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(NSFW) How long has the word "boink" been in use. Where did it originate?

Asked by josie (22947 points ) August 12th, 2011

Boink is one of my favorite slang terms for sexual intercourse.
It doesn’t have the taboo power of fuck, it doesn’t seem as vulgar as screw, it has a funny sound and occasionally people sort of smile when they hear it.

Plus, it makes my girlfriend roll her eyes and shake her head in mock disgust.

But it seemed to simply appear in the lexicon rather recently and suddenly.
Where did it come from?

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tom_g's avatar

Not sure where they got this, but Merriam Webster says First Known Use: 1987.

JLeslie's avatar

I vaguely remember hearing it on a TV show when I was a teen. So that would be the 80’s. That and begungas (sp?) comes to mind, but I don’t hear that anymore I don’t think.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I know it’s supposed to be sort of an onomatopoeic word, but I’ve never heard a sound similar to “boink!” in my experience. So I wonder what the person who came up with the word was imagining at the time.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

I believe the word first came about in the 1930s, it got attached to the act of sex because the sound of boinking was suppose to be a repetitive sound. I guess when you are aggressively engaging in sex and the body, at least in the crotch area, are meeting with force you have the repetitive slapping sound.

JLeslie's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central boink to me is not a slap, it is more like a bounce.

Kayak8's avatar

It seems to be related to “bonk” (a previously used term for the same thing) and boing (sounds made by bed springs). Bruce Willis is given credit for introducing it into our households on the show Moonlighting in the 1980s. “Bonk” also means to hit, to strike or come in contact with, or to collide against something.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@JLeslie Repetitive piston action or undulation like a bounce would cause slapping noice if done so hard you are virtually bumping together, which is probably where the slang “hump” came from, or hammer. ;-)

ucme's avatar

Must be an americanism then, here in england town boink is a sound made when a person receives a sharp blow to the head. A word for fucking would be to bonk, a tiny yet not insignificant alteration.

rebbel's avatar

‘Funny” how a word can have (totally) different meanings….., in the Netherlands a union for day care centers is called Boink…..

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@ucme A word for fucking would be to bonk, a tiny yet not insignificant alteration. Maybe in translation or transition, bonk sounded like boink and it stuck.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Here are some more results from the Online Etymology Dictionary.

The first time I heard the term was during an Australian public speaker’s session. She talked about how happiness was important to our health and well-being. One of the tips was to do nice things for our partner in order to earn “bonking points”.

ucme's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Maybe in translation or transition, bonk sounded like boink and it stuck.
I’ve nothing to add, I just thought i’d copy what you said for the sheer fuckin hell of it. ;¬}

linguaphile's avatar

“Boink” is the sound springs make when bounced on, like on an old 1960’s sofa, maybe? keeeboink, keeboink? So the sound of springs being bounced on is the onomatopoeic reference, not the sound of the actual action? Just guessing here.

ETpro's avatar

The rirst time I heard it was on the ABC TV Series, Moonlighting. That ran from 1985 to 1989, so that would coincide with @tom_g‘s answer from Merriam Webster that it popped up in 1987. Cybill Shepherd played Maddie Hayes, a former high-fashion model forced to make a living running a seedy detective agency after her second husband took her to the cleaners. She was always prim and popper, whereas her sidekick, David Addison (Bruce Willis) was a wisecracking, fast-talking guy in it for the fun. In one episode, the subject of an affair came up, and Maddie appeared so scandalized that the Bruce Willis character broke into teasing her by telling her how people were boinking each other right next door. He went on and on about it. In the context, it was perfectly clear what it meant.

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