slap

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English slappen, of uncertain origin, possibly imitative. Compare Low German Slappe (slap), whence also German Schlappe (defeat).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: -æp
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

slap (countable and uncountable, plural slaps)

  1. (countable) A blow, especially one given with the open hand, or with something broad and flat.
  2. (countable) The sound of such a blow.
    • 2019 August 15, Bob Stanley, “'Groovy, groovy, groovy': listening to Woodstock 50 years on – all 38 discs”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Havens goes into the terrific Freedom for an encore, which will turn out to be a highlight of the movie; its chopped guitar and conga slaps pre-empt late 90s R&B.
  3. (slang, uncountable) Makeup; cosmetics.

Usage notes[edit]

Especially used of blows to the face (aggressive), buttocks, and hand, frequently as a sign of reproach. Conversely, used of friendly strikes to the back, as a sign of camaraderie.

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Verb[edit]

slap (third-person singular simple present slaps, present participle slapping, simple past and past participle slapped)

  1. (transitive) To give a slap to.
    She slapped him in response to the insult.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1
      Mrs. Flanders rose, slapped her coat this side and that to get the sand off, and picked up her black parasol.
  2. (transitive) To cause something to strike soundly.
    He slapped the reins against the horse's back.
  3. (intransitive) To strike soundly against something.
    The rain slapped against the window-panes.
  4. (intransitive, slang, of music) To be excellent.
    Their new single slaps.
    • 2019, "Glass Battles", PT Music Watch, Issue 1 (2019), page 35:
      There are some cinematic elements, but at the end of the day, the album fucking slaps.
    • 2019, Gloria Perez, "Your Things", Your Mag, April 2019, page 74:
      Also I will never get tired of the song "Motion Sickness" by Phoebe Bridgers. Shit slaps.
    • 2019, Elly Watson, "The Great 2019 Debate", DIY, November 2019, page 59:
      2016's 'Girls Like Me' still slaps to this day.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:slap.
  5. (transitive) To place, to put carelessly.
    We'd better slap some fresh paint on that wall.
    • 2018 "The Secret Ceramics Room of Secrets", Bob's Burgers
      Louise Belcher: "On Monday there was supposed to be some big schoolboard inspection or something, so instead of cleaning the place up, what does the principal do? He panics. He and the janitor and the janitor's brother slap a wall where the door used to be."
      Gene Belcher: "Wall slap."
  6. (transitive, informal, figuratively) To impose a penalty, etc. on (someone).
    I was slapped with a parking fine.
  7. (transitive, informal) To play slap bass on (an instrument).
    • 2007, Jon Paulien, The Gospel from Patmos:
      With no drums, Black began slapping his bass to keep time while Moore's guitar leaped in and out of the melody line.

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Adverb[edit]

slap (not comparable)

  1. Exactly, precisely
    He tossed the file down slap in the middle of the table.

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Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Low German slap

Adjective[edit]

slap

  1. loose
  2. limp
  3. slack
  4. weak (muscles)
  5. flaccid
  6. lax
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of slap
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular slap slappere slappest2
Neuter singular slapt slappere slappest2
Plural slappe slappere slappest2
Definite attributive1 slappe slappere slappeste
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

slap

  1. past tense of slippe

References[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch slap. Cognate with German schlaff and schlapp.

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Adjective[edit]

slap (comparative slapper, superlative slapst)

  1. slack
  2. weak

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of slap
uninflected slap
inflected slappe
comparative slapper
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial slap slapper het slapst
het slapste
indefinite m./f. sing. slappe slappere slapste
n. sing. slap slapper slapste
plural slappe slappere slapste
definite slappe slappere slapste
partitive slaps slappers

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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *slēpaz. Compare Old English slǣp, Old High German slāf.

Noun[edit]

slāp m

  1. sleep

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Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

slap (plural slaps)

  1. A gap in a fence.
    • 1790, Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter:
      The mosses, waters, slaps and stiles, / That lie between us and our hame
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. A narrow cleft between hills.

Verb[edit]

slap

  1. (transitive) To break an opening in.

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *solpъ.

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slȃp m (Cyrillic spelling сла̑п)

  1. (geology) waterfall

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • slap” in Hrvatski jezični portal

Slovene[edit]

Slovene Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *solpъ.

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Noun[edit]

slȃp m inan

  1. (geology) waterfall

Inflection[edit]

Masculine inan., hard o-stem
nom. sing. sláp
gen. sing. slápa
singular dual plural
nominative sláp slápa slápi
accusative sláp slápa slápe
genitive slápa slápov slápov
dative slápu slápoma slápom
locative slápu slápih slápih
instrumental slápom slápoma slápi
Masculine inan., hard o-stem, mobile accent, plural in -ôv-
nom. sing. sláp
gen. sing. slapú
singular dual plural
nominative sláp slapôva slapôvi
accusative sláp slapôva slapôve
genitive slapú slapôv slapôv
dative slápu slapôvoma slapôvom
locative slápu slapôvih slapôvih
instrumental slápom slapôvoma slapôvi

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

slap m (plural slaps)

  1. (Peru) flip-flop, thong (Australia), jandal (New Zealand)

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