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 forms

slap·per, noun

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for slapper

  • A Slapper, consisting of two sticks with a block slipped between at one end.

    The Boy Craftsman|A. Neely Hall

British Dictionary definitions for slapper (1 of 2)


/ (ˈslæpə) /


British slang a promiscuous woman

British Dictionary definitions for slapper (2 of 2)


/ (slæp) /


verb slaps, slapping or slapped

adverb informal

exactly; directlyslap on time
forcibly or abruptlyto fall slap on the floor

Derived Forms

slapper, noun

Word Origin for slap

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