- 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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- (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
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Word Origin and History for spanked
1727, possibly imitative of the sound of spanking. Related: Spanked; spanking. The noun is from 1785.
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