- a sharp blow or smack, especially with the open hand or with something flat.
- a sound made by or as if by such a blow or smack: the slap of the waves against the dock.
- a sharply worded or sarcastic rebuke or comment.
- to strike sharply, especially with the open hand or with something flat.
- to bring (the hand, something flat, etc.) with a sharp blow against something.
- to dash or cast forcibly: He slapped the package against the wall.
- to put or place promptly and sometimes haphazardly (often followed by on): The officer slapped a ticket on the car. He slapped mustard on the sandwich.
- Informal. directly; straight; smack: The tug rammed slap into the side of the freighter.
- slap down,
- to subdue, especially by a blow or by force; suppress.
- to reject, oppose, or criticize sharply: to slap down dissenting voices.
- slap on the wrist, relatively mild criticism or censure: He got away with a slap on the wrist.
Origin of slap1
Examples from the Web for slapper
A Slapper, consisting of two sticks with a block slipped between at one end.The Boy Craftsman
A. Neely Hall
- British slang a promiscuous woman
- a sharp blow or smack, as with the open hand, something flat, etc
- the sound made by or as if by such a blow
- a sharp rebuke; reprimand
- a bit of slap and tickle or slap and tickle British informal sexual play
- a slap in the face an insult or rebuff
- a slap on the back congratulation
- a slap on the wrist a light punishment or reprimand
- (tr) to strike (a person or thing) sharply, as with the open hand or something flat
- (tr) to bring down (the hand, something flat, etc) sharply
- (when intr, usually foll by against) to strike (something) with or as if with a slap
- (tr) informal, mainly British to apply in large quantities, haphazardly, etcshe slapped butter on the bread
- slap on the back to congratulate
- exactly; directlyslap on time
- forcibly or abruptlyto fall slap on the floor
Word Origin and History for slapper
late 15c., "strike with the open hand," from slap (n.). As an adverb, 1670s, "suddenly;" 1829, "directly." Related: Slapped; slapping.
mid-15c., probably of imitative origin, similar to Low German slappe, German Schlappe. Figurative meaning "insult, reprimand" is attested from 1736. Slap-happy (1936) originally meant "punch-drunk." Slap on the wrist "very mild punishment" dates from 1914.