slap

verb
\ ˈslap How to pronounce slap (audio) \
slapped; slapping

Definition of slap

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to put, place, or throw with careless haste or force slapped on a coat of paint
3 : to subject to a penalty usually used with with slapped him with a $10 fine
4 : to assail verbally : insult

slap

noun (1)

Definition of slap (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : a blow with the open hand
b : a quick sharp blow
2 : a noise like that of a slap
3 : rebuff, insult
slap on the wrist
: a gentle usually ineffectual reprimand

slap

adverb

Definition of slap (Entry 3 of 4)

slap

noun (2)

Definition of slap (Entry 4 of 4)

dialectal British

Examples of slap in a Sentence

Verb She slapped him across the face. He slapped me on the back and said “Good job!”. He called the dog by slapping his hand against his thigh. Waves were slapping against the side of the boat. Gentle waves slapped the side of the raft. Adverb I walked slap into the post. See More

First Known Use of slap

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Adverb

1672, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slap

Verb

akin to Low German slapp, noun blow

Adverb

probably from Low German slapp, from slapp, noun

Noun (2)

Middle English slop, from Middle Dutch; akin to Middle Dutch slippen to slip

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Time Traveler for slap

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The first known use of slap was in the 14th century

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Dictionary Entries Near slap

slant-top

slap

slap around

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“Slap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slap. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for slap

slap

verb
\ ˈslap How to pronounce slap (audio) \
slapped; slapping

Kids Definition of slap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to strike with or as if with the open hand
2 : to make a sound like that of slapping Waves slap on the rocky shore.
3 : to put, place, or throw with careless haste or force She slapped her report on the desk.

slap

noun

Kids Definition of slap (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a quick sharp blow especially with the open hand
2 : a noise like that made by a blow with the open hand the slap of waves

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