Meaning of “slam” in the English Dictionary

"slam" in British English

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uk /slæm/ us /slæm/ -mm-

B2 [ I or T ] to (cause to) move against a hard surface with force and usually a loud noise:

The wind made the door/window slam (shut).
Close the door carefully, don't slam it.
He slammed the brakes on (= used them quickly and with force) when a child ran in front of his car.
I had to stop suddenly, and the car behind me slammed into the back of me.

[ T ] informal to criticize:

Although the reviewers slammed the play, the audience loved it.

More examples

  • She slammed the door after her.
  • The window slammed shut with a loud bang.
  • She slammed her case down on the desk with a smack.
  • I slammed on the brake, but it was too late.
  • She stomped up the stairs and slammed her bedroom door.

slamnoun [ S ]

uk /slæm/ us /slæm/

slam noun [ S ] (COMPETITION)

an event in which people read out their poems to be judged by an audience:

a poetry slam

slam noun [ S ] (SPORTS)

in some sports, especially tennis, one of the events that are part of a grand slam :

Murray won his first slam in 2013.

(Definition of “slam” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slam" in American English

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slamverb [ I/T ]

us /slæm/ -mm-

to move against a hard surface with force and usually a loud noise, or to cause something to move this way:

[ I ] The truck slammed into an oncoming car.
[ T ] Ray slammed the door shut.
noun [ C usually sing ] us /slæm/

He closed the door with a slam.

(Definition of “slam” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)