bollocks

plural noun

bol·​locks ˈbä-ləks How to pronounce bollocks (audio)
1
chiefly British, usually vulgar : testicles
2
chiefly British, usually vulgar : nonsense

Examples of bollocks in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of ballocks, plural of ballock testis, from Middle English, from Old English bealluc — more at ball

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bollocks was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bollocks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bollocks. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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