Definition of spanker:
- "Mr. Trunnell", T. Jenkins Hains.
- "The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism. Volume 1", Frederick Whymper.
From that time he grew steadily better, and in another day or two he was able to leave his cot and to indulge in a bath, a clean shave, and an hour or so on deck, half- sitting, half- reclining in a hammock which the skipper had ordered to be slung for him from the spanker- boom.- "The Voyage of the Aurora", Harry Collingwood.