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.
To strike or beat with the force and sound of a slap: waves slapping against the raft.
Directly and with force: drove slap into the guardrail. Phrasal Verbs: slap down
To restrain or correct by emphatic censure; rebuke: “thought [he] was getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down”
( New York Times
Origin of slap
Middle English slappe
- A blow, especially one given with the open hand, or with something broad and flat.
- The sound of such a blow.
- (slang, uncountable) Makeup, cosmetics.
Especially used of blows to the face (aggressive), buttocks, and hand, frequently as a sign of reproach. Conversely, used of friendly strikes to the back, as a sign of camaraderie.
(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.
- Exactly, precisely
- He tossed the file down slap in the middle of the table.
Uncertain, probably from imitative origin.