For all your dictionary needs!
Morphology. Are you looking for smack?
Header of smacking


The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun smacking:

Video footage: Asian woman smacking lips together in slow motion with spit flying
Play/pauseBuy footageFind more

Definition of the noun smacking

What does smacking mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: smackings

  1. the act of smacking something; a blow delivered with an open hand
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of smacking: slap / smack
    • more generic word: blow = a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
    • more specific word: spank = a slap with the flat of the hand

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for smacking

Click on a title to look inside that book (if available):

Google previewHappy Children Through Positive Parenting (2012)

by Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer

Smacking is an act of power.

Google previewPragmatics (2014)

by Yan Huang

The use of as a part of good parental correction seems to presuppose that smacking is a part of good parental correction. If it is a part of good parental correction, it should of course not be a criminal offence in New Zealand. In other words, the ...

Google previewQuantitative Research Methods for Social Work (2016)

Making Social Work Count by Barbra Teater, John Devaney, Donald Forrester, Jonathan Scourfield, John Carpenter

a difference/has an effect make a difference/does not have an effect Examples Smacking is an effective Smacking is not an effective behavioural management tool behavioural management tool Children in kinship care have better outcomes ...

Google previewChild-rearing in Ethnic Minorities (1996)

by Jagjit Singh Dosanjh, Paul Avtar Singh Ghuman

Smacking is a basic animal instinct. It is along the lines of a lion and a lion cub...

Google previewMonkey Wars (2015)

by Richard Kurti

Lip smacking is a very common behavior trait, and they have other, distinctive alarm calls to alert the troop to predators like pythons or leopards. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Countless thanks to Denise Johnstone-Burt, Daisy Jellicoe and the 407.

Google previewTenderly Taming Teenagers (2004)

by Liz Cowan

Smacking is a quick fix. But when children grow into teenagers, parents then hit a huge obstacle - smacking or beating does not modify teenage behaviour favourably - it makes it worse. Our aim as parents is to facilitate a process whereby our ...

Google previewDictionary of Zoo Biology and Animal Management (2013)

by Paul A. Rees

smacking. 1. Behaviour performed by many OLD WORLD MONKEY species, which may be a positive social communication and is possibly associated with social status. May have evolved into speechin humans. 2. ASTEREOTYPIC ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Panjábí Language (1854)

by J. Newton, North India school of medicine for Christian women, Ludhiana mission

A mincing, smacking sound in eating; coquettish motions in ...

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for smacking

Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic:

Photos about smacking

Click on an item to view that photo:



From a post card.

Photo credit: ORA r.FLORES

If you need related images for an article or a report, you can download stock photos:
Small photo of Smacking lips cat More...

Video language resources about smacking

Click on an item to play that video:

See also the pronunciation examples of smacking!

Quotes about smacking

Streams full and rushing
Young boy splashing
Wellies wet, dashing
Water lapping,
Small hands smacking
Face wet, dripping. 
Little boy grinning
Eyes wide, winning. 
Photo taken, smiling
Memories making.
Enchanting.  (Robert Green)
more quotes about smacking...

Scrabble value of S1M3A1C3K5I1N1G2

The value of this 8-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Share this page


Go to the usage examples of smacking to see it in context!

Privacy Policy | Cookies Policy
Keyword Tool | Romanian-English Dictionary