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spank

verb \ ˈspaŋk \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of spank

spanked; spanking; spanks
: to strike especially on the buttocks with the open hand

Origin and Etymology of spank

imitative


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spank

noun

Definition of spank

plural spanks
: an act of spanking : a sharp slap or blow to the buttocks usually with the palm of the hand
  • A variety of approaches have been tried for dealing with this problem, ranging from gently holding the child in the chair to a quick spank, but it is not yet clear which of these approaches is most effective …
  • —David A. Lieberman

First Known Use of spank

circa 1785

in the meaning defined above

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spank

verb

Definition of spank

: to move quickly, dashingly, or spiritedly
  • spanking along in his new car

Origin and Etymology of spank

back-formation from spanking



SPANK Defined for Kids

spank

verb \ ˈspaŋk \

Definition of spank for Students

spanked; spanking
: to strike on the buttocks with the open hand


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