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noun Informal.
  1. jockey.
  2. disc jockey.
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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.
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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.
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Origin of Jock

First recorded in 1500–10
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  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
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  1. a slang word or term of address for a Scot
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Word Origin and History for jocks



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.

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