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A cockblock is a slang term for an intentional, or sometimes unintentional action that serves to prevent someone from having sexual intercourse with a partner.[1][2]

Such behavior is often motivated by jealousy, or competitiveness, although it is sometimes accidental, or inadvertent. A cockblock, or cockblocker, is a person who engages in such obstruction or intervention.[3][4]

Social research has documented norms among male peer groups that view "cockblock" behavior as negative, which may make men less likely to intervene as bystanders in situations of interpersonal violence.[5][6] The terms appears to date at least to 1972, when Edith Folb documented its use by urban black teenagers.[7]


  1. ^ Folb, Edith. Runnin’ down some lines, Society, Volume 18, Number 1 (1980), 63–71 ("There are a number of expressions in the vernacular that characterize one person's attempt to interrupt, impede, or totally sabotage another's action – to cock block ...")
  2. ^ Stark, John et al. The Dictionary of Love, p. 67 (2008)
  3. ^ Sallee, Margaret W. & Frank Harris III. Gender performance in qualitative studies of masculinities, Qualitative Research 11.4 (2011): 409–429, at 419–20 (including research subject interview defining term)
  4. ^ Wilser, Jeff. The Maxims of Manhood: 100 Rules Every Real Man Must Live By, pp. 171–72 (2009)
  5. ^ Casey, Erin A. & Kristin Ohler. "Being a Positive Bystander: Male Antiviolence Allies' Experiences of Stepping Up", Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(1): 62–83, at 75 (2011)
  6. ^ "Being in a Room with Like-Minded Men": An Exploratory Study of Men's Participation in a Bystander Intervention Program to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence, The Journal of Men's Studies, 19(1):3–18 (2011)
  7. ^ Dawgspeak: The Slanguage Dictionary of The University of Georgia, Retrieved May 29, 2012 (citing 1972 E. A. FOLB Compar. Study Urban Black Argot Mar. 135 "Cock block, to interfere with a male's attempt to ‘win over’ a female.")