from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Informal Precisely; squarely: fell spang into the middle of the puddle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shiny ornament or object; a spangle
- v. To set with bright points: star or spangle.
- v. To hitch; fasten.
- v. To strike or ricochet with a loud report
- adv. Suddenly; slap, smack.
- v. To leap; spring.
- v. To cause to spring; set forcibly in motion; throw with violence.
- n. A span.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To spangle.
- intransitive v. To spring; to bound; to leap.
- n. A bound or spring.
- n. A spangle or shining ornament.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shining ornament or object; a spangle.
- To set with bright points: star or spangle.
- To leap; spring.
- To cause to spring; set forcibly in motion; throw with violence.
- n. A spring; a leaping or springing up; a violent blow or movement.
- To hitch; fasten.
- n. A span.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. leap, jerk, bang
Probably from dialectal spang, to leap, jerk, bang, probably of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English spang ("a small piece of ornamental metal; spangle; small ornament; a bowl or cup"), likely from Middle Dutch spange ("buckle, clasp") or Old English spang ("buckle, clasp") (Wiktionary)
Probably from spring (verb) or spank (verb) (Wiktionary)
See span (Wiktionary)