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jock

A jock is a serious athlete, someone who enjoys and is good at sports. Your cousin the jock might encourage you to try out for the football team even if what you love is playing chess and acting in plays.

The noun jock, which is mostly used for people who are excellent at physical challenges and sports, can also be used for someone with a non-sporty interest, like a music jock or a computer jock. Before it gained its "athlete" meaning, jock was shorthand for jockstrap, supportive underwear that's often worn by male athletes.

Definitions of jock
  1. noun
    a person trained to compete in sports
    synonyms: athlete
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    Richard D. Fosbury
    United States athlete who revolutionized the high jump by introducing the Fosbury flop in the 1968 Olympics (born in 1947)
    Robert Bruce Mathias
    United States athlete who won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon (born in 1930)
    James Cleveland Owens
    United States athlete and Black American whose success in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin outraged Hitler (1913-1980)
    James Francis Thorpe
    outstanding United States athlete (1888-1953)
    Mildred Ella Didrikson Zaharias
    outstanding United States athlete (1914-1956)
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    acrobat
    an athlete who performs acts requiring skill and agility and coordination
    amateur
    an athlete who does not play for pay
    ball hawk
    a team athlete who is skilled at stealing or catching the ball
    ballplayer, baseball player
    an athlete who plays baseball
    basketball player, basketeer, cager
    an athlete who plays basketball
    climber
    someone who climbs as a sport; especially someone who climbs mountains
    cricketer
    an athlete who plays cricket
    football player, footballer
    an athlete who plays American football
    gymnast
    an athlete who is skilled in gymnastics
    hockey player, ice-hockey player
    an athlete who plays hockey
    hooker
    (rugby) the player in the middle of the front row of the scrum who tries to capture the ball with the foot
    hurdler
    an athlete who runs the hurdles
    jumper
    an athlete who competes at jumping
    lacrosse player
    an athlete who plays lacrosse
    letterman
    an athlete who has earned a letter in a school sport
    Olympian
    an athlete who participates in the Olympic games
    pentathlete
    an athlete who competes in a pentathlon
    pro, professional
    an athlete who plays for pay
    runner
    a trained athlete who competes in foot races
    sharpshooter
    an athlete noted for accurate aim
    shot putter
    an athlete who competes in the shot put
    skater
    someone who skates
    skier
    someone who skis
    sledder
    someone who rides a sled
    soccer player
    an athlete who plays soccer
    sport, sportsman, sportswoman
    someone who engages in sports
    striker
    a forward on a soccer team
    reserve, second-stringer, substitute
    an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
    swimmer
    a trained athlete who participates in swimming meets
    swinger
    someone who swings sports implements
    tennis player
    an athlete who plays tennis
    pole jumper, pole vaulter, vaulter
    an athlete who jumps over a high crossbar with the aid of a long pole
    lifter, weightlifter
    an athlete who lifts barbells
    winger
    (sports) player in wing position
    aerialist
    an acrobat who performs in the air (as on a rope or trapeze)
    back
    (football) a person who plays in the backfield
    backstroker
    someone who swims the backstroke
    balancer
    an acrobat who balances himself in difficult positions
    ball carrier, runner
    (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play
    base runner, runner
    a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)
    batsman, batter, hitter, slugger
    (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
    bench warmer
    (sports) a substitute who seldom plays
    blocker
    a football player whose responsibility is to block players attempting to stop an offensive play
    bounder, leaper
    someone who bounds or leaps (as in competition)
    bowler
    a cricketer who delivers the ball to the batsman in cricket
    breaststroker
    someone who swims the breaststroke
    center
    (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
    center
    (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
    circus acrobat
    an acrobat who performs acrobatic feats in a circus
    contortionist
    an acrobat able to twist into unusual positions
    cornerback
    a defensive football player stationed outside the linebackers
    diver, plunger
    someone who dives (into water)
    dribbler
    a basketball player who is dribbling the ball to advance it
    dunker
    a basketball player who is able to make dunk shots
    escalader
    someone who gains access by the use of ladders
    fielder, fieldsman
    a member of the cricket team that is fielding rather than batting
    fielder
    a member of the baseball team that is in the field instead of at bat
    football hero
    a football player who has achieved a reputation for success
    forward
    the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
    free agent
    (sports) a professional athlete who is free to sign a contract to play for any team
    funambulist, tightrope walker
    an acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope
    goalie, goalkeeper, goaltender, netkeeper, netminder
    the soccer or hockey player assigned to protect the goal
    guard
    the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team
    hopper
    someone who hops
    ice-skater
    someone who engages in ice skating
    kicker
    a player who kicks the football
    langlaufer
    a cross-country skier
    line backer, linebacker
    a defensive football player who takes a position close behind the linemen
    lineman
    one of the players on the line of scrimmage
    little leaguer
    a player between 8 and 12 years of age who is a member of a little-league team
    luger, slider
    someone who races the luge
    big leaguer, major leaguer
    a member of a major-league baseball team
    long-distance runner, marathon runner, marathoner, road runner
    someone who participates in long-distance races (especially in marathons)
    miler
    a runner in a one-mile race
    bush leaguer, minor leaguer
    a player on a minor-league baseball team
    mountain climber, mountaineer
    someone who climbs mountains
    pinch hitter
    (baseball) a substitute for the regular batter
    hurler, pitcher, twirler
    (baseball) the person who does the pitching
    pass catcher, pass receiver, receiver
    a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass
    receiver
    the tennis player who receives the serve
    cragsman, rock climber
    a climber of vertical rock faces
    roller-skater
    someone who engages in roller skating
    semipro, semiprofessional
    an athlete who plays for pay on a part-time basis
    skateboarder
    someone who skates on a skateboard
    ski jumper
    a skier who leaps through the air (especially on a ski jump)
    skinny-dipper
    a naked swimmer
    outdoor man, sporting man
    someone who enjoys outdoor activities
    sprinter
    someone who runs a short distance at top speed
    tackler
    a football player who tackles the ball carrier
    professional tennis player, tennis pro
    someone who earns a living playing or teaching tennis
    tobogganist
    someone who rides a toboggan
    tumbler
    a gymnast who performs rolls and somersaults and twists etc.
    utility man
    a baseball player valued for the ability to play at several positions
    wicket-keeper
    stands behind the wicket to catch balls
    wing
    a hockey player stationed in a forward position on either side
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    contestant
    a person who participates in competitions
  2. noun
    a support for the genitals worn by men engaging in strenuous exercise
    synonyms: athletic supporter, jockstrap, supporter, suspensor
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    man's clothing
    clothing that is designed for men to wear
    protective garment
    clothing that is intended to protect the wearer from injury
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