spang

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English spang (a small piece of ornamental metal; spangle; small ornament; a bowl or cup), likely from Middle Dutch spange (buckle, clasp) or Old English spang (buckle, clasp)

Noun[edit]

spang (plural spangs)

  1. (obsolete) A shiny ornament or object; a spangle
    • Edmund Spenser
      With glittering spangs that did like stars appear.

Verb[edit]

spang (third-person singular simple present spangs, present participle spanging, simple past and past participle spanged)

  1. To set with bright points: star or spangle.
  2. To hitch; fasten.

Etymology 2[edit]

Onomatopoeia

Verb[edit]

spang (third-person singular simple present spangs, present participle spanging, simple past and past participle spanged)

  1. (intransitive, of a flying object such as a bullet) To strike or ricochet with a loud report

Adverb[edit]

spang (not comparable)

  1. (dated) Suddenly; slap, smack.
    • 1936, Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, Faber & Faber 2007, p. 22:
      And I didn't stop until I found myself spang in the middle of the Musée de Cluny, clutching the rack.

Etymology 3[edit]

Probably from spring (verb) or spank (verb)

Verb[edit]

spang (third-person singular simple present spangs, present participle spanging, simple past and past participle spanged)

  1. (intransitive, dialect, Britain, Scotland) To leap; spring.
    • Ramsay
      But when they spang o'er reason's fence, / We smart for't at our own expense.
  2. (transitive, dialect, Britain, Scotland) To cause to spring; set forcibly in motion; throw with violence.

Noun[edit]

spang (plural spangs)

  1. (Scotland) A bound or spring; a leap.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)

Etymology 4[edit]

See span

Noun[edit]

spang (plural spangs)

  1. (Scotland) A span.

References[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Westrobothnian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [spɒ́ŋː] (example of pronunciation)

Noun[edit]

spang f (definite singular spanga, plural spinger, definite plural spingren)

  1. a simple one-man bridge, log bridge, footbridge

References[edit]

  • Rietz, Johan Ernst, “spang”, in Svenskt dialektlexikon: ordbok öfver svenska allmogespråket [Swedish dialectal lexicon: a dictionary for the Swedish lects] (in Swedish), 1962 edition, Lund: C. W. K. Gleerups Förlag, published 1862–1867, page 654