Green’s Dictionary of Slang

jock n.1

also jocum, jok-e
[jockum n.]

1. (also joke) the genitals, both male and female; also in fig. use [the word vanished from the mainstream but remains in US black in the late 20C+].

‘The original Black Joke. Sent from Dublin’ 🎵 [I]n working a joke, as will lather like soap.
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 117: A Man’s Privities Jocum.
[UK]H.T. Potter New Dict. Cant (1795) n.p.: jock private parts of a man or woman.
[UK] ‘The Standing Jok-E!’ in Black Joke 23: There’s nothing like a jok-e, / Or a long Tongo.
[UK] ‘The Brave Old Jock’ in Rambler’s Flash Songster 13: A song to the jock, the brave old jock, / Who has stood so stiff and strong.
[UK] ‘Billy Taylor’s Three Square’ in Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 12: Now like Macheath, with all his doxes, / He strutted like a dunghill cock! / But knew not which to serve the first, / With his most tremendous jock.
[UK] ‘The Steam Jock!’ in Nobby Songster 35: He had such a wonderful jock d’ye see, / There was not such another game cock to be found.
[UK] ‘The Brave Old Jock’ Rambler’s Flash Songster 13: A song to the jock, the brave old jock, / Who has stood so stiff and strong, / Here’s health and renown, to his crimson crown, / And his stump so stout and long. / He’s out on the town, when the sun goes down, / In every corner dark.
[UK] ‘Said A Quim To A Jock’ in Rambler’s Flash Songster 47: Now this quim was a maid, / And the jock was a blade, [,...] He hung his head down, / And very soon owned himself beaten, / Said the quim, you vain fool, / Thrice your courage I cool, / I twenty such jocks could have eaten.
[UK] ‘The Origin of Species’ in Pearl 1 July 169: They gazed on their privates with mutual delight, / And she soon found a hole to put jock out of sight.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 172: Our conversation used to begin by my saying, ‘How’s your duff?’ ‘Oh, nicely, thank you; how is your jock?’.
[UK]Confessions of Nemesis Hunt II 4: They wanted to laugh and [...] to see lots of pretty girls, and feel their jocks stiffen [...] cunt, and lots of it, is what the greater part of this blessed nation wants.
[US](con. 1880–1924) F.J. Wilstach Anecdota erótica 18: Man invited to join the Jock Club. ‘I’m going to be President of this Club, cause mine is 13 inches long.’.
[US] ‘Claudette Coalbin in “Bigger Yet”’ [comic strip] Sweet shit – what a jock!!
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 34: An old man at the Folies Bergère / Had a jock, a most wondrous affair.
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle 57: I’ll be beating the bushes with snow to my jock.
[US]Treacherous Nhree ‘New Rap Language’ 🎵 Girls on my jock and all on lock.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 612: Did you ever see a nigger with a foot-long jock?
[US]UGK ‘Cramping My Style’ 🎵 Cause, I ain’t about havin nobody feenin on my jock!
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 45: Jock means crotch, so if someone is on your ‘jock’ [...] they’re on your crotch.
[US]Eminem ‘Drips’ 🎵 The womb beater, clean pussy eater, insertin’ my jock in that spot hotter than the hottest block.

2. as a garment.

(a) an athletic support or ‘jock strap’.

[[US]Fort Worth Dly Gaz. (TX) 7 Jan. 6/6: The improved jock strap or support is suposed to be of great aid to gymnasts, rowers [...] and runners.
[[US]S.F. Examiner 25 Jan. 5/6: [advert] Sporting and Athletic Goods [...] Jockstraps and Suspensions......50 [cents]].
[US] in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dict. (1998).
[UK]R. Frede Entry E (1961) 27: If one brandy’s gonna cut down your efficiency, you might as well hang up the jock.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 270: My grandfather’s cock was too large for his jock, / So it hung ninety years on the floor.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 8: Anybody who carries a football in his general direction. He tears their jock off.
[US]R. Campbell In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 67: Follow them two and find out where they hang their jocks and where they earn their bread.
[US]P. Earley Hot House 181: ‘[T]he guys in high school who everyone picked on—you know, the buttheads who got a jock put on their head in gym class’.

(b) (Aus./Irish/US, also jockettes, jox) in pl., underwear, usu. men’s.

[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 124: I felt like a bum in my white cotton ‘jocks’.
[US]G. Swarthout Skeletons 91: I [...] slipped into clean jocks.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 7: Shane and his friend Macka are going to the disco. They put on their best strides and a new pair of jocks.
[Aus]T. Winton Human Torpedo 17: Someone got his jeans down and someone else got his jocks. [Ibid.] 119: That Brinkley kid set fire to his jockettes doing blue flames.
[UK]A. Close Official and Doubtful 54: They had the polis changing their jocks twice a day.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] [I] slip me hand down the back of me trousers and into me jocks and then sit back.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Wind & Monkey (2013) [ebook] Les stripped straight off down to his jox and a clean T-shirt.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Leaving Bondi (2013) [ebook] Les [...] put his jox back on.
[Aus]S. Maloney Something Fishy (2006) 132: He was naked except for a pair of mustard-coloured jockettes.
[Aus]D. McDonald Luck in the Greater West (2008) 112: He undid his jeans and pulled his jocks down.
[Aus] G. Johnstone ‘No Through Road’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] The little fella came out in his fucken jocks.
[Aus]me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at 🌐 ’magine if she came home an’ caught me havin’ a flog to her jocks.
[Ire]L. McInerney Glorious Heresies 184: ‘[Y]ou stuck your rickety claws down the front of Tony Cusack’s young fella’s jocks’.
[Aus]D. Whish-Wilson I Am Already Dead 20: A go-bag containing a few pairs of jocks, socks, t-shirts and a toothbrush.

3. (US campus and sporting, also jocko, jockette, jockstrap, jockstrapper) a sportsman, esp. an assiduously keen one; also attrib.

[US]P. Kendall Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: Jock strap Marine ... athlete.
[US]Dly Princetonian 24 Sept. n.p.: Sophomore Jocks -- Interested in Lake Carnegie Tug o’ War… sign up at 102 Holder.
[US]Harvard Crimson 22 Mar. 🌐 Despite its current appellation as the ‘Jock’ House, Winthrop remains one of the most versatile yet homogeneous houses at Harvard.
[US]G. Swarthout Where the Boys Are 153: A jock is a college athlete, not a fencer or golfer or anything amateur.
[US]J. Wambaugh New Centurions 24: Franklin was an all-American jock strapper. A high school letterman.
[US]P. Conroy Great Santini (1977) 321: Poor dumb jock of a brother. Your brain has begun to rot since basketball season started.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Spring 3: jock – an athlete. jockette – a female athlete.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 102: Caughey was also a jock, but more the Triathlon type, with a narrow face and a long chin.
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 18: An alternative to the sex-starved jockos and wily potheads and piranha greasers.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Between the Devlin 71: ‘[A] typical Australian jock half full of beer who’d root a goanna with a festered arse if someone would hold its head’.
[US]D. Gaines Teenage Wasteland 112: I ask about the jocks. ‘I know they rule the school because of the teams, but are they smart?’.
[Ire]P. Howard PS, I Scored the Bridesmaids 159: Come on, drop that rugby jock façade for an hour.
[UK] in Metro (London) 13 Apr. 23: Charges against three white US college ‘jocks’ accused of sexually assaulting a black stripper have been dropped.
[US](con. 1954) ‘Jack Tunney’ Tomato Can Comeback [ebook] Sporting news wasn’t the same, which was why I covered the jockstraps.
[US]T. Piccirilli Last Kind Words 140: A lot of jocks milled about in torn T-shirts.
[Scot]T. Black ‘Killing Time in Las Vegas’ in Killing Time in Las Vegas [ebook] He and his Jock buddies used to ride me, bitch-slapping me and calling me Hom’-Boy.
[US]I. Fitzgerald Dirtbag, Massachusetts 67: Surrounded by superjocks, I began to obsess over my body.

4. (US campus) a politically conservative, white, middle-class young man.

[US]N.Y. Times 12 May 4:13: Some students and faculty members [...] smear all anti-strike students with the blanket label of ‘jocks’.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 2 July 12: That tranche of alienated youngsters [...] will – ironically – see the jocks and prom queens triumph over them.

5. (US campus) as ext. of sense 3, a devoted and diligent student, e.g. math jock, computer jock.

[US]Baker et al. CUSS 145: Jock [...] A person who does well academically.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 285: Some overheated company jock would come running in with spectacular good news.
[UK]Times (London) 12 Apr. 2/7: An American ‘shock-jock’, has been suspended from his show on CBS Radio [...] after calling members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team ‘nappy-headed hos’.

6. (US) a stupid, unimaginative person, a nerd.

[US]G.V. Higgins Cogan’s Trade (1975) 54: Construction jocks, that’s all there is [...] three or four of them, sitting in their cars.
[UK]Observer Mag. 13 June 59: The jock [...] reported for swerving dangerously and littering on a motorway.
[UK]N. Macdonald Graffiti Subculture xi: Jock: A sycophant or wannabe.

7. see jocker n.1 (3)

In derivatives


(US) ostentatiously masculine / heterosexual.

B. Koeler ‘Be My Alibi’ in ThugLit Sept. [ebook] [W]hat jocked-out straight guy would think to pretend he’s batting for the other team?
jocky (adj.)

sporty, ostentatiously ‘masculine’.

[US]W.D. Myers Cruisers: Checkmate 51: I didn’t like Mr. Weinstein [...] He was a gym teacher and kind of jocky.
[US]J. Stahl OG Dad 53: Dr Tiny’s partners, who, while doubtless great guys, have all the jocky, golden boy swagger of Texas high school quarterbacks.

In compounds

jock major (n.)

(US campus) a student who majors in physical education.

[US]D. Simmons ‘Terms Used in a Men’s Dormitory’ in AS XLII:4 229: jock major, n.phr. Any male student majoring in physical education.
jock-piece (n.)

(US) the penis.

[US]T. Dreiser in Riggio Diaries (1982) 377: Each had to do a stunt and he who failed had to produce his jock-peice [sic].
jock-rot (n.) (also jock itch, jock rash)

(US) a fungal infection of the genital area, common amongst atghletes and stimulated by steam rooms, e.g. gymns, laundries.

[US]G.L. Coon Meanwhile, Back at the Front (1962) 271: ‘Stop squirming, sergeant.’ ‘I’ve hot jock itch, colonel.’.
[UK]G. Freeman Undergrowth of Lit. (1969) 75: Medical tips on getting rid of ‘jock itch, simple ringworm and crabs’.
[US](con. 1970) J.M. Del Vecchio 13th Valley (1983) 419: I, ah, got some cuts en some jock rot.
[Aus]B. Robinson Aussie Bull 38: [A] very bad case of the dreaded jock itch.
[US]J. Wambaugh Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 115: Chapped lips. Jock rot to the knees.
[US]Mad mag. July 46: Messing around with a porno queen. He could get every disease in the book! Except jock itch!
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 227: ‘Talcum powder,’ he said. ‘Men?’ ‘Jock itch,’ said Birkerts.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 116: I have a rash [...] It’s a bad jock itch and it’ll spread if I’m not careful.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 265: ‘You shaved yourself?’ Holly asked. ‘Had to,’ he said. ‘Jock rash’.
jocksniffer (n.) [joc. use of sense 1 above + SE sniffer; note reported 2003 US Army use, a civilian who is very wrapped up in military affairs]

(US) a (presumably male) sports groupie who likes to hang around sports stars or well-muscled, macho men.

(con. 1960s) D. Meggyesy Out of Their League 87: The players called guys like this ‘jock-sniffers.’ They were wealthy Syracusians who would contribute to the under-the-table fund for the privilege of rubbing shoulders with big-name football players [HDAS].
[US]USA Today 12 Sept. 2A: His attorney calls him ‘a pitiful little jock-sniffer’ who enjoyed fraternizing with baseball stars [HDAS].
[US] in M. Harris Tale Maker 14: I once saw a jock-sniffer pay one hundred dollars once for a ride on the team bus.
[US]M. Boloker Gym Rat 134: He was, as they say, a jock sniffer. But a rich one!
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 350: Albie’s a jock-sniffer. He collects tough guys.
jockstrap (n.)

1. (US) a stupid, insignificant fellow.

[US]A. Waldman World Anthol. 14: I get stuck with shithead Bobby Bellum, a real jockstrap.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 118: jock-strap [...] 2. a slow witted person; a dumbbell.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Nov. 5: jockitch – Also jockstrap, superjock.

2. see sense 3 above.

In phrases

black jock (n.)

1. the pubic hair.

[UK]A. Crawfurd Coll. Ballads and Songs (1975) I 167: Wi her black Jock and her belley so white.

2. (also brown jock, grey jock) the vagina.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
hang up one’s jock (v.) [hang up one’s... v.] (US)

to retire, to give up.

[US]J. Brosnan Long Season 88: ‘One close shave like this,’ said [Sal Maglie], ‘and I hang up my jock’ .
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Spring 3: hang up his jock – give up: He’s missed fifteen classes and failed all the tests [...] He might as well hang up his jock.
[US]D. Jenkins Rude Behavior 164: I’ve always known my limitations. It’s time to hang up my jock’.
Bosworth Interview at 🌐 When the doctor told me I had to hang up my jock, I told him, ‘Forget it man, you think the Boz hangs up his jock for some moron with a bunch of fancy diplomas?’.
knock someone’s jock off (v.) (also beat someone’s jock off)

(US) to overcome completely.

[US](con. WWII) A. Camerer Damned Wear Wings 104: ‘He beat my jock off,’ stated Mike Sawyer quietly. ‘I never took any beating like that — before or since.’.
[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 41: Shut your goddamn face before I knock your jock right off.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 118: The electronics have knocked the jocks off us.
M. Hendricks ‘Football Wives, Football Widows’ Mike At Night at 🌐 It is a pure adrenaline rush when your guy hits the other guy so hard it knocks his jock off. It returns us to our core.
lose one’s jock (v.)

(US) to be fooled.

[US]Current Sl. I & II 59: Lose [...] jock, v. to be fooled – normally used in sports.
on someone’s jock(strap)

(US) pursuing, esp. of a woman sexually harassing a man.

[US]Masters of Ceremony ‘Cracked Out’ 🎵 If you had it, every addict would be on your jock.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 45: Jock means crotch, so if someone is on your ‘jock’ [...] they’re on your crotch [...] It’s a metaphor, meaning that someone is bothering you because of your status, biting your style, and generally hang off you.
[US]Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry 🌐 on his/her/my/your jock obsessed with a guy or girl ‘Billy, why them hoochies on your jock?’.

In exclamations

suffer in your jocks!

(Aus.) dismissive phr. indicating a lack of sympathy with a complaining speaker.

Urban. Dict. 23 Aug. 🌐 suffer in your jocks An Australian expression wishing misfortune on the recipient, similar to ‘eat shit and die’.
[Aus]T. Spicer Good Girl Stripped Bare 8: This is a Queensland expression, used in such circumstances. It’s up there with ‘suffer in your jocks’.