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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To masturbate. Often used with off.
  • n. An act of masturbation.
  • n. A detestable person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To masturbate.
  • v. To masturbate; to give a hand job to.
  • v. (chiefly fandom slang and Internet slang) To engage in wank.
  • n. An act of masturbation.
  • n. An undesirable person
  • n. Nonsense, rubbish.
  • n. Ridiculous, circular or inappropriately elaborate argument about something, especially if obnoxious, pretentious or outright unsubstantial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. slang for masturbation
  • v. get sexual gratification through self-stimulation

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Captain America.

    September 23, 2009

  • Down the old Monkey House there is a Cercopithecus wanking
    and a baboon (with its thumb stuck up its arse) to revile.

    - Peter Reading, Ukulele Music, 1985

    May 30, 2009

  • “Some publishers insist that consumers will pay for quality, which is perhaps the most idiotic thing I've ever heard. If that were true then, when Sirius satellite radio launched in the US, instead of poaching Howard Stern to lure over paid listeners, they'd have hired Charlie Rose to read out Proust. Meanwhile, the idea that people will pay for quality news or investigative journalism is simply the stuff of journalism professors' wank fantasies.�?

    The Guardian, Viva la app app revolution!, by Paul Carr, March 25, 2009

    April 1, 2009

  • Strapped to the table with suits from the shelter shop
    Comic celebrity takes a back seat as the cigarette catches
    And sets off the smoke alarm
    What do you make of the cool set in London?
    You're constantly updating your hit parade of your ten biggest wanks.
    (She's a waitress and she's got style
    Sunday bathtime could take a while)


    (The boy with the Arab strap, by Belle and Sebastian)

    November 12, 2008

  • When I was a very young adult I had a friend whose hobby was "collecting" slang terms for this particular activity (NOT the mountain). He never wrote them down, just remembered hundreds of them. Linguists contend that what really matters in a culture will have many words to describe it in all its fascinating details and variations. Money, snow (for Eskimos and Aleuts, etc. I don't recall his relationship status at the time. But one can safely assume that he was never totally without companionship and some degree of comfort.

    March 3, 2008

  • A mountain in Bavaria, Germany. If you would like to see the webcam images, err, presumably from the live Wank-cam, click here.

    January 1, 2008