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bollocks (ˈbɒləks Pronunciation for bollocks or ballocks or (US) bollix (ˈbɒlɪks Pronunciation for bollix (slang)


plural noun

  1. another word for testicles See testicle
  2. nonsense; rubbish


  1. an exclamation of annoyance, disbelief, etc
  2. See the bollocks

verb (usually followed by up)

  1. to muddle or botch
Both its anatomical senses and its various extended senses nowadays have far less impact than they used to, and seem unlikely to cause offence, though some older or more conservative people may object. The fact that shops displaying the Sex Pistols' album containing this word were charged with offences defined in 19th-century Indecent Advertisement and Vagrancy Acts now seems hard to credit

Word Origin

Old English beallucas, diminutive (pl) of beallu (unattested); see ball1

Example Sentences Including 'bollocks'

FIRST it was bugger, now the word bollocks has been declared acceptable for use in advertising.
Misc (1999)
Getting drunk, and smoking and talking bollocks about nothing.
John Walsh ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?: A Life Through the Movies (2004)
She said she just suddenly thought she didn't need to put up with this bollocks.
Bénédicte Newland and Pascale Smets AND GOD CREATED THE AU PAIR (2005)
Sir: Martin Howe's contention (Letters 31 July) that adolescence is a time for experimentation and discovery is frankly, bollocks.
Independent (1998)
Sky executives go on all the time about their success being based on multi channels, offering choice, all of which is bollocks.
Independent (1998)
They've even wheeled out Pink Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson to turn out some pseudo-symbolic old bollocks for the front cover.
NME (New Musical Express) (2002)
When someone takes a hold of your bollocks , whether to twist'em or to stroke'em, just lie back and think of me.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
You wanted Major Edwards" bollocks on a plate, I understand.
Kippax, Frank The Scar
``This is just a load of bollocks ,' he told The Sunday Mail.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)


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