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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Perhaps from Middle Dutch smacken 'to hit'. smack of 1300-1400 From smack 'taste' (11-21 centuries), from Old English smæc

smack

1 verb
     
smack1 [transitive]
1 to hit someone, especially a child, with your open hand in order to punish them [↪ slap]:
the debate about whether parents should smack their children
2 [always + adverb/preposition] to hit something hard against something else so that it makes a short loud noise:
He smacked the money down on the table and walked out.
3

smack your lips

to make a short loud noise with your lips before or after you eat or drink something to show that it is good:
He drained his glass and smacked his lips appreciatively.
4 British English informal to hit someone hard with your closed hand [= punch]

smack of something

phrasal verb
if a situation smacks of something unpleasant, it seems to involve that thing:
To me, the whole thing smacks of a cover-up.

smack somebody up

phrasal verb
to hit someone hard many times with your hand:
Don't make me come over there and smack you up.
WORD FOCUS: hit WORD FOCUS: hit
with your fist: punch, thump, bash

with your open hand as a punishment: smack, spank, slap

with a hammer: bang, hammer

in order to get attention: bang, knock, tap, hammer

accidentally: bump into, crash into, strike, bang, knock, collide (with)


See also
hit

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