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American English: /slæp/
British English: /slap/

Translation of slap in Spanish:

transitive verb present participle slapping past tense, past participle slapped

  • 1 1.1 (hit)to slap somebody
    (on face) pegarle or darle una bofetada or (Latin America also) una cachetada a alguien
    abofetear a alguien
    cachetear a alguien (Latin America)
    (on arm, leg) pegarle or darle una palmada a alguien
    to slap somebody on the back
    darle una palmada or una palmadita a alguien en la espalda
    Example sentences
    • The boy smirked and reached out his palm, which was slapped extremely hard by the rest of his gang.
    • Julianna shouted, standing up and slapping her palms down flat on her desk.
    • A traffic cop pounced on them and, screaming abuses, began slapping one of the men, who could not even shield himself for fear that the cart would go out of control.
    darle a
    Example sentences
    • This can be done using metal to sound like thunder, or meat slapped against a block to imitate a punch.
    • Sweat soon coated her forehead and slicked her arms as her skin slapped against the skin of strangers.
    • The wrapper flew off, carried by its momentum, and slapped against the wall ten feet to my right.
  • 2 2.1 (put with force) she slapped the contract down on the desk
    tiró el contrato en el escritorio
    plantó el contrato en el escritorio [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The girl took her hand off my mouth and quickly slapped a strip of duct tape over it.
    • He quickly slapped it away and yelled at her to get the hell out of there.
    • Megan quickly slapped her hand away from her mouth and gave her a reproving look.
    2.2 (put, apply carelessly)she slapped the food onto my plate
    me tiró la comida en el plato
    he slapped some paint on it
    le dio una mano de pintura rápidamente
    slap on lots of butter
    échale or ponle bastante mantequilla
    she slapped cream all over her face
    se embadurnó la cara de crema
    2.3 (impose) [colloquial]to slap something on somebody/somethingthey slapped another 5% on the price
    le encajaron un 5% de aumento al precio [colloquial]
    they slapped on a massive surcharge
    hicieron un recargo brutal [colloquial]
    to slap somebody with something (US) we've been slapped with a large fine
    nos han encajado or metido un multazo [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The mum of a disabled boy today hit out at a parking warden who slapped a fine on their specially adapted car - because it overhung the bay.
    • The parking wardens have no problem and are very quick at slapping fines on people who park illegally around Portlaoise.
    • The get tough stance comes just a few weeks after parking attendants in the town were criticised for slapping fines on coaches picking up children from a Christmas pantomime.

intransitive verb present participle slapping past tense, past participle slapped


  • (on back, leg) palmada (feminine)
    to give somebody a slap
    darle una bofetada or (Latin America also) una cachetada a alguien
    to get a slap
    llevarse una bofetada or (Latin America also) una cachetada
    he gave me a slap on the back
    me dio una palmada or una palmadita en la espalda
    a slap in the face (rebuff, insult)
    una bofetada
    a slap on the wrist
    un tirón de orejas [colloquial]
    un palmetazo
    Example sentences
    • Hartnett said he was pushed by Laurence, and hit back in self-defence with a single slap with the palm of his hand.
    • His knocks on her door, once strong and quick, were now reduced to tired, dull slaps of his palm against the wood.
    • He hit the steering wheel with an angry slap of his palm.


  • [colloquial]the ball struck him slap in the face
    la pelota le dio en plena cara or de lleno en la cara
    she walked slap into the tree
    se dio de narices contra el árbol
    I arrived slap in the middle of the meeting
    llegué justo en plena reunión
    Example sentences
    • It takes us slap bang into the world of three very different young women as they explore their first forays into the world of physical love.
    • What happens when improving people's quality of life runs slap bang into environmental limits?
    Example sentences
    • It appears the sticky-backed number which should have been attached to Luis' shorts came loose at the start, caught the wind and landed slap across his chops.
    • It lies eight miles in from the edge of the capital, slap under the final approach to Heathrow.
    • The only thing in favour of the Midland was that it was slap in the middle of town and a vastly more interesting building with rooms that were not meticulously square.

Phrasal verbs

slap down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
bajarle los humos a [colloquial]
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