adverb Informal.

directly, exactly: The bullet landed spang on target.

Origin of spang

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for spang

Historical Examples of spang

  • We haw no bow to shoot with, but spang them from the naillis of our thowmbes.

  • I'm down, and you've got the pearls, and Hank and Spang are hot on my trail.

    Motor Matt's Mystery

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • He loved to swing that sledge, to hear the spang of the steel ring out.

  • Lacking other means of expression, there will come “spang” from his mouth a coinage of his own.

  • He was in the open now, free of stones and brush, with the spang of rifles in the air.

British Dictionary definitions for spang



US and Canadian informal exactly, firmly, or straightspang on target

Word Origin for spang

C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012