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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
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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  • As a boy , he was frequently spanked by his aunt connie with the back of a hairbrush.
British Dictionary definitions for spanked

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 spanked

spank

v.

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

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