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A usually gaff-headed sail set from the aftermost lower mast of a sailing ship.
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1. (Nautical Terms) nautical a fore-and-aft sail or a mast that is aftermost in a sailing vessel
2. informal a person or animal that moves at a quick smart pace
3. informal something outstandingly fine or large
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a. a fore-and-aft sail on the aftermost lower mast of a sailing vessel having three or more masts.
b. the mast abaft a mizzenmast, usu. the aftermost mast in any vessel.
2. one that moves smartly, esp. a fast horse.
[1745–55; akin to spanking]
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|Noun||1.||spanker - a hitter who slaps (usually another person) with an open hand; "someone slapped me on the back and I turned to see who the slapper was"; "my father was the designated spanker in our family"|
|2.||spanker - a fore-and-aft sail set on the aftermost lower mast (usually the mizzenmast) of a vessel|
fore-and-aft sail - any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
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