One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal A foolish or inept person.
idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clodView synonyms
- ‘One former Eton schoolmate, Jamie, told us: ‘He is a bit of a plonker, but a nice enough chap and good at heart.’’
- ‘They've watched so many of them that they think they'd be far better at doing up houses than most of the plonkers we've seen gracing our television screens in recent times.’
- ‘So after all that, it turned out that it was my headphones that were faulty and not my iPod and I had waited more than an hour to be shown up as a bit of a plonker.’
- ‘As usual I joined in - what a pair of plonkers we were, lying there giggling on the lawn.’
- ‘It is one of the most dangerous places on Earth, yet in 2000 a pair of plonkers from London and Kent went there on an orchid-collecting holiday, and got kidnapped.’
- ‘And while it's true that there's a lot of crossover between classical and pop, there's surely a better way to illustrate this than plonking a couple of plonkers from the charts onto the line-up?’
- ‘No, not that one, you plonker - the one that looks like a 10-pound lump hammer.’
- ‘But now, all you'll ever be is that plonker who appears in adverts on the telly.’
- ‘The opening line of the piece was ‘What a plonker!’’
- ‘We were elected by you, you can get rid of us if you think we are plonkers.’
- ‘So I got away with looking like a bit of a plonker, and having to spend ten minutes replacing the broken link (I carry a spare link for moments like this).’
- ‘I'm not an umbrella person and walking down the high street wearing a raincoat with the sun blazing down on you and the sweat pouring off your forehead makes you feel a total plonker.’
- ‘The same bunch of plonkers are running the show.’
- ‘I think Edward's a plonker and I certainly won't follow his example.’
- ‘We won't stick it up on the notice board so everyone can have a laugh at what a plonker you are.’
- ‘‘People are saying you're riding like a plonker,’ said his friend Colin Rate.’
- ‘There is nothing on tv tonight so we have got the music channel on, what a plonker Paul looks trying to dance while sitting down… lol…’
- ‘I just didn't want to seem like a plonker who had just wasted his time carrying a rucksack full of water unnecessarily.’
- ‘I think it's safe to say that it was because it made you look a right plonker.’
- ‘Can you not see the complete lack of logic in what you're saying, you beetroot-faced plonker!’
2vulgar slang A man's penis.
Mid 19th century (as a dialect word meaning ‘something large of its kind’): from the verb plonk + -er.
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