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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: From the sound

spank

verb
     
spank [transitive]
to hit a child on their bottom with your open hand, as a punishment [= smack]
spank noun [countable]
a spank on the bottom
WORD FOCUS: hit WORD FOCUS: hit
with your fist: punch, thump, bash

with your open hand as a punishment: smack, spank, slap

with a hammer: bang, hammer

in order to get attention: bang, knock, tap, hammer

accidentally: bump into, crash into, strike, bang, knock, collide (with)


See also
hit

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