span kingly

spanking

[spang-king]
adjective
1.
moving rapidly and smartly.
2.
quick and vigorous: a spanking pace.
3.
blowing briskly: a spanking breeze.
4.
Informal. unusually fine, great, large, etc.; remarkable; distinctive: a spanking monogram in gold embroidery.
adverb
5.
Informal. extremely, strikingly, or remarkably; very: three little girls in spanking new dresses.

Origin:
1660–70; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish, Norwegian spanke, Swedish spånka to strut

spankingly, adverb
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spanking1 (ˈspæŋkɪŋ)
 
n
a series of spanks, esp on the buttocks, usually as a punishment for children

spanking2 (ˈspæŋkɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  informal outstandingly fine, smart, large, etc
2.  quick and energetic; lively
3.  (esp of a breeze) fresh and brisk
 
[C17: of uncertain origin. Compare Danish spanke to strut]

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spanking
1666, "very big or fine," later (especially of horses) "moving at a lively pace" (1738), perhaps from a Scand. source (cf. Dan. spanke "to strut").
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