spanking
spanking spank"ing, a. 1. Moving with a quick, lively pace, or capable of so doing; dashing. [1913 Webster]

Four spanking grays ready harnessed. --G. Colman, the Younger. [1913 Webster]

2. Large; considerable. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

3. Very; extremely; -- used especially in the phrase spanking new or brand spanking new, meaning completely new and unused. [informal] [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Spanking — [ˈspæŋkɪŋ] (englisch) bezeichnet das Schlagen auf das bekleidete oder entblößte Gesäß, entweder mit der flachen Hand oder mit einem geeigneten Gegenstand. Im Englischen steht der Begriff ursprünglich und weiterhin für die an Schulen (in den USA)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • spanking — [spaŋ′kiŋ] adj. [< intens. use of prp. of SPANK] 1. swiftly moving; rapid 2. brisk: said of a breeze 3. Informal exceptionally fine, large, vigorous, etc. adv. Informal altogether; completely [spanking new] n. a series of smacks, esp. on the… …   English World dictionary

  • spanking — (adj.) 1660s, very big or fine, later (especially of horses) moving at a lively pace (1738), perhaps from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Dan. spanke to strut ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • spanking — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lively; brisk. 2) informal very good; impressive or pleasing. ► NOUN ▪ a series of spanks …   English terms dictionary

  • Spanking — Political cartoon from 1860 depicting Stephen A. Douglas receiving a traditional over the knee spanking from Columbia as Uncle Sam looks on approvingly …   Wikipedia

  • spanking — [[t]spæ̱ŋkɪŋ[/t]] spankings 1) N COUNT If someone gives a child a spanking, they punish them by hitting them on the bottom several times with their hand. Andrea gave her son a sound spanking. 2) ADV: ADV adj (emphasis) If you describe something… …   English dictionary

  • spanking — spank|ing1 [ˈspæŋkıŋ] n [U and C] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: spank] the act of hitting a child on their bottom with your open hand, as a punishment ▪ If you don t stop that noise, you ll get a spanking ! spanking 2 spanking2 adv informal [Date:… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spanking — 1. noun /ˈspæŋkɪŋ/ a) 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… …   Wiktionary

  • spanking — n. 1) to give smb. a (good) spanking 2) to get a spanking 3) (misc.) to deserve a spanking * * * [ spæŋkɪŋ] (misc.) to deserve a spanking to get a spanking to give smb. a (good) spanking …   Combinatory dictionary

  • spanking — spankingly, adv. /spang king/, adj. 1. moving rapidly and smartly. 2. quick and vigorous: a spanking pace. 3. blowing briskly: a spanking breeze. 4. Informal. unusually fine, great, large, etc.; remarkable; distinctive: a spanking monogram in… …   Universalium

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