spanking

adjective
spank·ing | \ˈspaŋ-kiŋ \

Definition of spanking 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : remarkable of its kind

2 : being fresh and strong : brisk

spanking

adverb

Definition of spanking (Entry 2 of 2)

: very a spanking clean floor spanking new

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Examples of spanking in a Sentence

Adjective

a spanking and speedy little horse

Adverb

He keeps his apartment spanking clean. the bathroom tiles were spanking white when she finished cleaning them
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

There was Vice President Biden's inaugural bromance selfie with President Obama on his brand spanking new Instagram account. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Pack of dogs at Ohio doggie day care pose for world's greatest selfie," 11 May 2018 Is this just about opportunistic politicians dipping into state coffers so they can be photographed cutting the ribbon at a spanking new factory? New York Times, "Tax Breaks to Draw Jobs: A Bad Option, and Often the Only One," 8 May 2018 Their long-somnolent town is suddenly encountering a group of international urbanites with gleamingly expensive and outlandishly new equipment: sophisticated farm machinery, spanking new mobile homes, Rolls Royces. Wendla Mcgovern, The New Republic, "Range War: The Disciples Come to Antelope," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of spanking

Adjective

circa 1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spanking

Adjective

origin unknown

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The first known use of spanking was circa 1666

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More Definitions for spanking

spanking

adjective
spank·ing | \ˈspaŋ-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of spanking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fresh and strong or lively a spanking stallion

spanking

adverb

Kids Definition of spanking (Entry 2 of 2)

: very entry 1 sense 1 a spanking new toy

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