slam

1
[ slam ]
/ slæm /

verb (used with or without object), slammed, slam·ming.

noun


Nearby words

  1. slain,
  2. slake,
  3. slaked lime,
  4. slaker,
  5. slalom,
  6. slam dance,
  7. slam dunk,
  8. slam-bang,
  9. slam-dunk,
  10. slammer

Origin of slam

1
1650–60; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish slamra to slam

Related formsun·slammed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for poetry slam

slam

1
/ (slæm) /

verb slams, slamming or slammed

noun

the act or noise of slamming
slang harsh criticism or abuse

Word Origin for slam

C17: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse slamra, Norwegian slemma, Swedish dialect slämma

slam

2
/ (slæm) /

noun

  1. the winning of all (grand slam) or all but one (little slam or small slam) of the 13 tricks at bridge or whist
  2. the bid to do so in bridgeSee grand slam, little slam
an old card game

Word Origin for slam

C17: of uncertain origin

slam

3
/ (slæm) /

noun

a poetry contest in which entrants compete with each other by reciting their work and are awarded points by the audience

Word Origin for slam

C20: origin unknown

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