One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A disc jockey.
- ‘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?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Sports talk-radio jocks hammered at the stars for betraying the public trust.’
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 18th century (denoting a rider in horse races): abbreviation of jockey.
1another term for jockstrap
- ‘He faked Penny out of his jock, drove baseline and threw down a two-handed dunk.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He knew when Sampson was likely to shoot, when he was likely to pass, and when he was likely to adjust his jock.’
- ‘Young amateurs like the shorts, too, even though they cost about twice as much as jocks.’
- ‘Drafting without Joel was like the ballpark without beer, jocks without straps and Kansas without Todo.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They also more frequently used hip checks to dislodge rushers from their jocks.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If Cadillac had gotten that handoff, he probably would have scored, but he would have left Allen without another piece of equipment - his jock.’
- ‘He'll put Icy Hot in your jock and anything else.’
- ‘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.’
2An enthusiastic male athlete or sports fan, especially one with few other interests.
sportswoman, sportsman, sportspersonView synonyms
- ‘I spent that entire summer at a fat camp where I lost 75 pounds and became an athletic jock.’
- ‘80s movies aside, the truth is that when jocks and nerds collide the jocks pretty much almost always win.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Each jock was questioned about what he had done just previous to riding the race.’
- ‘Jocks were jocks, after all, and the bigger they were, the more invincible they acted.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There were cheerleaders, football players, other jocks, other girls who looked like they could be cheerleaders.’
- ‘Several of the other jocks in the room snickered, apparently finding his question most hilarious.’
- ‘It is pure snobbery to loom at athletes as ‘dumb jocks.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘This frat is mostly joined by jocks,’ Tara announced, sounding like a tour guide.’
- ‘He was yanked into an all guy group of basketball jocks and football jocks.’
- ‘The fraternity brothers were all football jocks and basketball stars.’
- ‘Jocks don't necessarily just hang out with jocks.’
- ‘The movie spec suggests macho, testosterone-soaked fare that will appeal only to sports jocks.’
- ‘‘Yes I don't want them thinking I am in anyway like those shallow minded jocks and jock goddesses’.’
- ‘So you end up in a study group with a bunch of jocks and your erstwhile friend says, ‘I hate jocks now.’’
- ‘That's right, my brother is not only a jock, he's a smart jock.’
- ‘‘Many people considered athletes dumb jocks, and I wanted to break loose from that barrier,’ he recalls.’
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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