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[boh-ner] /ˈboʊ nər/
a person or thing that bones.
Origin of boner1
1895-1900; bone1 + -er1


[boh-ner] /ˈboʊ nər/
a foolish and obvious blunder; stupid mistake.
1910-15, Americanism; bone(head) + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Joe rose to his feet, obeying the monosyllabic summons, and followed Mr. boner around the partition.

    Stubble George Looms
  • Joe realized that Mr. boner was speaking to him—was speaking with great feeling.

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  • And he was Mr. boner's successor—that is, if he hit the ball and worked hard enough to deserve it.

    Stubble George Looms
  • June and inventory and Mr. boner seemed to him to be cut from the same piece.

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  • The young man, pure and fastidious himself, immediately realised that boner was not vicious in the ordinary meaning of the word.

    House of Torment Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • boner was to the Queen what the Dominican Deza was to her husband.

    House of Torment Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • He heard his name called, and turning, saw Mr. boner standing at the corner of the partition looking at him over his spectacles.

    Stubble George Looms
  • "The Wallacks find it too much trouble to fell the trees," says Mr boner.

    Round About the Carpathians Andrew F. Crosse
  • Suddenly Mr. boner turned to the inner corner of the desk, started to speak, strangled, and with difficulty recovered himself.

    Stubble George Looms
British Dictionary definitions for boner


(slang) a blunder
(slang) an erection of the penis
(NZ) a low-grade slaughtered animal suitable for use in pies, sausages, etc
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Word Origin and History for boner

"blunder," 1912, baseball slang, probably from bonehead. Meaning "erect penis" is 1950s, from earlier bone-on (1940s), probably a variation (with connecting notion of "hardness") of hard-on (1893).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for boner



  1. A blunder; error; blooper, howler (1910+ Baseball)
  2. A diligent student; bone (1900+ College students)
  3. An erect penis; bone-on, hard-on: The time you coveted your neighbor's wife, you had a big boner/ He walks around with a boner all the time (1950s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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