noun Chiefly British and Australian Slang: Vulgar.

a contemptible person; jerk.
a male masturbator.

Origin of wanker

First recorded in 1945–50
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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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