Spanking definition

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A number of slaps on the buttocks delivered in rapid succession, as for punishment.
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Brisk and fresh.

A spanking breeze.

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A series of smacks, esp. on the buttocks, as in punishing a child.
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(informal) Exceptional of its kind; remarkable.
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Used as an intensive.

A spanking clean shirt.

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An incident of such punishment, or such physical act in a non-punitive context, such as a birthday spanking.
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Swift and vigorous.

A spanking pace.

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Swiftly moving; rapid.
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Brisk.
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(informal) Exceptionally fine, large, vigorous, etc.
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(informal) Altogether; completely.

Spanking new.

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Present participle of spank.
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A form of physical punishment in which a beating is applied to the buttocks.

Domestic spanking is often endured over the knee (lap), formal spanking rather applied over a contraption such as a tresle or A-frame, with or without constraints.

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Fast and energetic.

A spanking pace.

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(often nautical) Brisk and fresh.

A spanking breeze.

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Remarkable of its kind.

A spanking good time.

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(colloquial, now usually with “new") An intensifier.

Brand spanking new.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spanking
Plural:
spankings

Origin of spanking

  • Perhaps of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition