from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Informal Exceptional of its kind; remarkable.
- adj. Swift and vigorous: a spanking pace.
- adj. Brisk and fresh: a spanking breeze.
- adv. Used as an intensive: a spanking clean shirt.
- n. A number of slaps on the buttocks delivered in rapid succession, as for punishment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of spank.
- n. A form of physical punishment in which a beating is applied to the buttocks.
- n. An incident of such punishment, or such physical act in a non-punitive context, such as a birthday spanking.
- adj. Fast and energetic.
- adj. Brisk and fresh.
- adj. remarkable of its kind.
- adv. An intensifier.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Moving with a quick, lively pace, or capable of so doing; dashing.
- adj. Large; considerable.
- adj. Very; extremely; -- used especially in the phrase spanking new or brand spanking new, meaning completely new and unused.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Moving with a quick, lively pace; dashing; free-going.
- Strikingly large, or surprising in any way; going beyond expectation; stunning; whopping. W. Collins, After Dark, Stolen Letter.
- n. The act of striking with the open hand, or with something flat: a punishment often administered to children.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of slapping on the buttocks
- adj. quick and energetic
Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)