• WordNet 3.6
    • adv slap directly "he ran bang into the pole","ran slap into her"
    • v slap hit with something flat, like a paddle or the open hand "The impatient teacher slapped the student","a gunshot slapped him on the forehead"
    • n slap the act of smacking something; a blow delivered with an open hand
    • n slap a blow from a flat object (as an open hand)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The duration record for a face-slapping contest was set in Kiev, USSR, in 1931 when a draw was declared between Bezbordny and Goniusch after 30 hours.
    • n Slap A blow, esp. one given with the open hand, or with something broad.
    • v. t Slap To strike with the open hand, or with something broad.
    • adv Slap With a sudden and violent blow; hence, quickly; instantly; directly. "The railroad cars drive slap into the city."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mother prairie dogs will nurse their young only while underground in the safety of the burrow. If an infant tries to suckle above ground, the mother will slap it.
    • slap To strike with the open hand or with something flat: as, to slap one on the back; to slap a child on the hand.
    • slap To strike with; bring upon or against something with a blow.
    • n slap A blow given with the open hand, or with something flat.
    • slap With sudden and violent force; plump; suddenly.
    • slap First-rate; of the best; “slap-up.”
    • n slap A narrow pass between two hills.
    • n slap A breach in a wall, hedge, or fence; a gap.
    • n slap A gap in the edge of a knife, etc.
    • slap To break into gaps; break out (an opening), as in a solid wall.
    • slap An obsolete variant of slop.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Slap slap a blow with the hand or anything flat
    • v.t Slap to give a slap to:—pr.p. slap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. slapped
    • adv Slap with a slap: suddenly, violently
    • adj Slap (slang) first-rate
    • adj Slap dashing, violent
    • n Slap a cheap eating-house
    • adj Slap off-hand, rash
    • n Slap rough-cast harling: carelessly done work
    • v.t Slap to do anything in a hasty, imperfect manner: to rough-cast with mortar
    • n Slap slap (Scot.) a gap in a fence: a narrow cleft between hills
    • v.t Slap to break an opening in
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  • Katharine Hepburn
    “Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.”
  • Bible
    “Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39]”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you must strike a man from behind, slap hi on the back.”


Slap leather - (USA) This is used as an instruction to tell people when to draw their guns.
Slap on the wrist - If someone gets a slap on the wrist, they get a very minor punishment when they could have been punished more severely.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slappe,; akin to LG. slappe, G. schlappe,; probably of imitative origin


In literature:

Strong drew back his hand and slapped him across the face.
"Treachery in Outer Space" by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
With a last desperate slap at a mosquito Val headed inland, following with ease that trail of footprints.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
Asaki gave a muffled exclamation, slapped the com box, spoke more sharply into the mike.
"Voodoo Planet" by Andrew North
The hunter slapped his pony on the neck.
"The Boy With the U. S. Foresters" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Uncle Dick open de door, slap dat gun to his shoulder, and pull de trigger.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
I could slap his face.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
Steve wanted suddenly to slap the broad, ugly face.
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
So everything you got out of the sales last year you slapped back into the business, buying more cattle?
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
His words had been given after Drennen's fashion; like a slap in the face.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
It was the slap of Paddy's broad tail on the surface of the water.
"The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer" by Thornton W. Burgess

In poetry:

How? Hey?
Not understan'? Why, wut's to hender, pray?
Must I go huntin' round to find a chap
To tell me when my face hez hed a slap?
"Mason And Slidell: A Yankee Idyll" by James Russell Lowell
Oh had I the wings of a turtle-dove,
I'd soar on my pinions so high,
Slap bang to the arms of my Polly love,
And in her sweet presence I'd die.
"Botany Bay" by Anonymous Oceania
Do you know why Aunt Jane is always snarling
At you and me because we tells a lie,
And she don't slap that man that called her darling?
Do you know why?
"On The Landing" by Francis Bret Harte
The clerks slapped Victor on the shoulder;
'Have you ever had woman?' they said,
'Come down town with us on Saturday night.'
Victor smiled and shook his head.
"Victor" by W H Auden
I knew a young man so conceited
That a glance at his face made you heated.
One night, playing whist,
He was slapped on the wrist,
Because some one said that he cheated.
"Oh Scissors!" by Edwin Carty Ranck
In yonder green meadow, to memory dear,
He slaps a mosquito and brushes a tear;
The dew-drops hang round him on blossoms and shoots,
He breathes but one sigh for his youth and his boots.
"Lines -- for Berkshire Jubilee, Aug. 23, 1844" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

There are 17 tracks from the 1920s, the earliest of which reveal the tenorist (who had only recently switched from cello to sax ) using "slap-tongue" effects, popularized by such prejazz sax virtuosos as Rudy Weidoeft.
The controversial high speed rail project to link Northern and Southern California got slapped with a lawsuit on Thursday.
Family of 5 yr old allegedly raped by teen fears ' slap on the wrist' punishment.
When more than a slap on the wrist is needed.
Wolf poachers get more than slap on wrist.
Fines against Enbridge for spill 'a slap on the wrist,' writes environmental lawyer.
Big Pharma's $3 billion slap on the wrist.
Labor gives Democrats a slap on the wrist.
The smartboot may soon be slapped on cars in a neighborhood near you.
Anti-tea party e-mail leads to slap on wrist for human rights investigator. has learned that the superstar got a " slap on the wrist" after her neighbors complained about a party thrown at her London home while she was away.
But Mats Sundin, with that slap shot, started it all.
When people in the snack-food industry look at it today, they slap themselves on the forehead and say, 'Why didn't I think of that'.
Scalia Slaps Down Federal Government.
Stroking , Slapping NBC.

In science:

Figure 5(a) shows the atomic configuration in a four (11¯20) atomic plane thick slap which cut the system near its center in a direction orthogonal to the substrate.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
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