wankery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

wank +‎ -ery

Noun[edit]

wankery (uncountable)

  1. (UK, slang, vulgar) Unnecessary or pretentious noodling (messing around).
    • 2002, Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide to Rock
      The core band, meanwhile, had clearly honed their chops well on stage; Ashton's lead guitar work avoids both wankery and simplicity...
    • 2003, Marshall Moore, The Concrete Sky
      Their visas entailed bribes and a certain amount of bureaucratic wankery, but were approved quickly enough.
    • 2003, Jim DeRogatis, Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock
      There are moments of static beauty, haunting sparseness, and pointless wankery, sometimes all in the same tune.
    • 2007, Everett True, Nirvana: The Biography
      Sub Pop was different, they were arty and more into darker, weirder stuff like Big Black. K was pretty much the opposite of that kind of macho wankery.