Definition of slap noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//slæp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//slæp//
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  1. 1[countable] the action of hitting somebody/something with the flat part of your hand She gave him a slap across the face. He gave me a hearty slap on the back.
  2. 2[singular] the noise made by hitting somebody/something with the flat part of your hand; a similar noise made by something else the gentle slap of water against the shore
  3. 3[uncountable] (British English, informal) = make-up (1)
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb): probably imitative. The noun dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples He hit the water with a resounding slap. He received a slap across the face. Her mother delivered a hard slap and sent her to bed. She gave him a playful slap on the arm as everyone laughed. That boy needs a slap! The closure of the school is a slap in the face to the local community. They congratulated me with hearty slaps on the back. We’re hoping that she gets off with a slap on the wrist from the judge.Idioms (old-fashioned, British English, informal) enthusiastic kissing and cuddling between lovers an action that seems to be intended as a deliberate insult to somebody (informal) a warning or mild punishment
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