Green’s Dictionary of Slang

smack n.2

also smeck, smock
[Yid. schmeck, to sniff; see also schmeck n.]

1. (drugs) heroin.

[US]D. Maurer ‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in Lang. Und. (1981) 109/1: smeck or smack. A bindle of drugs, especially a card of opium.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US] ‘Kitty Barrett’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 52: I was standing on the corner, just as fly as I could be, / Selling boss smack to every dope fiend I could see.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 61: Smack, smock, stuff, horse — they’re all heroin.
[US](con. 1940s) H. Simmons Man Walking On Eggshells 155: Smack, that was junk you shot yourself with through a needle.
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 27: He removed the dropper from his needle and refilled it with smack.
[US]Ice-T ‘I’m Your Pusher’ 🎵 Crack or smack will take you to a sure end.
[Aus]P. Temple Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] There’s about five hundred bucks worth of smack in his car.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] [I]t’s obvious this gear I’m after getting is more Shake ’n’ Vac than smack. I curse the bastard who cut it.
[US]Source Oct. 150: His catchy advertising slogan, ‘Crack’s wack! Smack’s back!’.
[US]J. Wambaugh Hollywood Station 25: Maybe she was shooting smack in her twat or someplace else he’d never look and the heroin was smoothing out all the ice she smoked?
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] Smack. Such an unattractive look.
[Scot]L. McIlvanney All the Colours 32: [M]ost of the ‘business’ in the East End – girls, smack, racketeering – went through Maitland.
[UK]K. Richards Life 57: Music [...] was very like a drug. In fact a far bigger drug than smack. I could kick smack; I couldn’t kick music.
[UK]Sun. Times (London) 16 Oct. 🌐 A flaky crook [...] who supplied the boxer with a lethally pure batch of smack.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] Malone’s crew has been watching the heroin mill [...] The Mexicans truck the smack up and deliver it to Diego Pena.
[Aus]T. Spicer Good Girl Stripped Bare 138: Is this actually happening? Our mother is asking us to score smack?
[US]D. Winslow ‘Sunset’ in Broken 196: Terry, don’t do another shot. Terry, don’t shoot smack.

2. adulterated cocaine.

[US]G. Smitherman Black Talk.

In derivatives

smackie (n.)

(Aus.) a heroin addict.

[Aus]R.G. Barratt ‘Racist Yes, Sexist Fine’ in What Do You Reckon (1997) [ebook] Smackies gotta have a hit of heroin.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] Her pupils were pinned, like a smackie’s, but my guess was a truckload of prescription downers.

In compounds

smack freak (n.) [-freak sfx]

(drugs) a heroin addict.

Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic Pschedelic Drugs & Law 153: smack freak Someone who likes or is addicted to heroin.
[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 154: At fifteen she got knocked up by a twenty-year-old ex-con smack freak.
[US]R. Price Breaks 307: I was a smack freak, a pill freak.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Real Thing 52: Fuckin’ smack freaks.
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Kelvin McCoy, reformed smack freak, unreformed drunk.
L. Randall Manoi 200: ‘He1s a smack freak,’ he explained. ‘A smack freak?’ I asked back. ‘Yeah. He smokes heroin’.
R. Ward Cactus Garden n.p.: A three-hundred-pound, Mexican-food-loving smack freak.
smack-head (n.) [-head sfx (4)]

(drugs) a heroin addict; also attrib.

Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic Pschedelic Drugs & Law 153: smack head Someone who likes or is addicted to heroin.
[US]L. Wolf Voices from the Love Generation 278: head. Any drug user [...] smack head.
[US]N.Y. Times Book Rev. 23 July 17: [He] is warned of a smackhead migration to his state.
[Aus]Tharunka (Sydney) 8 Nov. 27/1: D.T. ‘Smackhead’ Pilgrim poured another schooner glass of Mascot International Terminal watered down slops all over his wrist.
[Scot]I. Welsh Trainspotting 241: It was all too easy to blame the smack-heads or the buftie-boys at that time.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 231: A wouldn’t quite call Roger a smackhead, not at the moment like [...] but ee’s certainly startin t’talk like one — stupid junkie contempt for anythin except heroin.
[UK]Guardian Society 13 July 🌐 You give them a number and the smackheads know and then you say ‘pass that number to other people.’.
[UK]Sun. Times 19 Dec. 21: [headline] My daily fix, Prof, is to stigmatise these smackheads.
[Scot](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 341: Marriott starts slavering on again, in that maundering, self-obsessed smackheid wey.
[US]J. Stahl OG Dad 167: But smackheadism is what I know.
[Aus]D. Whish-Wilson Old Scores [ebook] ‘Said he knew some smackhead cray fishermen who’d do it’.
smack pack (n.)

(Aus. drugs) a ‘starter kit’ of heroin, containing a portion of the drugs and the equipment for injection.

[US]New York Mag. 14 Sept. 37: Smack pack: A customized heroin bag.
[Aus]Canberra Times 8 Aug. 3: Children are offered ‘smack packs’ – a portion of heroin, syringe and starter kit for $5.
A. Fuller Raising Real People 89: The price and purity of the heroin made the purchase of a ‘smack pack’ a convenient and cheap way to get high.

In phrases

smacked out (adj.) (also smacked back, smacked up)

1. (drugs) under the influence of heroin.

[US]P. Tauber Last Best Hope 420: I was probably running away or stoned or smacked out daydreaming.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 69: Dilaudid used to be delightful, but now I’ve got to be smacked-back for all the pain to go.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 79: Smacked Back To be high on heroin.
[Scot]I. Welsh Trainspotting 328: They were obviously smacked out of their eyebrows.
[US]J. Ridley Everybody Smokes in Hell 11: Hopped up or something. Crack, blow, smacked up or something.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 153: Fucken smacked-out gobshite!
[UK]Observer Mag. 25 Jan. 32: We were strung out, or smacked out.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Jungletown Jihad’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 334: He’s dinged with needle tracks, smug and smacked-back.
[US]W. Ellis Crooked Little Vein 7: The Fashion Channel. All those skeletal smacked-out girls.
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 181: You’re the smacked-out medico patches up these cunts.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 279: His eyes are pinned, he’s smacked-up.
[Aus] L. Redhead ‘Grassed’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] They’re even more smacked out than usual.
[US]T. Swerdlow Straight Dope [ebook] [A] certain type of junkie girl when you ran into her all smacked back.

2. (US) as smacked, in general use, with no specific ref. to heroin, very intoxicated .

[US]The Cut (NY Times Mag.) Mar. 🌐 Smacked — Stoned, like really stoned.
talk smack (v.) [punning on words like shit n. (5a), heroin/shit n. (3h), nonsense, and junk n.1 (7a), heroin/junk n.1 (4), nonsense]

(US black/teen) to gossip maliciously; to speak aggressively; thus smack-talking, malicious gossip.

[US]B.M. Gordon Educational Life Histories 170: I tell them later, you know, get out of my face when they're talking smack to me.
[US] P. Munro Sl. U.
[US]R.C. Cruz Straight Outta Compton 10: He kept talking smack, his story getting more and more depressing with each lie.
[US]Rosemary Jacobs in San Jose Mercury News 11 May n.p.: […] She was beaten up for talking so much smack about Eve.
[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com 🌐 smack Definition: nonsense, untruthful or unjustified statements or accusations Example: Yo, why dat nigga be talkin’ smack ’bout my ass?
[US]W.T. Vollmann Royal Family 625: You talkin’ smack to me, girl? I said, you givin’ me static.
[US]Mad mag. Sept. 8: Matt did a fair amount of smack-talking about Letters mainstay Jim Hutchings.
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 201: Ronald and Richard losing as usual and talking smack about their opponents.
[US]T. Robinson Rough Trade [ebook] ‘They kept trying to get me to talk smack about you’.
67 ‘Milly Rock’ 🎵 He was talkin smack ’til my guy blew out his back.
[UK]G. Krauze What They Was 101: The D-block mandem [...] talking smack in loud voices .