Definition of bollocks in English:

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bollocks

Pronunciation: /ˈbäləks/
(also ballocks or bollix) vulgar slang, chiefly British

noun

1 [in plural] The testicles.
2Used to express contempt, annoyance, or defiance.

Origin

Mid 18th century: plural of bollock, variant of earlier ballock, of Germanic origin; related to ball1.

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  • Bollocks used to be ballocks, and in that spelling they go back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The word is related to ball, and like many rude words it was perfectly standard English until around the 18th century. It is now used in several colourful expressions. A bollocking, or severe telling-off, is more genteelly written as a rollicking (mid 20th century), and it is more refined to make a Horlicks of (late 20th century) something than to make a bollocks of it. The dog's bollocks is a coarse version of expressions like the bee's knees or the cat's pyjamas, meaning ‘an excellent person or thing’, which was popularized in the late 1980s by the comic Viz.

Words that rhyme with bollocks

Pollux

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bol·locks

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