jankers

Definitions

Military

  • noun extra fatigue duty given as a punishment (especially unpleasant tasks such as cleaning out latrines)

Slang

  • noun military punishment, punishment detail. An army, navy and RAF term heard particularly in the 1950s, when national service was still in force in Britain. The origin of the term is obscure, but it may be related to jangle, which had an archaic sense of ‘to grumble’, hence jankers was either the grumbling servicemen or the punishments which caused them to complain.
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