spanker
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1794 1. the fore-and-aft sail on the mast nearest the stern of a square-rigged ship 2. the sail on the mast nearest the stern of a schooner of four or more masts

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  • Spanker — can refer to:* One who administers a spanking * Spanker (sail), a type of sail on a sailboat] * Spanker (horse), a famous 18th century famous thoroughbred race horse * SS 17 Spanker , the NATO reporting name for the MR UR 100 Sotka… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spanker — Spank er, n. A small coin. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spanker — [spaŋ′kər] n. 1. a person or thing that spanks 2. Informal an exceptionally fine, large, etc. person or thing 3. Naut. a) a fore and aft sail, usually hoisted on a gaff, on the after mast of a square rigged vessel ☆ b) the after mast and its sail …   English World dictionary

  • spanker — /spang keuhr/, n. 1. Naut. a. a fore and aft sail on the aftermost lower mast of a sailing vessel having three or more masts. See diag. under ship. b. a designation given to the mast abaft a mizzenmast, usually the aftermost mast in any vessel. 2 …   Universalium

  • spanker — noun a) Someone who spanks. b) A tool used to give someone a spanking or spank, such as a paddle …   Wiktionary

  • spanker — sail on the mast nearest the stern of a square rigged ship Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • spanker — spank·er || spæŋkÉ™(r) n. type of sail on the aftermost lower mast of a ship; person who spanks; slapper, person or thing that smacks …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spanker — noun 1》 a fore and aft sail set on the after side of a ship s mast, especially the mizzenmast. 2》 informal, dated a very fine person or thing …   English new terms dictionary

  • spanker — spank·er …   English syllables

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