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spank

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[ spangk ]
/ spæŋk /
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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.

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Origin of spank

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First recorded in 1720–30; imitative

Definition for spank (2 of 2)

spank2
[ spangk ]
/ spæŋk /

verb (used without object)

to move rapidly, smartly, or briskly.

Origin of spank

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First recorded in 1800–10; back formation from spanking
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British Dictionary definitions for spank (1 of 2)

spank1
/ (spæŋk) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for spank (2 of 2)

spank2
/ (spæŋk) /

verb

(intr) to go at a quick and lively pace

Word Origin for spank

C19: back formation from spanking ²
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