Slobberknocker is an expression for a violent impact, a strong punch or some other kind of harsh collision between two objects (usually people).
The term literally means “to knock the slobber out of someone”, to hit someone so hard, spit spills through their teeth.
The first ever recorded mention of “slobberknocker” comes from a 1967 copy of The Dallas Morning News, describing Don Pfrimmer, a player for Oklahoma Sooners.
The phrase, however wasn’t quite that popular until the 2000’s, when WWE’s commentator, Jim Ross dropped it at the height of action.
With the popularity of pro wrestling on TV, the expression rapidly spread among youth as well as grownups.
It was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2003, with a dozen of other entries added to the list since then.
As of February 20th, 2021, “slobberknocker” can still be encountered, mostly in sports commentaries.
- Urban Dictionary – Slobberknocker