[ slam ]
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verb (used with or without object),slammed, slam·ming.
  1. to shut with force and noise: to slam the door.

  2. to dash, strike, knock, thrust, throw, slap down, etc., with violent and noisy impact: He slammed his books upon the table.

  1. Informal. to criticize harshly; attack verbally: He slammed my taste mercilessly.

  1. a violent and noisy closing, dashing, or impact.

  2. the noise so made.

  1. Usually the slam .Slang. slammer (def. 2).

  2. Informal. a harsh criticism; verbal attack: I am sick of your slams.

  3. Informal.

    • Also called poetry slam . a competitive, usually boisterous poetry reading.

    • a usually competitive performance involving multiple performers with short acts: puppet slams; a tap dance slam.

Origin of slam

First recorded in 1650–60; perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish slamra “to bang (a door), slam”

Other words from slam

  • un·slammed, adjective

Other definitions for slam (2 of 2)

[ slam ]

  1. the winning or bidding of all the tricks or all the tricks but one in a deal.: Compare grand slam (def. 1), little slam.

  2. an old type of card game associated with ruff.

Origin of slam

First recorded in 1660–70; perhaps special use of slam1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use slam in a sentence

  • De Musset has in mind the Turkish custom of sending slams (see this word in the vocabulary).

    Contes Franais | Douglas Labaree Buffum
  • As soon as any danger is near it pulls in its head, and slams itself shut with a loud noise.

    Japanese Fairy World | William Elliot Griffis
  • He made slams big and little at such a rate that Miss Stockbridge complimented him upon his skill.

    Bizarre | Lawton Mackall
  • Goes to schoolhouse, enters door, and slams it behind her; after a moment reappears with empty bucket.

  • Mamie slams the door and locks it just as two or three bodies thump into it like they mean business.

    The Flying Cuspidors | V. R. Francis

British Dictionary definitions for slam (1 of 3)


/ (slæm) /

verbslams, slamming or slammed
  1. to cause (a door or window) to close noisily and with force or (of a door, etc) to close in this way

  2. (tr) to throw (something) down noisily and violently

  1. (tr) slang to criticize harshly

  2. (intr; usually foll by into or out of) informal to go (into or out of a room, etc) in violent haste or anger

  3. (tr) to strike with violent force

  4. (tr) informal to defeat easily

  1. the act or noise of slamming

  2. slang harsh criticism or abuse

Origin of slam

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

British Dictionary definitions for slam (2 of 3)


/ (slæm) /

    • the winning of all (grand slam) or all but one (little slam or small slam) of the 13 tricks at bridge or whist

    • the bid to do so in bridge: See grand slam, little slam

  1. an old card game

Origin of slam

C17: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for slam (3 of 3)


/ (slæm) /

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

Origin of slam

C20: origin unknown

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