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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Low German
Origin: slapp, from the sound

slap

2 noun
     
slap2 [countable]
1 a quick hit with the flat part of your hand [↪ punch]:
Julia gave Roy a slap on the cheek.
2

a slap in the face

an action that seems to be deliberately intended to offend or upset someone, especially someone who has tried very hard to do something
3

a slap on the wrist

a punishment that you think is not severe enough
4

a slap on the back

an action of hitting someone on the back in a friendly way, especially as a way of praising them
5 informal make-up

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