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

transitive verb

: to display excessive or effusive goodwill for

intransitive verb

: to display excessive cordiality or goodwill
backslap noun
backslapper noun

Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of backslap was in 1934

Dictionary Entries Near backslap

Cite this Entry

“Backslap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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