from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To beat, flog, or thrash.
- n. A blow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to beat or thrash
- n. backchat or rudeness
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beat or flog soundly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To flog; thrash.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give a spanking to; subject to a spanking
Perhaps from Dutch larpen, to slap, thrash, from larp, rod, whip.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. Many dictionaries suggest a connection with larpen, Dutch, 'to thresh with flails'. (Wiktionary)