spank

verb (1)
\ ˈspaŋk How to pronounce spank (audio) \
spanked; spanking; spanks

Definition of spank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: to strike especially on the buttocks with the open hand

spank

noun
plural spanks

Definition of spank (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

spank

verb (2)

Definition of spank (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

First Known Use of spank

Verb (1)

circa 1712, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spank

Verb (1)

imitative

Verb (2)

back-formation from spanking

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The first known use of spank was circa 1712

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spank

verb
\ ˈspaŋk How to pronounce spank (audio) \
spanked; spanking

Kids Definition of spank

: to strike on the buttocks with the open hand

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