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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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

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]

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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Word Origin & History

spank
1727, possibly imitative of the sound of spanking. The noun is from 1785.

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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Example sentences
Good ole fashion spanking is direct, timely, and it gets the message across.
Tom attends the village school where he does a lot of tricks and often receives a spanking from the teacher.
We've tried scolding, spanking, and putting him in timeout in his doghouse nothing works.
The staff members do not approve of spanking, but neither do they try to talk parents out of it, unless it is clearly abusive.
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