Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

To hit a person - synonyms or related words

hit

verb

to move your hand or an object onto someone’s body with great force, so that you hurt them

beat

verb

to hit someone violently several times

smack

verb

to hit someone with your flat hand or a flat object

bludgeon

verb

to hit someone hard with a heavy object

thump

verb

informal to attack or punish someone by hitting them with your fist

batter

verb

to deliberately hit someone many times

beat up

to hurt someone by hitting or kicking them many times

stun

verb

to hit someone so hard on the head that they cannot defend themselves or they become unconscious for a short while

hit

verb

if a vehicle hits someone or something, it moves against them with great force

punch

verb

to hit someone or something with your fist (=closed hand), usually as hard as you can

sjambok

verb

South African to hit someone with a sjambok

Open Dictionary

freshet

a rise in the level of a stream or river

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play