What's the meaning of "slap me five"? Any difference between "slap me five" and "give me five"?

There is a book called Slap Me Five.

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    I, for one, have never heard the phrase "slap me five". Dec 9, 2010 at 17:27
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    I've never heard "slap me five" either, though it is fair to say that it means the same as "give me five" in this context.
    – Will
    Dec 9, 2010 at 19:36

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The difference is only one of expression and context, not meaning. "Slap" me five is a funkier way of saying "give me five" or "give me some skin" or any of several ways of asking for a hand slap/slide.

  • Robusto's answer is correct. These actions/expressions led to "high" fiving: same concept, but with hands held high instead of low.
    – user44404
    May 17, 2013 at 7:49

OK. You all must be too young! "Slap me five" was a term used in the 60s and 70s, when one person put their hand out in front of them and the other person slapped their hand. It was a gesture, like a greeting. A "cool" way of saying "hello." Probably more common in urban or inner city settings. "Slap me Five" and "Give me Five" meant the same thing.


Slap me five, 'gimmie five, and give me some skin were all synonymous greetings akin to a handshake, but with the palm up by the initiator.

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