from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Brisk; vigorous; spanking.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Making a sharp, brisk sound; hence, smart; lively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A sharp, quick noise; a smack.
  • adjective Making a sharp, brisk sound; hence, brisk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of smack.

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

  • noun the act of smacking something; a blow delivered with an open hand


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • But when we remember that it contains such a mass of valuable historical material, from the pen of a son of General Paez, aide-de-camp to his father, and an eyewitness of, or actor in, some of the bloody scenes of a civil war, and that even the description of herdsman's life is filled with deeply interesting scientific records of the natural history and botany of our southern continent, it seems strange that such a volume could appear under a title smacking of the veriest book-making for the cheap Western market.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No. V, May, 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • Instapundit focuses myopically on supporting conservatives and conservative positions (athough, as someone else aptly observed, he seems at least as interested in smacking liberals as in anything else).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Comparing Left and Right Blogospheres

  • Myron Cope would have relished in smacking her down with one of his "O" riginals.

    Hillary Clinton takes a swing at sports metaphors

  • So it makes sense to me when we're talking about devolution of laws to do with criminal justice services that the ability to change the law on smacking is brought into that.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • I've been terribly disappointed in the ads plus I've been very disappointed that he hasn't really done anything about the smacking from the media on the DUI thing.

    Sound Politics: A Good Ad for McGavick

  • a fidelity which the centuries fail to impair, this, yes, this indeed depicts the Tachytes with greater accuracy than a name smacking of the race-course.

    More Hunting Wasps

  • She stumbled, tugged at the sword smacking against her leg, and tried to settle the scabbard belt more comfortably around her waist.


  • The Prime Minister's answer and the way he said it has been described as smacking of arrogance and reminiscent of Louis XVI's "L 'etat c'est moi!"

  • The Prime Minister's answer and the way he said it has been described as smacking of arrogance and reminiscent of Louis XVI's "L 'etat c'est moi!"

  • Leanne Wood AM: All of the recommendations in this report are Plaid Cymru policy with the exception of one, which is my own personal view, and that is the recommendation to end the defense of reasonable chastisement, in other words smacking children, and I've put that in the report and I want to stress that is my personal view, but it's supporting a campaign that has the backing of 350 children's charities and organisations calling for a change in the law, that change is being supported by a majority of Assembly Members here in Cardiff Bay, but we don't have the powers to do it.

    Criminal Justice for Wales


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