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boner

1
[boh-ner]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that bones.
  2. Slang: Vulgar. an erection of the penis.
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Origin of boner

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; bone + -er1

boner

2
[boh-ner]
noun
  1. a foolish and obvious blunder; stupid mistake.
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Origin of boner

2
An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; bone(head) + -er1
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Related Words for boner

misstep, oversight, whoops, flub, muddle, blooper, blunder, muff, miscalculation, error, gaffe, miscue, bungle, snafu, boo-boo, flummox, goof-up, screw-up

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Contemporary Examples of boner

Historical Examples of boner

  • Joe realized that Mr. Boner was speaking to him—was speaking with great feeling.

    Stubble

    George Looms

  • June and inventory and Mr. Boner seemed to him to be cut from the same piece.

    Stubble

    George Looms

  • Boner was to the Queen what the Dominican Deza was to her husband.

    House of Torment

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • "The Wallacks find it too much trouble to fell the trees," says Mr Boner.

  • Suddenly Mr. Boner turned to the inner corner of the desk, started to speak, strangled, and with difficulty recovered himself.

    Stubble

    George Looms


British Dictionary definitions for boner

boner

noun
  1. slang a blunder
  2. slang an erection of the penis
  3. NZ a low-grade slaughtered animal suitable for use in pies, sausages, etc
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Word Origin and History for boner

n.

"blunder," 1912, baseball slang, probably from bonehead. Meaning "erect penis" is 1950s, from earlier bone-on (1940s), probably a variation (with connecting notion of "hardness") of hard-on (1893).

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