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

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One player who might be following brand spanking new Newcastle manager Steve Bruce to Tyneside is Everton midfielder James McCarthy., "Zaha Alternative, Bakayoko Interest & McCarthy on Newcastle's Radar: Everton News Roundup," 28 July 2019 Just watch her try to figure out the best angle to spank herself. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Watch Kathryn Hahn give in to her darkest fantasies in HBO's Mrs. Fletcher trailer," 29 June 2019 The Bruins were spanked, 4-1, on Garden ice in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Feels like a lost opportunity as Bruins fall in Game 7," 12 June 2019 This common kink covers everything from spanking to intimidating single-tail whips, which should only be used by someone extremely well-practiced and knowledgeable. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Pick a Safe Word, It's Kink Month at Allure," 1 May 2019 Demi spanks Colton with a Bird Box blindfold, and Courtney and Hannah Alabama have had enough. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Please, Please Let Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman Host the Next Season of 'The Bachelor'," 15 Jan. 2019 Upon questioning the other Hart kids, investigators learn the children are often grounded, spanked, or sent to bed without food. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 5: 'Owies'," 8 Jan. 2019 The child was found to have had marks on her stomach, which Sarah Hart acknowledged probably came from the girl having been bent over the edge of a bathtub while being spanked, the complaint said. Matt Stevens And Louis Lucero Ii, New York Times, "Devonte Hart, Boy in Famous Photo, Feared Dead With Family in S.U.V. Plunge," 29 Mar. 2018 When police confronted the pair with the extent of Honesty’s injuries, Wren admitted to spanking the child with a leather belt. Michael Williams,, "Lakeland couple charged in death of 6-year-old girl," 19 June 2018

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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)

back-formation from spanking

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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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