- to strike (a person, usually a child) with the open hand, a slipper, etc., especially on the buttocks, as in punishment.
- a blow given in spanking; a smart or resounding slap.
Origin of spank1
First recorded in 1720–30; imitative
- to move rapidly, smartly, or briskly.
Origin of spank2
First recorded in 1800–10; back formation from spanking
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Examples from the Web for 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
- (tr) to slap or smack with the open hand, esp on the buttocks
- a slap or series of slaps with the flat of the hand
C18: probably of imitative origin
- (intr) to go at a quick and lively pace
C19: back formation from spanking ²
Word Origin and History for spank
1727, possibly imitative of the sound of spanking. Related: Spanked; spanking. The noun is from 1785.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper