spanking

[ spang-king ]
/ ˈspæŋ kɪŋ /

adjective

moving rapidly and smartly.
quick and vigorous: a spanking pace.
blowing briskly: a spanking breeze.
Informal. unusually fine, great, large, etc.; remarkable; distinctive: a spanking monogram in gold embroidery.

adverb

Informal. extremely, strikingly, or remarkably; very: three little girls in spanking new dresses.

Origin of spanking

1660–70; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish, Norwegian spanke, Swedish spånka to strut
Related formsspank·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for spanking (2 of 3)

spank

1
[ spangk ]
/ spæŋk /

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.

Origin of spank

1
First recorded in 1720–30; imitative

Definition for spanking (3 of 3)

spank

2
[ spangk ]
/ spæŋk /

verb (used without object)

to move rapidly, smartly, or briskly.

Origin of spank

2
First recorded in 1800–10; back formation from spanking
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British Dictionary definitions for spanking (1 of 4)

spanking

1
/ (ˈspæŋkɪŋ) /

noun

a series of spanks, esp on the buttocks, usually as a punishment for children

British Dictionary definitions for spanking (2 of 4)

spanking

2
/ (ˈspæŋkɪŋ) /

adjective (prenominal)

informal outstandingly fine, smart, large, etc
quick and energetic; lively
(esp of a breeze) fresh and brisk

Word Origin for spanking

C17: of uncertain origin. Compare Danish spanke to strut

British Dictionary definitions for spanking (3 of 4)

spank

1
/ (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 spanking (4 of 4)

spank

2
/ (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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