $10 fine>

Examples of SLAP

  1. She slapped him across the face.
  2. He slapped me on the back and said Good job!.
  3. He called the dog by slapping his hand against his thigh.
  4. Waves were slapping against the side of the boat.
  5. Gentle waves slapped the side of the raft.

Origin of SLAP

akin to Low German slapp, noun blow
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of SLAP

a :  a quick sharp blow
b :  a blow with the open hand
:  a noise like that of a slap
:  rebuff, insult
slap on the wrist
:  a gentle usually ineffectual reprimand

First Known Use of SLAP




: exactly or directly

Full Definition of SLAP

Examples of SLAP

  1. I walked slap into the post.

Origin of SLAP

probably from Low German slapp, from slapp, noun
First Known Use: 1672


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