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ˈspæŋ kərspanker

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slapper, spankernoun

    a hitter who slaps (usually another person) with an open hand

    "someone slapped me on the back and I turned to see who the slapper was"; "my father was the designated spanker in our family"

  2. spankernoun

    a fore-and-aft sail set on the aftermost lower mast (usually the mizzenmast) of a vessel


  1. spankernoun

    Someone who spanks.

  2. spankernoun

    A tool used to give someone a spanking or spank, such as a paddle.

  3. spankernoun

    A fore and aft gaff-rigged sail on the aft-most mast of a square-rigged vessel.

  4. spankernoun

    A musician who plays his instrument well.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spankernoun

    one who spanks, or anything used as an instrument for spanking

  2. Spankernoun

    the after sail of a ship or bark, being a fore-and-aft sail attached to a boom and gaff; -- sometimes called driver. See Illust. under Sail

  3. Spankernoun

    one who takes long, quick strides in walking; also, a fast horse

  4. Spankernoun

    something very large, or larger than common; a whopper, as a stout or tall person

  5. Spankernoun

    a small coin


  1. Spanker

    A spanker is either of two kinds of sail. On a square rigged ship, the spanker is a gaff rigged fore-and-aft sail set from and aft of the aftmost mast. Almost all square rigs with more than one mast have one or two spankers, which evolved from the driver sail. Some also carry a topsail above the uppermost or only spanker, called the gaff sail. A spanker in this situation is often 'soft footed' in that it has no boom to which it is attached at its foot. On a racing or cruising yacht, a spanker is an additional headsail set beside and to leeward of a spinnaker when running downwind. It is often of bright colours to match the particular spinnaker with which it is designed to be used, is relatively narrow, and is sometimes called a tallboy or blooper.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spanker

    spang′kėr, n. the after-sail of a ship or barque, so called from its flapping in the breeze.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. spanker

    A fore-and-aft sail, setting with a boom and gaff, frequently called the driver (which see). It is the aftermost sail of a ship or bark.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spanker in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spanker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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