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In the 16th century, the meaning was "penis". Probably from pillicock (“penis; boy, man”), presumably akin to the slang term dickhead (“inept fool”). Alternatively, from the same basis as pillicock (compare regional Norwegian pill (“penis”)) + the diminutive suffix -ock.
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pillock (plural pillocks)
- (UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, derogatory, slang) A stupid or annoying person; a simpleton; a fool.
- 1970 October 27, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Butcher Who is Alternately Rude and Polite:
- What is it now, you great pillock?
- 2021 March 19, Bosnian Ape Society, Is Your Car Safe From Supermaneuverable Air-Defense Fighter Aircraft?, archived from the original on 7 August 2022, 3:55 from the start:
- Take your Typhoon up there and swat the annoying mosquito out of the sky by challenging the infantile pillock to a classic World-War-II-era dogfight like a real man, to show them who the real king of European airspace is.
- (Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, derogatory, slang, stupid or annoying person): wazzock, plonker
a stupid person