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


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


verb (2)

Definition of spank (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

Examples of spank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Earl had never been spanked or beaten, but Brent had. Tiphanie Yanique, The New Yorker, "God’s Caravan," 28 Oct. 2019 Charlotte played the Lakers at Staples Center Sunday and was spanked 120-101. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers odds, lines, picks and betting tips," 28 Oct. 2019 And the president of the United States impotent and metaphorically cuckolded on a regular basis, as his trusted adviser’s spouse spanks him in on Twitter. Washington Post, "Kellyanne and George Conway’s tawdry love triangle with all of us," 10 Oct. 2019 Eric Goodman has been identified as the guy who pretended to spank me and kiss me during the live shot Friday. Houston Chronicle, "Man who kissed reporter identified, charged with harassment," 26 Sep. 2019 In last year’s meeting, Rancho Bernardo spanked the Nighthawks 59-14 and now lead the series 7-2. Pomerado News, "It’s time to get serious for league play," 18 Sep. 2019 Her aesthetic is a mixture of rock and rap and her confidence beams through her eclectic style and spanking music. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Here's What It's Like To Get Ready With Rico Nasty," 28 Aug. 2019 There were the old and the brand, spanking new, sport bikes and street cruisers. Denise Coffey,, "Vanilla Bean Cafe A Hot Spot For Motorcyclists," 19 Aug. 2019 The Dolphins are trying to lose, and had a locker-room mutiny after they were spanked, 59-10, by the Ravens in the opener last week., "MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Spygate. Deflategate. OrchidsofAsiaGate. Now Antoniogate.," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of spank

Verb (1)

circa 1712, in the meaning defined above


circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spank

Verb (1)


Verb (2)

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The first known use of spank was circa 1712

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\ 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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