form fitting white ribbed tank top worn by men; looks good on well-built fellas, pathetic on skinny fellas, and disgusting on fat beer bellied fellas
Brad Pitt looks damn good in a wife beater.
by youri August 02, 2003
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1. Men's close fitting, ribbed, sleeveless white cotton undershirt most commonly used before T-shirts came into vogue as undergarments. It is named wife beater after Marlon Brando's character, Stanley Kowalski, who wore one during much of the movie version of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." Stanley proved to be a sloppy, drunken, ill-tempered brute who beat his wife.
2. Slang name in Britain for a Belgian lager, Stella Artois, mostly because of the name, Stella, after Stella Kowalski, the victim of a beating from her husband, Stanley, in the aforementioned Tennessee Williams' play, "A Streetcar Named Desire," but also because of the high alcohol content which could possibly lead one to wife beating were he so pre-disposed.
"That fellow wearing the wife beater has knocked back 3 wife beaters in less than half an hour!"
by alfamax September 04, 2011
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a very tight, white tank top that is ribbed in texture. this style of shirt is usually found on overweight white guys hailing from the trailer courts. unmistakeable markings of bbq sauce or chew spit on the front and smelling of old style beer and excessive perspiration. the wearer can be found at any type of festival which involves his toothless relatives working the carnival rides.
dude, let's go to the state fair and check out all the trash wearing wife beaters.
by Anonymous July 31, 2003
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Wife beater is a nickname for "Stella" a popular lager/beer in the UK. It got the nickname wife beater because of the ammount of wife beating that went on after drinking several cans/pints
by sayles April 01, 2005
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1.) the official article of clothing in the state of New Jersey

2.) One who participates in domestic abuse

Boss: you seriously came to work in a wife beater?

guy: all i had. blow me.
by yo guy February 10, 2007
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