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
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.
slap on the wrist
A mild reproof, as in We were fined heavily, and all she got from the judge was a slap on the wrist. [Early 1900s]