Entry from British & World English dictionary
nouninformal , chiefly derogatory
early 16th century: Scots form of the given name Jack, originally as a name for an ordinary man (compare with jack1). The current sense dates from the late 18th century.
- 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.
- Are all radio jocks born with that annoying radio jock voice?
- How many times have you listened to a sports presenter/commentator/jock - especially a jock - assert this?
- 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.
- 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.
late 18th century: abbreviation.
nounNorth American informal
- 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.
- 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.
- It is pure snobbery to loom at athletes as ‘dumb jocks.’
- ‘Many people considered athletes dumb jocks, and I wanted to break loose from that barrier,’ he recalls.
- 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.
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- Your obviously jockish tendencies evidently annoy him.
- A recent photograph in Details magazine reveals a jockish, broadly smiling Pace with his arm around costar Shawn Hatosy.
- Universal differs from Scubar in that the patrons are slightly more palatable, still jockish, however and with an emphasis on the metro.
- The Air Force fighter jock doesn't want airpower reduced to artillery.
- Mary Jane is back on the scene, and she's threatening to marry a jock - an astronaut, no less.
- The name makes any fighter jock's heart skip a beat.
late 20th century: probably an abbreviation of jockey, from its informal use in combinations such as jet jockey, plow jockey, where “operation” or “control” of equipment is involved.