Meaning of “slap” in the English Dictionary

"slap" in English

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uk /slæp/ us /slæp/

slap noun (HIT)

C2 [ C ] a quick hit with the flat part of the hand or other flat object:

She gave her son a slap for behaving badly.
a slap in the face C2 informal

an action that insults or upsets someone:

It was a real slap in the face for him when she refused to go out to dinner with him.
a slap on the back

the action of hitting someone in a friendly way on the back in order to show praise for something they have done:

He won - give him a slap on the back.
a slap on the wrist informal

a gentle warning or punishment:

The police officer gave Minna a slap on the wrist for not wearing her seat belt.



uk /slæp/ us /slæp/ UK also slap bang informal

slapverb [ T ]

uk /slæp/ us /slæp/ -pp-

B2 to hit someone or something with the flat part of the hand or other flat object:

She slapped his face.
She slapped him across the face.
His friends slapped him on the back when he said he was getting married (= hit him lightly on the back in a friendly way to express pleasure at what he had done).
When her ideas were rejected, she slapped her report (down) on the table and stormed out of the meeting.

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

"slap" in American English

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us /slæp/

slap verb (HIT)

[ T ] -pp- to hit someone quickly with the flat part of the hand:

In the movie, he kisses her and she slaps his face.

slap verb (PUT QUICKLY)

[ T always + adv/prep ] to put or move something quickly or with force:

Once I got to the counter, I slapped down my passport.

slapnoun [ C ]

us /slæp/

a quick hit with the flat part of the hand:

She testified that she had only given her child a slap and had not meant to hurt her.

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