Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Jock n.

[the stereotypical Scot. given name Jock, f. John]

1. a Northcountry seaman, esp. a crewman of a collier.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: Jock, or Crowdy-Headed Jock. A jeering appellation for a north country seaman, particularly a collier; Jock being a common name, and crowdy the chief food, of the lower order of the people in Northumberland.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

2. (also Jockey, Jockie, Jocky) a generic term for a Scotsman.

[UK]Skelton Agaynst The Scottes 91: King Jamy, Jemmy, Jocky my jo.
[Scot]Polwart Invectiues Capitane Allexander Montgomeree and Pollvart in Parkinson (Poems) (2000) IX line 58: Iok Blunt, thrawin frunt, kis the cunt of ane kow.
[UK]Nashe Praise of the Red Herring 35: The Scotish Iockies or Redshanks (so surnamed of their immoderate raunching vp the red shanks or red herrings).
[US]R. Jones ‘On a Time’ in Wardroper (1969) 5: On a time in summer season / Jocky late with Jenny walking.
[UK]A. Brome ‘The Red-coats Triumph’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 264: Thus on our Equals and Superiours we trample, / And Jockie our stirrop shall hold.
[UK] ‘The Brewers Praise’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 223: Poor Jockie and his basket hilt / Was beaten.
[UK]Mennis & Smith ‘The Scots Arrears’ Wit Restor’d (1817) 315: If Jockey after this Reneaginge hath forgott From antient sires hee much retires And showns himselfe no Scott.
[UK] ‘A Medley’ Rump Poems and Songs (1662) I 253: If Beuk won’t do’t, then Jockie shoot, / The Kirk of Scotland doth command.
[UK]J. Ray Proverbs 261: All fellows, Jock and the Laird.
[UK] in D’Urfey ‘An Excellent New Play-house Song’ in Ebsworth Roxburghe Ballads (1891) VII:2 302: The bonny grey-ey’d Morn began to peep, / When Jockey rous’d with Love cam blithely on.
‘The Scotch Lasses Choice’ [ballad] When Ise was lying in dying condition, / Jockey wou’d still be my best Physician; / Though the Doctor ne’r cou’d please me, / He had a Doze wou’d ease me.
[UK]‘The Scotch War’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 93: For Iockie did never so shine, / And Iinny was never so fine.
[UK] ‘The Bashful Scot’ in Playford Pills to Purge Melancholy II 90: Jocky late with Jenny Walking [,...] Like a Lout with his Love sat talking.
[UK] ‘The Scotch Wedding’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 139: Ah Jenny sen ater me, wit ta ha Jockey to thy wadded Loon.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy II 97: But Jockey with his Cattle, and pamper’d bags of Coyn, / Oft gave poor Jemmy Battle.
[UK]N. Ward Amorous Bugbears 11: The Sawnies and Jockies of North-Britain, would have swore, by the Complexion of his Masque [...] that he had fed on nothing but Bonny-clapper.
[UK] in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) V 203: [song title] My Jocky Blyth.
in Bullfinch 108: Blithe Jockey’s looks her heart did move, / [...] / ‘Gang down the burn, my gentle love’.
[UK] ‘All the World at Paris’ in Holloway & Black (1979) II 243: Jockies, Jews and parlezvous.
[Scot](con. early 17C) W. Scott Fortunes of Nigel I 40: Jockey [...] a name which at that time was used, as Sawney now is, for a general appellative of the Scottish nation.
Laird of Logan 24: And what great house is there, where there is not a Jock to turn the spit!
[Scot]J. Strang Glasgow and Its Clubs 281: All the loose boys and elder blackguardianism of the town were attracted thither, to play tricks on what were designated the country ‘Jocks and Jennies’.
[UK]W.H. Smyth Sailor’s Word-Bk (1991) 413: Jocks. Scotch seamen.
[UK]Henley & Stevenson Deacon Brodie I tab.II i: Jock runs east, and Sawney cuts west; everything’s at a deadlock.
[UK]Regiment 15 Aug. 300/1: In an authoritative voice he demanded the meaning of such reckless conduct, and branded Jock [i.e. ‘a man, named Macphee’] as a fool. ‘I’m no sic’ a fule as you think,’ retorted Jock.
[Scot]Edinburgh Eve. News 22 Mar. 4/4: So far we have lost only three men [...] and none of the ‘Jocks’ as yet.
[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson ‘Jock’ Rio Grande’s Last Race (1904) 175: Yes, it’s Jock — Scotch Jock. / He’s the fellow that can give or take a knock.
[UK]W. Muir Observations of Orderly 83: All Scots are ‘Jocks’ in the army.
[Aus]E.G. Dodd diary 10 Aug. 🌐 The Jocks went over and never seen any Jerries over there.
[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 3: I left this bottle full of whiskey [...] but those bloody Jocks must have smelt it.
[UK](con. 1914–18) Brophy & Partridge Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier 33: Jock.—A Scottish soldier.
[UK]G. Kersh They Die with Their Boots Clean 4: The Jocks it was, screaming like madmen.
[Ire]J. Phelan Tramp at Anchor 191: She was the wife of an officer in the Highland Light Infantry — the Jocks were stationed in Parkhurst Barracks.
[UK]C. Rohan Down by the Dockside 127: The Scots were called Big Jock and Wee Jock.
[UK]B.S. Johnson All Bull 257: David, a quiet stylish boy [...] who’d been to a Scottish public school but who was no Jock and didn’t sound like one.
[UK]Beano Comic Library Special No. 12 2: Every week meet the Jocks and the Geordies.
[Scot]I. Welsh Filth 177: C’mon mate, you’re a Jock, we’re from Liverpool, we’re just the friggin’ same.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 111: Rabbie was a Jock, you know, for the sake of auld lang syne.

3. as a term of address to a Scot.

[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) VI 1270: Coom and tak a wak we me Jock.
[UK](con. WW1) P. MacDonald Patrol 15: ‘That’s all right, Jock,’ he said. MacKay was privileged.
[UK]Jennings & Madge May the Twelfth: Mass-Observation Day-Surveys 2:103: A soldier, drunk, of a Scottish regiment, is serenading a policeman, to the amusement of the crowd. A woman: ‘Jock, you go off, you’ll be getting into trouble.’.
[UK]D. Hill ‘Chalky’ in Lehmann Penguin New Writing No. 28 171: Give him a shake, Jock.
[UK]A. Wesker Chips with Everything II vi: pip: Don’t be a bastard Jock. andrew: I’m trying to help you, idiot.
[UK]A. Burgess 1985 (1980) 155: ‘Ach, yon thieveless, sook-the-blood’ [...] ‘You watch your tongue, Jock.
[UK]‘P.B. Yuill’ Hazell Plays Solomon (1976) 61: I don’t give a monkey’s fuck what you do, Jock.
[UK]J. McClure Spike Island (1981) 295: ‘A’right, Jock!’ says the little Scotsman.
[Scot]I. Welsh ‘The Shooter’ in Acid House 1: You see how it is, Jock?

In compounds

Jockland (n.)


[UK]A. Payne ‘Senior Citizen Caine’ Minder [TV script] 7: They’re having kittens up in Jockland.
[Scot]I. Rankin Wolfman 50: This rozzer might be from Jockland, but he was every bit as oily as an East End old-timer.
[UK]D. Mitchell Black Swan Green 64: Why anyone with the brains for Oxbridge would set their sights on Jockland [etc.].
[Scot](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 237: It ain’t like he’s had me up stayin at his Jockland shithole.
Twitter 29 June 🌐 A London dosser [...] on hearing my Scots accent, told me to eff off back to jockland u see you en tee. I battered him.