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spanking

[spang-king] /ˈspæŋ kɪŋ/
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
1660-1670
1660-70; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish, Norwegian spanke, Swedish spånka to strut
Related forms
spankingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for span-kingly

spanking1

/ˈspæŋkɪŋ/
noun
1.
a series of spanks, esp on the buttocks, usually as a punishment for children

spanking2

/ˈspæŋkɪŋ/
adjective (prenominal)
1.
(informal) outstandingly fine, smart, large, etc
2.
quick and energetic; lively
3.
(esp of a breeze) fresh and brisk
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin. Compare Danish spanke to strut
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Word Origin and History for span-kingly

spanking

adj.

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").

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Slang definitions & phrases for span-kingly

spanking

adverb

Very; extremely, esp in an admirable sense

[1666+; origin uncertain]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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