Green’s Dictionary of Slang

smack v.

1. to kiss.

[UK]J. Whetstone Promos and Cassandra I IV vii: Come, smack me; I long for a smouch.
[UK] ‘Jealous Nanny’ in Ebsworth Roxburghe Ballads (1891) VII:2 373: And have I not seen you with Sawney, / Discourse, embrace, and to smack.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Smack, to kiss. I had a smack at her muns: I kissed her mouth […].
[UK]G. Parker Life’s Painter 139: The first thing that was done, sir, / Was handling round the kid, / That all might smack his muns, sir.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US]M.M. Pomeroy Nonsense 78: I never had kissed her before, for it is wrong to kiss girls – before you kiss them! But that night, how I went for kisses. We smacked and smacked, till the owls hooted in fear.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 6 June 22/1: ‘Embrace me!’ cried the Baron. And he smacked the Australian Rich over each eyebrow.
[US]Wood & Goddard Dict. Amer. Sl.
[US]C. Himes Pinktoes (1989) 81: ‘Your secretary is smacking.’ [...] ‘As long as she’s not shacking.’.
[US] ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.
[US]R.A. Wilson Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words.

2. (also smack about, smack around) to hit, to beat; thus smacked, hit, beaten.

[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 494: He said no more, but quickly got / His geldings smack’d into a trot.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 315: Though, by great luck, this Jehu got / His geldings smack’d into a trot.
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ Life in the Saddle 46: He gave me some of his lip, and I smacked his face for it!
[US]E.L. Wheeler Deadwood Dick in Beadle’s Half Dime Library I:1 84/1: I smacked him in the gob.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Sept. 9/2: The burden of one song was that if your girl didn’t seem sufficiently pliable at the first go-off, you were to ‘smack her round the “kisser” once or twice.’.
[UK]C. Rook Hooligan Nights 128: I knocked ’im out first time I smacked ’im.
[UK]Sporting Times 7 Mar. 1/4: You really should smack that daughter of yours, Mrs. Jones.
[UK]‘Ian Hay’ Lighter Side of School Life 78: He would rather have his head smacked than be ignored.
[UK]Wodehouse Carry on, Jeeves 181: I saw the fat child meditatively smacking a jelly-fish with a spade.
[US](con. 1910s) J.T. Farrell Young Lonigan in Studs Lonigan (1936) 137: Fighting made him sick. When he went with the guys smacking Jews, [...] he felt as if he’d puke.
[Aus]L. Glassop We Were the Rats 110: Give the kids a fair go Charlie, or I’ll smack you in the chops.
[US]J.D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye (1958) 213: I was almost all set to hit her. I thought I was going to smack her for a second or two.
[UK]C. Lee diary 6 May in Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 110: He threatened to smack me one, but his heart wasn’t in it.
[UK]R. Cook Crust on its Uppers 33: He’d always have smacked her one when I came back the next day.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 134: I’m gon tell him to keep smackin’ you [...] till I think you tellin’ me the truth.
[UK]‘Derek Raymond’ He Died with His Eyes Open 14: They might give him a push or smack him just once.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 38: Out the way or I got to smack you.
[US](con. 1946) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 80: I used to smack him around. It was to make him tough.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 90: Ulweys pissed up an smackin us about like.
[US]Chicago Trib. ‘The Onion’ 1 Nov. TAB-5/1: Those toxic cells [...] get a ‘certain sick joy out of smacking researchers around like a bunch of little birches’ .

3. to throw (into).

[UK]P. Cheyney Dames Don’t Care (1960) 108: I’ll take you right over the border now an’ smack you in the first sheriff’s lock-up [...] I come to.
[UK]‘Charles Raven’ Und. Nights 22: They smack him in a peter on a charge of receiving.

4. (US black gang) to act sycophantically, to toady.

[US]L. Bing Do or Die (1992) 127: Want to get respect? You don’t gotta kiss nobody’s ass, you don’t have to smack.
Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] smack [...] 2. to fraternize with the enemy. Often involves ‘kissing up’. (‘They’re off smacking with student government.’).

5. (US black) to criticize someone behind their back [ass n. (2)].

[US]G. Smitherman Black Talk.

6. (also smack ass, smack it) to be very good, to excel.

[US]College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Smack (smack ass) (verb) To be very good; to be cool or awesome.
[US]BlazinParadise ‘Blazing Squad Language’ [Internet] Smacked it – Did something good.

7. see snack v.1

In phrases

smack about/around (v.)

see sense 2 above.

smack ass/it (v.)

see sense 6 above.

smack (the) calfskin (v.) (also kiss the calfskin) [the SE calfskin cover of the Bible]

(UK Und.) to kiss the Bible when taking an oath.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: To smack calves skin; to kiss the book, i.e. to take an oath. The queer cuffin bid me smack calves skin, but I only bussed my thumb; the justice bid me kiss the book, but I only kissed my thumb.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: To smack calf’s skin; to kiss the book in taking an oath. It is held by the St. Giles’s casuists, that by kissing one’s thumb instead of smacking calf’s skin, the guilt of taking a false oath is avoided.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1796].
[UK]Sir W. Scott Heart of Mid-Lothian (1883) 219: Why, I have smacked the calf-skin fifty times.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
Britannia & Trades’ Advocate (Hobart, Tas.) 2 June 3/1: [I]n the cant slang of the day ‘what signifies kissing the calf-skin!’ — that is to say, swearing to tell the truth, and kissing the holy Bible.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum.
[UK]B.M. Carew Life and Adventures.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

smack around (v.)

(US) to travel in an ostentatious manner, to parade.

[US]M. Levin Reporter 10: With a flashing smile and a jiggy leg [...] Vittoro went smacking around the town.
smack down

see separate entries.

smack up

see separate entries.