nounslang, humorous British
1With the. In plural or attributive A non-specific affliction, disease, or illness.
2In plural The testicles.
1950s; earliest use found in Spike Milligan (1918–2002), comedian and author. Origin uncertain. Apparently an invented nonsense word first used on the Goon Show, a British comedy radio programme broadcast in the 1950s and 1960s: see quot. 1956 at sense 1.