[ jok-strap ]
/ ˈdʒɒkˌstræp /


an elasticized belt, a men's undergarment, with a pouch for supporting and protecting the genitals, worn especially while participating in athletics.

Nearby words

  1. jockey cap,
  2. jockey club,
  3. jockey for position,
  4. jockey shorts,
  5. jocko,
  6. jockteleg,
  7. jocose,
  8. jocosely,
  9. jocosity,
  10. jocular

Origin of jockstrap

1895–1900; jock male organ (variant of jack1 male; see Jock) + strap

Also called athletic supporter. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jockstrap


/ (ˈdʒɒkˌstræp) /


an elasticated belt with a pouch worn by men, esp athletes, to support the genitalsAlso called: athletic support

Word Origin for jockstrap

C20: from slang jock penis + strap

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Word Origin and History for jockstrap



also jock-strap, "supporter of the male genital organs, used in sports," 1897, with strap (n.) + jock slang for "penis" c.1650-c.1850, probably from Jock, the nickname for John, which was used generically for "common man" from c.1500.

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