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.
Oh gosh! How did you know?
He lost both of his hands in a childhood kiting accident.
What a wanker!
2) a term of endearment...an insult that's actually a kind of compliment
3) a total insult
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.
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...
up and, two hours later, he was still
just sitting there reading the paper
and picking his nose"
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).
Jack:"Yea have a wank will ya mate!"
A smug, satisfying real English term to call someone you intensely dislike without resorting to the word "cunt"!