slammer

[ slam-er ]
/ ˈslæm ər /

noun

a person or thing that slams.
Usually the slammer. Also called the slam. Slang. a prison.

Nearby words

  1. slam,
  2. slam dance,
  3. slam dunk,
  4. slam-bang,
  5. slam-dunk,
  6. slamming,
  7. slamming stile,
  8. slander,
  9. slanderous,
  10. slang

Origin of slammer

First recorded in 1955–60; slam1 + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for slammer

slammer

/ (ˈslæmə) /

noun

the slammer slang prison
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Word Origin and History for slammer

slammer

n.

"jail, prison," 1952, perhaps from earlier U.S. slang sense of "door" (by 1943), agent noun from slam (v.). As "one who slams," from 1892.

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