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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Money to Burn is a spanking new musical comedy-thriller written and directed by Daniel Abineri.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have 11 spanking new entries this week, and we've got 'em all dolled up and powdered for your enjoyment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He enters the room and puts a pan of water to boil on his state-of-the-art, spanking new, two-burner gas range.’
      • ‘Your spanking new 40GB PC only has so long until it will fill up.’
      • ‘Now, however, they can purchase brand spanking new entire systems.’
      • ‘They have been told that they will have spanking new ‘mansions’ in five years time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Claudine goes to work on a spanking new metro that runs on time and is heavily subsidised.’
      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’
    • ‘I mean, I've gotten spankings and stuff, but Mom rarely smacks anymore.’
    • ‘I scream and cry as my father gives me a spanking.’
    • ‘She gave him a hard spanking; she was powerful for such a frail woman.’
    • ‘The resulting ‘thwack’ echoes louder than a thousand spankings.’
    • ‘He gave the candy bar back and got a big spanking from Dad when he got home, didn't he, Bruce?’
    • ‘Surveys suggest that today only 50 to 65 percent of American parents say they administer spankings.’
    • ‘I swear if the boy were only a few years younger I'll take him over the knee and give him quite a spanking.’
    • ‘If you don't get that look off your face then I'm going to give you a good spanking.’
    • ‘Michael's voice sounds very small, like he's a little kid afraid of a spanking.’
    • ‘Krys cried louder like a child about to get a spanking from his father.’
    • ‘The child adapts to this by accepting spankings and beating in some cases because it is right because the parent initiates the acts.’
    • ‘‘You'll get a spanking if you're lying,’ he warned her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She started it Dad, really I think she needs a spanking.’
    • ‘What is more important to emphasize is that spanking done in anger is very dangerous.’
    • ‘If you were bad, you were subject to verbal abuse, spankings, or you may not have been picked up at all.’
    • ‘I'm not talking about a beating, just a very hard spanking - there is a major difference between the two.’
    flogging, whipping, beating, scourging, lashing, birching, switching, tanning, strapping, belting, caning, thrashing, flailing, flaying, welting, horsewhipping
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