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This page is about the slang term jock

American English

Meaning: an athlete, sportsman

For example:

  • Betty's new boyfriend is one of the jocks on the football team.

  • In our high school, most of the guys are either jocks or geeks.

Origin: possibly short for "jockstrap" (an athletic support)

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

The jocks are the guys who are

a. into music

b. into sports

c. into underwear

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Contributor: Matt Errey