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spank1

[spangk] /spæŋk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike (a person, usually a child) with the open hand, a slipper, etc., especially on the buttocks, as in punishment.
noun
2.
a blow given in spanking; a smart or resounding slap.
Origin of spank1
1720-1730
1720-30; imitative

spank2

[spangk] /spæŋk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to move rapidly, smartly, or briskly.
Origin
1800-10; back formation from spanking
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Examples from the Web for spank
Historical Examples
  • Just the night before the day of the spank, Marthy had begun to teach her her religious education.

    The Confessions of a Daddy Ellis Parker Butler
  • By dint of diligent bailing they had forced their crazy dory, towed by the equally crazy “spank Me Again,” to carry them home.

    Green Eyes Roy J. Snell
  • In the morning I met Mr. spank waiting for me at the entrance, and very desirous to see me.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for spank

spank1

/spæŋk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to slap or smack with the open hand, esp on the buttocks
noun
2.
a slap or series of slaps with the flat of the hand
Word Origin
C18: probably of imitative origin

spank2

/spæŋk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to go at a quick and lively pace
Word Origin
C19: back formation from spanking²
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Word Origin and History for spank
v.

1727, possibly imitative of the sound of spanking. Related: Spanked; spanking. The noun is from 1785.

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