- n someone who demonstrates enthusiastic or excessive cordiality
- Finesman, a wiry backslapper and pure salesman who at 13 peddled cigars in bars and brothels in Ohio, took up his campaign with gusto.
- There the lordly jocks drifted from backslapper to backslapper, soaked up booze from novel dispensersPanama Records had a machine with faucets for martinis and Manhattans.
- The Prime Minister is a jokey backslapper and charmer, a consummate pol with expensive tastes in cigars, flashy wristwatches and fountain pens; Livni, 49, is a no-nonsense former .
- Steve LaTourette in The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
Concord Township Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette calls Ryan a "backslapper who can tell a good joke" and says he's well-liked.
- Kent Conrad in USA Today
I enjoy him very much : he's not a backslapper, he's a thoughtful, serious man,Conrad says. "He's wise not to sink into the bog of specific policy recommendations. I don't think that's the job of the Federal Reserve chairman."
- Bill Richardson in Foster's Daily Democrat
Richardson said he sensed a quiet dignity about Obama and that he was "not a backslapper" but a serious man who genuinely cares about the people with whom he speaks.