smack

1
[smak]
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noun

a taste or flavor, especially a slight flavor distinctive or suggestive of something: The chicken had just a smack of garlic.
a trace, touch, or suggestion of something.
a taste, mouthful, or small quantity.

verb (used without object)

to have a taste, flavor, trace, or suggestion: Your politeness smacks of condescension.

Nearby words

  1. sm,
  2. sm.,
  3. sm. c.,
  4. sma,
  5. smaak,
  6. smack dab,
  7. smack-dab,
  8. smackdown,
  9. smacker,
  10. smackeroo

Origin of smack

1
before 1000; (noun) Middle English smacke, Old English smæc; cognate with Middle Low German smak, German Geschmack taste; (v.) Middle English smacken to perceive by taste, have a (specified) taste, derivative of the noun; compare German schmacken

SYNONYMS FOR smack
1. savor. 2. hint. 4. taste, suggest.

smack

2
[smak]

verb (used with object)

to strike sharply, especially with the open hand or a flat object.
to drive or send with a sharp, resounding blow or stroke: to smack a ball over a fence.
to close and open (the lips) smartly so as to produce a sharp sound, often as a sign of relish, as in eating.
to kiss with or as with a loud sound.

verb (used without object)

to smack the lips.
to collide, come together, or strike something forcibly.
to make a sharp sound as of striking against something.

noun

a sharp, resounding blow, especially with something flat.
a smacking of the lips, as in relish or anticipation.
a resounding or loud kiss.

adverb Informal.

suddenly and violently: He rode smack up against the side of the house.
directly; straight: The street runs smack into the center of town.

Verb Phrases

smack down, Slang. to humble (an arrogant person); rebuke or criticize severely.

Origin of smack

2
1550–60; imitative; compare Dutch, Low German smakken, German (dial.) schmacken

smack

3
[smak]

noun

Eastern U.S. a fishing vessel, especially one having a well for keeping the catch alive.
British. any of various small, fully decked, fore-and-aft-rigged vessels used for trawling or coastal trading.

Origin of smack

3
First recorded in 1605–15, smack is from the Dutch word smak

smack

4
[smak]

noun Slang.

Origin of smack

4
1960–65; probably special use of smack1; compare earlier slang schmeck with same sense (< Yiddish shmek sniff, whiff; compare Middle High German smecken (German schmecken) to taste)

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British Dictionary definitions for smacks

smack

1

noun

a smell or flavour that is distinctive though faint
a distinctive trace or touchthe smack of corruption
a small quantity, esp a mouthful or taste

verb (intr foll by of)

to have the characteristic smell or flavour (of something)to smack of the sea
to have an element suggestive (of something)his speeches smacked of bigotry

Word Origin for smack

Old English smæc; related to Old High German smoc, Icelandic smekkr a taste, Dutch smaak

smack

2

verb

(tr) to strike or slap smartly, with or as if with the open hand
to strike or send forcibly or loudly or to be struck or sent forcibly or loudly
to open and close (the lips) loudly, esp to show pleasure
(tr) to kiss noisily

noun

a sharp resounding slap or blow with something flat, or the sound of such a blow
a loud kiss
a sharp sound made by the lips, as in enjoyment
have a smack at informal, mainly British to attempt
smack in the eye informal, mainly British a snub or setback

adverb informal

directly; squarely
with a smack; sharply and unexpectedly

Word Origin for smack

C16: from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch smacken, probably of imitative origin

smack

3

noun

a slang word for heroin

Word Origin for smack

C20: perhaps from Yiddish schmeck

smack

4

noun

a sailing vessel, usually sloop-rigged, used in coasting and fishing along the British coast
a fishing vessel equipped with a well for keeping the catch alive

Word Origin for smack

C17: from Low German smack or Dutch smak, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for smacks
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Medicine definitions for smacks

smack

[smăk]

n.

Heroin.

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