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!
by anonymous May 31, 2004
1. An insult commonly used in Great Britan, to denote an individual whom masturbates.

2. An insult used in Denmark during zombie apocalypses, to insult:
Doctors performing healthcare
Patients receiving healthcare
1.
Lord Cuffrey: Lord Humpington havent seen fit to leave his mansion this evening.
Lord Pinkerton: I say! What a wanker!

2.
Jonas: Dr. Mench bliver hjemme for at få ham den sårede på benene igen.
Fillip: Fuck nogle wankerere!
by JensMench August 07, 2014
Wanker: An arrogant or pretentious person. Sometimes this word is used instead of resorting to 'Cunt' or 'Bellend'.
I always wanted to meet a Wanker, but then I met Brett.
by S86849 July 16, 2014
English insult (Australian, Britian, New Zealand) literally meaning "someone who wanks" as in someone who masturbates.

Generally meaning, people who are called wankers means that they are completely worthless and useless in anything they try to do that the only thing they are good at are wanking.

It's also used as a complement to close friend, meaning no harm- similar to cunt; both as an insult and a friendly complement.
The only wanker and wankers I love are me, my family and my friends.
One who 'wanks' (i.e.). One who participates in the act of 'wanking' (masturbation).

A common term in the United Kingdom, but less commonly used in the United States. Although its litteral translation is 'masturbater' it is generly used as a derogative term in general.
British guy- HEY! You! your a 'bloody wanker'!
American guy- Ummmmmm...... Whats that?
British guy-...... Fuck you!
by PokesAlotaSmot420 March 05, 2011
a man caught up in his own world, who would love nothing more than to make love with themselves..... if it were possible.
"sinclair you wanker stop feeling yourself"
"brad is a self indulgent wanker
by traceab May 20, 2007
An Aussie expression for someone who is a total jerk.
Does not necessarily mean that person “wanks” (masturbates)
“Oh that Steve, he’s a complete wanker”
by Robby101 November 01, 2006

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