[ spang-ker ]
/ ˈspæŋ kər /


  1. a fore-and-aft sail on the aftermost lower mast of a sailing vessel having three or more masts.
  2. a designation given to the mast abaft a mizzenmast, usually the aftermost mast in any vessel.
Informal. a smartly moving person or animal, especially a fast horse.
Chiefly New England. something remarkably fine.

adjective Nautical.

of or relating to a spanker mast or its rigging.

Origin of spanker

First recorded in 1745–55; akin to spanking Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for spanker

/ (ˈspæŋkə) /


nautical a fore-and-aft sail or a mast that is aftermost in a sailing vessel
informal a person or animal that moves at a quick smart pace
informal something outstandingly fine or large
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