slam

1 of 3

verb

slammed; slamming

transitive verb

1
: to shut forcibly and noisily : bang
2
a
: 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

slam

2 of 3

noun (1)

1
a
: 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

slam

3 of 3

noun (2)

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. Noun (1) gave the stubborn nail one last slam with the hammer shut the door with a loud slam sported a gang tattoo on his arm that had gotten him plenty of respect in the slam the sudden slam of my head against the trunk of the car
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Verb
Caitlin Clark spent most of her first visit to Los Angeles stuck in terrible traffic Friday, stalling and swerving and slamming the brakes as her Indiana Fever team careened toward embarrassment. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2024 Industry groups and Republicans slammed Biden’s actions as overreach. Matthew Daly, Fortune, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for slam 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of slam was in 1660

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Cite this Entry

“Slam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slam. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

slam

1 of 2 verb
slammed; slamming
1
: to strike or beat hard
2
: to shut with force and noise : bang
slammed the door
3
: to set or slap down violently or noisily
slammed the books down on the table
4
: to make a banging noise
5
: to criticize harshly

slam

2 of 2 noun
1
: a heavy blow
2
a
: a noisy violent closing
b
: a banging noise especially from the slamming of a door
3
: a cutting or violent criticism

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