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Definitions for spanking
ˈspæŋ kɪŋspank·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spankingadjective

    the act of slapping on the buttocks

    "he gave the brat a good spanking"

  2. alert, brisk, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippyadjective

    quick and energetic

    "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze"


  1. spankingnoun

    A form of physical punishment in which a beating is applied to the buttocks.

    Domestic spanking is often endured over the knee (or lap), formal spanking rather applied over a contraption such as a tresle or A-frame, with or without constraints

  2. spankingnoun

    An incident of such punishment, or such physical act in a non-punitive context, such as a birthday spanking.

  3. spankingadverb

    An intensifier.

    brand spanking new

  4. spankingadjective

    Fast and energetic.

    a spanking pace

  5. spankingadjective

    Brisk and fresh.

    a spanking breeze

  6. spankingadjective

    remarkable of its kind.

    a spanking good time


  1. spanking

    Spanking can be defined as a form of physical punishment characterized by giving light to moderate blows or slaps with an open hand to the buttocks of a person, typically a child, as a means of discipline or correction for their behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spanking

    of Spank

  2. Spankingadjective

    moving with a quick, lively pace, or capable of so doing; dashing

  3. Spankingadjective

    large; considerable


  1. Spanking

    Spanking is the act of striking the buttocks of another person to cause temporary pain without producing physical injury. It generally involves one person striking the buttocks of another person with an open hand. When an open hand is used, spanking is referred to in some countries as slapping or smacking. More severe forms of spanking, such as switching, paddling, belting, caning, whipping, and birching, involve the use of an implement instead of a hand. Corporal punishment is most commonly used to discipline an infant, child, or teenager. It generally involves an adult – typically a parent, guardian, or teacher – striking the child's buttocks as punishment for unacceptable behavior. Historically, boys have tended to be more frequently spanked than girls. Some countries have outlawed the spanking of children in every setting, but many allow it at least when administered by a parent or guardian. For the legal status of corporal punishment in different countries, see Corporal punishment in the home and School corporal punishment. In some cultures, the spanking of a wife by her husband is considered an acceptable form of domestic discipline, though the practice is far less common than it used to be. In other contexts, the spanking of an adult can be considered a playful gesture during a social ritual or as a form of entertainment.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. spanking

    Going along with a fresh breeze when the spanker tells, as the aft well-boomed out-sail. The word is also used to denote strength, spruceness, and size, as a spanking breeze, a spanking frigate, &c.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spanking in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spanking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of spanking in a Sentence

  1. Rebecca Ryan:

    Nobody has randomly assigned children to receive different types of parenting or different types of discipline strategies, per se. ... So it's difficult for anybody to say spanking a child causes that child later on to be more aggressive, even though there are theories to suggest that could be why the correlation exists, although all the evidence is correlational, there's little correlational evidence that it's an effective strategy, and if it were effective, Rebecca Ryan should see correlational evidence.

  2. Will Durant:

    Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.

  3. Rebecca Ryan:

    If it were an effective strategy, you would either see no correlation between spanking and child behavior, or you would see a correlation that's the opposite of what you do see, what you see is a positive correlation between spanking and higher levels of behavior problems. If it were effective you should see the opposite.

  4. Matt Cartwright:

    I think about the close-knit confines of judicial chambers, you have a brand-spanking-new lawyer out of law school...( who) regards the federal judge that he or she works for as part of the pantheon of demigods.

  5. Adrian Peterson:

    No one knows how I felt when I turned Adrian Peterson child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg, No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn't mean to do this to you and how sorry I was.

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