smack

A smack is a slap or blow made with the palm of a hand or something else that's flat. Instead of giving your dog a smack for chasing the cat, you should speak calmly and firmly to him.

Smack also describes the sound of a smack, like when your Frisbee hits your neighbor's house with a smack. It's a verb too: "I'm tempted to smack you for saying that about my brother." Sometimes, smack takes the form of a descriptive adverb: "I ran smack into the mailbox while I was texting and walking." Informally, a smack can also be a kiss, or an eager movement of the lips in anticipation of something delicious.

Primary Meanings of smack

1.
nv
a blow from a flat object (as an open hand)
deliver a hard blow to
2.
vn
have an element suggestive (of something)
the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
3.
vn
press (the lips) together and open (the lips) noisily, as in eating
an enthusiastic kiss
4.
n
street names for heroin
5.
n
a sailing ship (usually rigged like a sloop or cutter) used in fishing and sailing along the coast
6.
adv
directly
Full Definitions of smack
1

n a blow from a flat object (as an open hand)

Synonyms:
slap
Type of:
blow, bump
an impact (as from a collision)

n the act of smacking something; a blow delivered with an open hand

Synonyms:
slap, smacking
Types:
spank
a slap with the flat of the hand
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

v deliver a hard blow to

“The teacher smacked the student who had misbehaved”
Synonyms:
thwack
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
2

v have an element suggestive (of something)

“his speeches smacked of racism”
Synonyms:
reek, smell
Type of:
evoke, paint a picture, suggest
call to mind

v have a distinctive or characteristic taste

Synonyms:
taste
Type of:
savor, savour, taste
have flavor; taste of something

n the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth

Synonyms:
flavor, flavour, nip, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, tang
Types:
lemon
a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
vanilla
a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
Type of:
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation
the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus
3

v press (the lips) together and open (the lips) noisily, as in eating

Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v kiss lightly

Synonyms:
peck
Type of:
buss, kiss, osculate, snog
touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.

n an enthusiastic kiss

Synonyms:
smooch
Types:
smacker
a loud kiss
Type of:
buss, kiss, osculation
the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)
4

n street names for heroin

Synonyms:
big H, hell dust, nose drops, scag, skag, thunder
Type of:
diacetylmorphine, heroin
a narcotic that is considered a hard drug; a highly addictive morphine derivative; intravenous injection provides the fastest and most intense rush
5

n a sailing ship (usually rigged like a sloop or cutter) used in fishing and sailing along the coast

Type of:
sailing ship, sailing vessel
a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts
6

adv directly

Synonyms:
bang, bolt, slap, slapdash

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.