- 1[intransitive, transitive] to shut, or to make something shut, with a lot of force, making a loud noise synonym bang I heard the door slam behind him. + adj. A window slammed shut in the wind. slam something He stormed out of the house, slamming the door as he left. slam something + adj. She slammed the lid shut. + adv./prep. She slammed out of the room (= went out and slammed the door behind her).
- 2[transitive] slam something + adv./prep. to put, push or throw something into a particular place or position with a lot of force She slammed down the phone angrily. He slammed on the brakes (= stopped the car very suddenly).
- 3[transitive] slam somebody/something (used especially in newspapers) to criticize somebody/something very strongly The government has been slammed for failing to take firm action against drinking and driving. Word Origin late 17th cent.: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse slam(b)ra.Extra examples He repeatedly slammed the man’s head against the wall. He said goodbye and slammed the phone down. He slammed home the penalty for goal number two. He slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting another car. He slammed the lid shut. Kath’s heart slammed against her ribs. She ran out of the room and slammed the door as hard as she could. She slammed out of the room.Idioms
- 1to shut a door hard when somebody is trying to come in
- 2to refuse to talk to somebody or meet them, in a rude way
BrE BrE//slæm//; NAmE NAmE//slæm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slam
BrE BrE//slæm//; NAmE NAmE//slæm//he / she / it slams
BrE BrE//slæmz//; NAmE NAmE//slæmz//past simple slammed
BrE BrE//slæmd//; NAmE NAmE//slæmd//past participle slammed
BrE BrE//slæmd//; NAmE NAmE//slæmd//-ing form slamming
BrE BrE//ˈslæmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslæmɪŋ//