spanking

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Etymology[edit]

From spank +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈspæŋkɪŋ/
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Verb[edit]

spanking

  1. present participle of spank

Adjective[edit]

spanking (not comparable)

  1. Fast and energetic.
    a spanking pace
    • 1914 June, James Joyce, “The Dead”, in Dubliners, London: Grant Richards, OCLC 1170255194:
      I'd like nothing better this minute, said Mr Browne stoutly, than a rattling fine walk in the country or a fast drive with a good spanking goer between the shafts.
    • 1939 July, “Overseas Railways: Baltic Island Railways”, in Railway Magazine, page 51:
      On both the Gothland and the Öland Railway, a spanking railcar provides an alternative to riding in the wayward, steam-driven mixed train, but the latter is the proper conveyance for a real railway lover, even over the flat, limestone plains which form much of the Baltic island scenery.
  2. (often nautical) Brisk and fresh.
    a spanking breeze

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spanking (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial, now usually with “new”) An intensifier.
    brand spanking new
    a spanking good time
    spanking clean
    spanking white

Noun[edit]

spanking (plural spankings)

  1. A form of physical punishment in which a beating is applied to the buttocks.
    Domestic spanking is often endured over the knee (or lap), formal spanking rather applied over a contraption such as a tresle or A-frame, with or without constraints
  2. An incident of such punishment, or such physical act in a non-punitive context, such as a birthday spanking.
    • 2001, John Rosemond, John Rosemond's New Parent Power!
      Some people think spankings of any sort constitute child abuse.

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