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



    BrE BrE//smæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smæk//
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  1. 1[countable] (especially British English) a sharp hit given with your open hand, especially to a child as a punishment You'll get a smack on your backside if you're not careful.
  2. 2[countable] (informal) a hard hit given with a closed hand synonym punch a smack on the jaw
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] a short loud sound She closed the ledger with a smack.
  4. 4[countable] (informal) a loud kiss a smack on the lips/cheek
  5. 5 [uncountable] (slang) the drug heroin smack addicts See related entries: Addiction
  6. 6 [countable] (British English) a small fishing boat See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  7. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 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’. noun sense 5 1940s: probably an alteration of Yiddish shmek ‘a sniff’. noun sense 6 early 17th cent.: from Dutch smak, of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples He longed to land her a good smack in the face. She brought her hand down on the water with a smack. You’ll get a smack on your backside if you’re not careful.
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