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Dictionary Definition



1 winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge [syn: sweep]
2 the noise made by the forcefaul impact of two objects
3 a forceful impact that makes a loud noise
4 an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets" [syn: shot, shaft, dig, barb, jibe, gibe]


1 close violently; "He slammed the door shut" [syn: bang]
2 strike violently; "slam the ball" [syn: bang]
3 dance the slam dance [syn: slam dance, mosh, thrash]
4 throw violently; "He slammed the book on the table" [syn: flap down] [also: slamming, slammed]

User Contributed Dictionary




Probably from a Scandinavian word, cognate with Norwegian slamre, Swedish slemma.


  1. An act of slamming.
  2. The shock and noise produced by slamming.
  3. A slam dunk.
  4. A bid of six (small slam) or seven (grand slam) in a suit or no trump.
  5. An insult.
    I don't mean this as a slam, but you can be really impatient sometimes.
  6. The refuse of alum works.
  7. countable prison A meal where ingredients are shared by three or more people to create dinner.


An act of slamming
The shock and noise produced by slamming
A slam dunk
A bid of six (small slam) or seven (grand slam) in a suit or no trump
An insult
The refuse of alum works


  1. transitive ergative To shut with sudden force so as to produce a shock and noise.
    Don't slam the door!
  2. transitive ergative To put in or on a particular place with force and loud noise. (Often followed by a preposition such as down, against or into.)
    Don't slam that trunk down on the pavement!
  3. To strike forcefully with some implement.
  4. transitive card games To defeat by winning all the tricks of a deal or a hand.
  5. transitive colloquial To speak badly of.
    Don't ever slam me in front of the boss like that again!''
  6. To dunk forcefully.
  7. intransitive bridge To make a slam bid.
  8. transitive US to, without clear (if any) consent, change telephone carriers on a customer


To shut with sudden force so as to produce a shock and noise
To put in or on a particular place with force and loud noise
To strike forcefully with some implement
To defeat by winning all the tricks of a deal or a hand
To speak badly of
To dunk forcefully

Extensive Definition

Slam as a word has several possible meanings :
  • short term for poetry slam
  • short term for slam dunk in basketball
  • a grappling move in wrestling, such as a suplex, wherein a participant lifts and throws his opponent to the mat
  • bidding and winning all (or all but one) trick in the card game bridge - known as Grand Slam and Small (or 'Little') Slam respectively.
  • the card game spit, also known as slam
Slam as a name may refer to:
SLAM as an acronym has several possible meanings:
slam in German: Slam (Begriffsklärung)
slam in French: Slam
slam in Turkish: Slam

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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