4. fig. In plural.
a. Chiefly Irish English. A stupid, contemptible, or blundering man or boy.
1916 J. Joyce Portrait of Artist v. 272 I'm a ballocks—he said, shaking his head in despair.
1922 J. Joyce Ulysses ii. 280 Who's the old ballocks you were talking to?
1958 B. Behan Borstal Boy i. 81 He..had come through Borstal institutions, mostly, I would say, by sucking up to bullying big bollixes the likes of James.
1971 ‘H. Leonard’ Patrick Pearse Motel 14 Her and some bollix.
1999 D. Bolger Ladies' Night at Finbar's Hotel 46 He thought he was being clever, the gobshite—he asks, he asks, ‘Seeing as I'm so virtuous, would I consider myself a modest man?’ The fecking bollocks.
2003 Irish Times (Nexis) 12 Mar. 22 I'll be carrying a walking stick, no hair, no teeth and someone will say: ‘There's that bollix who rowed with Roy Keane.’
b. Nonsense, rubbish. Also (with singular concord): a mess, a muddle, confusion. Cf. ball n.1 12a.
1919 W. H. Downing Digger Dial. 12 Bollocks (n. or adj.), absurd; an absurdity.
1936 ‘G. Orwell’ Let. 3 Apr. (1968) I. 215 My novel..would have been out a month ago if it had not been for all that bollux about libel.
1939 J. Cary Mister Johnson 193 For God's sake, don't talk ballocks, Johnson.
1950 G. Wilson Brave Company (1951) ix. 159 Christ, what a bollocks.
1969 It 11–24 Apr. 15/3 It's really a load of bollocks.
1979 K. Amis Coll. Poems 133 All that double-think..Is the ballocks it always was.
1993 G. F. Newman Law & Order (rev. ed.) 531 It was ballocks, Pyle decided. It was grossly unfair.
2004 Boston Globe (Nexis) 25 Dec. a1 The system is a complete bollix, as far as I can tell.
---"bollocks," "ballocks," "bollix," "bollux" ... The "-ux/ix" versions have a kind of orthographically euphemistic flavor to them, at least for this recipient of the English language ...