spanker

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spanker (plural spankers)

  1. Someone who spanks.
  2. An instrument used to give someone a spanking or spank, such as a paddle.
  3. (nautical) A fore and aft gaff-rigged sail on the aft-most mast of a square-rigged vessel.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
  4. (dated, music) A musician who plays his instrument well.
  5. (obsolete, UK, dialect) A small coin.
    • 1772, The Town and Country Magazine (volume 4, page 344)
      Egad, Jack, I am glad to see you, for I want a few spankers.
  6. (dated) One who takes long, quick strides in walking.
  7. (dated) A swift horse.
  8. (dated) Something very large, or larger than usual; a whopper.

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