- 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.
- Informal. extremely, strikingly, or remarkably; very: three little girls in spanking new dresses.
Origin of spanking
- 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
- to move rapidly, smartly, or briskly.
Origin of spank2
Examples from the Web for spanking
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September 16, 2010
- a series of spanks, esp on the buttocks, usually as a punishment for children
- informal outstandingly fine, smart, large, etc
- quick and energetic; lively
- (esp of a breeze) fresh and brisk
- (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
- (intr) to go at a quick and lively pace
Word Origin and History for spanking
1660s, "very big or fine," later (especially of horses) "moving at a lively pace" (1738), perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish spanke "to strut").
1727, possibly imitative of the sound of spanking. Related: Spanked; spanking. The noun is from 1785.