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)


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  • I wonder if spanking is a particularly British predilection?

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  • I tried to find the actual study with no luck (I only spent a couple of minutes looking for it); however, even the article you linked to has a quote from the doctor who completed the study where she clearly states spanking is a big gun for a big job (to paraphrase).

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  • Neither my husband (who was always spanked) nor I (almost never spanked) “believe” in spanking as a disciplinary tactic.

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  • Not because I think that spanking and spankers are in all circumstances evil and terrible – my own parents were spankers – but because I think that although spanking is not always or necessarily abusive, it tilts too obviously and too dangerously in that direction and anything that encourages the practice just might, you know, grease the slope.

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  • The first group, wont to judge the parents who believe an occasional, mild, judicious spanking is proper — or the second group, who harshly condemns the parents who truly abuse their child, even to the point ofdeath?

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  • Do you believe in spanking or any other form of corporal punishment?

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  • And, when he pulls my hair in anger or kicks me, spanking is my first instinct.

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  • And, to tell you the truth, I think the “cold, calculated, warning” version of spanking is worst sometimes than the one that comes out of pure anger.

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  • The thing that really gets me with spanking is … if you saw a parent slap a kid across the face, would you think that was abusive?

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