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slap (v.)

late 15c., "strike with the open hand," from slap (n.). As an adverb, 1670s, "suddenly;" 1829, "directly." Related: Slapped; slapping.

slap (n.)

mid-15c., probably of imitative origin, similar to Low German slappe, German Schlappe. Figurative meaning "insult, reprimand" is attested from 1736. Slap-happy (1936) originally meant "punch-drunk." Slap on the wrist "very mild punishment" dates from 1914.

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Definitions of slap from WordNet
1
slap (n.)
a blow from a flat object (as an open hand);
Synonyms: smack
slap (n.)
the act of smacking something; a blow delivered with an open hand;
Synonyms: smack / smacking
2
slap (v.)
hit with something flat, like a paddle or the open hand;
The impatient teacher slapped the student
a gunshot slapped him on the forehead
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