\ ˈslam How to pronounce slam (audio) \
slammed; slamming

Definition of slam

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to shut forcibly and noisily : bang
2a : 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
3 : to strike or beat hard : knock
4 : to criticize harshly

intransitive verb

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


noun (1)

Definition of slam (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a noisy violent closing
b : a banging noise especially : one made by the slam of a door
2 : a heavy blow or impact
3 : a poetry competition performed before judges
4 : a cutting or violent criticism
5 : slammer


noun (2)

Definition of slam (Entry 3 of 3)

Synonyms for slam

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of slam in a Sentence

Verb 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. See More

First Known Use of slam


circa 1691, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun (1)

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slam

Noun (1)

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian slamre to bang, Swedish slamra to rattle

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Slam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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\ ˈslam How to pronounce slam (audio) \
slammed; slamming

Kids Definition of slam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to shut with noisy force : bang Don't slam the door.
2 : to strike or beat hard My sled slammed into a tree.
3 : to put or place with force He slammed down the money.
4 : to criticize harshly



Kids Definition of slam (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a severe blow The batter gave the ball a slam.
2 : the noise made by a violent act of closing : bang She closed the book with a slam.

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