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’
      • ‘Money to Burn is a spanking new musical comedy-thriller written and directed by Daniel Abineri.’
      • ‘What had been shining bright and brand spanking new was now a total catastrophic loss.’
      • ‘They have been told that they will have spanking new ‘mansions’ in five years time.’
      • ‘Now, however, they can purchase brand spanking new entire systems.’
      • ‘We are in the spanking new boardroom of the spanking new Harrogate Spa bottling plant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He enters the room and puts a pan of water to boil on his state-of-the-art, spanking new, two-burner gas range.’
      • ‘We have 11 spanking new entries this week, and we've got 'em all dolled up and powdered for your enjoyment.’
      • ‘The film is 15 years old but looks close to brand spanking new.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yearning for a brand, spanking new home but don't have the down payment?’
      • ‘It was a spanking new shopping mall set on a little rise looking over the bay.’
      • ‘Your spanking new 40GB PC only has so long until it will fill up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Claudine goes to work on a spanking new metro that runs on time and is heavily subsidised.’
      • ‘Just what you need to warm the cockles of your heart, a spanking trio of good time garage rock ‘n’ roll.’
      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’
    • ‘If you don't get that look off your face then I'm going to give you a good spanking.’
    • ‘Surveys suggest that today only 50 to 65 percent of American parents say they administer spankings.’
    • ‘If you were bad, you were subject to verbal abuse, spankings, or you may not have been picked up at all.’
    • ‘What is more important to emphasize is that spanking done in anger is very dangerous.’
    • ‘I'm not talking about a beating, just a very hard spanking - there is a major difference between the two.’
    • ‘I swear if the boy were only a few years younger I'll take him over the knee and give him quite a spanking.’
    • ‘Krys cried louder like a child about to get a spanking from his father.’
    • ‘The resulting ‘thwack’ echoes louder than a thousand spankings.’
    • ‘Michael's voice sounds very small, like he's a little kid afraid of a spanking.’
    • ‘She gave him a hard spanking; she was powerful for such a frail woman.’
    • ‘He gave the candy bar back and got a big spanking from Dad when he got home, didn't he, Bruce?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They got a lot more spankings than they probably deserved, but I didn't have a time.’
    • ‘I mean, I've gotten spankings and stuff, but Mom rarely smacks anymore.’
    • ‘I scream and cry as my father gives me a spanking.’
    • ‘‘You'll get a spanking if you're lying,’ he warned her.’
    • ‘She started it Dad, really I think she needs a spanking.’
    • ‘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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