[ 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.

Origin of backslapping

First recorded in 1770–80; back1 + slapping

OTHER WORDS FROM backslapping

back·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

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