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Blend of John +‎ Sherlock.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (fandom slang) The ship of characters John Watson and Sherlock Holmes.
    • 2013, Keren Lopez, "Yahoo buys Tumblr, leaves fandoms in despair", La Voz Weekly (De Anza College), Volume 46, Number 27, 3 June 2013, page 8:
      All of our "feels" are on the line again as they continue to be with anything that involves Johnlock (thanks a lot, Moffat), Merthur and Destiel.
    • 2013, Gerrit van de Riet, "November for Fandoms: Sneak Peek", The Window (New College, Toronto), November 2013, page 20:
      For Karen the most exciting thing about the comeback is the reunion between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman: “I ship Johnlock!” Karen enthused.
    • 2013, Pragya Parmita, "Fandoms: Too Powerful?", The Bottom Line (Associated Students, UC Santa Barbara), Volume 8, Issue 5, 6 November - 12 November 2013, page 8:
      Across the pond, writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss often place characters Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in situations that suggest a relationship between them, even though the series establishes Watson as heterosexual, to placate the fans that “ship Johnlock” in the BBC series “Sherlock.”
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:Johnlock.

Usage notes[edit]

This term is generally used to refer to shipping of the versions of John Watson and Sherlock Holmes from the television series Sherlock. In this series, the characters address each other by their given names, unlike in the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and most other adaptations.