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noun Informal.
  1. jockey.
  2. disc jockey.

Origin of jock1

First recorded in 1820–30; shortened form of jockey


  1. a jockstrap.
  2. Informal. an athlete.
  3. Informal. an enthusiast: a computer jock.

Origin of jock2

First recorded in 1950–55; by shortening from jockstrap


  1. Scot. and Irish English.
    1. a nickname for John.
    2. an innocent lad; country boy.
  2. British Informal.
    1. a Scottish soldier or a soldier in a Scottish regiment.
    2. Usually Offensive.a term used to refer to or address a Scot.
  3. a male given name.

Origin of Jock

First recorded in 1500–10
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Examples from the Web for jock

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Historical Examples

  • "And the jock'll have to stand the shot; I know how it goes," asserted the Tout.


    W. A. Fraser

  • "Men do call me Jock o' Teviotdale, and thence am I come," said the stranger.

  • "Jock of Norfolk" is represented by a descendant of noble impulses.

  • A jock has got to weigh in and weigh out on the dot when Parker is on the job.

    Old Man Curry</p>

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • Pity you ain't ridin' some 'em races Johnson's jock tosses off.

    Old Man Curry</p>

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

British Dictionary definitions for jock


  1. informal short for disc jockey
  2. informal short for jockstrap
  3. US informal an athlete
  4. NZ mining a pointed bar of steel inserted into the wheel of a mine vehicle and used for emergency braking


  1. a slang word or term of address for a Scot
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Word Origin and History for jock


1952, short for jockstrap "supporter of the male genital organs," which also meant, in slang, "athletic male." Jock with the meaning "an athletic man" is from 1963, American English slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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