Definition of spank in US English:



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