verb (used with object), slapped, slap·ping.
- to subdue, especially by a blow or by force; suppress.
- to reject, oppose, or criticize sharply: to slap down dissenting voices.
Origin of slap1
Related Words for slap downpunish, censure, berate, upbraid, castigate, lash, flog, ream, chasten, pummel, scourge, beat, spank, baste, thrash, correct, whip, ferule, skelp
verb slaps, slapping or slapped
Word Origin for slap
late 15c., "strike with the open hand," from slap (n.). As an adverb, 1670s, "suddenly;" 1829, "directly." Related: Slapped; slapping.
mid-15c., probably of imitative origin, similar to Low German slappe, German Schlappe. Figurative meaning "insult, reprimand" is attested from 1736. Slap-happy (1936) originally meant "punch-drunk." Slap on the wrist "very mild punishment" dates from 1914.
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.