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[wang-ker] /ˈwæŋ kər/
noun, Chiefly British and Australian Slang: Vulgar.
a contemptible person; jerk.
a male masturbator.
Origin of wanker
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for wanker


noun (slang)
a person who wanks; masturbator
a worthless fellow
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Word Origin and History for wanker

1940s, "masturbator," British slang, from wank "to masturbate," of unknown origin. General sense of "contemptible person" is attested from 1972. Cf. sense evolution of jerk (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for wanker



  1. A masturbator, either literally or figuratively; jerk-off: There I was, this clubfooted wanker sitting on the organ seat/ all manner of artsy bubble-heads and academic wankers/ It was just wankers (late 1940s+ chiefly British)
  2. A fun-loving person; party animal (1990s+ Canadian students)
  3. The penis (1990s+ Students)

[origin unknown; perhaps fr British dialect wank, ''a violent blow,'' and semantically analogous with beat one's meat, whack off, pound one's peenie, etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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