Definition of spank in English:


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Pronunciation: /spaŋk


[with object]
  • Slap with one’s open hand or a flat object, especially on the buttocks as a punishment: she was spanked for spilling ink on the carpet
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    • He used to spank them with the belt, but we both did that, because it was acceptable.
    • Mr. Bear returns, discovers the naughtiness and punishes Edith by spanking her.
    • He brought me home with the belt, spanking me when I went.
    smack, slap, slipper, put someone over one's knee, thrash, cane, belt, leather, cuff
    informal wallop, whack, lather, give someone a hiding, give someone a hot bottom, warm someone's bottom, give someone a licking
    Scottish scud; Scottish & Northern English skelp


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  • A slap or series of slaps with one’s open hand or a flat object: when his father caught him he got a spank
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    • The last spank made her yelp like a mouse that was caught by an angry cat.


early 18th century: perhaps imitative.

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