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See also: bock, bȯck, and воск


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Bock (plural Bocks)

  1. A surname​.
  2. A city in Minnesota.



  • IPA(key): [bɔk]
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German boc, poc, from Old High German boc, from Proto-West Germanic *bukk. Cognate to English buck.


Bock m (genitive Bockes, plural Böcke, diminutive Böckchen n or Böcklein n)

  1. he-goat
  2. buck (male of a variety of other animals)
  3. (gymnastics, by analogy) apparatus used for performing jumps; similar to a vaulting horse but shorter.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From a southern German alteration of Einbeck, a brewery town in Lower Saxony, where the beer originally hails from. The Low German placename suffix -beck (-brook) was reinterpreted in southern dialects as the plural of Bock (etymology 1 above). Compare a fuller form still in Bavarian Oambock, Ambock.


Bock n (genitive Bocks, plural Bock)

  1. bock beer
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Etymology 3[edit]

Borrowed from Romani bokh, from Sanskrit बुभुक्षा (bubhukṣā, hunger).


Bock m (genitive Bock, plural Böcke)

  1. (colloquial) desire, interest to do something; construed with haben, kriegen, or machen + auf
    • 2013, Marteria, "Kids (2 Finger an den Kopf)".
      Keiner hat mehr Bock auf Kiffen, Saufen, Feiern.
      Nobody feels like blazing, boozing, partying anymore.
    Hast du Bock?Do you feel like it?
    Ich kriege langsam Bock auf Tanzen.I’m starting to feel like dancing.
    Das macht Bock auf mehr.This makes you want more.
  2. (colloquial) fun, pleasure; construed with machen without auf
    Macht’s Bock?Is it fun?
Usage notes[edit]
  • The plural is rare but is sometimes used in a jocularly fashion with no change in meaning: Hast du Böcke?
See also[edit]
  • Bock” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache



From Middle High German buc, from Old High German buc, alternative form of boc (which would have yielded Luxembourgish *Back), from Proto-West Germanic *bukk, from Proto-Germanic *bukkaz.



Bock m (plural Béck)

  1. buck
  2. trestle, support
  3. box (driver's seat on a coach)