Definition of stonking in US English:

stonking

adjective

British
informal
  • Used to emphasize something remarkable, exciting, or very large.

    ‘a stonking 207 mph maximum speed’
    • ‘I mean, once they vomit a few times and have their first experience of a stonking hangover, they're not going to go out and do it every night.’
    • ‘I think all in all you could say the festival was a stonking event!’
    • ‘There's also a stonking good sword fight, in which furniture gets overturned, weapons are scooped up on the fly and the combatants find themselves thrusting and parrying while perched precariously up in the rafters.’
    • ‘Nine month sales up to Oct 27, 2002 were $1.44 bn, up a stonking 66 per cent on last year.’
    • ‘He shows no signs of worry that the company he keeps may mark him as a stonking humbug.’
    • ‘Not only will you undoubtedly suffer a poor exchange rate, you'll probably be charged a stonking commission too.’
    • ‘It aims to grab a share of the remainder market, which it claims is worth a stonking £5 billion worldwide.’
    • ‘The bill from the supermarket came to a stonking £275 and measured over a metre in length.’
    • ‘In addition to all the usual perks that go with the job, the bank's boss can look forward to a salary of more than €1.2m and a stonking great pension on departure.’
    • ‘So I had a stonking migraine last week - I normally only get them once every two years, but I've had two this summer.’
    • ‘I woke up with a stonking headache and a throat like an ashtray.’
    • ‘I've just sorted myself out a flight to Barcelona for the end of the month - a stonking £36 return!’
    • ‘Profits from general insurance were up by a stonking 60 per cent to £613m and the underwriting business itself made money with premium income exceeding the amount paid in claims.’
    • ‘After a stonking start to the year, stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic looked set for a continuation of their strong run.’
    • ‘If it had been a huge, stonking success, that would have done me very nicely, thank you very much.’
    • ‘After three minutes on the step, Matthew's heart rate was 163 bpm - a stonking 60 per cent higher than the average of about 102.’
    • ‘Before you fork out all your cash for a stonking place in the country, try renting a big house first to see if you actually like it’
    • ‘It doesn't say anything about philosophy, but it says a lot about our society, and it's a stonking good read.’
    • ‘And thirdly, it's going to be worth an absolutely stonking amount of money.’
    • ‘My old cat, Bill, was a huge stonking fighting machine; we used to live near some fields and once saw him traipsing across the fields with two big and very dead rats hanging out of his mouth!’
    extremely, very, really, thoroughly, exceedingly, immensely, incredibly, amazingly, remarkably, exceptionally, uncommonly, extraordinarily, perfectly, truly, simply, positive, positively, downright
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Origin

1980s: from the verb stonk.

Pronunciation