wank

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin unknown.[1] First known use as a verb is 1905,[2] as a noun 1948.[1] Perhaps compare regional slang term wang, whang (to whack or beat).[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /wæŋk/
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  • Rhymes: -æŋk

Verb[edit]

wank (third-person singular simple present wanks, present participle wanking, simple past and past participle wanked) (Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand)

  1. (intransitive, slang, vulgar) To masturbate.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:masturbate
    I was so embarrassed when my mother caught me wanking.
  2. (transitive, slang, vulgar) To masturbate; to give a hand job to.
    Synonym: masturbate
    She wanked me in the morning.
  3. (intransitive, vulgar, chiefly fandom slang and Internet slang) To argue in an inappropriate manner or about pretentious or insubstantial matters; to engage in wank.

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Noun[edit]

wank (countable and uncountable, plural wanks) (Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand)

  1. (countable, slang, vulgar) An act of masturbation.
    Synonyms: toss, tug, fingering; see also Thesaurus:masturbation
    He’s having a wank!
  2. (countable, slang, vulgar, derogatory) An undesirable person.
    You utter wank! How could you behave like that?
  3. (uncountable, slang, vulgar) Nonsense, rubbish.
    This opera is wank.
    Did you see that thing on Channel 4? Yeah, it was a wank.
    • 2000, Dylan Moran, “Cooking the Books”, in Black Books, season 1, episode 1, spoken by Fran (Tamsin Greig):
      I do sell a lot of wank, don't I?
  4. (uncountable, chiefly vulgar, fandom slang and Internet slang) Ridiculous, circular or inappropriately elaborate argument about something, especially if obnoxious, pretentious or unsubstantial.
    Synonym: wankery

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “wank”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. 2.0 2.1 wank, v.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2019.

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Verb[edit]

wank

  1. singular imperative of wanken
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of wanken