Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person, especially a man, who masturbates.
  • noun A foolish or detestable person.

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  • noun A person who wanks.
  • noun UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang, pejorative An idiot, a stupid, annoying or ineffectual person.
  • noun UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang, pejorative Someone who shows off too much, a poser or poseur; someone who is overly self-satisfied.
  • noun UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang, humorous, vulgar A very informal address used between friends.

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  • noun terms of abuse for a masturbator

Etymologies

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From wank +‎ -er.

Examples

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  • Like the American version: jerk. Think about it.

    January 19, 2008

  • Does the American word "jerk" really come from the same meaning? It's so... tame.

    January 21, 2008

  • I don't think this can really be compared with jerk. If it ever meant something to that effect, it has evolved to something much milder.

    September 26, 2009

  • Agreed. A closer term to 'jerk' would be wanqueur.

    September 26, 2009

  • Depends where you are, TSE. From an Australian point of view I'd have to agree with uselessness. Although he's from Albukerke.

    September 26, 2009

  • From my American point of view, "wanker" seems much more tame (and silly) than "jerk", and even a bit sillier than "tosser".

    Hey, what is the difference between "wanker" and "tosser", anyway?

    September 26, 2009

  • Segaiolo in Italian.

    September 26, 2009

  • It's only mild in the U.S. that I know of. I say it a lot and people giggle because it's a funny word. But if I (accidentally) say it in front of any British friends or when I'm overseas, people don't react well. Like Americans use "bloody" and think it's quaint, in the original culture it's still kind of curse-y.

    What is the difference between a wanker and a tosser? Or was ptero setting up a punchline? ;)

    September 26, 2009

  • pajero in Spanish.

    September 26, 2009

  • Nope, no punchline. Just an honest question.

    September 27, 2009