- a fore-and-aft sail on the aftermost lower mast of a sailing vessel having three or more masts.
- a designation given to the mast abaft a mizzenmast, usually the aftermost mast in any vessel.
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As "Dolly" Spanker, my husband, he was inimitable, and brought down the house two or three times during the evening.Recollections of Calcutta for over Half a Century|Montague Massey
To become the owner of this old friend again and of his new companions, Spanker and Pony, was a work of necessity.
Spanker, spang′kėr, n. the after-sail of a ship or barque, so called from its flapping in the breeze.
Spanker received his congratulations with a loud laugh, and a hearty shake of the hand.
Spanker, in riding home full gallop the preceding day, had been thrown from her horse by an old woman.