Definition of spanner in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspanər/


chiefly British
A wrench.
Example sentences
  • The shop guys had screwed the lug nuts down so hard with their no-sweat pneumatic wrenches that my wimpy spanner and all my strength were useless.
  • Hand me that number three spanner.
  • She would be down there with her screwdriver and spanner trying to put the piano together.


Late 18th century: from German spannen 'draw tight' + -er1.

  • The word spanner is based on German spannen ‘draw tight’.

Words that rhyme with spanner

Alana, Anna, bandanna, banner, Branagh, canna, canner, Diana, fanner, Fermanagh, Guyana, Hannah, Havana, hosanna, Indiana, Joanna, lanner, Louisiana, manna, manner, manor, Montana, nana, planner, Pollyanna, Rosanna, savannah, scanner, Susanna, tanner

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Syllabification: span·ner

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