Definition of bonkbuster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒŋkbʌstə/


British informal
A type of popular novel characterized by frequent explicit sexual encounters.
Example sentences
  • The book inadvertently raises the issue of whether writers play a useful role in political commentary when their expertise really lies in bonkbusters or whodunits.
  • His book is far from perfect - details of conversations as if taken from transcripts which can't possibly be accurate, and the breathless style of a bonkbuster novel.
  • Previous novels - we shan't call them bonkbusters, she hates that - have been set around showjumping, classical music and competitive polo.


1980s: from bonk, on the pattern of blockbuster.

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