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slap, adjective

Forms:
Also slup.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, dangling; weak, flabby; flexible.
1. slang. Feeble, lacking energy; ineffectual; disorganized, sloppy; lacking in discipline; flabby, limp, slack; (especially of food) runny, soft.
1970 K. Nicol Informant, DurbanOnly a very slap mackie could live in a pigsty of a room like this.
1993 A.L. Haycock Informant, GrahamstownHe brought chips..— crisp outside and slap inside.
2. Special collocations
slap chip. colloquial, usually in the plural, hot fried potato chips (distinguishing these from ‘chips’, the South African English term for potato crisps), often referring to chips fried until they are cooked but not crisp;
slapgat /ˈslapxat/ slang [see quotation 1973], not in polite use, (as adjective) useless, lazy, slovenly, undisciplined; (as noun) a lazy or undisciplined person.
1972 R. Malan Ah Big Yaws 17Several Dry-fin [drive-in] restaurants cunningly distinguish between these (sc. crisps) and the French-fried potato chips by referring to the latter as Long chups or Slup chups.
1985 P. Slabolepszy Sat. Night at Palace 11Vince: Katz!? What about him? Forsie: He’s a slapgat.
Feeble, lacking energy; ineffectual; disorganized, sloppy; lacking in discipline; flabby, limp, slack; (especially of food) runny, soft.
Derivatives:
Hence slapheid noun [Afrikaans, abstract noun-forming suffix -heid -ness], looseness, sloppiness.
1978 Darling 20 Dec. 33She shambles across the room..and throws herself into a chair, arms dangling. There is a familiar slapheid about her actions which doesn’t quite level with the new-look.

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