Definition of smackdown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsmakˌdoun/


informal, chiefly US
1A bitter contest or confrontation: the age-old man versus Nature smackdown
More example sentences
  • Like an old ethnography, the film's musical smackdowns are rich in cultural and racial stereotypes: Mexicans play a mariachi, Africans beat drums, a Thai man plays a mournful oriental flute.
  • With no alternative, she learns to fight and confronts him for the final smackdown.
  • I want to tell you one thing: I'll take you Times Square later and lay the smackdown on you.
2A decisive or humiliating defeat or setback.
Example sentences
  • His tongue-in-cheek lyrics and sex-drenched growling vocals, gave a huge smackdown to the critics and music industry tools blatant ignorance of indie bands.
  • Luckily he didn't have a witty pun to throw into the mix for this contestant or I may have lain the smackdown on the television.
  • As it happens, one of these smackdowns came on the newspaper's editorial page website.


1990s: from smack1.

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Syllabification: smack·down

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