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Possibly from wiseacre, influenced by pillock, or possibly wazz +‎ -ock. First attested in the 1984 novel When the Martians Land in Huddersfield by Mike Harding.[1][2] Harding later suggested that the term came from the instrument used to fling a monarch's excrement out the window. [3]

The word - correctly spelled "wassock" was invented by three friends in Leeds (of which the contributor is one) in 1966 or 1967, used in their newsletters pinned to telegraph poles in the Belle Isle region of Leeds. It was hoped to create a word that would become widely used, and made its first broadcast appearance on Radio 1 in late 1967 or early 1968.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwazək/
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wazzock (plural wazzocks)

  1. (Britain, originally Northern England, mildly derogatory, slang) A stupid or annoying person.
    • 2016 18 January, Victoria Atkins MP, House of Commons debate concerning Donald Trump:
      I turn, as I must, to Mr Trump. His comments about Muslims are wrong. His policy to close borders, if he is elected as President, is bonkers. If he met one or two of my constituents in one of the many excellent pubs in my constituency, they may well tell him that he is a wazzock for dealing with the issue in that way.