- 1[transitive] slap somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) to hit somebody/something with the flat part of your hand synonym smack She slapped his face hard. She slapped him hard across the face. ‘Congratulations!’ he said, slapping me on the back.
- 2[transitive] slap something + adv./prep. to put something on a surface in a quick, careless and often noisy way, especially because you are angry He slapped the newspaper down on the desk. She slapped a $10 bill into my hand.
- 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to hit against something with the noise of somebody being slapped The water slapped against the side of the boat. I could hear bare feet slapping down the corridor. see also happy slapping Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): probably imitative. The noun dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples I felt like I had been slapped in the face. I wanted to slap his face. She slapped his hand away. She slapped the boy on the leg. The officer slapped him hard across the face. I’ll slap you if you do that again. She looked so pleased with herself I felt like slapping her face. Phrasal Verbsslap somebody aboutslap down somebodyslap something on somebodyslap something on somethingslap something on something
BrE BrE//slæp//; NAmE NAmE//slæp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slap
BrE BrE//slæp//; NAmE NAmE//slæp//he / she / it slaps
BrE BrE//slæps//; NAmE NAmE//slæps//past simple slapped
BrE BrE//slæpt//; NAmE NAmE//slæpt//past participle slapped
BrE BrE//slæpt//; NAmE NAmE//slæpt//-ing form slapping
BrE BrE//ˈslæpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslæpɪŋ//