Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To slap on the buttocks with a flat object or with the open hand, as for punishment.
  • intransitive verb To move briskly or spiritedly.
  • noun A slap on the buttocks.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sounding blow with the open hand or something flat, especially upon the buttocks.
  • To strike with the open hand, or with something flat and hard; slap with force on the buttocks.
  • To urge by slapping or striking; impel forcibly; drive; produce some specified effect upon by spanking or slapping.
  • To pound, beat, or slap the water in sailing, as a boat.
  • To move with a quick springing step between a trot and a gallop; move quickly and with spirit. See spanking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To move with a quick, lively step between a trot and gallop; to move quickly.
  • noun A blow with the open hand; a slap.
  • transitive verb To strike, as the breech, with the open hand; to slap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To beat, smack or slap a person's buttocks, with the bare hand or other object, as punishment, gesture or form of sexual interaction.
  • verb transitive To soundly defeat, to trounce.
  • verb intransitive To move rapidly.
  • noun An instance of spanking, separately or part of a multiple blows-beating; a smack, swat or slap.
  • noun A slapping sound, as produced by spanking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb give a spanking to; subject to a spanking
  • noun a slap with the flat of the hand

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps of imitative origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably imitative.

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