Definition of smacking noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsmækɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmækɪŋ//
[singular, uncountable] (especially British English) Raising children
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an act of hitting somebody, especially a child, several times with your open hand, as a punishment He gave both of the children a good smacking. We don't approve of smacking. I’ll give you a good smacking when we get home! See related entries: Raising children
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