What does smack mean?

Definitions for smack

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word smack.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slap, smacknoun

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

  2. relish, flavor, flavour, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, nip, tangnoun

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

  3. smacknoun

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

  4. big H, hell dust, nose drops, smack, thunder, skag, scagnoun

    street names for heroin

  5. smack, smoochnoun

    an enthusiastic kiss

  6. smack, smacking, slapverb

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

  7. smack, thwackverb

    deliver a hard blow to

    "The teacher smacked the student who had misbehaved"

  8. smack, reek, smellverb

    have an element suggestive (of something)

    "his speeches smacked of racism"; "this passage smells of plagiarism"

  9. smack, tasteverb

    have a distinctive or characteristic taste

    "This tastes of nutmeg"

  10. smack, peckverb

    kiss lightly

  11. smackadverb

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

  12. bang, slap, slapdash, smack, boltadverb


    "he ran bang into the pole"; "ran slap into her"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Smacknoun

    Etymology: smaeck, Dutch; from the verb.

    The child, that sucketh the milk of the nurse, learns his first speech of her; the which, being the first inured to his tongue, is ever after most pleasing unto him, insomuch, that though he afterwards be taught English, yet the smack of the first will always abide with him. Edmund Spenser.

    Your lordship, though not clean past your youth, hath yet some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time, and have a care of your health. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    It caused the neighbours to rue, that a petty smack only of popery opened a gap to the oppression of the whole. Carew.

    As the Pythagorean soul
    Runs through all beasts, and fish and fowl,
    And has a smack of ev’ry one,
    So love does, and has ever done. Hudibras.

    Stack pease upon hovel;
    To cover it quickly let owner regard,
    Lest dove and the cadow there finding a smack,
    With ill stormy weather do perish thy stack. Thomas Tusser.

    Trembling to approach
    The little barrel, which he fears to broach,
    H’ essays the wimble, often draws it back,
    And deals to thirsty servants but a smack. John Dryden, Pers.

    He took
    The bride about the neck, and kist her lips
    With such a clamorous smack, that at the parting
    All the church echo’d. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    I saw the lecherous citizen turn back
    His head, and on his wife’s lip steal a smack. John Donne.

  2. To Smackverb

    So careless flowers, strow’d on the waters face,
    The curled whirlpools suck, smack, and embrace,
    Yet drown them. John Donne.

  3. To Smackverb

    Etymology: smæckan , Saxon; smaecken, Dutch.

    All sects, all ages, smack of this vice, and he
    To die for it! William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    He is but a bastard to the time,
    That doth not smack of observation. William Shakespeare, King John.

    She kiss’d with smacking lip the snoring lout;
    For such a kiss demands a pair of gloves. John Gay.

    He gives a smacking buss. Alexander Pope.


  1. smack

    Smack can have different meanings depending on the context in which it's used: 1. Verb: To hit someone or something forcefully or loudly, often with an open hand. 2. Noun: A sharp slap or blow typically made with the palm of the hand. 3. Noun (informal): A strong flavor or taste. 4. Noun (slang): A term referring to the drug heroin. 5. Verb (informal): To kiss noisily. 6. Noun: A sailing ship, typically a small one used for short journeys or fishing. 7. Verb: To give off a strong, distinct smell or aura. 8. Adverb (informal): Directly or straight into something; squarely.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smacknoun

    a small sailing vessel, commonly rigged as a sloop, used chiefly in the coasting and fishing trade

  2. Smackverb

    taste or flavor, esp. a slight taste or flavor; savor; tincture; as, a smack of bitter in the medicine. Also used figuratively

  3. Smackverb

    a small quantity; a taste

  4. Smackverb

    a loud kiss; a buss

  5. Smackverb

    a quick, sharp noise, as of the lips when suddenly separated, or of a whip

  6. Smackverb

    a quick, smart blow; a slap

  7. Smackadverb

    as if with a smack or slap

  8. Smacknoun

    to have a smack; to be tinctured with any particular taste

  9. Smacknoun

    to have or exhibit indications of the presence of any character or quality

  10. Smacknoun

    to kiss with a close compression of the lips, so as to make a sound when they separate; to kiss with a sharp noise; to buss

  11. Smacknoun

    to make a noise by the separation of the lips after tasting anything

  12. Smackverb

    to kiss with a sharp noise; to buss

  13. Smackverb

    to open, as the lips, with an inarticulate sound made by a quick compression and separation of the parts of the mouth; to make a noise with, as the lips, by separating them in the act of kissing or after tasting

  14. Smackverb

    to make a sharp noise by striking; to crack; as, to smack a whip

  15. Etymology: [OE. smaken to taste, have a taste, -- from the noun; cf. AS. smecan taste; akin to D. smaken, G. schmecken, OHG. smechen to taste, smachn to have a taste (and, derived from the same source, G. schmatzen to smack the lips, to kiss with a sharp noise, MHG. smatzen, smackzeen), Icel. smakka to taste, Sw. smaka, Dan. smage. See 2d Smack, n.]


  1. Smack

    Smack was a Finnish band, which was active 1982-1990. The band's original line-up consisted of singer Claude, guitarists Kartsa and Manchuria, bassist Cheri and drummer Kinde.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smack

    smak, n. taste: flavour: a pleasing taste: a small quantity: a flavour of something.—v.i. to have a taste: to have a quality. [A.S. smæc.]

  2. Smack

    smak, n. a generic name for small decked or half-decked coasters and fishing-vessels, most rigged as cutters, sloops, or yawls. [Dut. smak; Ger. schmacke, Ice. snekja.]

  3. Smack

    smak, v.t. to strike smartly, to slap loudly: to kiss roughly and noisily.—v.i. to make a sharp noise with, as the lips by separation.—n. a sharp sound: a crack: a hearty kiss.—adv. sharply, straight.—p.adj. Smack′ing, making a sharp, brisk sound, a sharp noise, a smack. [Prob. imit., Dut. smakken, to smite, Ger. schmatzen, to smack.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. smack

    A crude, rude, vulgar and unsatisfactory substitute for a kiss.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. smack

    A vessel, sometimes like a cutter, used for mercantile purposes, or for carrying passengers; the largest of which, the Leith smacks, attained the size of 200 tons.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SMACK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Smack is ranked #40432 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Smack surname appeared 541 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Smack.

    48.6% or 263 total occurrences were White.
    44.1% or 239 total occurrences were Black.
    5.1% or 28 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smack in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of smack in a Sentence

  1. Tom Brady:

    I do know they probably let me get away with a lot of unsportsmanlike conducts, talking smack to the other team and talking smack to the refs when I don’t think I get the right call, i’m kind of a pain in their a--, if you don’t already know that.

  2. Benjamin Risha:

    He was made to smack his mother, he had to do it three times before the smacks were loud enough for Tony Alamo to approve of them … His control was absolute. No one told him no. It was pretty horrible. Something as simple as falling asleep in church could get you in trouble, even though it was the third time you ’d been at church that day, and you had already worked and gone to school and prayed for several hours. We would be nodding off. But if someone went to sleep ? God forbid you got caught. It was pretty bad … I wanted to know what life was like beyond this.

  3. Dianne Marie Teresa Cole:

    You don’t smack the water with your paddle if you wish to catch fish.

  4. Brent Bozell:

    Watch for his opponents to smack him in the mouth all primary season long with his own words.

  5. Jeremy Douglas:

    You couldn't get much more central in Jakarta if you tried, it's basically right smack dab in the central business area.

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    the act of making a noisy disturbance
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