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spanking (adj.)

1660s, "very big or fine," later (especially of horses) "moving at a lively pace" (1738), of uncertain origin; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (OED compares Danish spanke "to strut"). Probably also related to spanker "something striking" (for size, etc.), 1751; as a kind of sail from 1794.

spanking (n.)

"act of striking with the open hand," especially as a punishment administered to children, 1854, verbal noun from spank (v.).

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Definitions of spanking from WordNet
1
spanking (n.)
the act of slapping on the buttocks;
he gave the brat a good spanking
2
spanking (adj.)
quick and energetic;
a spanking breeze
Synonyms: alert / brisk / lively / merry / rattling / snappy / zippy
From wordnet.princeton.edu