While "to wank" means "to masturbate", the term "wanker" is seldom if ever used in British slang to denote "one who wanks". It is quite wrong to infer from somebody's being a wanker that they in fact wank (and vice versa), but of course, fair to assume they do in any case. Herein lies the genius of the insult: if you call someone a wanker, it's probably true, but only literally.

I suppose it all originates from our repressed Victorian sexualities, from back when everybody thought they were the only ones to suffer the secret shame of being an actual wanker.

Most children these days learn the word "wanker" long before they learn its literal meaning.
You're such a wanker.
Oh gosh! How did you know?

He lost both of his hands in a childhood kiting accident.
What a wanker!
af anonymous 31. maj 2004
George W Bush.
Wankers can't be trusted with their own dicks let alone anyone elses.
af Pommydave 3. oktober 2003
A british term for "one who masterbates". Commonly used as an insult
God damn that wanker!
af j5_teh_evil 16. november 2002
1) a bloke who whacks off alot.
2) a term of endearment...an insult that's actually a kind of compliment
3) a total insult
1) ryan's been in the shower for hours! he must be wanking for britain! i always knew he was a complete wanker
2) ryan ya wanker, get your arse down to the pub and i'll buy you a pint
3) tony blair is a fucking wanker.
af #1 brit extraordinaire. 22. april 2003
A complete tosser. Someone who makes
as little effort as they can possibly
get away with.

In British English that's what "wanker"
means - it does not literely mean
a masterbater (though doubt he is one).

Just as "he's a bugger" does not
literally mean he commits sodomy...
"He's just a wanker. I told him to clear
up and, two hours later, he was still
just sitting there reading the paper
and picking his nose"
af martin 10. november 2003
A commonly used Australian/british/new zealand word used to describe a fuckball, jerk, asshole or jackass.
Another word for tosser, which is usually reffered to when someone is being a tool or a complete dick. The term is usually asscossiated with one who masturbates regularly. Often reffered to as having a wank, hence the term wanker (one who wanks).
mike:"oi dickhead move ya fuckin car outta the way...ya blockin the traffic ya fuckin wanker!"

Jack:"Yea have a wank will ya mate!"
af u r cool 19. april 2005
Someone that thinks they're 'cool' but in reality is a total knob jockey.
A smug, satisfying real English term to call someone you intensely dislike without resorting to the word "cunt"!
He persisted on calling our game 'soccer' when it's really football. What a wanker.
af Ivy Oh 7. august 2003

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