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American English: /slæm/
British English: /slam/

Translation of slam in Spanish:

transitive verb present participle slamming past tense, past participle slammed

  • 1 (close violently) to slam the door
    dar un portazo
    to slam the door shut
    cerrar la puerta de un portazo
    to slam the window shut
    cerrar la ventana de un golpe
    she slammed the door in my face
    me dio con la puerta en las narices
    Example sentences
    • The plane's propeller began to whirl loudly, and Cory slammed the door shut.
    • When I finally did open it, I bolted inside and slammed the door shut behind myself.
    • I glared at him not bothering to dignify that with a response, I walked out into the street slamming the door shut behind me.
  • 2 (put with force) she slammed the book down on the table
    tiró el libro sobre la mesa
    he slammed his fist through the door
    atravesó la puerta de un puñetazo
    he slammed the ball into the net
    (in soccer etc) marcó de un trallazo
    (in tennis etc) incrustó la pelota en la red
    to slam on the brakes
    pegar un frenazo
    Example sentences
    • He pushed back slamming her into the wall she was chained to.
    • The force from the explosion slammed Christin against the opposite wall hard.
    • Dracainya was hit by an invisible force that slammed her into the wall behind her, cracking the stone.
  • 3 (criticize) [colloquial]
    atacar violentamente
    Example sentences
    • My first book, Premier Roman, was published when I was 23 and slammed by the critics.
    • Critics have slammed the BBC for even considering the idea of running adverts on its Web site.
    • His critics have slammed him for exaggerating racial and political issues confronting the city.
  • 4 (defeat) [colloquial]
    darle una paliza a [colloquial]

intransitive verb present participle slamming past tense, past participle slammed

  • (door)
    cerrarse de un portazo or de golpe
    cerrarse de golpe
    Example sentences
    • The door slammed and the car screeched off at high speed.
    • As Tristan packs up his briefcase and prepares to leave the empty club for the night, he's surprised to hear the sound of a car door slamming outside.
    • She heard yelling and a car door slamming and screeching off.


  • 2 countable (in bridge)
    slam (masculine)
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