[ slap ]
/ slæp /
a sharp blow or smack, especially with the open hand or with something flat.
a sound made by or as if by such a blow or smack: the slap of the waves against the dock.
a sharply worded or sarcastic rebuke or comment.
verb (used with object), slapped, slap·ping.
to strike sharply, especially with the open hand or with something flat.
to bring (the hand, something flat, etc.) with a sharp blow against something.
to dash or cast forcibly: He slapped the package against the wall.
to put or place promptly and sometimes haphazardly (often followed by on): The officer slapped a ticket on the car. He slapped mustard on the sandwich.
Informal. directly; straight; smack: The tug rammed slap into the side of the freighter.
- to subdue, especially by a blow or by force; suppress.
- to reject, oppose, or criticize sharply: to slap down dissenting voices.
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Idioms for slap
slap on the wrist, relatively mild criticism or censure: He got away with a slap on the wrist.
Origin of slap1
First recorded in 1625–35, slap is from the Low German word slapp, slappe; of expressive orig.
synonym study for slap
1. See blow1.
OTHER WORDS FROM slapslap·per, noun
Words nearby slap
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British Dictionary definitions for slap on the wrist
/ (slæp) /
a sharp blow or smack, as with the open hand, something flat, etc
the sound made by or as if by such a blow
a sharp rebuke; reprimand
a bit of slap and tickle or slap and tickle British informal sexual play
a slap in the face an insult or rebuff
a slap on the back congratulation
a slap on the wrist a light punishment or reprimand
verb slaps, slapping or slapped
(tr) to strike (a person or thing) sharply, as with the open hand or something flat
(tr) to bring down (the hand, something flat, etc) sharply
(when intr, usually foll by against) to strike (something) with or as if with a slap
(tr) informal, mainly British to apply in large quantities, haphazardly, etcshe slapped butter on the bread
slap on the back to congratulate
exactly; directlyslap on time
forcibly or abruptlyto fall slap on the floor
Derived forms of slapslapper, noun
Word Origin for slap
C17: from Low German slapp, German Schlappe, of imitative origin
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Idioms and Phrases with slap on the wrist
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]
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