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Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown. Suggested to be a hypocoristic for John.



jock (plural jocks)

  1. (slang, archaic) A common man.
  2. (Britain, slang, derogatory) A Scotsman.

Etymology 2[edit]

The computer slang meanings are derived from jockey. The athletic slang meanings in turn date from the middle 20th century and are simple abbreviations of jockstrap, which is in turn derived from the older slang meaning of jock itself, which dates from the 17th century, and whose etymology is unknown.


jock (plural jocks)

  1. (slang, rare, dated) The penis.
  2. An athletic supporter worn by men to support the genitals especially during sports, a jockstrap.
  3. (US, slang) A young male athlete (through college age).
  4. (US, slang, derogatory) An enthusiastic athlete or sports fan, especially one with few other interests. A slow-witted person of large size and great physical strength. A pretty boy that shows off in sport.
  5. (US, slang, computing, in combination) A specialist computer programmer
    a compiler jock; a systems jock

Etymology 3[edit]


jock (third-person singular simple present jocks, present participle jocking, simple past and past participle jocked)

  1. (slang) to masturbate
  2. (slang) to humiliate
  3. (slang) to steal