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smacking

[smak-ing] /ˈsmæk ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
smart, brisk, or strong, as a breeze.
2.
Chiefly British Slang. smashing.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; smack2 + -ing2
Related forms
smackingly, adverb

smack1

[smak] /smæk/
noun
1.
a taste or flavor, especially a slight flavor distinctive or suggestive of something:
The chicken had just a smack of garlic.
2.
a trace, touch, or suggestion of something.
3.
a taste, mouthful, or small quantity.
verb (used without object)
4.
to have a taste, flavor, trace, or suggestion:
Your politeness smacks of condescension.
Origin
before 1000; (noun) Middle English smacke, Old English smæc; cognate with Middle Low German smak, German Geschmack taste; (v.) Middle English smacken to perceive by taste, have a (specified) taste, derivative of the noun; compare German schmacken
Synonyms
1. savor. 2. hint. 4. taste, suggest.

smack2

[smak] /smæk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike sharply, especially with the open hand or a flat object.
2.
to drive or send with a sharp, resounding blow or stroke:
to smack a ball over a fence.
3.
to close and open (the lips) smartly so as to produce a sharp sound, often as a sign of relish, as in eating.
4.
to kiss with or as with a loud sound.
verb (used without object)
5.
to smack the lips.
6.
to collide, come together, or strike something forcibly.
7.
to make a sharp sound as of striking against something.
noun
8.
a sharp, resounding blow, especially with something flat.
9.
a smacking of the lips, as in relish or anticipation.
10.
a resounding or loud kiss.
adverb, Informal.
11.
suddenly and violently:
He rode smack up against the side of the house.
12.
directly; straight:
The street runs smack into the center of town.
Origin
1550-60; imitative; compare Dutch, Low German smakken, German (dial.) schmacken
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Examples from the web for smacking
  • Don't be surprised if there is considerable smacking of lips during a meal and burping at the end to show the meal tasted good.
  • No one speaks a word, but the smacking of lips and gnashing of teeth is almost comically loud.
  • It took our offering and swung back to the beam, where it gobbled the fruit with loud slurping and smacking noises.
  • It dishes up lip-smacking seafood dishes, from baked mussels to grilled fish and prawns.
  • Another sign of agitation was her persistent lip smacking behavior and high pitched vocalizations.
  • If you are over six feet tall, you are in constant danger of smacking your head on something metal protruding from above.
  • There's no one on a horse, smacking the saddle and moving the people.
  • Grant's defense of emancipation involved smacking down the notion that it automatically led to social equality or miscegenation.
  • But always that jerky twitching, always that smacking of rodent lips.
  • Tommy started smacking the base- ment pipes with the hammer.
British Dictionary definitions for smacking

smacking

/ˈsmækɪŋ/
adjective
1.
brisk; lively: a smacking breeze

smack1

/smæk/
noun
1.
a smell or flavour that is distinctive though faint
2.
a distinctive trace or touch: the smack of corruption
3.
a small quantity, esp a mouthful or taste
verb (intransitive) foll by of
4.
to have the characteristic smell or flavour (of something): to smack of the sea
5.
to have an element suggestive (of something): his speeches smacked of bigotry
Word Origin
Old English smæc; related to Old High German smoc, Icelandic smekkr a taste, Dutch smaak

smack2

/smæk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to strike or slap smartly, with or as if with the open hand
2.
to strike or send forcibly or loudly or to be struck or sent forcibly or loudly
3.
to open and close (the lips) loudly, esp to show pleasure
4.
(transitive) to kiss noisily
noun
5.
a sharp resounding slap or blow with something flat, or the sound of such a blow
6.
a loud kiss
7.
a sharp sound made by the lips, as in enjoyment
8.
(informal, mainly Brit) have a smack at, to attempt
9.
(informal, mainly Brit) smack in the eye, a snub or setback
adverb (informal)
10.
directly; squarely
11.
with a smack; sharply and unexpectedly
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch smacken, probably of imitative origin

smack3

/smæk/
noun
1.
a slang word for heroin
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from Yiddish schmeck

smack4

/smæk/
noun
1.
a sailing vessel, usually sloop-rigged, used in coasting and fishing along the British coast
2.
a fishing vessel equipped with a well for keeping the catch alive
Word Origin
C17: from Low German smack or Dutch smak, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for smacking

smack

n.

"a taste, flavor, savor" especially a slight flavor that suggests something, from Old English smæc "taste; scent, odor," from Proto-Germanic *smak- (cf. Old Frisian smek, Middle Dutch smæck, Dutch smaak, Old High German smac, German Geschmack, Swedish smak, Danish smag), from a Germanic and Baltic root *smeg- meaning "to taste" (cf. Lithuanian smaguriai "dainties," smagus "pleasing"). Meaning "a trace (of something)" is attested from 1530s.

"smart, sharp sound made by the lips," 1560s, from smack (v.1). Meaning "a loud kiss" is recorded from c.1600. Meaning "sharp sound made by hitting something with the flat of the hand" is from c.1746.

single-masted sailboat, 1610s, probably from Dutch or Low German smak "sailboat," perhaps from smakken "to fling, dash" (see smack (v.2)), perhaps so-called from the sound made by its sails. French semaque, Spanish zumaca, Italian semacca probably are Germanic borrowings.

"heroin," 1942, American English slang, probably an alteration of schmeck "a drug," especially heroin (1932), from Yiddish schmeck "a sniff."

v.

"make a sharp noise with the lips," 1550s, probably of imitative origin (see smack (v.2)). With adverbial force, "suddenly, directly," from 1782; extended form smack-dab is attested from 1892, American English colloquial (slap-dab is from 1886).

"to slap a flat surface with the hand," 1835, from smack (n.) in this sense; perhaps influenced by Low German smacken "to strike, throw," which is likely of imitative origin (cf. Swedish smak "slap," Middle Low German smacken, Frisian smakke, Dutch smakken "to fling down," Lithuanian smagiu "to strike, knock down, whip").

mid-13c., "to smell (something"); mid-14c., "to taste (something), perceive by taste" (transitive); late 14c. "to have a taste, taste of" (intransitive), from smack (n.1). Cf. Old English smæccan "to taste," Old Frisian smakia Middle Dutch smaecken, Old High German smakken "have a savor, scent, or taste," German schmecken "taste, try, smell, perceive." Sometimes also smatch. Now mainly in verbal figurative use smacks of ... (first attested 1590s). "Commonly but erroneously regarded as identical with [smack (n.2)], as if 'taste' proceeds from 'smacking the lips.'" [Century Dictionary]

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smacking in Medicine

smack (smāk)
n.
Heroin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for smacking

slush fund

noun phrase

In politics, money used for shady enterprises like buying votes, bribing officials, etc: the use of slush funds to defeat selected victims

[1839+; fr the armed forces and especially nautical practice of selling grease and other garbage to accumulate a fund to buy little luxuries for the troops or crew]


slut

noun

A sexually promiscuous female, esp one who dresses or acts provocatively (1451+)


smack 1

adverb

(also smack dab) Exactly; precisely: What he said was smack on the mark/ Rosenthal was seated smack-dab next to the Prez in a relatively cozy dinner (1892+)

noun
  1. A blow; a slap: He gave her a smack on the kisser (1746+)
  2. A kiss; smacker (1604+)
  3. A try; crack: Let's have a smack at it, shall we? (1889+)
  4. : Throughout the 45-minute interview, he kept mentioning ''smack,'' which isn't heroin, but a synonym for trash-talking (1990s+ Sports)
verb
  1. Hit; slap: She smacked him hard (1835+)
  2. To kiss, esp noisily: She smacked him square on the lips (1570+)

[probably ultimately echoic]


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