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smack

noun \ ˈsmak \
1 : characteristic taste or flavor; also : a perceptible taste or tincture
2 : a small quantity

Origin and Etymology of smack

Middle English, from Old English smæc; akin to Old High German smac taste and probably to Lithuanian smaguris sweet tooth

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smack

verb
1 : to have a taste or flavor
2 : to have a trace, vestige, or suggestion
  • a proposal that smacks of treason

First Known Use of smack

13th century


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smack

noun
: a sailing ship (such as a sloop or cutter) used chiefly in coasting and fishing

Origin and Etymology of smack

Dutch smak or Low German smack

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smack

verb
1 : to close and open (lips) noisily and often in rapid succession especially in eating
2 a : to kiss with or as if with a smack
b : to strike so as to produce a smack
: to make or give a smack

Origin and Etymology of smack

akin to Middle Dutch smacken to strike

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smack

noun
1 : a quick sharp noise made by rapidly compressing and opening the lips
2 : a loud kiss
3 : a sharp slap or blow
4 US, informal : boastful or insulting language especially between opponents : smack talk, trash talk usually used in the phrase talk smack
  • The college basketball season is barely a month old, yet the top two candidates for national player of the year are already talking smack.
  • —Grant Wahl

First Known Use of smack

1570


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smack

adverb
: squarely and sharply : directly
  • smack in the middle

Examples of smack in a Sentence

  1. She dropped the book smack in the middle of the table.

  2. The ball hit me smack in the face.

First Known Use of smack

1782


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smack

noun
slang
: heroin

Origin and Etymology of smack

perhaps from Yiddish shmek sniff, whiff, pinch (of snuff)


SMACK Defined for English Language Learners

smack

  • : exactly or directly


SMACK Defined for Kids

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smack

verb \ ˈsmak \
smacked; smacking
1 : to make or give a noisy slap
2 : to close and open the lips noisily especially in eating
3 : to kiss usually loudly or hard

2

smack

noun
1 : a noisy slap or blow
2 : a quick sharp noise made by the lips (as in enjoyment of some taste)
3 : a loud kiss

3

smack

adverb
: in a square and sharp manner : directly
  • One side of the house … was smack up against the mountain …
  • —Virginia Hamilton, M. C. Higgins

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smack

verb
smacked; smacking
: to seem to contain or involve
  • The remark smacks of spite.

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smack

noun
: a slight taste, trace, or touch of something
  • I had always my eye open for seafaring men … and … he had a smack of the sea about him …
  • —Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island


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