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

  • transitive v. To press together and open (the lips) quickly and noisily, as in eating or tasting.
  • transitive v. To kiss noisily.
  • transitive v. To strike sharply and with a loud noise.
  • intransitive v. To make or give a smack.
  • intransitive v. To collide sharply and noisily: The ball smacked against the side of the house.
  • n. The loud sharp sound of smacking.
  • n. A noisy kiss.
  • n. A sharp blow or slap.
  • adv. With a smack: fell smack on her head.
  • adv. Directly: "We were smack in the middle of another controversy about a public man's personal life” ( Ellen Goodman).
  • n. A distinctive flavor or taste.
  • n. A suggestion or trace.
  • n. A small amount; a smattering.
  • intransitive v. To have a distinctive flavor or taste. Used with of.
  • intransitive v. To give an indication; be suggestive. Often used with of: "an agenda that does not smack of compromise” ( Time).
  • n. A fishing boat sailing under various rigs, according to size, and often having a well used to transport the catch to market.
  • n. Slang Heroin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sharp blow; a slap. See also: spank.
  • n. A loud kiss.
  • v. To slap someone, or to make a smacking sound.
  • v. To wetly separate the lips, making a noise, in expectation of a treat.
  • adv. As if with a smack or slap
  • n. A distinct flavor.
  • n. A slight trace of something; a smattering.
  • n. Heroin.
  • v. To indicate or suggest something.
  • n. A small sailing vessel, commonly rigged as a sloop, used chiefly in the coasting and fishing trade and often called a fishing smack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. As if with a smack or slap.
  • n. A small sailing vessel, commonly rigged as a sloop, used chiefly in the coasting and fishing trade.
  • n. Taste or flavor, esp. a slight taste or flavor; savor; tincture. Also used figuratively.
  • n. A small quantity; a taste.
  • n. A loud kiss; a buss.
  • n. A quick, sharp noise, as of the lips when suddenly separated, or of a whip.
  • n. A quick, smart blow; a slap.
  • n. a slang term for heroin.
  • intransitive v. To have a smack; to be tinctured with any particular taste.
  • intransitive v. To have or exhibit indications of the presence of any character or quality.
  • intransitive v. To kiss with a close compression of the lips, so as to make a sound when they separate; to kiss with a sharp noise; to buss.
  • intransitive v. To make a noise by the separation of the lips after tasting anything.
  • transitive v. To kiss with a sharp noise; to buss.
  • transitive v. To open, as the lips, with an inarticulate sound made by a quick compression and separation of the parts of the mouth; to make a noise with, as the lips, by separating them in the act of kissing or after tasting.
  • transitive v. To make a sharp noise by striking; to crack.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To have a taste; have a certain flavor; suggest a certain thing by its flavor.
  • Hence, figuratively, to have a certain character or property, especially in a slight degree; suggest a certain character or quality: commonly with of.
  • To smite or strike smartly and so as to produce a sharp sound; give a sharp blow to, especially with the inside of the hand or fingers; slap: as, to smack one's cheek.
  • To cause (something) to emit a sharp sound by striking or slapping it with something else: as, he smacked the table with his fist.
  • To part smartly so as to make a sharp sound: used chiefly of the lips.
  • To kiss, especially in a coarse or noisy manner.
  • To make a sharp sound by a smart parting of the lips, as after tasting something agreeable.
  • To kiss so as to make a smart, sharp sound with the lips; kiss noisily.
  • To come or go against anything with great force.
  • In a sudden and direct or aggressive manner, as with a smack or slap; sharply; plump; straight.
  • n. A taste or flavor; savor; especially, a slight flavor that suggests a certain thing; also, the sense of taste.
  • n. Hence A flavor or suggestion of a certain quality.
  • n. Scent; smell.
  • n. A small quantity; a taste; a smattering.
  • n. Synonyms Flavor, Savor, etc. (see taste), tang.
  • n. Touch, spice, dash, tinge.
  • n. A smart, sharp sound made by the lips, as in a hearty kiss, or as an expression of enjoyment after an agreeable taste; also, a similar sound made by the lash of a whip; a crack; a snap.
  • n. A sharp, sudden blow, as with the flat of the hand; a slap.
  • n. A loud kiss; a buss.
  • n. A slooprigged vessel formerly much used in the coasting and fishing trade.
  • n. A fishing-vessel provided with a well in which the fish are kept alive; a fishing-smack.

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

  • n. the act of smacking something; a blow delivered with an open hand
  • n. street names for heroin
  • v. kiss lightly
  • v. deliver a hard blow to
  • adv. directly
  • v. press (the lips) together and open (the lips) noisily, as in eating
  • n. the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
  • n. an enthusiastic kiss
  • n. a blow from a flat object (as an open hand)
  • n. a sailing ship (usually rigged like a sloop or cutter) used in fishing and sailing along the coast
  • v. have a distinctive or characteristic taste
  • v. have an element suggestive (of something)


Perhaps of Middle Flemish origin, or perhaps of imitative origin.
Middle English, from Old English smæc.
Dutch or Low German smak, from smakken, to fling, dash.
Probably variant of smeck, from Yiddish shmek, a sniff, swell, from shmekn, to sniff, smell, from Middle High German smecken, smacken, to smell, taste, from Old High German smac, smell, taste.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English smac, smak, smacke, from Old English smæċ ("taste, smatch"), from Proto-Germanic *smakkaz (“a taste”), from Proto-Indo-European *smegʰ-, *smeg- (“to taste”). Cognate with English dialectal smatch, Scots smak ("scent, smell, taste, flavour"), Saterland Frisian Smoak ("taste"), West Frisian smaak ("taste"), Dutch smaak ("taste"), German Schmack, Geschmack ("taste"), Swedish smak ("taste"). Akin to Old English smæccan ("to taste, smack"). More at smake, smatch. (Wiktionary)
From Middle Low German smack (Low German Schmacke, Schmaake ("small ship")) or Dutch smak. (Wiktionary)
From or akin to Dutch smakken ("to fling down"), Plautdietsch schmaksen ("to smack the lips"), regional German schmacken (compare Swedish smak ("slap"), Middle Low German smacken, the first part of Saterland Frisian smakmuulje ("smack")). (Wiktionary)



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