Definition of boner in English:

boner

noun

  • 1North American informal A stupid mistake.

    • ‘The Times corrections culture seems to revel in correcting every misspelling, transposed digit, historical inaccuracy, and boner.’
    • ‘There are also a couple of bad physics boners on their website - for instance, the claim that certain celestial radiation sources are made of ‘dark matter’.’
    • ‘For both these reasons I should not have felt too much chagrin if it were pointed out that I had made a boner in the course of my mathematical and logical discussion.’
    • ‘I realize that I made a "boner" of a mistake, but why punish me by taking money out of my wallet?’
    • ‘They were there to trap me into some kind of boner.’
    • ‘The Consumerist will highlight the persistent, shameless boners of modern consumerism - and the latest hot deals, discounts, and freebies around.’
    mistake, error, blunder, fault, gaffe, slip, slip of the pen
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  • 2North American vulgar slang An erection of the penis.

  • 3NZ A low-grade farm animal, with meat only suitable for use in sausages or other processed products.

Phrases

  • pull a boner

    • informal Make a stupid mistake.

      • ‘I guess when I pull a boner, I really pull a boner.’
      • ‘They knew I had just pulled a boner but still left it up to me to continue or not.’
      • ‘Wow, did I pull a boner last week, allowing myself to be talked into attending a screening in one of those so-called ‘art houses’.’
      • ‘The minister of Wealth and Helfare pulled a boner, as far as we are concerned.’
      • ‘He pulled some stupid boners, like trying to fire supporters after he was appointed to the Chair.’
      • ‘I list it as worse match because of the boner it pulled.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from bone or (in boner (sense 1)) from bonehead, + -er.

Pronunciation

boner

/ˈbəʊnə/