spanking

adjective
spank·​ing | \ ˈspaŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce spanking (audio) \

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: Adjective The Royal Navy’s flagship, the spanking new aircraft-carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, will soon be Asia bound. The Economist, "Britain needs a post-Brexit foreign policy," 30 Dec. 2020 Lizzo knows how to bring Christmas joy, surprising her mother with a spanking new car and posting the joyous unveiling on Instagram on Sunday. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Lizzo posts Instagram video surprising her mother with new car for Christmas: 'Got you an Audi, girl!'," 21 Dec. 2020 Still, a number of individual studies have found associations between spanking and negative outcomes, even after controlling for preexisting child behavior. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "What Science Says—and Doesn't—about Spanking," 3 May 2016 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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Time Traveler for spanking

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The first known use of spanking was circa 1666

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

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“Spanking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spanking. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for spanking

spanking

adjective
spank·​ing | \ ˈspaŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce spanking (audio) \

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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