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