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[ bak-slap-ing ]
/ ˈbækˌslæp ɪŋ /


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


pleasant, genial, hearty, festive, jolly, cheerful, jovial, lively, sociable, clubby, cordial, generous, genuine, heartfelt, warm, exuberant, cheery, passionate, sincere, ebullient

Nearby words

backside, backside-front, backside-to, backsight, backslap, backslapping, backslash, backslide, backsliding, backsource, backspace

Origin of backslapping

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

Definition for backslapping (2 of 2)


[ 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.


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. 2019

Examples from the Web for backslapping

  • At the Globes, the night is all bonhomie, backslapping and table-hopping.

    The Gaudy, Gauche and Sometimes Corrupt Greatness of the Golden Globes|Richard Rushfield|January 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • Greetings were curiously breathless yet casual, but without any backslapping.

    The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun