Definition of spanking in English:



  • 1(especially of a horse or its gait) lively; brisk.

    ‘a spanking trot’
    brisk, quick, fast, rapid, swift, lively, energetic, spirited, vigorous, jaunty
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  • 2informal Very good.

    ‘we had a spanking time’
    1. 2.1 Fine and impressive.
      ‘a spanking white Rolls Royce’
      as submodifier ‘a spanking new conference centre’
      • ‘Your spanking new 40GB PC only has so long until it will fill up.’
      • ‘They have been told that they will have spanking new ‘mansions’ in five years time.’
      • ‘We have 11 spanking new entries this week, and we've got 'em all dolled up and powdered for your enjoyment.’
      • ‘Just what you need to warm the cockles of your heart, a spanking trio of good time garage rock ‘n’ roll.’
      • ‘Yearning for a brand, spanking new home but don't have the down payment?’
      • ‘Claudine goes to work on a spanking new metro that runs on time and is heavily subsidised.’
      • ‘What had been shining bright and brand spanking new was now a total catastrophic loss.’
      • ‘We are in the spanking new boardroom of the spanking new Harrogate Spa bottling plant.’
      • ‘Of course, not all the cars were spanking new; in fact, we saw a number of classic cars, except they weren't exactly traditional in the way they'd been modified.’
      • ‘These days in order to create a buzz about a spanking new stage some distance from the West End, you have to do something dazzling.’
      • ‘Smack in the city centre close to spanking new apartments that must be home to a few footballers wives, Mechu provides much needed quality dining and drinking.’
      • ‘The film is 15 years old but looks close to brand spanking new.’
      • ‘He enters the room and puts a pan of water to boil on his state-of-the-art, spanking new, two-burner gas range.’
      • ‘Now, however, they can purchase brand spanking new entire systems.’
      • ‘Money to Burn is a spanking new musical comedy-thriller written and directed by Daniel Abineri.’
      • ‘It was a spanking new shopping mall set on a little rise looking over the bay.’
      excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate
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  • An act of slapping, especially on the buttocks as a punishment for children.

    ‘you deserve a good spanking like any spoiled child’
    • ‘She started it Dad, really I think she needs a spanking.’
    • ‘She gave him a hard spanking; she was powerful for such a frail woman.’
    • ‘I swear if the boy were only a few years younger I'll take him over the knee and give him quite a spanking.’
    • ‘Surveys suggest that today only 50 to 65 percent of American parents say they administer spankings.’
    • ‘What is more important to emphasize is that spanking done in anger is very dangerous.’
    • ‘He gave the candy bar back and got a big spanking from Dad when he got home, didn't he, Bruce?’
    • ‘If you were bad, you were subject to verbal abuse, spankings, or you may not have been picked up at all.’
    • ‘The resulting ‘thwack’ echoes louder than a thousand spankings.’
    • ‘I'm not talking about a beating, just a very hard spanking - there is a major difference between the two.’
    • ‘They got a lot more spankings than they probably deserved, but I didn't have a time.’
    • ‘Krys cried louder like a child about to get a spanking from his father.’
    • ‘Michael's voice sounds very small, like he's a little kid afraid of a spanking.’
    • ‘I mean, I've gotten spankings and stuff, but Mom rarely smacks anymore.’
    • ‘I scream and cry as my father gives me a spanking.’
    • ‘As she got older, spankings were replaced with those looks: the ones that made you feel like the lowest form of dirt when you got them.’
    • ‘If you don't get that look off your face then I'm going to give you a good spanking.’
    • ‘‘You'll get a spanking if you're lying,’ he warned her.’
    • ‘The child adapts to this by accepting spankings and beating in some cases because it is right because the parent initiates the acts.’
    flogging, whipping, beating, scourging, lashing, birching, switching, tanning, strapping, belting, caning, thrashing, flailing, flaying, welting, horsewhipping
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