One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A disc jockey.
- ‘Sports talk-radio jocks hammered at the stars for betraying the public trust.’
- ‘Dashboard Confessional took the stage to a lot of high-pitched screaming and proceeded to impress even the most ardent of jocks with their acoustic-meets-emo stylings.’
- ‘The blond and the jock were still finishing up their witty repartee while frantic techno music rattled on in the background.’
- ‘How many times have you listened to a sports presenter/commentator/jock - especially a jock - assert this?’
- ‘Are all radio jocks born with that annoying radio jock voice?’
2North American An enthusiast or participant in a specified activity.‘a computer jock’
- ‘I was insecure about being some kind of a commando jock photographer, but once everyone was awake we'd hit the streets and the bros were psyched.’
- ‘He was well known by all students, whether they were jocks or computer geeks, the name Ricky Han was always followed by some form of recognition.’
- 2.1US A pilot or astronaut.
airman, airwoman, flyer, aeronautView synonyms
- ‘And keep in mind, these are Air Force fighter jocks - some of the most respected, and feared, military officers in the world.’
- ‘In their other lives, some are commercial pilots, ex-military jocks, suits with office jobs.’
- ‘Curiously, Will argues in favor of making pilots - even Air Force fighter jocks - wear bow ties.’
- ‘Fighter jocks are what the Air Force is all about.’
Late 18th century (denoting a rider in horse races): abbreviation of jockey.
1another term for jockstrap
- ‘When a man dancing in a jock is the prize, that makes you want to prove that there are limits to what a team can do.’
- ‘They also more frequently used hip checks to dislodge rushers from their jocks.’
- ‘Cutler is no stranger to the brutality of the gridiron, having strapped on a jock and shoulder pads during his salad days as a high-school football player.’
- ‘They're either putting itchy cream in your jock or Vaseline in your helmet or baby powder inside your clothes.’
- ‘Bobby Butler, one of the cornerbacks you chose for Atlanta's team, couldn't carry his jock.’
- ‘He did that with more style, grace, brilliance and dominance than anyone I saw in more than four decades of talking to people in jocks.’
- ‘Drafting without Joel was like the ballpark without beer, jocks without straps and Kansas without Todo.’
- ‘He'll put Icy Hot in your jock and anything else.’
- ‘He faked Penny out of his jock, drove baseline and threw down a two-handed dunk.’
- ‘If Cadillac had gotten that handoff, he probably would have scored, but he would have left Allen without another piece of equipment - his jock.’
- ‘I put on my socks, the jock, the shorts, and then the jersey, followed by sweatbands on my left arm and an elbow pad on my right arm.’
- ‘Young amateurs like the shorts, too, even though they cost about twice as much as jocks.’
- ‘He knew when Sampson was likely to shoot, when he was likely to pass, and when he was likely to adjust his jock.’
2An enthusiastic male athlete or sports fan, especially one with few other interests.
sportswoman, sportsman, sportspersonView synonyms
- ‘There were cheerleaders, football players, other jocks, other girls who looked like they could be cheerleaders.’
- ‘The fraternity brothers were all football jocks and basketball stars.’
- ‘Jocks were jocks, after all, and the bigger they were, the more invincible they acted.’
- ‘‘Yes I don't want them thinking I am in anyway like those shallow minded jocks and jock goddesses’.’
- ‘Each jock was questioned about what he had done just previous to riding the race.’
- ‘80s movies aside, the truth is that when jocks and nerds collide the jocks pretty much almost always win.’
- ‘They don't move, they speak like they're afraid to be up there, and the audience is all jocks waiting to see cute chicks.’
- ‘It is pure snobbery to loom at athletes as ‘dumb jocks.’’
- ‘He was yanked into an all guy group of basketball jocks and football jocks.’
- ‘I spent that entire summer at a fat camp where I lost 75 pounds and became an athletic jock.’
- ‘‘Many people considered athletes dumb jocks, and I wanted to break loose from that barrier,’ he recalls.’
- ‘That's right, my brother is not only a jock, he's a smart jock.’
- ‘Directly in front of me, a round lunch table was surrounded by a group of guys, all either athletes and jocks, or just popular boys.’
- ‘Jocks don't necessarily just hang out with jocks.’
- ‘You can just hear him, a couple years from now: ‘All jocks think about is sports.’’
- ‘Yet in some high schools, Straight Edgers have as much of a presence as say, the jocks or the Goth kids.’
- ‘The movie spec suggests macho, testosterone-soaked fare that will appeal only to sports jocks.’
- ‘So you end up in a study group with a bunch of jocks and your erstwhile friend says, ‘I hate jocks now.’’
- ‘Several of the other jocks in the room snickered, apparently finding his question most hilarious.’
- ‘‘This frat is mostly joined by jocks,’ Tara announced, sounding like a tour guide.’
A Scotsman (often as a form of address).
Early 16th century: Scots form of the given name Jack, originally as a name for an ordinary man (compare with jack). The current sense dates from the late 18th century.
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