- Slap means done directly and in a hasty way.
An example of slap used as an adverb is in the sentence, "She backed up slap into that car," which means that she backed right into the car.
- The definition of a slap is a smack, or an insult.
An example of a slap is a cruel joke about someone's job.
- Slap is defined as to smack or do without care, or to make a sharp noise.
- An example of slap is to throw together a messily science project at the last minute.
- An example of slap is for the rain to pound the ground.
- a blow or smack, esp. with something flat, specif. the palm of the hand
- the sound of this, or a sound like it
- an injury to pride, self-respect, etc., as an insult or rebuff
Origin of slapLow German sklapp: of echoic origin, originally
- to strike with something flat, specif. the palm of the hand
- to put, throw, hit, etc. carelessly or with force: to slap a hat on one's head
- to penalize (a person, business, etc.) with a fine, lawsuit, etc.
- to impose (a fine, etc.) on a person, business, etc.
- a. A sharp blow made with the open hand or with a flat object; a smack.b. The sound of such a blow.
- A sharp insult: a slap to one's pride.
verbslapped, slap·ping, slaps
- To strike with the palm of the hand or a flat object: slapped him in the face.
- To cause to strike forcefully and loudly: “He took a clipping from his wallet and slapped it on the bar” (Nathanael West).
- To put or place quickly or carelessly: slapped butter on a bagel.
- a. To subject to a legal obligation, such as a fine or court order: slapped him with a speeding ticket; slapped her with a lawsuit.b. To impose (a legal obligation) on someone: The judge slapped an additional fine on the unruly defendant.
Origin of slapMiddle English slappe.
(third-person singular simple present slaps, present participle slapping, simple past and past participle slapped)
- To give a slap.
- She slapped him in response to the insult.
- To cause something to strike soundly.
- He slapped the reins against the horse's back.
- To place, to put carelessly.
- We'd better slap some fresh paint on that wall.
Uncertain, probably from imitative origin.