Definition of smack verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//smæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smæk//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smack
    BrE BrE//smæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smæk//
    he / she / it smacks
    BrE BrE//smæks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smæks//
    past simple smacked
    BrE BrE//smækt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smækt//
    past participle smacked
    BrE BrE//smækt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smækt//
    -ing form smacking
    BrE BrE//ˈsmækɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmækɪŋ//
    Raising children
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  1. 1[transitive] smack somebody/something (especially British English) to hit somebody with your open hand, especially as a punishment I think it's wrong to smack children. Do that again and you’ll get your bottom smacked. compare spank See related entries: Raising children
  2. 2[transitive] smack something + adv./prep. to put something somewhere with a lot of force so that it makes a loud noise synonym bang She smacked her hand down on to the table. He smacked a fist into the palm of his hand.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to hit against something with a lot of force synonym crash Two players accidentally smacked into each other.
  4. Word Originverb mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘part (one's lips) noisily’): from Middle Dutch smacken, of imitative origin; compare with German schmatzen ‘eat or kiss noisily’.

    smack of something.

    Old English smæc ‘flavour, smell’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch smaak and German Geschmack.
    Extra examples He smacked me in the face. He turned around and smacked into a wall. I accidentally smacked him in the face with a ruler. I smacked him hard across the face. I’ll smack you very hard if you do that again! It just smacks of paranoia. She smacked the boy on his leg. The teacher smacked me upside the head. This move smacks a little of desperation. Today’s announcement smacks strongly of a government cover-up. Do that again and you’ll get your bottom smacked. I think it’s wrong to smack children.
    1. 1to move your tongue over your lips, especially before eating something good
    2. 2(informal) to show that you are excited about something and want it to happen soon They were licking their lips at the thought of clinching the deal. See related entries: Excitement
    Phrasal Verbssmack of somethingsmack somebodyup
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: smack