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
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Historical Examples of slapper
A Slapper, consisting of two sticks with a block slipped between at one end.The Boy Craftsman
A. Neely Hall
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.