What does spanking mean?

Definitions for spanking
ˈspæŋ kɪŋspank·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spanking(adj)

    the act of slapping on the buttocks

    "he gave the brat a good spanking"

  2. alert, brisk, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy(adj)

    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. spanking(Noun)

    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. spanking(Noun)

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

  3. spanking(Adverb)

    An intensifier.

    brand spanking new

  4. spanking(Adjective)

    Fast and energetic.

    a spanking pace

  5. spanking(Adjective)

    Brisk and fresh.

    a spanking breeze

  6. spanking(Adjective)

    remarkable of its kind.

    a spanking good time

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spanking

    of Spank

  2. Spanking(adj)

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

  3. Spanking(adj)

    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. Will Durant:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Kelly Clarkson:

    So that’s a tricky thing when you’re out in public, ’cause then people are like, you know, they think that’s wrong or something, but I find nothing wrong with a spanking.

  4. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

    Was Secretary Clinton awake or asleep when four Americans were being murdered? We don't know to this day, we do know Hillary told her daughter Chelsea, 'Well gosh, I knew it was a terrorist attack,' while we were out telling the American people it wasn't. You know, I'll tell you, in my house, if my daughter Catherine, the 5-year-old, says something she knows to be false, she gets a spanking.

  5. 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.

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