spank

1 [spangk]
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:
1720–30; imitative

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spank

2 [spangk]
verb (used without object)
to move rapidly, smartly, or briskly.

Origin:
1800–10; back formation from spanking

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spank1 (spæŋk)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to slap or smack with the open hand, esp on the buttocks
 
n
2.  a slap or series of slaps with the flat of the hand
 
[C18: probably of imitative origin]

spank2 (spæŋk)
 
vb
(intr) to go at a quick and lively pace
 
[C19: back formation from spanking²]

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spank
1727, possibly imitative of the sound of spanking. The noun is from 1785.
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Example sentences
And the country's army can still spank the neighbors.
Don't yell or spank your dog, when you caught him doing his business inside the house.
Never spank or use another method of punishment that is prohibited by law or regulation, even if parents give permission.
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