Spanking thesaurus: 57 ways to say spank

“Spank” is a great word…but you don’t want to wear it out. Lol. As authors we strive for word variation, not only to avoid jarring repetition, but to impart specific meaning. Though the actions of words might can be similar, intent, motivation and meaning can differ greatly. I first learned of the thesaurus when I was 12 years old, and it’s been a resource I’ve used ever since. However, my thesaurus doesn’t have an entry for “spank.” Go figure. ย does have an entry, although it is not nearly as comprehensive as one I’ve developed for myself.

For my spanking author friends…here are 57 ways to say spank:

  1. Paddle
  2. Strike
  3. Swat
  4. Slap
  5. Smack
  6. Wallop
  7. Hit
  8. Bounce
  9. Kiss
  10. Caress
  11. Tease
  12. Glance (a blow)
  13. Meet (as in hand meets ass)
  14. Connect (hand to ass)
  15. Crack
  16. Snap
  17. Thrash
  18. Whack
  19. Thwack
  20. Lay (into)
  21. Nail
  22. Warm
  23. Toast
  24. Heat
  25. Tan
  26. Sear
  27. Toast
  28. Burn
  29. Heat
  30. Scorch
  31. Light (a fire)
  32. Brand
  33. Redden
  34. pinken
  35. Tint
  36. Paint
  37. Make blush, glow
  38. Make glow
  39. Turn rosy
  40. Suffuse (with color)
  41. Compress
  42. Flatten
  43. Sting
  44. Deliver
  45. Transmit
  46. Lash
  47. Whip
  48. Cane
  49. Flog
  50. Streak
  51. Welt
  52. Chastise
  53. Punish
  54. Discipline
  55. Whup
  56. Inflict
  57. Whale (into)

ย ย Got any more ways to say “spank?”ย 

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18 Responses to Spanking thesaurus: 57 ways to say spank

  1. Michel says:

    bring my hand down
    tenderise her rump
    crush her cheeks

    Spell checks think tenderise is spelled with a ‘z’.


    • saucywriter says:

      Spell-checkers, in my experience, invariably use -ize endings to words such as tenderise and object to my using two ls in marvellous and travelling. As someone once remarked, the US and the UK are two nations separated by a common language!

      Thanks for the exhaustive list, Cara, I think you have just about covered every possibility!


  2. Kayla Lords says:

    I’m going to have to remember these. is usually my go-to, but yeah, it’s not always comprehensive…
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yvette Hines says:

    Excellent list. I’ve added a lot of these words to mine. Appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Grazed (across her ass)

  4. Great list, Cara. Very helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lisa Medley says:

    You are a word ninja ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!

  6. Maren Smith says:

    This really is a great list. I’m adding it to my author’s bible. You might want to add ‘blister’

  7. You ARE a word ninja. I’m giggling – how did you come up with this post? ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thianna D says:

    Thanks Cara! I get tired of re-using the same 7 terms. Wonderful to have some new ones to ‘play’ with. I wonder what my characters will think.

    I love Scorch!

  9. Sue Lyndon says:

    What a fun (and very useful!) post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. houston_switch says:

    You had “toast” twice and missed “roast”. Here is your punishment…
    I’m going to roast your rump until it will radiate enoughheat heat to toast my breakfast muffins.

  11. Oh wow Cara – this post got Chrossed! Love it. Need to print it out when I get stuck on a scene. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. awesome list, Cara!
    Thanks for sharing.
    I can’t think of any to add.
    congrats on getting Chrossed!

  13. Leigh Smith says:

    Love this list, must add it to your Naughty Word file.

    I’m always looking for another word and have used many of them, but now I have some others. Thanks.

  14. Richard Down says:

    dont know about US but kids in Uk got “thrashed” in times past. It usually meant an implement like belt or cane being used

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