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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


n. 1 (context obscene vulgar English) A person who wanks. 2 (context slang pejorative vulgar English) An idiot, a stupid, annoying or ineffectual person. 3 (context slang pejorative vulgar English) Someone who show off too much, a poser or poseur; someone who is overly self-satisfied. 4 (context slang jocular vulgar English) (non-gloss definition: A very informal address used between friends.)


n. terms of abuse for a masturbator [syn: tosser, jerk-off]


Wanker is a term that literally means "one who wanks ( masturbates)" but has since become a general insult. It is a pejorative term of English origin common in Britain and other parts of the English-speaking world, including Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It initially referred to an "onanist" and is synonymous with the word tosser.

Wanker (disambiguation)

Wanker is a pejorative term.

Wanker may also refer to:

  • Wanker (surname)
  • Cockney Wanker, a character from the British comic magazine Viz
  • Wanker Records, an independent record label
  • Wanker County, Wisconsin, the fictional place of origin of Peggy Bundy, née Wanker, in Married ... with Children
Wanker (surname)

Wanker is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Jerry Wanker, Belgian guitarist
  • Thomas Wanker (born 1973), Austrian composer who works on TV and film scores
  • Werner Wanker, Austrian curler
  • The maiden name of fictional character Peggy Bundy in Married ... with Children

Usage examples of "wanker".

These wankers widnae huv the brains tae think ay it or the wideness tae dae it.

Plod are so busy working their paper or playing Twister with rolls of red tape that wankers like Mick have free rein to bash the vulnerable and frighten the horses.

She had thought him a bit of a wanker, the kind of sincere studenty type that Char always seemed to go for.

Ah dinnae like the idea ay cairryin a blade, no really, but every cunt kens these slummy wankers cairry knives.

Any cunt whae disnae huv a silver spoon in thir mooth or isnae prepared tae be an arse-licking wanker cannae live within the law back thair.

She occasionally wondered what Madge and the girls from the camp would have made of that, but then she reasoned that if lads wanted to be wankers it seemed silly not to profit from it.

I could have taken it if it was part of a master plan, but these wankers were just doing it for their own enjoyment.