• noun a boring, vacuous person. Supposedly a typical name for an earnest and tedious working-class or lower-middle-class male. The term was given humorous currency in the late 1970s and 1980s by joky references to the TV sports commentator Brian Johnson and a well-known sketch in the TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus concerning footballers. However, it was already heard among schoolboys in London in the late 1960s.