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noun (1)

: athlete sense 1
especially : a school or college athlete
: a person devoted to a single pursuit or interest
computer jocks
: pilot
especially : a fighter pilot


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noun (2)

Examples of jock in a Sentence

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The growing friendship between the bookish student and the jock endeared viewers, but Aiken and Studdard also came from similar backgrounds, growing up in the South and singing in church. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 Priscilla’s Elvis is an insecure jock, a rudderless pretty boy with more charisma than talent who prefers the company of pistol-toting sycophants to anyone else. Andrew Marzoni, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 What started as a simple 90-minute screenplay — a romance between a basketball jock (Troy) and a science nerd (Gabriella) with a shared love of singing — had ballooned into one of the most successful children’s TV institutions of all time. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 Stanley, for instance, is a good-natured jock who lacks confidence academically who is chosen by Ayizan, a Loa associated with knowledge. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 On October 8, the fashionable jock, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, was photographed wearing said pants just before taking on the Minnesota Vikings. Glamour, 10 Oct. 2023 The jock’s story played out like a Fast and Furious film, for instance, while the band geek’s was a musical. Andrew Webster, The Verge, 3 Oct. 2023 The movie’s wry gender subversions extend to its ridiculous depiction of PJ and Josie’s male peers, specifically the jocks, who spend the entire movie in their football uniforms. Maya Phillips, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2023 Sports jocks and computer nerds spent a lifetime at odds with each other. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)


First Known Use

Noun (1)

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun (2)

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of jock was in 1826

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“Jock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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