smack·​ing ˈsma-kiŋ How to pronounce smacking (audio)
: brisk, lively
a smacking breeze

Examples of smacking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The percussion is the smacking lips of countless barbel, a type of catfish, in a feeding frenzy. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Apr. 2024 Perhaps as important would be the indirect effects: banks, Internet companies, and other organizations vital to any group’s success would shy away from anything smacking of domestic terrorism. Daniel Byman, Foreign Affairs, 3 Oct. 2017 Video footage presented in court showed a counter-protester smacking Hood’s hat, prompting the NSC-131 leader to put the man in a chokehold. Hanna Krueger,, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smacking was in 1820

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“Smacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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