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boner1

[boh-ner] /ˈboʊ nər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that bones.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; bone1 + -er1

boner2

[boh-ner] /ˈboʊ nər/
noun
1.
a foolish and obvious blunder; stupid mistake.
Origin
1910-15, Americanism; bone(head) + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for boners

boner

/ˈbəʊnə/
noun
1.
(slang) a blunder
2.
(slang) an erection of the penis
3.
(NZ) a low-grade slaughtered animal suitable for use in pies, sausages, etc
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Word Origin and History for boners
boner
"blunder," 1912, baseball slang, probably from bonehead. Meaning "erect penis" is 1950s, from earlier bone-on (1940s), probably a variation (with connection notion of "hardness") of hard-on (1893).
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Slang definitions & phrases for boners

boner

noun
  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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