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[kawr-ker] /ˈkɔr kər/
a person or thing that corks.
Informal. something that closes a discussion or settles a question.
Informal. someone or something that is astonishing or excellent.
Origin of corker
1715-25; cork + -er1; defs 2, 3 of unclear relation todef 1 and perhaps of distinct orig. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They are commonly handed warm to the corker, who dips them into a small vessel of wine before making use of them.

  • Why, Dale, one year we had a quarter-back that was a corker.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • Like others, he could have stood corker's rage better than the jokes of his cronies.

    Acton's Feud Frederick Swainson
  • That weed was sure a corker for smell as well as smoke, Uncle Jim!

  • If he felt it—well, the Colonel was a corker; if he didn't feel it—well, the Colonel was just about tuckered out.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
British Dictionary definitions for corker


  1. something or somebody striking or outstanding: that was a corker of a joke
  2. an irrefutable remark that puts an end to discussion
a person or machine that inserts corks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for corker

1837, slang, something that "settles" a debate, discussion, conflict, etc.; hence "something astonishing" (1880s). Probably an agent noun from cork (v.) on the notion is of putting a cork in a bottle as an act of finality.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for corker



A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; humdinger, piss-cutter: What a corker, this guy

[1882+; fr earlier sense ''something that definitively settles a matter,'' perhaps fr caulk]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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