Nearby words

  1. slant-top,
  2. slanter,
  3. slantly,
  4. slantways,
  5. slantwise,
  6. slap bang,
  7. slap bass,
  8. slap dashing,
  9. slap down,
  10. slap in the face


    slap on the wrist, relatively mild criticism or censure: He got away with a slap on the wrist.

Origin of slap

First recorded in 1625–35, slap is from the Low German word slapp, slappe; of expressive orig.

Related formsslap·per, noun

Synonym study

1. See blow1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for slap down

slap down


(tr, adverb) informal to rebuke sharply, as for impertinence


/ (slæp) /


verb slaps, slapping or slapped

adverb informal

exactly; directlyslap on time
forcibly or abruptlyto fall slap on the floor
Derived Formsslapper, noun

Word Origin for slap

C17: from Low German slapp, German Schlappe, of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for slap down
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Idioms and Phrases with slap down

slap down

Restrain or correct emphatically, as in They thought he was getting far too arrogant and needed to be slapped down. This idiom, which literally means “inflict a physical blow,” began to be used figuratively in the first half of the 1900s.

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