• WordNet 3.6
    • adj spanking quick and energetic "a brisk walk in the park","a lively gait","a merry chase","traveling at a rattling rate","a snappy pace","a spanking breeze"
    • n spanking the act of slapping on the buttocks "he gave the brat a good spanking"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 50% believe in spanking - but only a child over 2 years old.
    • spanking Large; considerable.
    • spanking Moving with a quick, lively pace, or capable of so doing; dashing. "Four spanking grays ready harnessed."
    • spanking Very; extremely; -- used especially in the phrase spanking new or brand spanking new, meaning completely new and unused.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spanking Moving with a quick, lively pace; dashing; free-going.
    • spanking Strikingly large, or surprising in any way; going beyond expectation; stunning; whopping. W. Collins, After Dark, Stolen Letter.
    • n spanking The act of striking with the open hand, or with something flat: a punishment often administered to children.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Spanking spirited, going freely: striking, beyond expectation, very large
    • ***


  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Too many parents are not on spanking terms with their children.”
  • William J. Durant
    “Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Dan. spanke, to strut.


In literature:

We'll be afther that wild bhoy before many suns, and spank him for his unseemly whork.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Well, just about as long as the spanking of a naughty boy by his father.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
If they were going to act like irresponsible children, they should be spanked like irresponsible children.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Well, children will be children; but I am afraid there will have to be spankings if half that I hear is true.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
Then Farallone seated himself and, drawing the groom across his knee, spanked him.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
I 'member dey is spank we chillun wid shingle but dey ne'er didn't hit my mudder.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Limberleg took Firefly and Hawk-Eye took Firetop, and they spanked and spanked.
"The Cave Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
He drove a spanking pair of sorrels and the coach was new and shiny.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
I ought to be spanked.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
Off went the team at a spanking gait, past the stores of the town and then in the direction of the Wadsworth mansion.
"Dave Porter in the Far North" by Edward Stratemeyer

In poetry:

He turned up all parts
And baigged you to spank,
Pulled down his breeches,
And supplied the plank.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
At her birth
she did not cry,
spanked indeed,
but did not yell—
instead snow fell out of her mouth.
"End, Middle, Beginning" by Anne Sexton
If I were mother to the moon
I'd spank her every day
Until she learned to stay at home
And never run away!
"Parental Advice" by John Chipman Farrar
That noon a dozen little dears
Were spanked and put to bed
With naught to stay their appetites
But cheerless crusts of bread.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
"So you knew Dalley that used to drive
That spanking old engine—fifty-five;"
Knew him? why, Dalley was my mate,
He died beside me upon the plate.
"Jim Dalley" by Alexander Anderson
On a low pony asked, as suits, to ride,
Him late I saw, with pity for his pride,
Straining, in vain, behind the spanking blood,
And happy to receive his Lordship's mud.
"Pretence. Part I - Table-Talk" by John Kenyon

In news:

Rihanna says she'd love to shoot a music video with Britney Spears -- so that she can spank her.
When a male vice principal in the Springtown school district, northwest of Fort Worth, spanked two teenage girls with a paddle, he violated district policy.
7 in 10 are spanked on the bottom by hand, 2 in 10 are spanked on the bottom with an object.
7 in 10 are spanked on the bottom by hand, 3 in 10 are spanked on the bottom with an object.
1 in 6 are spanked on the bottom by hand, 1 in 6 are spanked on the bottom with an object.
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against spanking children, stating that spanked children are more likely to be physically abusive and aggressive.
Spank Rock, Everything is Boring and Everyone Is a F—ing Liar Bad Blood Records, Dec 13.
He had been accused by his former wife of spanking their14-year-old daughter once on the buttocks with his hand.
The father in the case had been accused by his former wife of spanking their 14-year-old daughter once on the buttocks with his hand.
JazzChronic – Spank Your Mom.
A controversial new study out of the UK found that kids who were spanked or hit by their parents at least once a month are 70% more likely to GET CANCER later in life.
Lil Spank Booty Sees an 'Early Release'.
Although we don't spank in our house, my gut tells me it's taking the law too far.
But I don't think the answer is to send parents who spank to jail.
Candice and Chuck Pearson say they spank their kids.

In science:

Rs = spank {xv | deg(xv ) = s} for s ∈ SA . A non-zero element f ∈ R is called homogeneous of degree deg( f ) = s if f ∈ Rs .
Truncated Groebner fans and lattice ideals
Then for al l elements w of the ideal N of CK (E ) we have T (w) ∈ spanK {Bi | i ∈ I } ⊆ K (I ) .
Simple Lie algebras arising from Leavitt path algebras
It is sufficient to show that for any generator yi = vi − X{e∈E 1 |s(e)=vi } of N and any two elements c, c′ of CK (E ), we have T (cyic′ ) ∈ spanK {Bi | i ∈ I } ⊆ K (I ) .
Simple Lie algebras arising from Leavitt path algebras
But, by Lemma 11, T (cyic′ ) = T (c′cyi ), and hence we only need to show that T (cyi ) ∈ spanK {Bi | i ∈ I } for any c ∈ CK (E ).
Simple Lie algebras arising from Leavitt path algebras
Clearly −Bi ∈ spanK {Bi | i ∈ I }, and we are done.
Simple Lie algebras arising from Leavitt path algebras