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[luhng-ker] /ˈlʌŋ kər/
something unusually large for its kind.
Angling. a very large game fish, especially a bass.
Origin of lunker
1910-15; lunk- (see lunkhead) + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for lunker
  • Most fishing forecasters use sunup and sundown times to predict the best odds for landing a lunker.
  • The lunker is anchored to the bank and streambed with rebar and heavy face rock.
  • The ice-fishing season for lake sturgeon is more about getting together and fishing together than harvesting a lunker.
  • There is always the potential for a true lunker here.
  • When ice conditions are safe, this lake produces good yellow perch catches and an occasional lunker pickerel.
  • As a result, each stream has a dedicated following of serious anglers who know every rock, riffle and lunker hole.
  • Snag-free angling for panfish and an occasional lunker.
Slang definitions & phrases for lunker


  1. A very big fish, often the apocryphal one that got away: In the ocean there's nothing but lunkers (1920+)
  2. An old car; clunker, heap: in old cars known as clunkers, lunkers, winter rats (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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