spank

1
[spangk]

verb (used with object)

to strike (a person, usually a child) with the open hand, a slipper, etc., especially on the buttocks, as in punishment.

noun

a blow given in spanking; a smart or resounding slap.

Origin of spank

1
First recorded in 1720–30; imitative

spank

2
[spangk]

verb (used without object)

to move rapidly, smartly, or briskly.

Origin of spank

2
First recorded in 1800–10; back formation from spanking
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Examples from the Web for spank

Historical Examples of spank

  • By dint of diligent bailing they had forced their crazy dory, towed by the equally crazy “Spank Me Again,” to carry them home.

    Green Eyes

    Roy J. Snell

  • In the morning I met Mr. Spank waiting for me at the entrance, and very desirous to see me.

    Lorna Doone

    R. D. Blackmore

  • Just the night before the day of the Spank, Marthy had begun to teach her her religious education.

    The Confessions of a Daddy

    Ellis Parker Butler


British Dictionary definitions for spank

spank

1

verb

(tr) to slap or smack with the open hand, esp on the buttocks

noun

a slap or series of slaps with the flat of the hand

Word Origin for spank

C18: probably of imitative origin

spank

2

verb

(intr) to go at a quick and lively pace

Word Origin for spank

C19: back formation from spanking ²
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Word Origin and History for spank
v.

1727, possibly imitative of the sound of spanking. Related: Spanked; spanking. The noun is from 1785.

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