Definition of spank in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘He put me over his knees and spanked me for gosh sakes!’
    • ‘I'm gonna spank you one at a time until you've learned your lesson.’
    • ‘The parents can't spank these thugs because they would be in jail.’
    • ‘He brought me home with the belt, spanking me when I went.’
    • ‘Both the mothers frequently use abusive language and spank their children.’
    • ‘Uncle Jack spanks her, but in her mind he has been unfair.’
    • ‘He said that, yes, he had spanked Elian a time or two.’
    • ‘Mr. Bear returns, discovers the naughtiness and punishes Edith by spanking her.’
    • ‘While Katherine was spanked on occasion, the punishment that she feared most was psychological - making Katherine feel guilty or worthless for her mistakes.’
    • ‘He used to spank them with the belt, but we both did that, because it was acceptable.’
    • ‘I know that I wouldn't be comfortable spending a lot of time with someone who spanks their children or is frequently angry with them.’
    • ‘Gosh, maybe once or twice I remember maybe he spanked me.’
    • ‘Children were not spanked, but they might be punished by splashing water in their faces.’
    • ‘I think Dad's going to try to spank her with his belt again, but she didn't do anything to deserve it, really.’
    smack, slap, slipper, put someone over one's knee, thrash, cane, belt, leather, cuff
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  • A slap with one's open hand, especially on the buttocks.

    • ‘The last spank made her yelp like a mouse that was caught by an angry cat.’
    blow, thump, punch, knock, bang, thwack, box, cuff, slap, smack, spank, tap, crack, stroke, welt
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Early 18th century: perhaps imitative.