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Origin of backslapping

First recorded in 1770–80; back1 + slapping
Related formsback·slap·per, noun


verb (used with object), back·slapped, back·slap·ping.
  1. to subject to backslapping.
verb (used without object), back·slapped, back·slap·ping.
  1. to engage in backslapping.
  1. a hearty slap on the back given as a token of affability or congratulation: The bridegroom received many a warm handshake and backslap.

Origin of backslap

First recorded in 1925–30; back1 + slap1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of back-slapping

  • Isn't the thing he lacks the back-slapping jocosity that passes for humor here?

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Only the Governor's back-slapping mediation had allowed them to reach a politically stable relationship.

    A Mixture of Genius

    Arnold Castle

  • Such hand-shaking and back-slapping and outcries of honest pleasure as greeted him!

  • Here happened that accident of the back-slapping so frequently alluded to by her ladyship.

  • Loud, back-slapping men, gabbling endlessly about baseball players.

British Dictionary definitions for back-slapping


  1. energetically jovial; hearty
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