backslapping

[ bak-slap-ing ]
/ ˈbækˌslæp ɪŋ /

noun

the practice of making a loud and effusive display of friendliness, cordiality, etc., as by slapping persons on the back.

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decorum

Origin of backslapping

First recorded in 1770–80; back1 + slapping

OTHER WORDS FROM backslapping

back·slap·per, noun

Definition for backslapping (2 of 2)

backslap
[ bak-slap ]
/ ˈbækˌslæp /

verb (used with object), back·slapped, back·slap·ping.

to subject to backslapping.

verb (used without object), back·slapped, back·slap·ping.

to engage in backslapping.

noun

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
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