- 1A sharp slap or blow, typically one given with the palm of the hand: she gave Mark a smack across the faceMore example sentences
- With one farmer acting as go-between, eventually you would hear the smack of spittle-wetted palms signifying a satisfactory result all round.
- Bully boys kowtow to only two things: a large smack or abject ridicule.
- He wasted no time in raining down a series of sharp smacks to his target.
- 1.1A loud, sharp sound made by a slap or similar action: she closed the ledger with a smackMore example sentences
- After Amber's palm made contact with Jackie's face, sounding off a loud smack through the area, Jackie fell to the ground from the force.
- There was a smack, then the sound of a door closing and locking.
- My landing was uneventful, which is to say there wasn't a loud smack on the wall at the bottom of the stairs.
- 1.2A loud kiss: I was saluted with two hearty smacks on my cheeksMore example sentences
- They started groping viciously and kissing savagely with loud, desperate smacks resonating into the dizzy evening air.
- He winced when Kala delivered a loud smack to her father's cheek.
- I leaned in and gave her a quick smack on the cheek as she shoved me away.
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- 1Strike (someone or something), typically with the palm of the hand and as a punishment: Jessica smacked his face quite hardMore example sentences
- ‘We don't even believe in smacking the kids,’ she said.
- I remember my mother smacking me because when a little cousin was staying with us I talked to him when he was in the lavatory.
- If I ever did something like that, my mother would have smacked me into next week.
- 1.1Smash, drive, or put forcefully into or onto something: he smacked a fist into the palm of a black-gloved handMore example sentences
bang, slam, crash, thump; sling, fling• informal plunk
- Her hand flew up and smacked Kim forcefully around the face.
- As she crossed the road, some fool driving at 70 mph smacked into her, and she was thrown into the air and hit the road at the other side of the car.
- She clenched her fists and smacked Muketsu hard with her knuckles.
- 1.2Part (one’s lips) noisily in eager anticipation or enjoyment of food, drink, or other pleasures.More example sentences
- This may seem like something very minor to some people, but the sight and sound of chewed food and smacking lips at the table make me lose my appetite.
- The sound of someone else's smacking lips and clonking teeth makes the stomach scream in protest.
- Comparisons were made, lips were smacked, tongues were rolled and more thoughts were offered on the flavours and subtleties.
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- 1In a sudden and violent way: I ran smack into the back of a parked truckMore example sentences
- He plonked smack bang on the green green grass of Lismore Lake.
- If you were, you'd be smack bang in the firing line of his new book.
- Hurriedly turning a corner, Tielle ran smack bang into a large figure heading in her direction.
- 2Exactly; precisely: our mother’s house was smack in the middle of the cityMore example sentences
- I worked out that at default, its set dead smack bang in the middle.
- ‘The other thing,’ Abby chips in, ‘because it's a joint project with the library and we're smack bang in the middle of Central Library, we're going to have access to all their resources.’
- I've no aspirations-I'm living smack bang in the middle of my aspiration and it's a great place to be.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'part (one's lips) noisily'): from Middle Dutch smacken, of imitative origin; compare with German schmatzen 'eat or kiss noisily'.
verb[no object] (smack of)
- 1.1Suggest the presence or effects of (something wrong or unpleasant): the whole thing smacks of a cover-upMore example sentences
- But at least one protester said revelations that others were paid makes the whole demonstration smack of political opportunism.
- The tightrope walk between self-promotion for the sake of viability and distaste for anything that smacks of selling-out has presented Stanley with a dilemma.
- Critics have always maintained the present system smacks of cronyism and cover-up.
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Old English smæc 'flavor, smell', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch smaak and German Geschmack.
- 1A fishing boat, often one equipped with a well for keeping the caught fish alive.More example sentences
- The smack is amplified by the posture of the falling fish, which typically flops sideways so that its flank hits the water.
- After 1750 some of the immature fish, known as grille, were carried alive by means of wells built into the hulls of the smacks.
- The carriage of salmon was central to the profitability of the smacks, and increased amounts were shipped to London in ice as fresh fish.
- 1.1chiefly British A single-masted sailboat used for fishing or coastal commerce.More example sentences
- He gives us a wonderful tale of hitch-hiking aboard a motley assortment of craft - freights, dhows, yachts and fishing smacks and meeting interesting and colourful men and women on the way.
- We are then brought to the consideration of the question whether, upon the facts appearing in these records, the fishing smacks were subject to capture by the armed vessels of the United States during the recent war with Spain.
- During the early years these were sailing smacks, but the yard was at the forefront of the development of steam trawlers and came to specialise in long-range trawlers for the Hull distant water fleet.
early 17th century: from Dutch smak, of unknown ultimate origin.
- Heroin.More example sentences
- Something he has never done: Hard drugs like smack or cocaine.
- She graduates to heroin - her boyfriend is on smack too - and her addiction takes its toll on her family.
- Alas, a fish cannot live without water, a heroin junkie cannot survive without smack, and I just can't function without my dancing.
1940s: probably an alteration of Yiddish schmeck 'a sniff'.
noun(in phrase talk smack) • informal
- Speak insultingly of someone, especially to intentionally rankle them.More example sentences
- I love the Yankee fans talking smack, only to see their team collapse once again.
- Talking smack about a larger rival is, of course, a time-honored business tactic.
- However, it seems to me that XFL players are more concerned with poor attempts at talking smack than they are about actually playing.