smack Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “smack” - English Dictionary

"smack" in American English

See all translations

smackverb [I/T]

 us   /smæk/
  • smack verb [I/T] (HIT FORCEFULLY)

to ​hit someone or something ​forcefully, usually making a ​loudnoise: [T] I was ​afraid she was going to smack me. [I] The ​carspun around and smacked into a ​tree. [T] She smacked the ​ball over the ​fence. [M] He smacked his ​hand down on the ​table to get ​ourattention.
Phrasal verbs

smackadverb [not gradable]

 us   /smæk/
directly and with ​force: He ​stopped the ​car so ​suddenly, the ​car behind ​ran smack into him.

smacknoun [C]

 us   /smæk/
a ​forcefulhit, usually making a ​loudnoise: The men were ​keeping the ​volleyball in the ​air with sure-handed smacks.
(Definition of smack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"smack" in British English

See all translations

smackverb

uk   /smæk/  us   /smæk/
[T] to ​hit someone or something ​forcefully with the ​flat inside ​part of ​yourhand, ​producing a ​short, ​loudnoise, ​especially as a way of ​punishing a ​child: I never smack my ​children. I'll smack ​your bottom if you don't ​behave yourself.
[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to ​hit something hard against something ​else: I smacked my ​head on the ​corner of the ​shelf. She smacked her ​books down on the ​table and ​stormed out of the ​room.
Phrasal verbs

smacknoun

uk   /smæk/  us   /smæk/
  • smack noun (HIT FORCEFULLY)

[C] a ​hit from someone's ​flathand as a ​punishment: You're going to get a smack on the ​bottom if you don't ​stopthrowingyourtoys.
[C] informal a ​hit given with the fist (= ​closedhand): I gave him a smack on the ​jaw.
[C] a ​short, ​loudnoise: She ​slammed her ​briefcase down on the ​desk with a smack.
[C] informal a ​loudkiss: a ​big smack on the ​lips

smackadverb

uk   /smæk/  us   /smæk/ (UK also smack bang, US also smack dab)
  • smack adverb (DIRECTLY)

directly and ​forcefully, ​producing a ​short, ​loudnoise: I wasn't ​looking where I was going and ​walked smack into a ​lamppost.
(Definition of smack from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of smack?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

cracker

a thin, flat, hard biscuit, especially one eaten with cheese

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More