UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈspæŋkə/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(spangkər)

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
spank•er  (spangkər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Terms
    • a fore-and-aft sail on the aftermost lower mast of a sailing vessel having three or more masts. See diag. under  ship. 
    • a designation given to the mast abaft a mizzenmast, usually the aftermost mast in any vessel.
  2. Informal Termsa smartly moving person or animal, esp. a fast horse.
  3. Dialect Terms[Chiefly New England.]something remarkably fine.

adj. [Naut.]
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsof or pertaining to a spanker mast or its rigging.
  • akin to spanking 1745–55

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
spanker /ˈspæŋkə/ n
  1. a fore-and-aft sail or a mast that is aftermost in a sailing vessel
  2. informal something outstandingly fine or large
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