Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Citations for sockeroo
He was more than a success: he was a smash hit, humdinger, whamo and sockeroo.
The network debut was, as Variety headlined it, "a Sockeroo."
Origin of sockeroo
Many informal and slang terms have difficult etymologies. Sockeroo, for instance, is probably a combination of the noun sock, "a hit, blow" and the humorous suffix -eroo. Other authorities say that sockeroo is a combination of socker “one that socks, hits hard,” which is plausible, but it leaves -oo unexplained. The word entered English in the early 1940s.