backslap

verb
back·​slap | \ ˈbak-ˌslap How to pronounce backslap (audio) \
backslapped; backslapping; backslaps

Definition of backslap

transitive verb

: to display excessive or effusive goodwill for

intransitive verb

: to display excessive cordiality or goodwill

Other Words from backslap

backslap noun
backslapper noun

First Known Use of backslap

1934, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of backslap was in 1934

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“Backslap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backslap. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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