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1. Informal Exceptional of its kind; remarkable.
2. Swift and vigorous: a spanking pace.
3. Brisk and fresh: a spanking breeze.
Used as an intensive: a spanking clean shirt.
A number of slaps on the buttocks delivered in rapid succession, as for punishment.

[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

spank′ing·ly adv.


in a spanking manner
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They are spankingly fresh and yield so easily to the touch.
That plan was called the new JClio and by now you'll have seen loads of them on the road and perhaps agree that it's a spankingly good-looking motor, both inside and out.
All these factors combine, on the evidence of the wine I tasted when I visited the vineyard earlier this month, to produce spankingly good fruit.
Updating followers on website Twitter on his day in the capital, Fry wrote: "Must say Cardiff is looking spankingly good in the late afternoon sunshine.