Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sharp blow made with the open hand or with a flat object; a smack.
  • n. The sound of such a blow.
  • n. A sharp insult: a slap to one's pride.
  • transitive v. To strike with a flat object, such as the palm of the hand.
  • transitive v. To cause to strike sharply and loudly: "He took a clipping from his wallet and slapped it on the bar” ( Nathanael West).
  • transitive v. To put or place quickly or carelessly: slapped butter on a bagel.
  • transitive v. To criticize or insult sharply.
  • transitive v. To subject to a legal obligation, such as a fine or court order: slapped him with a speeding ticket; slapped her with a lawsuit.
  • intransitive v. To strike or beat with the force and sound of a slap: waves slapping against the raft.
  • adv. Informal Directly and with force.
  • slap down To restrain or correct by means of a sharp blow or emphatic censure: "thought [he] was getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down” ( New York Times).
  • slap down To put a sudden end to; suppress: slap down divisive criticism.
  • idiom slap on the wrist A nominal or token punishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A blow, especially one given with the open hand, or with something broad and flat.
  • n. The sound of such a blow.
  • n. (uncountable) Makeup, cosmetics.
  • v. To give a slap.
  • v. To cause something to strike soundly.
  • v. To place, to put carelessly.
  • adv. Exactly, precisely

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With a sudden and violent blow; hence, quickly; instantly; directly.
  • n. A blow, esp. one given with the open hand, or with something broad.
  • transitive v. To strike with the open hand, or with something broad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike with the open hand or with something flat: as, to slap one on the back; to slap a child on the hand.
  • To strike with; bring upon or against something with a blow.
  • With sudden and violent force; plump; suddenly.
  • First-rate; of the best; “slap-up.”
  • To break into gaps; break out (an opening), as in a solid wall.
  • An obsolete variant of slop.
  • n. A blow given with the open hand, or with something flat.
  • n. A narrow pass between two hills.
  • n. A breach in a wall, hedge, or fence; a gap.
  • n. A gap in the edge of a knife, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a blow from a flat object (as an open hand)
  • adv. directly
  • v. hit with something flat, like a paddle or the open hand
  • n. the act of smacking something; a blow delivered with an open hand

Etymologies

Middle English slappe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Uncertain, probably from imitative origin. (Wiktionary)

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