Spanker boom
Spanker Spank"er (sp[a^][ng]k"[~e]r), n. 1. One who spanks, or anything used as an instrument for spanking. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) 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}. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

3. One who takes long, quick strides in walking; also, a fast horse. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

4. Something very large, or larger than common; a whopper, as a stout or tall person. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{Spanker boom} (Naut.), a boom to which a spanker sail is attached. See Illust. of {Ship}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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