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slam

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[ slam ]
/ slæm /
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verb (used with or without object), slammed, slam·ming.

noun

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Origin of slam

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

OTHER WORDS FROM slam

un·slammed, adjective

Definition for slam (2 of 2)

slam2
[ slam ]
/ slæm /

noun Cards.

the winning or bidding of all the tricks or all the tricks but one in a deal.Compare grand slam (def. 1), little slam.
an old type of card game associated with ruff.

Origin of slam

2
First recorded in 1615–25; perhaps special use of slam1
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British Dictionary definitions for slam (1 of 3)

slam1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for slam (2 of 3)

slam2
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for slam (3 of 3)

slam3
/ (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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