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Today’s WotD is:

• noun
Brit. Informal something very large or impressive of its kind.
DERIVATIVES stonking adjective.
ORIGIN from military slang stonk a concentrated artillery bombardment.

Stonker or Stonking is another of those wonderful all purpose slang words. It means large or impressive (eg: Diana had a stonking great diamond ring) or it can also mean fantastic or wonderful (eg: we had a stonking time at the party)

Another newer meaning is to find someone sexually attractive (eg: That Orlando is F’ing stonking!). It can also generally be used as an intensifier, in much the same way as bloody or flipping … to emphasize how great something is.

Have a stonking Wednesday!
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Date:May 26th, 2004 09:19 am (UTC)
I already use this word, but I didn't know all its meanings. Thanks, VCH! :-)
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Date:May 26th, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
Can it also be used to intensify a pejorative, or is it only used in a positive sense? Could you say of the American president, for example, that "he's a right stonking berk, is wee George, inn'e?"
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Date:October 16th, 2004 03:12 am (UTC)

When I was younger...

When I was a boy, the old widower who lived next door used to refer to over-large marbles as "stonkers". Didn't realise the term had more general meanings till I was older.
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