1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

Captain Grose et al.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

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1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Captain Grose et al.
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Produced by Juliet Sutherland, Charles Franks and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team 1811 DICTIONARY OF THE VULGAR TONGUE. A DICTIONARY OF BUCKISH SLANG, UNIVERSITY WIT, AND PICKPOCKET ELOQUENCE.

UNABRIDGED FROM THE ORIGINAL 1811 EDITION WITH A FOREWORD BY ROBERT CROMIE COMPILED ORIGINALLY BY CAPTAIN GROSE.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

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1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

AND NOW CONSIDERABLY ALTERED AND ENLARGED, WITH THE MODERN CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS, BY A MEMBER OF THE WHIP CLUB. ASSISTED BY HELL−FIRE DICK, AND JAMES GORDON, ESQRS. OF CAMBRIDGE; AND WILLIAM SOAMES, ESQ. OF THE HON. SOCIETY OF NEWMAN'S HOTEL.

PREFACE.
The merit of Captain Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue has been long and universally acknowledged. But its circulation was confined almost exclusively to the lower orders of society: he was not aware, at the time of its compilation, that our young men of fashion would at no very distant period be as distinguished for the vulgarity of their jargon as the inhabitants of Newgate; and he therefore conceived it superfluous to incorporate with his work the few examples of fashionable slang that might occur to his observation. But our Jehus of rank have a phraseology not less peculiar to themselves, than the disciples of Barrington: for the uninitiated to understand their modes of expression, is as impossible as for a Buxton to construe the Greek Testament. To sport an Upper Benjamin, and to swear with a good grace, are qualifications easily attainable by their cockney imitators; but without the aid of our additional definitions, neither the cits of Fish−street, nor the boors of Brentford would be able to attain the language of whippism. We trust, therefore, that the whole tribe of second− rate Bang Ups, will feel grateful for our endeavour to render this part of the work as complete as possible. By an occasional reference to our pages, they may be initiated into all the peculiarities of language by which the man of spirit is distinguished from the man of worth. They may now talk bawdy before their papas, without the fear of detection, and abuse their less spirited companions, who prefer a good dinner at home to a glorious UP−SHOT in the highway, without the hazard of a cudgelling. But we claim not merely the praise of gratifying curiosity, or affording assistance to the ambitious; we are very sure that the moral influence of the Lexicon Balatronicum will be more certain and extensive than that of any methodist sermon that has ever been delivered within the bills of mortality. We need not descant on the dangerous impressions that are made on the female mind, by the remarks that fall incidentally from the lips of the brothers or servants of a family; and we have before observed, that improper topics can with our assistance be discussed, even before the ladies, without raising a blush on the cheek of modesty. It is impossible that a female should understand the meaning of TWIDDLE DIDDLES, or rise from table at the mention of BUCKINGER'S BOOT. Besides, Pope assures us, that "VICE TO BE HATED NEEDS BUT TO BE SEEN;" in this volume it cannot be denied, that she is seen very plainly; and a love of virtue is, therefore, the necessary result of perusing it. The propriety of introducing the UNIVERSITY SLANG will be readily admitted; it is not less curious than that of the College in the Old Bailey, and is less generally understood. When the number and accuracy of our additions are compared with the price of the volume, we have no doubt that its editors will meet with the encouragement that is due to learning, modesty, and virtue. DICTIONARY OF THE VULGAR TONGUE.

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ABBESS, or LADY ABBESS, A bawd, the mistress of a brothel. ABEL−WACKETS. Blows given on the palm of the hand with a twisted handkerchief, instead of a ferula; a jocular PREFACE. 2

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue punishment among seamen, who sometimes play at cards for wackets, the loser suffering as many strokes as he has lost games. ABIGAIL. A lady's waiting−maid. ABRAM. Naked. CANT. ABRAM COVE. A cant word among thieves, signifying a naked or poor man; also a lusty, strong rogue. ABRAM MEN. Pretended mad men. TO SHAM ABRAM. To pretend sickness. ACADEMY, or PUSHING SCHOOL. A brothel. The Floating Academy; the lighters on board of which those persons are confined, who by a late regulation are condemned to hard labour, instead of transportation.Campbell's Academy; the same, from a gentleman of that name, who had the contract for victualling the hulks or lighters. ACE OF SPADES. A widow. ACCOUNTS. To cast up one's accounts; to vomit. ACORN. You will ride a horse foaled by an acorn, i.e. the gallows, called also the Wooden and Three−legged Mare. You will be hanged.See THREE−LEGGED MARE. ACT OF PARLIAMENT. A military term for small beer, five pints of which, by an act of parliament, a landlord was formerly obliged to give to each soldier gratis. ACTEON. A cuckold, from the horns planted on the head of Acteon by Diana. ACTIVE CITIZEN. A louse. ADAM'S ALE. Water. ADAM TILER. A pickpocket's associate, who receives the stolen goods, and runs off with them. CANT. ADDLE PATE. An inconsiderate foolish fellow. ADDLE PLOT. A spoil−sport, a mar−all. ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE, who carries his flag on the main−mast. A landlord or publican wearing a blue apron, as was formerly the custom among gentlemen of that vocation. PREFACE. 3

It went much against the grain with him. all−a−mort? SHAKESPEARE. ready to swear any thing for hire. and unable to attend Chapel. or against his pluck. (i. the latter are supposed to represent the gold chain worn by those magistrates. turned adrift. drawn on persons who have no effects of the drawer. or it is all holiday PREFACE. or. A certificate from the apothecary that you are INDISPOSED. though more vulgarly. ALL HOLIDAY. Loose. ruined. SEA PHRASE. impatient: from the Italian AGOGARE. but that he can STRUM A PIECE. eager. AGROUND. ALDERMAN. SEA PHRASE. and other courts of justice. He sports an Aegrotat. any thing disagreeable happening after all consequences of the cause have been thought at an end. AIR AND EXERCISE. ALL−A−MORT. confounded. What. One who from drunkenness vomits into the lap of the person sitting opposite to him.e. (CAMBRIDGE). or Hall. It does not follow.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue ADMIRAL OF THE NARROW SEAS. Unwilling. however. e. at the cart's a−se. A draught on the pump at Aldgate. said to attend Westminster Hall. like a boat or vessel aground. AGOG. a charge for pretended omissions. Struck dumb. as it is generally. ALE POST. AFFIDAVIT MEN. An alehouse keeper. AEGROTAT. ALL−A−GOG. He has had air and exercise. he has been whipped at the cart's tail. ADRIFT. ALE DRAPER.e. stopped. a bad bill of exchange. Anxious. ALDGATE. AFTER−CLAP. at a loss. it was much against his inclination. AGAINST THE GRAIN. sweet one. expressed. Stuck fast. he is sick. Knights of the post. in short. i. discharged. i. or sport a pair of oars. to desire eagerly. 4 . A demand after the first given in has been discharged.) to go to chapel. A roasted turkey garnished with sausages. or false witnesses. It is all holiday at Peckham. A may−pole.

AMEN CURLER. i.) AMBIDEXTER. frequently played on board ships in the warm latitudes. He was beat all hollow. A parish clerk. The five alls is a country sign. I pay for all. he had no chance of conquering: it was all hollow. a bishop in pontificals. motto. A verbal or lump account. (See Mrs. A trick to duck some ignorant fellow or landsman. The person intended to be ducked plays the Ambassador. and after repeating a ridiculous speech dictated to him. I pray for all: third. such as is commonly produced at bawdy−houses. ALL NATIONS. spunging−houses. Vide DUTCH RECKONING. he falls backwards into the tub of water. I fight for all: fifth. It is thus managed: A large tub is filled with water. A lawyer who takes fees from both plaintiff and defendant. fully accoutred. is led in great form up to the throne. collected in a vessel into which the drainings of the bottles and quartern pots are emptied. who rising suddenly as soon as he is seated. ALL HOLLOW. See HOLLOW. A composition of all the different spirits sold in a dram−shop. I govern all: the second. AMBASSADOR. AMEN. a lawyer in his gown. or that goes snacks with both parties in gaming. The first is a king in his regalia. ALTITUDES. it was a decided thing from the beginning. Over the whole is thrown a tarpaulin. motto. PREFACE.e. AMBASSADOR OF MOROCCO.e.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue with him. He said Yes and Amen to every thing. motto. Clarke's Examination. I plead for all: fourth: a soldier in his regimentals. The man is in his altitudes. ALLS. who are to represent the king and queen of a foreign country. and seated between the king and queen. motto. or a hollow thing. or old sail: this is kept tight by two persons. and are seated on the stools. his motto. without particulars. and two stools placed on each side of it. he is drunk. 5 . ALTAMEL. a poor countryman with his scythe and rake. A Shoemaker. each having a motto under him. a saying signifying that it is all over with the business or person spoken of or alluded to. he agreed to every thing. representing five human figures. i.

Begging out of a prison window with a cap. A girl who is got with child. A halter. St. To let go an anchor to the windward of the law. and is always represented with a swine's bell and a pig. PREFACE. Rogues who carried snuff or dust in their pockets. which they threw into the eyes of any person they intended to rob.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue AMINADAB. steal goods out of shop−windows. AMUSERS. or such like devices. to delude shop−keepers and others. St. to keep within the letter of the law. and it was in those days considered an act of charity and religion to feed them. or box.e. Pilferers. who. ANGLING FOR FARTHINGS. ANTHONY or TANTONY PIG. Anthony's pig. thereby to put them off their guard.e. i. To fling dust or snuff in the eyes of the person intended to be robbed. Bring your a−se to an anchor. is said to have sprained her ankle. grates. SEA WIT. and running away. Some derive this saying from a privilege enjoyed by the friars of certain convents in England and France (sons of St. their accomplices (pretending to assist and pity the half−blinded person) took that opportunity of plundering him. or one whose knees knock together. let down at the end of a long string. ANODYNE NECKLACE. sit down. to cuff Jonas. ANCHOR. till they obtained some of them. or petty thieves. Within ames ace.To follow like a tantony pig. ANKLE. TO AMUSE. whose swine were permitted to feed in the streets. TO KNOCK ANTHONY. Anthony). nearly. 6 . A pickpocket caught in the fact. The favourite or smallest pig in the litter. ANABAPTIST. CANT. to follow close at one's heels. Said of an in−kneed person. A jeering name for a Quaker. with a stick having a hook at the end. AMES ACE. See JONAS. also to invent some plausible tale. and punished with the discipline of the pump or horse−pond. also those who draw in or entice unwary persons to prick at the belt. These swine would follow any one having greens or other provisions. i. Anthony the hermit was a swineherd. ANGLERS. very near.

that is. Barbarous Latin. and then to salute them with the title of April Fool. APPLE−PYE BED. Any one imposed on. To manoeuvre the apostles. and such like contrivances. like what is called a turnover apple−pye.) Men who are plucked. A man's penis.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue APE LEADER. male relations. to use hard or gallipot words: from the assumed gravity and affectation of knowledge generally put on by the gentlemen of this profession. who are commonly as superficial in their learning as they are pedantic in their language. APOSTLES. it is said. sending persons on absurd messages.e. i. where the sheets are so doubled as to prevent any one from getting at his length between them: a common trick played by frolicsome country lasses on their sweethearts. An old maid. knock or throw him down. AQUA PUMPAGINIS. Down with his apple−cart. APPLE DUMPLIN SHOP. APRIL FOOL. for neglecting increase and multiply. in Ireland Bog Latin. rob Peter to pay Paul. APPLE CART. to impose on every one they can. An estate held by a man during his wife's life. This is also practised in Scotland under the title of Hunting the Gowke. and servants. ARCH DUKE. will be. leading apes in hell. on the first of April. To talk like an apothecary. vulgarly called Dog Latin. APOTHECARY'S. A comical or eccentric fellow. ARBOR VITAE. refused their degree. or LAW LATIN. their punishment after death. PREFACE. which day it is the custom among the lower people. 7 . Pump water. by dropping empty papers carefully doubled up. APRON STRING HOLD. (CAMBRIDGE. A long bill. or visitors. children. APOTHECARY'S BILL. APOSTLES. APOTHECARIES LATIN. A bed made apple−pye fashion. APOTHECARY. to borrow money of one man to pay another. A woman's bosom. or sent on a bootless errand.

having a large wig made out of oakum. Hot. To fall arsy varsey. The chief of a gang of thieves or gypsies. ARSY YARSEY. KING ARTHUR. waistcoat. DIMBER DAMBER UPRIGHT MAN. ARS MUSICA. coat. said of a careless person. to hang back. plundering. ARCH DELL. ARD. in conjunction with watermen. In his armour. and sometimes murdered. is seated on the side. ARTHUR. A bum fiddlle. robbed. pot valiant: to fight in armour. by all sorts of ridiculous gesticulations). He would lend his a−e and sh−te through his ribs. on the water. ARRAH NOW. ARTICLE. A game used at sea. and then becomes. A wench. ARMOUR. A handsome girl. frequently used by the vulgar Irish. she's a devilish good piece. Breeches. by picking a quarrel with the passengers in a boat. PREFACE. a hell of a GOER. or some old swabs. CANT. signifies the same in rank among the female canters or gypsies. till relieved by some brother tar. Every person in his turn is to be ceremoniously introduced to him. turn round. a saying of any one who lends his money inconsiderately. A species of badger. An unmeaning expletive. boarding it. See CDM. 8 . ARTICLES. let us take a sculler. A−e about. Rogues who. head over heels. Philips's ware. A boat or wherry. king Arthur. who has as little command over his muscles as himself. To hang an arse. or over a large vessel of water.e. when near the line. CANT. to be afraid to advance. crying. and articles. to make use of Mrs. A prime article. ARK RUFFIANS. or in a hot latitude. king Arthur! if during this ceremony the person introduced laughs or smiles (to which his majesty endeavours to excite him. ARK.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue ARCH ROGUE. or ARCH DOXY. ridiculously dressed. CANT. She's a prime article (WHIP SLANG). It is performed thus: A man who is to represent king Arthur. and to pour a bucket of water over him. stripping. he changes place with. hail. Let us take an ark and winns. ARSE. i. and throwing them overboard. He would lose his a−e if it was loose.

Pickpockets who practice in churches. ATHANASIAN WENCH. Dissenters of every denomination. CANT. also churchwardens and overseers of the poor. A Quakers' meeting−house. CANT. still deemed wit at sea. ASSIG. the culls are awake. a bawd or procuress: a title of eminence for the senior dells. AUTEM CACKLERS. Pretended French prophets. knowing the business. See BARGAIN. Acquainted with. Criminals in the stocks. such as was used at the building the tower of Babel. A common reply to any question. AUTEM QUAVERS. CANT. B BABES IN THE WOOD. CANT. Stow the books. ready to oblige every man that shall ask her. also a female beggar with several children hired or borrowed to excite charity. the fellows know what we intended to do. A church. AUTEM DIVERS. CANT. and formerly at court. or pillory. AUTEM CACKLETUB. CANT.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue ASK. CANT. Stealing brass weights off the counters of shops. or QUICUNQUE VULT. CANT. AUTEM QUAVER TUB. AUTEM BAWLER. A married woman. Confused. A parson. An assignation. Quakers. B 9 . hide the cards. CANT. unintelligible talk. AUTEM GOGLERS. who serve for instructresses. or AX MY A−E. under the denomination of selling bargains. midwives. AVOIR DU POIS LAY. AWAKE. AUTEM PRICKEARS. Anabaptists. A conventicle or meeting−house for dissenters. BABBLE. AUTEM. AUNT. Mine aunt. CANT. AUTEM DIPPERS. See DELLS. A forward girl. for the dells. AUTEM MORT.

I see somebody has offended you. One of his majesty's bad bargains. that number of rolls being allowed to the purchasers of a dozen. and is at liberty. BACON FED. wanton baggage. BACK GAMMON PLAYER. A sodomite. into which they threw the bodies of those they murdered. that is. when angry. cunning baggage. a saying in ridicule of a bad voice. BAD BARGAIN. or old square−toes. An allusion also sometimes used to jeer a crooked man. in his absence. women and children. an expression or idea taken from a cat. as. that animal. BADGERS. his eyes are directed as many ways as the points of a bag of nails. BACK UP. Sir. backed. Dead. BAG. he longs to have his father on six men's shoulders. e. Parish Pensioners. So. Cant. Cant. and piked. i. i. BACKED. BACON. BADGE−COVES. His bosom friends are become his back biters. i. Also a familiar epithet for a woman. B 10 .e. a malingeror. He has a good voice to beg bacon. Fourteen. See MALINGEROR. His back is up. A crew of desperate villains who robbed near rivers. or GENTLEMAN OF THE). The same. Fat. BACK DOOR (USHER. A term used for one burned in the hand. He has saved his bacon. originally the BACCHANALS. a worthless soldier. i. for your back is up. he was burned in the hand. left them. Full−faced. he has escaped. Heavy baggage. carrying to the grave. He gave them the bag. One who slanders another behind his back. BADGE.e. greasy. He squints like a bag of nails. always raising its back. BAKERS DOZEN. said of a lousy man. he is offended or angry. Cant. BAGGAGE. BAG OF NAILS. as.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BACK BITER. He has got his badge. He wishes to have the senior. The old BAG OF NAILS at Pimlico.e. BACON−FACED.

Mine a−se on a bandbox.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BAKER−KNEE'D. Great. BALUM RANCUM. TO BAM. Well done. To beat. an answer to the offer of any thing inadequate to the purpose for which it is proffered. BALSAM. also a vulgar nick name for a parson. hellish fine. the gentleman sports an elegant carriage and fine horses. A bang up cove. as if kneading dough. A nick name for a thresher. like offering a bandbox for a seat. BANGING. BANG STRAW. BALLOCKS. BALDERDASH. BANAGHAN. BANG UP. The testicles of a man or beast. Compleat. His brains are in his ballocks. B. nonsensical story. To bang up prime: to bring your horses up in a dashing or fine style: as the swell's rattler and prads are bang up prime. To make a fool of any one. Dashing. BANBURY STORY OF A COCK AND A BULL. Adulterated wine.) Quite the thing. One whose knees knock together in walking. He beats Banaghan. A roundabout. also to jeer or make fun of any one. also a very fierce mastiff: likewise. In a handsome stile. BANDBOX. A bailiff or his follower. Money. but applied B 11 . To impose on any one by a falsity. TO BAMBOOZLE. where the women are all prostitutes. a bandbox. an Irish saying of one who tells wonderful stories. A jocular imposition. TO BANG. BAM. the same as a humbug. (WHIP. See HUMBUG. A hop or dance. a dashing fellow who spends his money freely. a cant saying to designate a fool. N. a fine banging boy. BANDOG. Perhaps Banaghan was a minstrel famous for dealing in the marvellous. The company dance in their birthday suits. CANT. to humbug or impose on him.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue to all the servants of a farmer. BANKRUPT CART. A one−horse chaise, said to be so called by a Lord Chief Justice, from their being so frequently used on Sunday jaunts by extravagant shop−keepers and tradesmen. BANKS'S HORSE. A horse famous for playing tricks, the property of one Banks. It is mentioned in Sir Walter Raleigh's Hist. of the World, p. 178; also by Sir Kenelm Digby and Ben Jonson. BANTLING. A young child. BANYAN DAY. A sea term for those days on which no meat is allowed to the sailors: the term is borrowed from the Banyans in the East Indies, a cast that eat nothing that had life. BAPTIZED, OR CHRISTENED. Rum, brandy, or any other spirits, that have been lowered with water. BARBER'S CHAIR. She is as common as a barber's chair, in which a whole parish sit to be trimmed; said of a prostitute. BARBER'S SIGN. A standing pole and two wash balls. BARGAIN. To sell a bargain; a species of wit, much in vogue about the latter end of the reign of Queen Anne, and frequently alluded to by Dean Swift, who says the maids of honour often amused themselves with it. It consisted in the seller naming his or her hinder parts, in answer to the question, What? which the buyer was artfully led to ask. As a specimen, take the following instance: A lady would come into a room full of company, apparently in a fright, crying out, It is white, and follows me! On any of the company asking, What? she sold him the bargain, by saying, Mine a−e. BARGEES. (CAMBRIDGE.) Barge−men on the river. BARKER. The shopman of a bow−wow shop, or dealer in second hand clothes, particularly about Monmouth−Street, who walks before his master's door, and deafens every passenger with his cries ofClothes, coats, or gownswhat d'ye want, gemmen?what d'ye buy? See BOW−WOW SHOP. BARKSHIRE. A member or candidate for Barkshire, said of one troubled with a cough, vulgarly styled barking. BARKING IRONS. Pistols, from their explosion resembling B 12

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the bow−wow or barking of a dog. IRISH. BARN. A parson's barn; never so full but there is still room, for more. Bit by a barn mouse, tipsey, probably from an allusion to barley. BARNABY. An old dance to a quick movement. See Cotton, in his Virgil Travesti; where, speaking of Eolus he has these lines, Bounce cry the port−holes, out they fly, And make the world dance Barnaby. BARNACLE. A good job, or snack easily got: also shellfish growing at the bottoms of ships; a bird of the goose kind; an instrument like a pair of pincers, to fix on the noses of vicious horses whilst shoeing; a nick name for spectacles, and also for the gratuity given to grooms by the buyers and sellers of horses. BARREL FEVER. He died of the barrel fever; he killed himself by drinking. BARROW MAN. A man under sentence of transportation; alluding to the convicts at Woolwich, who are principally employed in wheeling barrows full of brick or dirt. BARTHOLOMEW BABY. A person dressed up in a tawdry manner, like the dolls or babies sold at Bartholomew fair. BASKET. An exclamation frequently made use of in cock−pits, at cock−fightings, where persons refusing or unable to pay their losings, are adjudged by that respectable assembly to be put into a basket suspended over the pit, there to remain during that day's diversion: on the least demur to pay a bet, Basket is vociferated in terrorem. He grins like a basket of chips: a saying of one who is on the broad grin. BASKET−MAKING. The good old trade of basket−making; copulation, or making feet for children's stockings. BASTARD. The child of an unmarried woman. BASTARDLY GULLION. A bastard's bastard. TO BASTE. To beat. I'll give him his bastings, I'll beat him heartily. BASTING. A beating.

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1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BASTONADING. Beating any one with a stick; from baton, a stick, formerly spelt baston. BAT. A low whore: so called from moving out like bats in the dusk of the evening. BATCH. We had a pretty batch of it last night; we had a hearty dose of liquor. Batch originally means the whole quantity of bread baked at one time in an oven. BATTNER. An ox: beef being apt to batten or fatten those that eat it. The cove has hushed the battner; i.e. has killed the ox. BATCHELOR'S FARE. Bread and cheese and kisses. BATCHELOR'S SON. A bastard. BATTLE−ROYAL. A battle or bout at cudgels or fisty−cuffs, wherein more than two persons are engaged: perhaps from its resemblance, in that particular, to more serious engagements fought to settle royal disputes. BAWBEE. A halfpenny. Scotch. BAWBELS, or BAWBLES. Trinkets; a man's testicles. BAWD. A female procuress. BAWDY BASKET. The twenty−third rank of canters, who carry pins, tape, ballads, and obscene books to sell, but live mostly by stealing. Cant. BAWDY−HOUSE BOTTLE. A very small bottle; short measure being among the many means used by the keepers of those houses, to gain what they call an honest livelihood: indeed this is one of the least reprehensible; the less they give a man of their infernal beverages for his money, the kinder they behave to him. BAY FEVER. A term of ridicule applied to convicts, who sham illness, to avoid being sent to Botany Bay. BAYARD OF TEN TOES. To ride bayard of ten toes, is to walk on foot. Bayard was a horse famous in old romances, BEAK. A justice of−peace, or magistrate. Also a judge or chairman who presides in court. I clapp'd my peepers full of tears, and so the old beak set me free; I began to weep, and the judge set me free.

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1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BEAN. A guinea. Half bean; half a guinea. BEAR. One who contracts to deliver a certain quantity of sum of stock in the public funds, on a future day, and at stated price; or, in other words, sells what he has not got, like the huntsman in the fable, who sold the bear's skin before the bear was killed. As the bear sells the stock he is not possessed of, so the bull purchases what he has not money to pay for; but in case of any alteration in the price agreed on, either party pays or receives the difference. Exchange Alley. BEAR−GARDEN JAW or DISCOURSE. Rude, vulgar language, such as was used at the bear−gardens. BEAR LEADER. A travelling tutor. BEARD SPLITTER. A man much given to wenching. BEARINGS. I'll bring him to his bearings; I'll bring him to reason. Sea term. BEAST. To drink like a beast, i.e. only when thirsty. BEAST WITH TWO BACKS. A man and woman in the act of copulation. Shakespeare in Othello. BEATER CASES. Boots. Cant. BEAU−NASTY. A slovenly fop; one finely dressed, but dirty. BEAU TRAP. A loose stone in a pavement, under which water lodges, and on being trod upon, squirts it up, to the great damage of white stockings; also a sharper neatly dressed, lying in wait for raw country squires, or ignorant fops. BECALMED. A piece of sea wit, sported in hot weather. I am becalmed, the sail sticks to the mast; that is, my shirt sticks to my back. His prad is becalmed; his horse knocked up. BECK. A beadle. See HERMANBECK. BED. Put to bed with a mattock, and tucked up with a spade; said of one that is dead and buried. You will go up a ladder to bed, i.e. you will be hanged. In many country places, persons hanged are made to mount up a ladder, which is afterwards turned round or taken away, whence the term, "Turned off." BEDFORDSHIRE. I am for Bedfordshire, i.e. for going to bed. B 15

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BEDIZENED. Dressed out, over−dressed, or awkwardly ornamented. BED−MAKER. Women employed at Cambridge to attend on the Students, sweep his room, They will put their hands to any thing, and are generally blest with a pretty family of daughters: who unmake the beds, as fast as they are made by their mothers. BEEF. To cry beef; to give the alarm. They have cried beef on us. Cant.To be in a man's beef; to wound him with a sword. To be in a woman's beef; to have carnal knowledge of her. Say you bought your beef of me, a jocular request from a butcher to a fat man. implying that he credits the butcher who serves him. BEEF EATER. A yeoman of the guards, instituted by Henry VII. Their office was to stand near the bouffet, or cupboard, thence called Bouffetiers, since corrupted to Beef Eaters. Others suppose they obtained this name from the size of their persons, and the easiness of their duty, as having scarce more to do than to eat the king's beef. BEETLE−BROWED. One having thick projecting eyebrows. BEETLE−HEADED. Dull, stupid. BEGGAR MAKER. A publican, or ale−house keeper. BEGGAR'S BULLETS. Stones. The beggar's bullets began to fly, i.e. they began to throw stones. BEILBY'S BALL. He will dance at Beilby's ball, where the sheriff pays the music; he will be hanged. Who Mr. Beilby was, or why that ceremony was so called, remains with the quadrature of the circle, the discovery of the philosopher's stone, and divers other desiderata yet undiscovered. BELCH. All sorts of beer; that liquor being apt to cause eructation. BELCHER. A red silk handkerchief, intermixed with yellow and a little black. The kiddey flashes his belcher; the young fellow wears a silk handkerchief round his neck. BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE. They cursed him with bell, book, and candle; an allusion to the popish form of excommunicating and anathematizing persons who had offended the church. TO BEAR THE BELL. To excel or surpass all competitors, to B 16

BENE DARKMANS. BELLWETHER. generally adduced by female felons capitally convicted. Counterfeiters of passes. BELLOWS. BELLOWSER. where the victorious knights bore away the BELLE or FAIR LADY. An apron. A woman with child is also said to have got her belly full. Worshipfully. sufficient to make a man yield or give out. Others derive it from a horse−race. BENE FEAKERS OF GYBES. which they take care to provide for. His eye was bigger than his belly. whose harness is commonly ornamented with a bell or bells. BELLYFULL. BELLY TIMBER. BELLY CHEAT. The town crier. Counterfeiters of bills. where the wether has a bell about his neck. Transportation for life: i. where bells were frequently given as prizes. Cant. who takes more on his plate than he can eat. BELL SWAGGER. previous to their trials. BELLY. Cant. BENE COVE. every gaol having. Cant. A good fellow. or other strong liquor. as long. as the Beggar's Opera informs us. Cant. one or more child getters. BELLOWER. The chief or leader of a mob. an allusion to the fore horse or leader of a team. Good beer. BELLY PLEA. Goodnight. an idea taken from a flock of sheep. A noisy bullying fellow. a saying of a person at a table. A hearty beating. Food of all sorts. Cant. Some suppose it a term borrowed from an ancient tournament. The plea of pregnancy. or other rural contentions. The lungs. BENESHIPLY. Better. GoodBENAR.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue be the principal in a body or society. BENE. B 17 .e. BENE BOWSE. who qualify the ladies for that expedient to procure a respite. BENE FEARERS. Cant. Cant.

To the best in Christendom: i. bring the instrument to force the door. confounded. Supposed by the vulgar to be more binding than an oath taken on the Testament only. or post−horse. like those for Florence wine. BET. To lay a wager. A small instrument used by house−breakers to force open doors. BIBLE OATH. BENISH. for which purpose they bestride it like a French poney. BIBLE. an answer to any one that attempts to impose or humbug. That's my eye. See BROWN BESS. like the Mint in Southwark. also a fine hat. Jonson. BEST. she coaxed B 18 . Sea term. BETTY MARTIN. or CHICK−A−BIDDY. BESS. BIDET. or BETTY. A fool. out of one's senses. and figuratively a young wench. as being the bigger book. called in French bidets. Foolish. A boatswain's great axe. These privileges are abolished. the best **** in Christendom. and the dark lantern. beaver's fur making the best hats. a health formerly much in vogue. commonly pronounced BIDDY. are also called betties. Surprised.TO BET. Garnish money. Small flasks. BENISON.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BEN. BERMUDAS. BETWATTLED. Cant. privileged against arrests. An afternoon's luncheon. BESS. BIDDY. and generally containing both the Old and New Testament. Excellently. BEVERAGE.e. Ben. A kind of tub. A cant name for certain places in London. BEVER. contrived for ladies to wash themselves. The beggar's benison: May your ***** and purse never fail you. BIENLY. She wheedled so bienly. Bring bess and glym. also bewrayed. A chicken. A wager. or money for drink. demanded of any one having a new suit of clothes. Betty Martin.

where he describes the manner in which he lay in the buck−basket. BIRD−WITTED. Bing avast. or TO BISHOP. Philips's purses. To go. Bing we to Rumeville: shall we go to London? BINGO. BING. A mixture of wine and water. Cant. BINGO BOY. that is. Let us bilk the rattling cove. A female dram drinker. or abuse. Bilking a coachman. French. Inconsiderate. A widow's weeds. BILL OF SALE. get you gone. Cant. BIRDS OF A FEATHER. a box−keeper. Bilboa in Spain was once famous for well−tempered blades: these are quoted by Falstaff. To pay a bill at sight. were formerly. A term used among horse−dealers. Cant. easily imposed on. Bilboes. Also one of the largest of Mrs. into which is put a roasted orange. A dram drinker. BISHOP. Foul language. BILLINGSGATE LANGUAGE. Cant. and a poor whore. BINNACLE WORD. the stock. A sword. BILL AT SIGHT. See HOUSE TO LET. Cant. prison. thought gallant actions. let us cheat the hackney coachman of his fare. and where. for B 19 . stark naked. Rogues of the same gang. TO BILK. BILBOA. BIRTH−DAY SUIT. stole away in the night. Brandy or other spirituous liquor. Binged avast in a darkmans. used to contain the others. BINGO MORT. BIRD AND BABY. in their dealings and disputes. among men of the town.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue or flattered so cleverly. to be ready at all times for the venereal act. they are somewhat apt to leave decency and good manners a little on the left hand. The sign of the eagle and child. He was in his birth−day suit. Billingsgate is the market where the fishwomen assemble to purchase fish. which sailors jeeringly offer to chalk up on the binnacle. Cant. To cheat. thoughtless. A fine or affected word. BISHOPED.

A cheat. performing a female part: bitch there standing for woman. went burnt to. BITCH. Hark ye. even leaving their milk. BITCH BOOBY. To over−reach. The cull wapt the mort's bite. Formerly. a term used among printers. species for genius. A bit is also the smallest coin in Jamaica. also to steal. similar to the humbug. after he has lost it by age. or impose. to steal a portmanteau. to take its chance: which. To bite on the bridle. by bishoping. but can't be a bitch. even more provoking than that of whore. To yield. TO BISHOP the balls. A wench whose **** is ready to bite her a−se. It is a common saying of milk that is burnt too. equal to about sixpence sterling. or do the honours of the tea− table. cried. was said to be bishoped. to water them. To stand bitch. A bite! I am to be hanged in chains. the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman. he seized the man's money. rampant wench. or one incapable of keeping a secret BLACK AND WHITE. To bite the wiper. also a woman's privities. BLAB. on the fire. that the bishop has set his foot in it.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue burning the mark into a horse's tooth. BIT.To bite the roger. to make tea. A tell−tale. Cant. whether do they bite in the collar or the cod−piece? Water wit to anglers." TO BITCH. I have it in black and B 20 . Biting was once esteemed a kind of wit. all the inhabitants ran out of their houses to solicit his blessing. the fellow enjoyed the wench heartily. Giles's answer"I may be a whore. or give up an attempt through fear. An instance of it is given in the Spectator: A man under sentence of death having sold his body to a surgeon rather below the market price. A she dog. or doggess. friend. to be pinched or reduced to difficulties.Cant. a lascivious. as may he gathered from the regular Billinsgate or St. BITER. Money. He grappled the cull's bit. In writing. a horse is made to appear younger than he is. TO BITE. A country wench. on receiving the money. Military term. to steal a handkerchief. when a bishop passed through a village. BITE.

We gave the bottle a black eye. Newcastle upon Tyne. to black the boots and shoes of the soldiers. BLACK JACK. he cannot point out a blot in my character. To sing the black psalm. BLACK BOOK. The first Monday after the school−boys holidays. BLACK EYE. and produce or repeat the tasks set them. BLACKLEGS. perhaps. mean fellow.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue white.e. The greatest drawback on the farmer is the black fly. A nick name given to the Recorder by the Thieves. Cant. BLACK INDIES. BLACK PSALM. i. See MONOSYLLABLE. whose rich coal mines prove an Indies to the proprietors. were nick−named the black−guards. A gambler or sharper on the turf or in the cockpit: so called. A popular tune to a song. and Parade in St. or else from game−cocks whose legs are always black. the parson who takes tithe of the harvest. The art of picking a lock. "Her black joke and belly so white:" figuratively the black joke signifies the monosyllable. having for the burden. or breaking up. A black book is keep in most regiments. These. BLACK JOKE. i. B 21 . when they are to go to school. BLACK MONDAY. or to do any other dirty offices. A lawyer. He cannot say black is the white of my eye. I have written evidence. BLACK BOX. drank it almost up. a term said to be derived from a number of dirty. i. BLACK A−SE. Cant. from their constant attendance about the time of guard mounting. A copper or kettle. BLACK FLY. from their appearing generally in boots.e. wherein the names of all persons sentenced to punishment are recorded. tattered roguish boys. A shabby. James's Park. BLACK JACK. He is down in the black book. BLACK ART. BLACK GUARD. who attended at the Horse Guards. has a stain in his character. to cry: a saying used to children. made of jacked leather.e. Cant. The pot calls the kettle black a−se. A jug to drink out of.

The Devil. BLEATERS. One who parts easily with his money. BLACK SPY. bag and soot. To BLAST. A small quantity over and above the measure. BLANK. To look blank. BLESSING. BLEATING RIG. A BLASTED FELLOW or BRIMSTONE. BLEEDING NEW. Sheep stealing. Spurs. and B 22 . He has licked the blarney stone. BLANKET HORNPIPE. Those cheated by Jack in a box. also port.See JACK IN A BOX. is figuratively used telling a marvellous story. Cant. be put spurs to his horse. courage. Cant.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BLACK SPICE RACKET. The amorous congress. The blarney stone is a triangular stone on the very top of an ancient castle of that name in the county of Cork in Ireland. beans. BLARNEY. BLACK STRAP. A task of labour imposed on soldiers at Gibraltar. or tips us the traveller. Bene Carlo wine. or bleeds freely. A metaphor borrowed from fish. and agility. whereof many are supposed to claim the honour. A sheep. Cant. Irish. or falsity. BLEEDERS. To rob chimney sweepers of their soot. A fair−complexioned wench. BLEEDING CULLY. Cant. and also sometimes to express flattery. BLEACHED MORT. which will not bleed when stale. usually given by hucksters dealing in peas. as a punishment for small offences. BLEATING CHEAT. To curse. was considered as a proof of perseverance. A calf. CANT. BLATER. so that to have ascended to it. to appear disappointed or confounded. extremely difficult of access. he deals in the wonderful. An abandoned rogue or prostitute. He clapped his bleeders to his prad. who never atchieved the adventure: and to tip the blarney.

A riotous disorderly fellow. or shift. must be blinded in his stead. BLIND CUPID. BLOOD. or alley. or shoplifter. BLIND. bloody rascal. BLINDMAN'S BUFF. BLOSS or BLOWEN. and taking payment in stockings. lane. BLOODY. The reward given by the legislature on the conviction of highwaymen.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue other vegetables. or alley. Night. BLIND HARPERS. BLIND CHEEKS. A term used by tradesmen for bartering the different commodities in which they deal. The backside. A blind ale−house. attempts to seize any one of the company. B 23 . To stand engaged or bound for any one. The game is blocked at both ends. darkness. alluding to his scarlet coat. Buss blind cheeks. BLOOD MONEY. A poor or insufficient excuse. Cant. pretence. BLIND EXCUSE. A feint. BLINDMAN'S HOLIDAY. BLOCK HOUSES. playing on fiddles. Thus a hatter furnishing a hosier with a hat. as bloody eyes. the person caught. Cant. is said to deal blood for blood. Finished. A jeering appellation for a soldier. The pretended wife of a bully. TO BLOT THE SKRIP AND JAR IT. the game is ended. A favourite word used by the thieves in swearing. BLOODY BACK. or little known or frequented ale−house. kiss mine a−se. Beggars counterfeiting blindness. lane. BLOOD FOR BLOOD. houses of correction. where one being blinded by a handkerchief bound over his eyes. burglars. The breech. who all endeavour to avoid him. Prisons. A play used by children. BLOCKED AT BOTH ENDS. an obscure.

to steal lead off houses or churches. perhaps. BLUE DEVILS. and drinks brandy. and shook him of his dummee and thimble. A pipe. Said of a large coarse woman. Thieves who steal lead off houses and churches.I have stopped the cull's blubber. BLOWEN. Cant. or disappointed. Cant. what a smoke the gentleman makes with his pipe. meant either by gagging or murdering him. he has stolen the goods. and hanging about her face. TO SPORT BLUBBER. BLUE FLAG. BLUE PIGEONS. I have stopped the fellow's mouth. BLUBBER CHEEKS. Cant. A mistress or whore of a gentleman of the scamp. A BLOWSE.e. To lie with a woman on the floor. To confess. terrified. Cant. The mouth. B 24 . an allusion to the blue aprons worn by publicans. BLOWER. BLOW−UP. A discovery. See ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE. How the swell funks his blower and lushes red tape.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BLOW. TO BLOW THE GROUNSILS. who exposes her bosom. To fly a blue pigeon. blue as azure. The blowen kidded the swell into a snoozing ken. A venereal bubo. or BLOWSABELLA. A woman whose hair is dishevelled. Blue as a razor. TO BLOW THE GAB. i. To cry. or taken a public house. BLUE BOAR. To look blue. hanging like the fat or blubber of a whale. a slattern. BLUBBER. TO BLUBBER. He has bit the blow. or the confusion occasioned by one. BLUE. the girl inveigled the gentleman into a brothel and robbed him of his pocket book and watch. or impeach a confederate. he has commenced publican. He has hoisted the blue flag. Large flaccid cheeks. Low spirits. to be confounded.

BLUFFER. Cant. BOG LANDER. BLUE RUIN. An inn−keeper. BOBBISH. spruce. also an impotent man. BOB. BLUE TAPE. disappointed. Bum bailiffs. gin. Smart. One of the blue squadron. to move off. to hector or bully. Money. BOARDING SCHOOL. BLUFF. To shift one's bob. or house of correction. or go away. Blue ribband. for carrying slugs. BODY OF DIVINITY BOUND IN BLACK CALF. BODY SNATCHERS. Cant. A sortment of George R's blue plumbs. A shoplifter's assistant. BOBBED. Fierce. a lick of the tar brush. BOB STAY. A rope which holds the bowsprit to the stem or cutwater. BLUNDERBUSS.Surfeited with a blue plumb. blundering fellow. BOB TAIL. the frenum of a man's yard. Bridewell. or any other prison. for a partridge. Figuratively. Ireland being famous for its B 25 . shot from soldiers' firelocks. BLUE SKIN. or one that receives and carries off stolen goods. wounded with a bullet. BLUNT. All is bob. a mob of all sorts of low people.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BLUE PLUMB. as it is termed. Newgate. BOB. To talk big. or an eunuch. or SKY BLUE. A shilling. or. A short gun. rag. TO BLUSTER. Gin. An Irishman. A bullet. Cheated. A lewd woman. a volley of ball. A person begotten on a black woman by a white man. To bear a bob. Also a term used by the sellers of game. A parson. any one having a cross of the black breed. also a stupid. and bobtail. tricked. to join in chorus with any singers. with a wide bore. all is safe. He looked as bluff as bull beef. clever. or one that plays with her tail. Tag. Cant. Gin. surly.

Whence. i. as if in doubt. Irish.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue large bogs. as an arrow set on its end. who so terrified his opponent Foh. BOH. As erect. exclaimed.e. Said to be the name of a Danish general. when we smell a stink. Seized. CANT.See DOG LATIN. Shut your bone box. He cannot say Boh to a goose. shut your mouth. he is a cowardly or sheepish fellow. BOG HOUSE. to go to stool. also means to swallow meat without chewing: the farmer's servants in Kent are famous for bolting large quantities of pickled pork. it is custom to exclaim. struck by his homely appearance and awkward manner.e. The necessary house. TO BOLT. a term borrowed from a rabbit−warren. by sending ferrets into their burrows: we set the house on fire. The mouth. A nick name for an apothecary. BOLUS. A footman. which every day takes a rogue by the collar. BONE BOX. Ask bogy. apprehended. There is a story related of the celebrated Ben Jonson. Barbarous Latin. To bolt. Foh! i. where the rabbits are made to bolt. who always dressed very plain. Dice.e. To run suddenly out of one's house. and APOTHECARIES LATIN. BOG TROTTER. through fear. or hiding place. BOLT UPRIGHT. The same. or straight up. B 26 . A blunt arrow. BONES. which furnish the chief fuel in many parts of that kingdom. BONE PICKER. BOG LATIN. "you Ben Johnson! why you look as if you could not say Boh to a goose!" "Boh!" replied the wit. that being introduced to the presence of a nobleman. the peer. Bold as a miller's shirt. BOGY. To go to bog. Sea wit. I smell general Foh. BOLT. BONED. that he caused him to bewray himself. ask mine a−se. and made him bolt. taken up by a constable. BOLD. i.

To ride in any one's old boots. BO−PEEP. NEVER TO BE WORTH A GROAT. A half borde. A nick name for a taylor. BORDELLO. BOOT CATCHER. One who sometimes hides himself. Talked to at both ears by different persons at the same time. To plant the books. BOTHERED or BOTH−EARED. cheating play. See CLODHOPPER and LOUT. to place the cards in the pack in an unfair manner. BOOBY HUTCH. a sixpence. A bawdy house. An awkward lout. BOOK−KEEPER. out of debt. The youngest officer in a regimental mess. A hard−trotting horse. Out of one's books. or on the watch. B 27 . BOOKS. BORDE. Also one who lies perdue. BOOBY. confused. buggy. or leathern bottle. snuff the candles. out of one's fevor. or DOG BOOBY. Out of his books. where the player purposely avoids winning. troublesome man or woman. BOOTS. See SKINK. whose duty it is to skink. To play booty. a term much in fashion about the years 1780 and 1781. Said of any person remarkably unsuccessful in his attempts or profession. BORE. or country fellow. one who bores the ears of his hearers with an uninteresting tale. A skin for holding wine. BOOTY. to stir the fire. A shilling. A bitch booby.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BONESETTER. to marry or keep his cast−off mistress. and sometimes appears publicly abroad. A tedious. A one−horse chaise. Cards to play with. confounded. also a nick name for a drunkard. commonly a goat's. BORN UNDER A THREEPENNY HALFPENNY PLANET. IRISH PHRASE. that is. and ring the bell. BORACHIO. is said to−play at bo−peep. The servant at an inn whose business it is to clean the boots of the guest. BOTCH. clodhopper. One who never returns borrowed books. noddy. a country wench.

Dog's flesh. BOUNCER. from whence they were cut. BOWYER. CANT. CANT. Drink. BOW−WOW. BOOSE. so called because the servant barks. from the explosion in drawing the cork. also a jeering appellation for a man born at Boston in America. A polite term for the posteriors. A bottle. Void of wit. with large hips and posteriors. BOUNG NIPPER. To bully a man out of any thing. BOW−WOW MUTTON. CANT. in the sporting sense. BOWSING KEN. BOTTLE−HEADED. He is up in the boughs. the lad bullied the gentleman out of the girl. from its being the most projecting part of the human face. A large man or woman. as the bowsprit is of a ship. A convivial society. as a bottomed horse. also a great lie. One that draws a long bow. BOUNCING CHEAT. The childish name for a dog. Also. An ale−house or gin−shop. The monosyllable. Wide in the boughs. a liar: perhaps from the wonderful shots frequently boasted of by archers. A cut purse. To brag or hector. a teller of improbable stories. Among bruisers it is used to express a hardy fellow. BOOSEY. The kiddey bounced the swell of the blowen. he is in a passion. Drunk. A purse. a dealer in the marvellous. BOTTOMLESS PIT. and the master bites. BOUNG. BOWSPRIT. or BOUSE. BOTTOM. B 28 . The nose.Formerly purses were worn at the girdle. BOUGHS. BOUGHS. who will bear a good beating. A salesman's shop in Monmouth−street. TO BOUNCE. also to tell an improbable story. See BARKER. BOW−WOW SHOP. strength and spirits to support fatigue.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BOTHERAMS.

Brandy is Latin for a goose. commemorated in a well−known ballad for the pliability of his conscience. impudent. to act contrary to one's interest. not only backwards or forwards. A child or infant. Red−faced. to know something. as if from drinking brandy. BRAZEN−FACED. BRAGGET. it is said. To say or repeat the mariner's compass. It is no bread and butter of mine. what a clever fellow you would be! a saying to a stupid fat fellow. To know on which side one's bread is buttered. to know one's interest. and thence called the Brace. a room in the S. one who frequently changes his principles. or what is best for one. He was christened by a baker.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO BOX THE COMPASS. in Berkshire. A sea term for masturbation. To have some guts in his brains. BRANDY. Mead and ale sweetened with honey.E. hard−featured. SEA TERM.To quarrel with one's bread and butter. a crime. BRACE. corner of the King's Bench. A vicar of Bray. Freckled. BRAN−FACED. BRAT. for the convenience of prisoners residing thereabouts. TO BOX THE JESUIT. The Brace tavern. BREAD AND BUTTER FASHION. much practised by the reverend fathers of that society. always siding with the strongest party: an allusion to a vicar of Bray. I won't intermeddle. BRAINS. where. but also to be able to answer any and all questions respecting its divisions. AND GET COCK ROACHES. BRAGGADOCIA. B 29 . a boaster. Bold−faced. One slice upon the other. Ugly. vain−glorious fellow. he carries the bran in his face. BRANDY−FACED. If you had as much brains as guts. It was kept by two brothers of the name of Partridge. I have no business with it. a memento to prevent the animal from rising in the stomach by a glass of the good creature. shameless. BRACKET−FACED. or rather. BRAY. beer purchased at the tap−house was retailed at a halfpenny per pot advance. John and his maid were caught lying bread and butter fashion.

i. let's draw him. BREAKING SHINS. To wear the breeches. BREEZE. BREAD BASKET. B 30 . particularly in the morning. out of employment. and CRAW THUMPER. i. An edition of the Bible printed in 1598. BRISTOL MAN. BRIDGE. Employment. Money in the pocket: the swell is well breeched. a term used by boxers. BRIM. let us rob him. perhaps from the figurative operation being. the gentleman has plenty of money in his pocket.e. BRISKET BEATER. The son of an Irish thief and a Welch whore. Out of bread. I gave him a blow in the stomach. or purposely to avoid winning.e. much drunk at that place. like the real one. BREAST FLEET. compared to brimstone for its inflammability. SEE BREAST FLEET. A Roman catholic. In bad bread. Borrowing money. in a disagreeable scrape. The stomach. BREAD. perhaps originally only a passionate or irascible woman. BREAK−TEETH WORDS. so as to deprive him of his turn of filling his glass.) An abandoned woman. Also to play booty. BREECHED. to kick up a dust or breed a disturbance. BREECHES. Hard words. or situation. an appellation derived from their custom of beating their breasts in the confession of their sins. wherein it is said that Adam and Eve sewed figleaves together. He or she belongs to the breast fleet. BREECHES BIBLE. extremely disagreeable to the patient. to pass one over. (Abbreviation of Brimstone. To raise a breeze. To make a bridge of any one's nose.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue because I shall get nothing by it. to push the bottle past him. is a Roman catholic. difficult to pronounce. a woman who governs her husband is said to wear the breeches. A Spanish wine called sherry. I took him a punch in his bread basket. and made themselves breeches. BRISTOL MILK.

builds in the same nest. also a great drinker. One who has a strong Irish pronunciation or accent. BROGANIER. Porter. BROWN GEORGE. the fellow broke open the trunk. A soldier BUSKIN. that is. A wig without powder. A particular kind of shoe without a heel. and then ran away. one skilled in the ar of boxing also an inferior workman among chasers. A player. To run away. A bumper. A soldier's firelock. in a reverie. CANT. Said of one absent. The cove cracked the peter and bought a brush. to lie with her. a full glass. A drinking bowl. to fight with him. STRING. similar to the undress wig worn by his majesty. BUNG. BROWN MADAM. See BUMPER. BROTHER OF THE BLADE. Strong beer. TO BRUSH. BUBBER. To hug brown Bess. An ammunition loaf. The monosyllable. BROWN STUDY. and once the best boxer of his day. or serve as a private soldier. a thief that steals plate from public houses. A brewer QUILL. A fiddler. Let us buy a brush and lope. BUB. let us go away or off. BROUGHTONIAN. A coachman. One who lies with the same woman. WHIP. to carry a firelock. worn in Ireland. B 31 . The fat scum from the pot in which salted beef is boiled.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BRITISH CHAMPAIGNE. BREWES. or BROWES. or MISS BROWN. or thoughtful. and figuratively used to signify the Irish accent. who was a beef−eater. BROGUE. To have a brush with a man. A boxer: a disciple of Broughton. BRUISER. To have a brush with a woman. BROWN BESS. BROTHER STARLING. A boxer. BRUSHER. An author.

to die. instead of real property. A cuckold. also a gay debauchee. There are in London divers lodges or societies of Bucks. The monosyllable. TO RUN A BUCK. BUDGE. notwithstanding which he drew coats of arms very neatly. and traversed the country. BUCK. BUBBLY JOCK. BUCK'S FACE. Beef and cabbage fried together. The party cheated. A turkey cock. BUCKET. BUCKLES. BUCK FITCH. Bail given by a sharper for one of the gang. which are only wind. A BUCK OF THE FIRST HEAD. Fetters. One that slips into houses B 32 . TO BUBBLE. A blind horse. BUCKEEN. perhaps from his being like an air bubble.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue THE BUBBLE.IRISH TERM. A lecherous old fellow. The venereal disease. The president is styled the Grand Buck. a blood or choice spirit. TO BAR THE BUBBLE. To poll a bad vote at an election. BUBBLE AND SQUEAK. To cheat. that he who lays the odds must always be adjudged the loser: this is restricted to betts laid for liquor. To kick the bucket. in Monkwell−street. A buck sometimes signifies a cuckold. BUCK BAIL. SCOTCH. To except against the general rule. shewing himself for money. filled with words. or SNEAKING BUDGE. It is so called from its bubbling up and squeaking whilst over the fire. Matthew Buckinger was born without hands and legs. BUBE. IRISH. about the year 1705. he was married to a tall handsome woman. One who in debauchery surpasses the rest of his companions. and could write the Lord's Prayer within the compass of a shilling. A bully. formed in imitation of the Free Masons: one was held at the Rose. BUCKINGER'S BOOT.

One that steals and kills horses and dogs for their skins. BUDGET. Confused. a thief's scout or spy. B 33 . BUFE NABBER. are said to bug the writ. He buffed it home. to stand the brunt. A wallet. Hats are composed of the furs and wool of divers animals among which is a small portion of beavers' fur. All in buff. BUFFER. don't move from hence. BUFF. as it is said. A cant word among journeymen hatters. signifying the exchanging some of the dearest materials of which a hat is made for others of less value. and I was served. and substituting in lieu thereof an equal weight of some cheaper ingredient. stupid. A dog stealer. BUFE. A dog. To swear as a witness.e. stay here. CANT.Bailiffs who take money to postpone or refrain the serving of a writ. A scare−babe. and I was found guilty. An upholsterer. bugs having. i. BUG. Also lambs' fur formerly used for doctors' robes. also an inn−keeper: in Ireland it signifies a boxer. a dog's head. BUFF. BUFFLE−HEADED. a term used to signify the notification of the taxes required by the minister for the expences of the ensuing year. CANT.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in the dark. TO BUDGE. as To−morrow the minister will go to the house. BUG−HUNTER. Bugging. To move. or quit one's station. Don't budge from hence. TO BUG. he swore hard against me. Bufe's nob. been introduced into Ireland by the English. Standing budge. and open the budget. To stand buff. is stealing the beaver. stark naked. whence they were called budge doctors. or bully−beggar. A man who takes an oath: generally applied to Jew bail. To open the budget. A nick name given by the Irish to Englishmen. BUGABOE. stript to the skin. BUFFER. to steal cloaks or other clothes.

BULKER. A blackguard. half a crown. beat the damned rascal. bounce. BULL CALF. Persons who over−drive bulls. or frequent bull baits. who lived in the reign of Henery VII. from one Obadiah Bull. the bulk jostles the party to be robbed. A crown piece. or bully. Two pickpockets. A horn: he wears the bull's feather. or becomes a lame duck. A crown−piece. To look like bull beef. a great whore−master. One who lodges all night on a bulk or projection before old−fashioned shop windows. BUGGY. An Exchange Alley term for one who buys stock on speculation for time. by a bull is now always meant a blunder made by an Irishman. IRISH. BULL BEGGAR. a blundering lawyer of London. A bull was also the name of false hair formerly much worn by women. at a stated price: if at that day stock fetches more than the price agreed on. BUGGER. BULL'S EYE. BULL CHIN. he is a cuckold.e. A one−horse chaise. Mill the bloody bugger. he either pays it. a rascal. or BULLY BEGGAR. handsome. A great hulkey or clumsy fellow. BULL. B 34 . and the file does the business. if it falls or is cheaper. See LAME DUCK and BEAR. BULL. agrees with the seller. or as bluff as bull beef. TO BULLOCK. BULL DOGS. to look fierce or surly. Pistols. a term of reproach. like raw head and bloody bones. BULK AND FILE. See HULKEY. and waddles out of the Alley. Town bull. Comely. BULL. called a Bear. A blunder. A half bull. A fat chubby child. BULL HANKERS. An imaginary being with which children are threatened by servants and nurses. i. BULL'S FEATHER.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BUGAROCH. to take a certain sum of stock at a future day. To hector. he receives the difference.

BUM TRAP. keep a good look out. and who also sometimes pretends to be the husband of one of the ladies. or ignorant young men. The backside. The gill bummed the swell for a thimble. the tradesman arrested the gentleman for a watch. A sheriff's officer who arrests debtors. Blackstone says. water. drams. See HECTOR. or backside. a kind of floating chandler's shop. who gives himself airs of great bravery. To arrest a debtor. A cowardly fellow. Highwaymen who attack passengers with paths and imprecations. the breech. A boat attending ships to retail greens. See ARS MUSICA. so called perhaps from following his prey. commonly rowed by a woman. and being at their bums. A brave man with a mild or effeminate appearance. who arrests debtors. One who foments quarrels in order to rob the persons quarrelling. hard at their a−ses. See GREENHORN. BULLY TRAP. Ware hawke! the bum traps are fly to our panney. the bailiffs know where our house is situated. a hector. BUM FODDER. BULLY RUFFIANS. one who is kept in pay. BUM BOAT. A schoolmaster. BUMFIDDLE. the breech. also the negro name for the private parts of a woman. to oblige the frequenters of the house to submit to the impositions of the mother abbess. BULLY COCK. BUM BAILIFF. or. whom he finds with her. BUMBO. Soft paper for the necessary house or torchecul. A sheriff's officer. by whom bullies are frequently taken in. as the vulgar phrase is. and sugar. BUM BRUSHER. B 35 . A bully to a bawdy−house.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BULLY. A bully huff cap. or bawd. it is a corruption of bound bailiff. TO BUM. from their being obliged to give bond for their good behaviour. BUM. and under that pretence extorts money from greenhorns. BULLY BACK. Brandy.

BUMPER. He is no burner of navigable rivers. CANT. Petticoats. half whore and half beggar. A raw country fellow. BUN. strictly speaking. BUNTER. CANT. he is no conjuror. also for the monosyllable. are said to burn the ken. To touch bun for luck. when they have their posteriors bumped against the stones marking the boundaries. Arrested. BURN THE KEN. the girl gave the gentleman a clap. A clap. BURN CRUST. in all likelihood from its convexity or bump at the top: some derive it from a full glass formerly drunk to the health of the popeAU BON PERE. where. B 36 . BUNTLINGS. A ceremony performed on boys perambulating the bounds of the parish on Whit−monday. to drink till one's eye is bunged up or closed. BUMMED. an expedient practised in America on a scarcity of beds. he is. BUNT. BUMPING. or man of extraordinary abilities. BURNER. A man and woman sleeping in the same bed. Said of a person lying on his face. Strollers living in an alehouse without paying their quarters. certainly not intended by nature for a candlestick. or rather. See THAMES. BURNER. The blowen tipped the swell a burner. BURNING SHAME. and she with her petticoats on. BUNG UPWARDS.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BUMKIN. See Duke of Rochefoucalt's Travels in America. i. he with his small clothes.e. on such an occasion. A full glass. A jocular name for a baker. An apron. but a simple fellow. A common name for a rabbit. BUNDLING. This custom is now abolished. A lighted candle stuck into the parts of a woman. in order to fix them in their memory. A low dirty prostitute. Drink a dram. BUNG YOUR EYE. husbands and parents frequently permitted travellers to bundle with their wives and daughters. a practice observed among sailors going on a cruize.

on whom all kinds of practical jokes are played off. That must have been a butcher's horse. BUS−NAPPER. and who serves as a butt for all the shafts of wit and ridicule. BUTCHER'S DOG. formerly worn by women. a vulgar joke on an awkward rider. Poxed or clapped. by his carrying a calf so well. Also the Northumbrian pronunciation: the people of that country. a simile often applicable to married men. A dependant. BUTTER BOX. BUSY. he has suffered by meddling. To be like a butcher's dog. particularly called the Newcastle burr. BUS−NAPPER'S KENCHIN. BURR. lie by the beef without touching it. BUSHEL BUBBY. i. CANT. are said to have a burr in their throats. and came home a burnt offering. an allusion to the field burrs. such as is used by women going to market. which are not easily got rid of. BUSK. A full breasted woman. He has burnt his fingers.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BURNT. but chiefly about Newcastle and Morpeth. A piece of whalebone or ivory. BUTTERED BUN. BUTTER AND EGGS TROT. from the great quantity of butter eaten by the people of that country.e. BUTT. Don't B 37 . A watchman. a saying of a demure looking woman. A kind of short jogg trot. to stiffen the forepart of their stays: hence the toastBoth ends of the busk. or simpleton. As busy is the devil in a high wind. poor relation. of suspected character. BUTCHER'S HORSE. yet I warrant you cheese would not choak her. A constable. An old superannuated fumbler. A hanger on. as busy as a hen with one chick. A Dutchman. BUSS BEGGAR. with butter and eggs. is said to have a buttered bun. whom none but beggars will suffer to kiss them. He was sent out a sacrifice. a saying of seamen who have caught the venereal disease abroad. One lying with a woman that has just lain with another man. CANT. or dependant.he looks as if butter would not melt in her mouth.

BUZZARD. protest.When the scrotum is relaxed or whiffled. CAB. he is ready to bewray himself through fear. A bawd. BUTTOCK BALL. Cant. CANT. BUTTOCK AND TWANG. CANT. BUTTON. A bad shilling. A hen roost. or match−maker. See LEAKY. BUZMAN. it is said they will not cabbage. a furious braggadocio or bully huff. the rogue tells all. His a−se makes buttons. or their EYE: from the first. BUTTOCK AND FILE. when taxed. CACKLE. A common whore. or. CANT. which they deposit in a place called HELL. A sh−te−fire. A brothel. BUTTOCK BROKER. C 38 . CACKLER. A simple fellow. BUTTOCK. Mother: how many tails have you in your cab? how many girls have you in your bawdy house? CACAFEOGO. BUTTOCKING SHOP. CANT. A blind buzzard: a pur−blind man or woman. CANT. A brothel. they wish they may find it in HELL.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue make butter dear. CACKLER'S KEN. A hen. A whore. To blab. CANT. or discover secrets. they equivocally swear. that if they have taken any. CANT. BUTTOCK AND TONGUE. alluding to the second. The cull is leaky. that what they have over and above is not more than they could put in their EYE. a gird at the patient angler. C CABBAGE. or DOWN BUTTOCK AND SHAM FILE. A scolding wife. A pickpocket. BYE BLOW. and cackles. but no pickpocket. The amorous congress. A common whore and a pick−pocket. with their knavery. among coiners. A bastard. Cloth. stuff. or silkpurloined by laylors from their employers.

CAG MAGG. CANT. An under−strapper.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CACKLING CHEATS. CALVES. To be sulky or out of humour. It is held by the St. His calves are gone to grass. C 39 . CAFFAN. CALIBOGUS. Giles's casuists. beg of the gentlemen. that by kissing one's thumb instead of smacking calf's skin. CALVES HEAD CLUB. American beverage. A cloak or gown. signifying a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time. Bad meat. This term is also used in the same sense among the common people of Scotland. Veal will be cheap. Old Lincolnshire geese. the man is vexed or sullen. Excuse me this time. CAKE. Rum and spruce beer. and I will cagg myself for a year. CADDEE. CALLE. Cheese. The cove carries the cag. a military term used by the private soldiers. Fowls. or. Cadge the swells. A foolish fellow. the guilt of taking a false oath is avoided. A wind−mill and a water−mill. I have cagg'd myself for six months. CACKLING FARTS. A club instituted by the Independents and Presbyterians. are sent up to London to feast the cockneys. calves fall. which having been plucked ten or twelve years. to commemorate the decapitation of King Charles I. where it is performed with divers ceremonies. A helper. CANT. till their cagg is out: which vow is commonly observed with the strictest exactness. to kiss the book in taking an oath. CANT. To cagg. CADGE. a saying of a man with slender legs without calves. CAMBRIDGE FORTUNE. Their chief fare was calves heads. Bits and scraps of provisions. CANT. To beg. CALF−SKIN FIDDLE. A drum. CAGG MAGGS. To smack calf's skin. said of a man whose calves fall away. CAGG. To be cagged. CAG. Eggs. and they drank their wine and ale out of calves skulls. or CAKEY. Ex. as the term is.

A parish clerk. the plague. CANTING. CANT. guineas. CANE. on board of which felons are condemned to hard labour. to beat any one with a cane or stick. CAMBRADE. CANNISTER.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue used to signify a woman without any but personal endowments. or soldier's bayonet. A jail bird. CANK. A shirt or shift. To mill his cannister. The head. An hypocrite. Dumb. CANTICLE. who used that whining manner of expression. To cant. Soldiers were in that country divided into chambers. Campbell was the first director of them. whence it was generally used to signify companion. To lay Cane upon Abel. a famous Scotch preacher. CANNIKIN. Preaching with a whining. C 40 . The hulks or lighters. A willow. Cant a slug into your bread room. CAMP CANDLESTICK. Also a kind of gibberish used by thieves and gypsies. in the canting sense. Mr. also. five men making a chamber. some derive it from Andrew Cant. SPANISH. a Spanish military term. drink a dram. A bottle. CANT. CANDLESTICKS. Hark! how the candlesticks rattle. small. or untunable bells. CANDY. affected tone. in the canting sense. A chamber fellow. SEA WIT. to toss or throw: as. CAMPBELL'S ACADEMY. Bad. CAMBRIDGE OAK. A small can: also. Drunk. to break his head. a double−tongue palavering fellow. See ACADEMY and FLOATING ACADEMY. the slang. CANARY BIRD. See PALAVER. a person used to be kept in a cage. IRISH. perhaps a corruption of chaunting. CANT. called likewise pedlar's French. CAMESA.

also an eunuch. A castrated cock. and gypsies. Repeating Latin Verses in turn. Led captain. To support another's assertion or tale. beginning with the letter with which the last speaker left off. obliges many in both services to occupy this wretched station. the deep one cheated the countryman with false cards. taught undergraduates at the university. He took his broth till he capsized. in reverence to the fellows who sometimes walk there. A long roundabout tale. CAP ACQUAINTANCE. or only so far as mutually to salute with the hat on meeting. The small provision made for officers of the army and navy in time of peace. where they are obliged to cross the area of the college cap in hand. Persons slightly acquainted. See HOP MERCHANT. CAPTAIN. Thieves. To cap the quadrangle. TO CAP. CAPPING VERSES. I will cap downright. hornified. A dancing master. CANTERBURY STORY. and his pall capped. or hop mercbant. or THE CANTING CREW. although no officer should be on it. The idea of the appellation is taken from a led horse. beggars.To cut papers. a lesson of humility. SEA TERM. To overturn or reverse. To take one's oath. he drank till he fell out of his chair.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CANTERS. and distant hopes of preferment. I will swear home. to leap or jump in dancing. such as processions. an humble dependant in a great family. See LINGO. CAPON. TO CAP. and his confederate assisted in the fraud. who for a precarious subsistence. The file kidded the joskin with sham books. Cuckolded. The same ceremony is observed on coming on the quarter deck of ships of war. CAPER MERCHANT. CAPSIZE. To assist a man in cheating. A woman who endeavours to attract the notice of any particular man. marchand des capriolles. CAPRICORNIFIED. TO CAP. or rather servility. many of which for magnificence appear in the retinues of great personages on solemn occasions. C 41 . and is the butt of every species of joke or ill−humour. is said to set her cap at him. suffers every kind of indignity. CANT. To take off one's hat or cap. or any others using the canting lingo. FRENCH TERM.

and death hunter. CARRION HUNTER. CARBUNCLE FACE. A cheating bully. CANT. in Ben Johnson's time. called also a cold cook. Ginger−hackled. A shabby ill−dressed fellow. at inns. the flesh of an old calf. refuses to pay what he has lost. but between both. All officers. drawn from the officer of that denomination. A cloak in fashion about the year 1760. A set of rogues who are employed to look out and watch upon the roads. To drink freely or deep: from the German word expressing ALL OUT. See GINGER−HACKLED. who. a person cheated of such sum. C 42 . See COLD COOK and DEATH HUNTER. or one in a set of gamblers. whose name became a common one to signify any of that fraternity. red−haired. whose office is to bully any pigeon. also. of a booty in prospect. CAPTAIN TOM. Meat between veal and beef. suspecting roguery. with the rank of captain. Red hair. To CAROUSE. in order to carry information to their respective gangs. CAPTAIN PODD. a saying of a company where everyone strives to rule. or riddle. a military simile. CARROTTY−PATED. puzzlewit. CARRIERS. CAPTAIN QUEERNABS. and so is not entirely one or the other. CAPTAIN SHARP. CARRY WITCHET. A celebrated master of a puppet−shew.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CAPTAIN COPPERTHORNE'S CREW. CAPTAIN LIEUTENANT. An undertaker. CARAVAN. CARDINAL. CARROTS. Pigeons which carry expresses. full of pimples. A red face. The leader of a mob. also the mob itself. CARRIERS. A sort of conundrum. CANT. who has only the pay of a lieutenant. A large sum of money.

A Woman's breasts. let us break open the door of the house.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CART. Vomiting. To put the cart before the horse. TO CASCADE. C 43 . now the coast is clear. CAT AND BAGPIPEAN SOCIETY. Cheese. SEA PHRASE. See CAFFAN. A house. would prevent his being made a cuckold: waking he found he had got his finger the Lord knows where. To vomit. CAT−HEADS. it is said. To vomit from drunkenness. and led through a town. To prig a castor. has cats of nine tails of all prices. CARVEL'S RING. CARTING. A prostitute attached to a particular bawdy house. so long as he had it on his finger. dreamed that the Devil gave him a ring. A hat. and Prior's versification of the story. An old cat. CASTOR. TO CAT. CASH. being in bed with his wife. who were placed in a tumbrel or cart. The private parts of a woman. It is all bob. Tout that case. which. CASTING UP ONE'S ACCOUNTS. now let's dub the gig of the case. A cloak. The punishment formerly inflicted on bawds. CANT. A common prostitute. to steal a hat. as well as a dwelling house. and whipped by the common executioner. mark or observe that house. it was added. who. In the canting lingo it meant store or ware house. or CAFFAN. To be flogged at the cart's a−se or tail. See Rabelais. CAT. or SHOOT THE CAT. A society which met at their office in the great western road: in their summons. CASE VROW. that the kittens might come with the old cats without being scratched. a jealous old doctor. published in the daily papers. that their persons might be known. persons guilty of petty larceny are frequently sentenced to be tied to the tail of a cart. CANT. CASTER. for a certain distance: the degree of severity in the execution is left to the discretion of the executioner. perhaps from the Italian CASA. a cross old woman. Ham Carvel. CASE. to mention the last part of a story first.

A kind of whistle. SEA TERM. according to vulgar naturalists. or WHIPPING THE CAT. Counterfeit sleep: cats often counterfeiting sleep. CAT WHIPPING. CAT IN PAN. to interrupt the actors. to decoy their prey near them. who made use of a cat's paw to scratch a roasted chesnut out of the fire. to be made a tool or instrument to accomplish the purpose of another: an allusion to the story of a monkey. Thin legs. CAT LAP. To live under the cat's foot. to change sides or parties. seize the end of the cord. cats. which greatly resembles the modulation of an intriguing boar cat. and damn a new piece. called also scandal broth. that is one less than a woman. See TRAPSTICKS. No more chance than a cat in hell without claws. CAT'S PAW.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CAT CALL. To turn cat in pan. The bet being made. CAT OF NINE TAILS. See SCANDAL BROTH. these on a signal given. each string having nine knots. said of one who enters into a dispute or quarrel with one greatly above his match. Tea. a rope is fixed round the waist of the party to be catted. As many lives as a cat. have nine lives. and not. To be made a cat's paw of. CAT STICKS. chiefly used at theatres. to be under the dominion of a wife hen−pecked. Drinking cross−ways. supposed originally to have been to turn CATE or CAKE in pan. CAT'S FOOT. A scourge composed of nine strings of whip−cord. vain of their strength. spoken of married persons who live unhappily together. by laying a wager with them that they may be pulled through a pond by a cat. and three or four sturdy fellows are appointed to lead and whip the cat. and then suddenly spring on them. CAT HARPING FASHION. When a rook or cully is engaged amongst bad bowlers. to which the cat is also fastened by a packthread. To live like dog and cat. CAT MATCH. and pretending to whip C 44 . compared to sticks with which boys play at cat. as usual. It derives its name from one of its sounds. over the left thumb. CAT'S SLEEP. and the end thrown across the pond. A trick often practised on ignorant country fellows.

chair. CATTLE. it happened the same regiment was quartered in Derbyshire. An old cathedral−bedstead. A dangerous time for a robbery. on his arrival. that is. A member of the patch club. A Bawdy−house. Old−fashioned. haul the astonished booby through the water. CATCH PENNY. To whip the cat. so called from such servants commonly following close behind their master or mistress. for. bugs. whereupon expostulating with his landlord. we have not the least friendly connexion. answered the host. CATAMARAN. A nick name for a soldier. or four times removed. a soldier quartered at a house near Derby. In the year 1745. for saving ship−wrecked persons. fair. A footboy. The rebellion being finished. from a kind of float made of spars and yards lashed together. or sheriff's officer. whenever he came that way. soldiers were the pillars of the nation. i. CATERPILLAR. a bum bailiff. CATCH FART. soldiers are the pillars of the nation. CATCH CLUB. added he.e. CATHEDRAL. CATER COUSINS. He and I are not cater cousins. CATCH POLE. he was greatly surprised to find a very cold reception. as practised in the country. when the soldier resolved to accept of his landlord's invitation. A bum bailiff. on account of a horse−race. or some other public meeting. when many persons are on the road. CATERWAULING. he reminded him of his invitation. and accordingly obtained leave to go to him: but. C 45 . If I did. CAVAULTING SCHOOL. CATCHING HARVEST. is also a term among tailors for working jobs at private houses. Any temporary contrivance to raise a contribution on the public. I meant CATERpiliars. and the circumstance of his having said. was desired by his landlord to call upon him. Sad cattle: whores or gypsies. like a cat in the gutters. Good friends. Black cattle. CANT. we are not even cousins in the fourth degree.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the cat. An old scraggy woman. Going out in the night in search of intrigues.

or nimble. A strange fellow. from CHAUFFE. a man of that place coming out of his house weeping. Not so. CANT. C 46 .See LETTERED. for which the judge on the bench. Beware of a woman before. CHAPT. in Ireland. the reason for which appellation is given in the following story: A woman. told his neighbours the smoke had made his eyes water. Dry or thirsty. from the French. CHAFED. Awkward. who in the night amuse themselves with cutting inoffensive passengers across the face with a knife.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CAUDGE−PAWED.His eyes water from the smoke of Charren. CHAP. CANT. CHALKING. CAULIFLOWER. CAW−HANDED. or gentleman usher to a lady. CHARREN. CHARM. The amusement above described. made use of the term cauliflower. Left−handed. CAUTIONS. saying she might as well call it artichoke. A picklock. or CAW−PAWED.IV. An odd chap. such as is commonly worn by the dignified clergy. my lord. not dextrous. They have palmed the character upon him. but a **** and a cauliflower have none. Also the private parts of a woman. reproved her. replied she. The smoke of Charren. An usurer. Burnt in the hand. or LETTERED.III. because his wife had beat him. warmed. A large white wig. Well beaten. CHARACTERED. CENT PER CENT. a peevish old fellow. They are somewhat like those facetious gentlemen some time ago known in England by the title of Sweaters and Mohocks. The cicisbeo. Beware of a cart side−ways. Men of wit. CHALKERS. and was formerly by physicians. they have burned him in the hand. The four cautions: I. Beware of a horse behind. CHAPERON. ready. who was giving evidence in a cause wherein it was necessary to express those parts.II. A fellow. Beware of a priest every way. CAXON. An old weather−beaten wig. for an artichoke has a bottom.

CHEESE IT. be quiet. he gave little or nothing for it. Grub−street writers. See CAT LAP and SCANDAL BROTH. would be answered by a French lady of easy virtue. carrols. Sham sleeves to put over a dirty shift or shirt. be silent. CHAW BACON. A like answer is current in France: any one asking the road or distance to Macon. gypsies. A strong smelling fart. who compose songs. The kiddey was chaunted for a toby. don't do it. Ask cheeks near cunnyborough. A sword. Lice: perhaps an abbreviation of chattels. CHATTS. the gallows. anglice her a−se.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CHATTER BOX.' CHEESE−TOASTER. CHEATS. CHATTER BROTH. A song. CHATES. CHELSEA. famous for the military hospital. CHAUNT. CHEEKS. on having his leg carried away by C 47 . Cheese it. He came at it by way of Cheapside. the repartee of a St. CANT. CHEEK BY JOWL. to obtain the benefit of that hospital. Gilse's fair one. To get Chelsea. A countryman. To sing. he bought it cheap. TO CHAUNT. To publish an account in the newspapers. Be silent.Also. 'Mettez votre nez dans mon cul. See SHAMS. CHAUNTER CULLS. a city near Lyons. the people understand our discourse. Side by side. CHEAPSIDE. CANT. A village near London. who bids you ask her backside. his examination concerning a highway robbery was published in the papers. The gallows. for ballad−singers. CHEESER. and the rest of the canting crew. A stupid fellow. according to the canting academy. Tea. a chattering man or woman. lice being the chief live stock of chattels of beggars. Dead Chelsea. vous serrez dans les Fauxbourgs. One whose tongue runs twelve score to the dozen. hand to fist. CANT. by G−d! an exclamation uttered by a grenadier at Fontenoy. the coves are fly.

Said of a woman with scarce any breasts. a child who either in person or sentiments resembles its father or mother. A nick name for a carpenter. CHILD. CHINK. cowardly. CHICKEN−HEARTED. CHIPS. becausecherubimsand seraphims continually do cry. CHIP. CHIMNEY CHOPS. Peevish children. A child. Irish. there being black cherries as well as red. Chirping glass. CHERRY−COLOURED CAT. CHICK−A−BIDDY.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue a cannon−ball. See GREASY CHIN. An abusive appellation for a negro. a person of the same trade or calling. a diminutive nabob: a term borrowed from the chicken turtle. CHICKEN−HAMMED. so called to and by little children. a cheerful glass. CHITTERLINS. A shoe−black's brush and wig. There is a rumpus among my C 48 . CHIP. A chip of the old block. CHICKEN NABOB. CHICKEN BUTCHER. in part of commutation for a bastard child the common price was formerly ten pounds and a greasy chiu. CHIT. He grins like a Cheshire cat. A black cat. Persons whose legs and thighs are bent or archward outwards. The bowels. CHIMPING MERRY. A chicken. A poulterer. that makes the company chirp like birds in spring. Exhilarated with liquor. CHEST OF TOOLS. A brother chip. Fearful. An infant or baby. CHICKEN−BREASTED. said of anyone who shews his teeth and gums in laughing. CHERUBIMS. CHESHIRE CAT. to partake of a treat given to the parish officers. To eat a child. Money. One returned from the East Indies with but a moderate fortune of fifty or sixty thousand pounds.

cutting the back of the coach to steal the fine large wigs then worn. or advertizing a reward for the key. certain interior springs thrust forth a number of points.e. drunken fellow. means making dispatch. a hearty Scolding. shaped like a pear. Choak away. an accomplice robs the boot. to reprove. Cutting the braces of coaches behind. or who has swallowed any thing. for he hurries over C 49 . Boxing term. or hurrying over any business: ex. CHIVING LAY. to cut off women's pockets. in all directions. setting it on fire. the churchyard's near. To chive the darbies. To give chocolate without sugar. CHOICE SPIRIT. or COLD PYE. A blow. as it is called the wrong way. CHIVEY. were either by cutting the mouth. said of one who has a childish look. the parson will soon quit the pulpit. The AUTEM BAWLER will soon quit the HUMS. chicken. i. I gave him. Choak. could not be filed: the only methods of getting rid of it. These pears were also called pears of agony. The frill of a shirt. laughing. A knife. Figuratively. CHOAKING PYE. To exchange backwards and forwards. that it could not be taken out of the mouth: and the iron. To chive the bouhgs of the frows. also. it was of iron. file: or saw. CHOCOLATE. being case−hardened. See HOWELL'S COTGRAVE. formerly. CHIVE. for he CHOPS UP the WHINERS. and directing the smoke up the nostrils of the sleeper. or CHIFF. CHOAK. I have the colic. which so enlarged it. to file off the irons or fetters. A thoughtless. this they forced into the mouths of persons from whom they intended to extort money. and on turning a key. a jocular saying to a person taken with a violent fit of coughing. CHOAK PEAR. CHITTY−FACED. To chop. MILITARY TERM.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue bowels. CHOP. A punishment inflicted on any person sleeping in company: it consists in wrapping up cotton in a case or tube of paper. TO CHOP AND CHANGE. on which the coachman quitting the box. singing. in the canting sense. more are hatching: a like consolation. Baby−faced. I gave him a good chivey. an unanswerable objection: also a machine formerly used in Holland by robbers.

as an Irishman observed. CHUCK FARTHING. Round−faced. CHRISTMAS COMPLIMENTS.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the prayers. A chopping boy or girl. a term of endearment. and stewed together. and engraving a fictitious one in its place. CHUFFY. I gave him a wherrit. The mouth. CHUCKLE−HEADED. or a mere chub. CHOUDER. chubby. CHUBBY. salt pork. CHRISTIAN. A cough. I gave him a blow over the mouth. plump. particularly at the universities and in prison. Chouse is also the term for a game like chuck−farthing. See WHERRIT. Stupid. CHRISTENING. CHRIST−CROSS ROW. i. and a snotty nose. kibed heels. LUSTY. CHRISTIAN PONEY. easily imposed on: an illusion to a fish of that name. Erasing the name of the true maker from a stolen watch. CHOP−STICK. A fork. a lusty child. and WHINERS. herbs. CHUM. HUMS. CHUB. thick−headed. CHOPPING. CHOP CHURCHES. CHOPS. See AUTEM BAWLER. CHUCK. A chairman. Christ's cross PREFIXED before and AFTER the twenty−four letters. A tradesman who has faith. will give credit. A parish clerk. To cheat or trick: he choused me out of it. Round−faced. A chamber−fellow. a foolish fellow. He is a young chub. laid in different layers. composed of fresh fish. across the chops.e. i. Simoniacal dealers in livings. My chuck. and sea−biscuits. The alphabet in a horn−book: called Christ−cross Row.e. or other ecclesiastical preferments. easily taken. or a souse. C 50 . A sea−dish. from having. TO CHOUSE.

A tongue. A roundabout way. CIVILITY MONEY. A servant maid. or story. To put a churl upon a gentleman. Starved. A cough that is likely to terminate in death. to drink malt liquor immediately after having drunk wine. who for a stipulated price. See NANNY−HOUSE. A Sussex name fora shag. probably from its voracity. A reward claimed by bailiffs for executing their office with civility. A house of civil reception. A citizen of London. from her business of sifting the ashes from the cinders. See FLINT. CIRCUMBENDIBUS. boorish fellow. CHURCH WARDEN. A pulpit. for their share of a room. Money paid by the richer sort of prisoners in the Fleet and King's Bench. a labourer or husbandman: figuratively a rude. He took such a circumbendibus. give up their share of the room. two or three persons are obliged to sleep in a room. chuses two poor chums. CHUNK. Originally. as the term is. A prisoner who can pay for being alone.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CHUMMAGE. CHURCH WORK. he took such a circuit. Said of any work that advances slowly. CINDER GARBLER. CHURL. and sleep on the stairs. CLAMMED. CUSTOM−HOUSE WIT. CITY COLLEGE. or cormorant. or nanny−house. CHURK. Among printers. surly. CIT. Newgate. which is too often the case. The udder. CLACK. the same as the flint among taylors. called chummage. so called by orator Henley. to the poorer. a journeyman who refuses to work for legal wages. CIVIL RECEPTION. particularly on the eve of an insolvent act. C 51 . ruff it. a simile drawn from the clack of a water−mill. When prisons are very full. CLACK−LOFT. chiefly applied to women. a bawdy−house. CHURCHYARD COUGH. or.

and that. or claw off with the tongue. Severely beaten or whipped. let's bite him. CLARET.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CLAN. and figuratively of a man or woman. the fellow will not be imposed on by fair words. CLEAVER. CLEAR. I broke his head. used of a forward or wanton woman. A silver tankard stealer. A great lie. A venereal taint. A silver tankard. C 52 . the fellow is very drunk.e. CLAP ON THE SHOULDER. and got a clap. CLAP. Soothed. I tapped his claret. The head of the clan. CANT. to abuse. the chief: an allusion to a story of a Scotchman. figuratively. funned. An arrest for debt. he went out a wenching. CANT. CLAPPER. CLAWED OFF. also smartly poxed or clapped. CLERKED. CLAPPER CLAW. if injured. he is considered very expert as a pickpocket. The tongue of a bell. saying he was the head of the clan. CLANK. imposed on. blood. See RUM BUBBER. i. all the rest would resent it.e. A family's tribe or brotherhood. Artificial sores. French red wine. CLANK NAPPER. i. CLEYMES. Claret−faced. Expert. who. and came round by Clapham home. The cull is clear. A beggar born. The cull will not be clerked. CLAPPERDOGEON. CLANKER. a word much used in Scotland. To scold. He went out by Had'em. One that will cleave. when a very large louse crept down his arm. Amongst the knuckling coves he is reckoned very clean. let's cheat him. put him back again. clever. made by beggars to excite charity. Very drunk. CANT. and made the blood run. CLEAN. red−faced. whence a bum bailiff is called a shoulder−clapper.

CANT. the man and woman are copulating in the ditch. To click a nab. TO CLIP. from the clinking of the prisoners' chains or fetters: he is gone to clink. To clinch. A kind of small Dutch bricks. CLIMB. for that of men and women: as. in a canting sense. to confirm an improbable story by another: as. to snatch a hat. To climb the three trees with a ladder. a blow or knock in the face. A blow. CLOSE−FISTED. also. and inhabited by lawless vagabonds of every denomination. A salesman's servant. to diminish the current coin. and bye−lanes. To clip the coin. called. CLOD POLE. Copulation of foxes. CANT. and thence used. A man swore he drove a tenpenny nail through the moon. TO CLICK. CLOSE. or to clinch the nail. To clip the king's English. for he was on the other side and clinched it. to be unable to speak plain through drunkenness. Rogues who lurk about the entrances into dark alleys. or ploughman. CLINKERS.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CLICK. also irons worn by prisoners. to snatch cloaks from the shoulders of passengers. The cull and the mort are at clicket in the dyke. The same. A place in the Borough of Southwark. To snatch. a crafty fellow. clinkers. CLOD PATE. CLOD HOPPER. A dull. CLOAK TWITCHERS. As close as God's curse to a whore's a−se: close as shirt and shitten a−se. CLINK. from the place of their residence. Covetous or stingy. A click in the muns. C 53 . Also a gaol. To hug or embrace: to clip and cling. CLICKET. to ascend the gallows. A country farmer. one who proportions out the different shares of the booty among thieves. CLINCH. a bystander said it was true. formerly privileged from arrests. A pun or quibble. CLICKER. heavy booby.

Clover is the most desirable food for cattle. Picking pockets of handkerchiefs. Thieves. To cloy the clout. Under a cloud. to discover some roguery or something bad in it: a saying that alludes to a piece of vulgar superstition. CLUB. robbers. CLOY. or CLEFT. Clumpish. CLOUTING LAY. to steal money. CLEAVE. in adversity. Shoes tipped with iron. he is just risen from bed. CLUB LAW. To cloy the lour. C 54 . Any pocket handkerchief except a silk one. The mors chucks. CANT. but is not one. stupid. to live luxuriously. Argumentum bacculinum. CLOVEN. A term used for a woman who passes for a maid. CLOWES. CLOUT. the wench wants to be doing. that. CLUMP. to steal the handkerchief. It also means a handkerchief. from between the sheets.e. Tobacco. lumpish. CLOVES. CLOUTED SHOON. in which an oaken stick is a better plea than an act of parliament. I'll give you a clout on your jolly nob. let the Devil transform himself into what shape he will. i. To steal. Rogues. To shew a propensity for a man. being a corruption of CLAUS. A blow. He is just come from the cloth market. A meeting or association. A lump. CLOUD. in clover. a name very common among the men of that nation. or live. the abbreviation of Nicholas.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CLOSH. where each man is to spend an equal and stated sum. CLOVEN FOOT. CLOVER. he cannot hide his cloven foot TO CHUCK. To spy the cloven foot in any business. An awkward clownish fellow. CANT. To be. A general name given by the mobility to Dutch seamen. called his club. CLOTH MARKET. I'll give you a blow on your head. which is. CLUNCH.

COB. COBBLE COLTER. COBBLER. stingy. To mend. or racket: what a confounded clutter here is! CLY. also a pocket. COBBLE. or irregularities. to hide the holes about the ancles. on persons coming into the school without taking off their hats. To fondle. WATCH and THE PURSE are not included in the number. an improver of the understandings of C 55 . At the first stroke the executioner repeats the word WATCH. A punishment used by the seamen for petty offences. Ashore. likewise to do a thing in a bungling manner. power. or. it is there called school butter. COB. free gratis for nothing. Clutch fisted. to pull down the part soiled into the shoes. by the school−boys.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO CLUTCH THE FIST. and is called THE PURSE. TO COBBLE. but given over and above. or wheedle. CANT. and a crown piece a hind coach wheel. Hands. gripe. This piece of discipline is also inflicted in Ireland. See CLOSE−FISTED. CANT. CLUTCHES. To clench or shut the hand. A kind of boat. COACH WHEEL. TO COAX. A half crown piece is a fore coach wheel. A Spanish dollar. Money. Coaxing is also used. A turkey. He has filed the cly. in the vulgar phrase. among soldiers. CLY THE JERK: To be whipped. instead of darning. the fore wheels of a coach being less than the hind ones. or patch. so as to give a dirty pair of stockings the appearance of clean ones. where this punishment is sometimes adopted. covetous. CLYSTER PIPE. A mender of shoes. on which all persons present are to take off their hats. CLUTTER. the number usually inflicted is a dozen. among themselves: it consists in bastonadoing the offender on the posteriors with a cobbing stick. To coax a pair of stockings. or pipe staff. noise. he has picked a pocket. or COBBING. A stir. A nick name for an apothecary. on pain of like punishment: the last stroke is always given as hard as possible.

COCK PIMP. COCK. A soft. COCK AND A BULL STORY. gin. COCKNEY: A nick name given to the citizens of London. exclaimed. derived from the following story: A citizen of London. ale. or CHIEF COCK OF THE WALK. COCK−SURE. Elevated. The private parts of a woman. A provocative drink. and water. a saying in praise of wine. vinegar. and hearing a horse neigh. Shut one eye: thus translated into apothecaries Latin. COCK YOUR EYE. A cockish wench. One fond of the diversion of cock−fighting. A male keeper of a bawdy−house. who from the desire of being the head of the company associates with low people. a translator. COCK HOIST. The leading man in any society or body. in high−spirits. The supposed husband of a bawd. To cry cockles. transported with joy. COCKLES. the best boxer in a village or district. and pays all the reckoning. being in the country. easy fellow. Lord! how that horse laughs! A by−stander telling him C 56 . COCK OF THE COMPANY. to be hanged: perhaps from the noise made whilst strangling. or spirituous liquors. A cross buttock. Certain: a metaphor borrowed front the cock of a firelock. A roundabout story. COCK−A−WHOOP. a forward coming girl. COBBLERS PUNCH. COCK ALE.This will rejoice the cockles of one's heart. Wanton.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue his customers. COCK ALLEY or COCK LANE. A weak man.e. beginning or ending. COCKISH. forward. without head or tail. COCK ROBIN. i.Gallus tuus ego. COCK BAWD. COCKER. as being much more certain to fire than the match. or persons born within the sound of Bow bell. CANT. Treacle.

Ray says. only Cods the curate. The fore flap of a man's breeches. delicately bred and brought up. answered he.e. COD PIECE. Earl of Norfolk. mistook him for the rector. I would not care for the king of Cockney. or a nestle cock. An old codger: an old fellow. where he had his officers. the next morning. The scrotum. Was I in my castle at Bungay. master? where. A cod of money: a good sum of money. cried out. The evening. p. when the cock crowed. the king of London. is. CODS. The money. a young person coaxed or conquered. 247. to go in and out and spend nothing. COD. when fowls go to roost. i. that it was in use. butler. attributed to Hugh Bigot. COD'S HEAD. No. To make a coffee−house of a woman's ****. the citizen to shew he had not forgot what was told him. constable. COG. Fast by the river Waveney. a rotten tooth. to be unable to bear the least hardship. CODDERS.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue that noise was called NEIGHING. Do they bite. Persons employed by the gardeners to gather peas. the interpretation of the word Cockney. COFFEE HOUSE. How the cull flashes his queer cogs. See DUGDALE'S ORIGINES JURIDICIALES. how the fool shews his rotten C 57 . or whatsoever the sweeteners drop to draw in a bubble. COG. in the time of king Henry II. Sir. when arrived a man's estate. a marshal. COCKSHUT TIME. A queer cog. and accosted him with the vulgar appellation of Bolks the rector. A tooth. Do you hear how the COCK NEIGHS? The king of the cockneys is mentioned among the regulations for the sports and shows formerly held in the Middle Temple on Childermas Day. CODGER. in the cod piece or collar?a jocular attack on a patient angler by watermen. at your service. A stupid fellow. Also a nick name for a curate: a rude fellow meeting a curate. we learn from the following verses. made wanton. Whatever may be the origin of this appellation. so as. A necessary house.

if he is sentenced to be burned in both. You will catch cold at that.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue teeth. A punishment inflicted by private soldiers on their comrades for trifling offences. COLD. A sword. COLD IRON. To cog a dinner. The fool in the play of Bartholomew Fair: perhaps a contraction of the word COXCOMB. and throwing cold water upon them. a vulgar threat or advice to desist from an attempt. COLD COOK. or CORIANDER SEEDS. and leading the water gently down his body. also to coax or wheedle. An undertaker of funerals. or carrion hunter. pours it slowly down the sleeve of the delinquent. Money. with the arm which is to be burned tied as high above his head as possible. patting him. Potatoes and cabbage pounded together in a mortar. to conceal or secure a die. and having a bottle of cold water. till it runs out at his breeches knees: this is repeated to the other arm. a saying of any one extremely tender or careful of himself. COLCANNON. A lie. COLD MEAT. The executioner then ascends a stool. TO COG. or breach of their mess laws. A dead wife is the beat cold meat in a man's house. This is said to settle one's love. COGUE. C 58 . See CARRION HUNTER. it is administered in the following manner: The prisoner is set against the wall. COLE. I gave him two inches of cold iron into his beef. A dram of any spirituous liquor. To give cold pig is a punishment inflicted on sluggards who lie too long in bed: it consists in pulling off all the bed clothes from them. and then stewed with butter: an Irish dish. or any other weapon for cutting or stabbing. COKES. COKER. To cheat with dice. to wheedle one out of a dinner. To cog a die. Money. COLD BURNING. COLD PUDDING. COLD PIG. Post the cole: pay down the money. COLIANDER. He caught cold by lying in bed barefoot.

A highwayman. One who lets horses to highwaymen. sugar. New College: the Royal Exchange. and took his last degree at college. COLLEGE COVE. Kiss my cooler. COOL NANTS. and burrage. and was hanged at Newgate. Newgate or any other prison. and if he is knocked down he'll be twisted. A fine or beverage paid by colts on their first C 59 . COOL TANKARD.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue COLLAR DAY. COLT. A bad cook. King's College: the King's Bench prison. A woman. who roasted the devil in his feathers. the turnkey of Newgate has told the judge how many times the prisoner has been tried before and therefore if he is found guilty. COOL CRAPE. He has been educated at the steel. CANT. Prisoners of the one. with lemon. COOLER. and shopkeepers of the other of those places. The College cove has numbered him. COOLER. COOK RUFFIAN. he is just going to be hanged. Kiss my a−se. COOL LADY. Wine and water. COLQUARRON. It is principally used to signify a woman's posteriors. a grand or petty juryman on his first assize. CANT. he has received his education at the house of correction. COLLECTOR. Execution day. also a boy newly initiated into roguery. COLTAGE. It is said to be the custom of the Old Bailey for one of the turnkeys of Newgate to give information to the judge how many times an old offender has been tried. A female follower of the camp. The backside. TO COLLOGUE. COLLEGIATES. To wheedle or coax. who sells brandy. A man's neck. His colquarron is just about to be twisted. Brandy. COLLEGE. A shroud. he certainly will be hanged. by holding up as many fingers as the number of times the prisoner has been before arraigned at that bar.

Coming wench.e. To come. is said to comb his head. Coarse red veal. Counterfeited. COLT BOWL. CONFECT. CONGER. COLT'S TOOTH. at a stated price. is said to have a colt's tooth in his head. Coming! COMFORTABLE IMPORTANCE. or scold any one: a woman who lectures her husband. she threw a stool at him. COMMISSION. COMB. a forward wench. CANT. to clapperclaw. and the public parts of a prostitute. to enter into a course of prostitution. also booksellers joining to buy either a considerable or dangerous copy. Said of a person who has long been called. that whosoever of them shall buy a good copy. Has he come it. COMPLIMENT. the rest shall take off such a particular number. See CHRISTMAS. COMMODE. A shirt. the agreement of a set or knot of booksellers of London. To comb one's head. and at length answers. To see company. COMMODITY. i. A wife. COMING! SO IS CHRISTMAS. CONGO.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue entering into their offices. the private parts of a modest woman. COMMONS. A woman's commodity. An old fellow who marries or keeps a young girl. more like the flesh of a colt than that of a calf. Will you lap your congo with me? will you drink tea with me? C 60 . COMUS'S COURT. in quires. COME. a person raw or unexperienced in the art of bowling. COMPANY. A woman's head dress. also a breeding woman. She combed his head with a joint stool. to lend. The house of commons. To conger. A social meeting formerly held at the Half Moon tavern Cheapside. the necessary house. COLT VEAL. to cheat or over reach him. Laid short of the jack by a colt bowler. has he lent it? To come over any one.

who by his influence makes his dependants act as he pleases.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CONNY WABBLE. CORPORAL. A leathern conveniency. in imitation of chocolate. foolish. A large belly. the man is past complaining: a saying of a person murdered for resisting the robbers. CORPORATION. CONTENT. To mount a corporal and four. Imprisoned. CORPORATION. perhaps from the Corinthian brass. CANT. Drunk. CORINTH. brazen−faced fellow. A bawdy−house. A jilt. C 61 . CORNY−FACED. IRISH. The magistrates. A superior. CANT. confined like a fowl in a coop. A dance where the dancers of the different sexes stand opposite each other. CONSCIENCE KEEPER. A very red pimpled face. Corpus sine ratione. Freemen of a corporation's work. CONUNDRUMS. COQUET. made of milk and gingerbread. A necessary. Eggs and brandy beat up together. Also an impudent. A particular lock in wrestling. CONTRA DANCE. rigadoon. CONVENIENCY. Light−headed. and now corruptly called a country dance. CORNED. A mistress. he has a very prominent belly. the four fingers the privates. The cull's content. He has a glorious corporation. CORINTHIANS: Frequenters of brothels. to be guilty of onanism: the thumb is the corporal. neither strong nor handsome. a coach. CONTENT. louvre. Enigmatical conceits. COOPED UP. peculiar to the people of that county. instead of side by side. CORNISH HUG. CANT. CORK−BRAINED. as in the minuet. A thick liquor. CONVENIENT. of a corporate town.

a fellow. COVENT GARDEN AGUE. COVENT GARDEN ABBESS. A man. A dealer in fruit. The person sent to Coventry is considered as absent. or have been guilty of improper behaviour. The venereal disease. or in the purlieus of Drury Lane. COSTARD. as just returned from a journey to Coventry. In its environs are many brothels. particularly in the kitchen. assuming all sorts C 62 . under penalty of being also sent to the same place. and not long ago. CANT. particularly apples. a colt or lamb brought up by hand. the garden belonging to a dissolved monastery. if the Devil would but throw his net! TO COUCH A HOGSHEAD. a punishment inflicted by officers of the army on such of their brethren as are testy. and welcomed by the mess. I'll give you a knock on the head. he caught the venereal disorder. A prostitute. A collection of whores. the penitent is recalled. The head. Cosset colt or lamb. the rogue has got the money. or CONVENT GARDEN. A general cheat. A man who meddles with women's household business. COT. COVENTRY. not worthy the cognizance of a court martial. the lodgings of the second order of ladies of easy virtue were either there. now famous for being the chief market in London for fruit. flowers. COVENT. To send one to Coventry. is pinning a greasy dishclout to the skirts of his coat. CANT. I'll smite your costard. except relative to duty. COVE. A foundling. The theatres are situated near it. To lie down to sleep. COSTARD MONGER. vulgarly called COMMON GARDEN. and herbs. Anciently. The cove was bit. On a proper submission.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue COSSET. The punishment commonly inflicted on a quot. What a fine covey here is. COVENT GARDEN NUN. COVEY. COUNTERFEIT CRANK. He broke his shins against Covent Garden rails. a rogue. the rogue was outwitted. no one must speak to or answer any question he asks. A bawd. or QUOT. The cove has bit the cole.

COUNTRY HARRY. COW'S COURANT. An ignorant country fellow. Anciently. CANT.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue of characters. Fair speeches and promises. At present. according to the following proclamation: All you that in your beds do lie. Milk. done exactly. and take your rest. A bull. a fool. Gallop and sh−e. Turn a−se to a−se. Fools. C 63 . coxcomb signifies a fop. Fearful. on the top of which was a piece of red cloth. and occupy: And when that you have done your best. To catch a crab. COW−HEARTED. Turn to your wives. COW JUICE. Done to a cow's thumb. A court often applied to by young women who marry old men. COW'S THUMB. wore a cap with bells. COW−HANDED. A gay fluttering coxcomb. in great families. COURT HOLY WATER. To sleep like a cow. The product of a sort of bean. without performance. married men being supposed to sleep with their backs towards their wives. COURT CARD. which excites an insufferable itching. COW'S BABY. Awkward. one conterfeiting the falling sickness. COW. COURT PROMISES. or vain self−conceited fellow. COUNTRY PUT. with a **** at one's a−se. in the shape of a cock's comb. Said of any work that advances slowly. to fall backwards by missing one's stroke in rowing. COW ITCH. COUNTY WORK. COURT OF ASSISTANTS. COW'S SPOUSE. used chiefly for playing tricks. A waggoner. said of a married man. A calf. CRAB. COXCOMB.

CRAB SHELLS. Bolts. but we brought him back by a great blow on the head. A whore. breeches. sentence has just been passed on him. He has just undergone the cramp word. A peevish fellow. Shoes. or fetters. CANT. in the cant language. brisk. A species of louse peculiar to the human body. the go. CANT. The falling sickness. To kill. To boast or brag. or ALL THE CRACK. Crust. CRACKSMAN. false keys. difficult. kill that fellow. The cull thought to have loped by breaking through the crackmans. CRACKISH. Farting crackers. Sentence of death passed on a criminal by a judge. CRABBED. the female a hen. CANT. TO CRASH. CANT. The neck. Implements of house−breaking. also to break. the young fellow is a very expert house−breaker. shackles. pert. such as a crow. Crash that cull. I cracked his napper. the male is denominated a cock. the man thought to have escaped by breaking through the hedge. also the backside. of late is used. also. Gin and water. CRACKER. sea biscuit. A losing throw to the main at hazard. C 64 . Sour. IRISH.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CRAB LANTHORN. which laid him speechless. Whorish. CRACK. CRAG. CRABS. The fashionable theme. TO CRACK. which stopped his jaw. CRANK. THE CRACK. The Crack Lay. Hedges. CRANK. I broke his head. CRAMP WORDS. CRACKMANS. A house−breaker. CRAMP RINGS. a center bit. CRAB LOUSE. to signify the art and mystery of house−breaking. CRACKING TOOLS. ill−tempered. The kiddy is a clever cracksman. or ammunition loaf. but we fetched him back by a nope on the costard.

1 Demanders for Glimmer or Fire 2 Bawdy Baskets 3 Morts 4 Autem Morts 5 Walking Morts 6 Doxies 7 Delles 8 Kinching Morts 9 Kinching Coes CRIB. or appropriate to one's own use. Gentlemen's companions. Teeth. CREAM−POT LOVE. or Pedlars 14 Abrams. The canting crew are thus divided into twenty−three orders. to get cream and other good things from them. To purloin. WOMEN.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CRASHING CHEATS. also a boat or ship's company. or Whip Jackets 11 Drummerers 12 Drunken Tinkers 13 Swadders. CANT. so called from their beating their breasts in the confession of their sins. A knot or gang. Such as young fellows pretend to dairymaids. CREW. 1 Rufflers 2 Upright Men 3 Hookers or Anglers 4 Rogues 5 Wild Rogues 6 Priggers of Prancers 7 Palliardes 8 Fraters 9 Jarkmen. lice. and BREAST FLEET. or Patricoes 10 Fresh Water Mariners. part of any thing intrusted to one's care. To crack a crib: to break open a house. TO CREEME. To slip or slide any thing into the hands of another. See BRISKET BEATER. Roman catholics. CRAW THUMPERS. which see under the different words: MEN. TO CRIB. CREEPERS. C 65 . A house.

who disposes of the cargoes of the Newcastle coal ships. CON. but. To crimp. CRINKUMS. CRISPIN'S LANCE. or CRIBBY ISLANDS. A shoemaker: from a romance. or bye−ways. because they would not be chargeable to others for their maintenance. See SPECTATOR. cod. CRISPIN'S HOLIDAY. CRIBBAGE−FACED. in order to make it eat firm. perhaps from the houses built there being cribbed out of the common way or passage. CRIPPLE. Every Monday throughout the year. A broker or factor. Blind alleys. and other crimped fish. CRISPIN. from whence they travelled to Soissons in France. and islands. An awl. to propagate the Christian religion. CRIM. to play foul or booty: also a cruel manner of cutting up fish alive. who according to the legend. CRIMP. MONEY. but most particularly the 25th of October. Damages directed by a jury to be paid by a convicted adulterer to the injured husband. To make a sham fight. being the anniversary of Crispinus and Crispianus. were brethren born at Rome. also persons employed to trapan or kidnap recruits for the East Indian and African companies. the pits bearing a kind of resemblance to the holes in a cribbage−board. or play crimp. BEAR GARDEN TERM. Marked with the small pox. courts. A woman's commodity. C 66 . they exercised the trade of shoemakers: the governor of the town discovering them to be Christians. CRIBBEYS. from which time they have been the tutelar saints of the shoemakers. wherein a prince of that name is said to have exercised the art and mystery of a shoemaker. being a favourite dish among voluptuaries and epicures. Sixpence. The foul or venereal disease. from the similarity of sound to the Caribbee Islands. ordered them to be beheaded.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO FIGHT A CRIB. about the year 303. about the year 303. that piece being commonly much bent and distorted. for criminal conversation with his wife. thence called the gentle craft: or rather from the saints Crispinus and Crispianus. practised by the London fishmongers. CRINKUM CRANKUM. as a coal crimp.

C 67 . A nickname for a man with bandy legs. called also Kidders and Tranters. to be condemned to be hanged. CROP. supposed ominous. CROCODILE'S TEARS. or CROCUS METALLORUM. a comrade. placed as a guide on their heads. Giles's. To crook one's elbow. if the fact then affirmed is not trueaccording to the casuists of Bow−street and St. CROKER. One who is always foretelling some accident or misfortune: an allusion to the croaking of a raven. adds great weight and efficacy to an oath. also a confederate in a robbery.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CROAKER. CROP. Sixpence. for the reason of this name. CROCUS. CROOK YOUR ELBOW. A nick name for a surgeon of the army and navy. whence they were likewise called roundheads. figuratively. CROOK SHANKS. He buys his boots in Crooked Lane. especially about Newcastle and Morpeth. An old ewe whose teeth are worn out. see CRIPPLE. where they are said to be born with a burr in their throats. CROOK. and wish it may never come straight. Forestallers. CRONY. A nick name for a presbyterian: from their cropping their hair. CROOK BACK. jeering sayings of men with crooked legs. which prevents their pronouncing the letter r. or four pence. hanged. Cropped. CROAKUMSHIRE. CRONE. therefore could not see to grow straight. from the particular croaking the pronunciation of the people of that county. and his stockings in Bandy−legged Walk. Northumberland. To be knocked down for a crop. which they trimmed close to a bowl−dish. Sixpence. A groat. An intimate companion. See ROUNDHEADS. a toothless old beldam. Crocodiles are fabulously reported to shed tears over their prey before they devour it. The tears of a hypocrite. CROAKERS. his legs grew in the night.

To crow over any one. See REVIEW OF THE BLACK CUIRASSIERS. Drummers of the foot guards. CROPSICK. A fiddler. conveyed more pleasant sensations to the spectators than the patient. C 68 . that her head lay on the ground. CROWDY. A particular lock or fall in the Broughtonian art. Fielding observes. and beat a point of war to serenade the new married couple. in which the wife. CROSS PATCH. A peevish boy or girl. to settle a dispute. CANT. boast. or triumph. real or supposed. the crown office was full. To brag. to walk proudly. she was so drunk. to repent at the conclusion. Oatmeal and water. One who combines with a sharper to draw in a friend. or Chelsea hospital. who find out weddings. arising from drunkenness. The head. which. CROW FAIR. or rather an unsocial ill−tempered man or woman. CROSS DISHONEST. To strut like a crow in a gutter. conspires with the husband. money. A cross cove. my eyes and limbs Jack. a mess much eaten in the north. Sickness in the stomach. CROPPEN. CROWN OFFICE. CROSS. CROSS BITE. or milk. To come home by weeping cross. COM. and thereby obtain money. any person who lives by stealing or in a dishonest manner. to reprove any one for a fault committed. CANT.This is peculiarly used to signify entrapping a man so as to obtain CRIM. also. The croppen of the rotan. I fired into her keel upwards. A visitation of the clergy. the tail of the cart. I sk−d a woman with her a−e upwards. who crows over a vanquished enemy. To pluck a crow. or with an air of consequence. to counteract or disappoint.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CROPPING DRUMS. CROSS BUTTOCK. CROWDERO. A fiddle: probably from CROOTH. The tail. Croppen ken: the necessary−house. as Mr. TO CROW. CROWD. the Welch name for that instrument. to keep him in subjection: an image drawn from a cock.

a new gamester. An old cuff. Fat. fleshy. 'I wish I had a draught of small beer. Mrs. the wife of a substantial farmer. dining with the old Lady Coventry. without moving. Crump. like privateers or pirates on a cruise. however. of late. said of one who is knock−kneed. The husband of an incontinent wife: cuckolds. you must not expect any assistance from the speaker. or false witnesses. Mrs. said to bring its cub into form by licking. who traverse the road. CRUSTY BEAU. ill−educated young man.'I wish you had. to obtain a fine complexion. Beggars. and being asked by my lady where she was going. A fine crummy dame. Crump. Taylors. An unlicked cub. implying. Hump−backed. He has picked up his crumbs finely of late. One who helps solicitors to affidavit men. Crump. Mrs. to give intelligence of a booty. in answer to a wish for any thing. reproved him sharply. waiting at table. CRUMMY.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CRUISERS. A surly fellow. replied. It is said to have originated from the following incident: One Mrs. or rich. are not you ashamed to call a dog by a Christian's name ?' To cuckold the parson. as we learn by the following story: An old woman hearing a man call his dog Cuckold. To cuff Jonas.' her modesty not permitting her to desire so fine a gentleman to bring it: the fellow.' a Gloucestershire saying. Crump got up from the table to fetch it herself. CRUSTY FELLOW. conscious that his mistress could not hear either the request or answer. the expression became proverbial. One that uses paint and cosmetics. CRUMP. a young nobleman or gentleman on his travels: an allusion to the story of the bear. who was extremely deaf. 'I wish you had. an old man. or highway spies. said to one of the footmen. he has grown very fat. The story being told abroad. an unformed.' These wishes being again repeated by both parties. are Christians. during the summer. also rogues ready to snap up any booty that may offer. CRUMP−BACKED. related what had passed. saying. 'Sirrah. CUB. CUFF. CUCKOLD. chiefly on cucumbers. to bed with one's wife before she has been churched. a fat woman. Also. or who beats his sides to keep himself C 69 . CUCUMBERS. who are jocularly said to subsist.

worn by men in the act of coition. out of a patriotic zeal for the public welfare.e. That good lady having acquired a fortune. A sharp fellow. cheats ingeniously. in circulation in the year 1776. CUP OF THE CREATURE. how often. CANT. CULP. Also a false scabbard over a sword. A cheat. likewise answers all lawful questions. and the cunnus of the Latin dictionaries. both by sea and land. an unsuspecting nature. at the Green Canister. a dupe to women: from the Italian word coglione. called also Beating the booby. A punning appellation for a simple fellow. in the Strand. who pretends by his skill in astrology to assist persons in recovering stolen goods: and also to tell them their fortunes. as the vulgar term is. one that trims close. A bob cull. CUFFIN. CULLY. CUNNING MAN. said to have been invented by one colonel Cundum. A fog or fool: also. C 70 . of which she gave notice by divers hand−bills. or. The chonnos of the Greek. she. thump their craws. CULL. These machines were long prepared and sold by a matron of the name of Philips. CUNNINGHAM. and the oil−skin case for holding the colours of a regiment. To double one's fist with the thumb inwards. CUNNY−THUMBED. and when. like a woman. and to whom they shall be married. A man. A cup of good liquor. CUNNING SHAVER. i. but learning that the town was not well served by her successors. The dried gut of a sheep. honest or otherwise. CULLABILITY. A man. This profession is frequently occupied by ladies. C**T. CUNDUM. open to imposition. being that part of the popish liturgy at which the people beat their breasts. retired from business. a nasty name for a nasty thing: un con Miege. a good− natured. a blockhead. A disposition liable to be cheated. to prevent venereal infection. A kick or blow: from the words mea culpa. quiet fellow. in Half−moon−street. returned to her occupation.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue warm in frosty weather.

CURSE OF SCOTLAND. BLIND CUPID. I am hungry CUPID. CURRY. A cockade. CURLE. My guts cry cupboard. or any other person. To curry any one's hide. Drunk. also. being ornaments to the imperial crown. one was by depriving him of his tail: a dog so cut was called a cut or curtailed dog. CANT. being frequently painted blind. derived. by some Scotch patriots. i. the tails of women's gowns. CANT. Pretended love to the cook. Thieves who cut off pieces of stuff hanging out of shop windows. was obliged to cut or law his dog: among other modes of disabling him from disturbing the game. According to the forest laws. the curb the hook. CURSE OF GOD.e. To curry favour. or Newgate solicitors. CURBING LAW. CANT. thieves wearing short jackets. Broken petty−fogging attornies. imply royalty. Others say it is from its similarity to the arms of Argyle. to beat him.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CUP−SHOT. A cur is figuratively used to signify a surly fellow. C 71 . diamonds. CURTAILS. CURE A−SE. applied to the parts galled by riding. CURSITORS. it is said. the god of love. according to some. Clippings of money. for the sake of a meal. to be a tyrant and a curse to that country. to obtain the favour of a person be coaxing or servility. A jeering name for an ugly blind man: Cupid. A cut or curtailed dog. a man who had no right to the privilege of the chase. CURMUDGEON. CUR. The nine of diamonds. has been considered as detrimental to their country. which curls up in the operation. A covetous old fellow. CUPBOARD LOVE. the Duke of Argyle having been very instrumental in bringing about the union. and by contraction a cur. See BLIND CUPID. A dyachilon plaister. The act of hooking goods out of windows: the curber is the thief. which. from the French term coeur mechant. and every ninth king of Scotland has been observed for many ages.

CURTEZAN. D 72 . The cull cutty−eyed at us. TO CUTTY−EYE. the fellow looked suspicious at us. to give foul language. to leer. the cut indirect. a saying of one whose wife is brought to bed of a boy: implying. CUSTARD CAP. To look out of the corners of one's eyes.) To renounce acquaintance with any one is to CUT him. TO CUT BENE. because fairly entered. to leave a person or company. Dab. To cut a bosh. when he hit his wife on the a−se with a pound of butter. to look askance. to die rich. at the approach of the obnoxious person in order to avoid him. To cut up well. CUSHION. TO CUT. till he is out of sight. The cut sublime. A prostitute. (Cambridge. is said to read him a curtain lecture. to make a figure. that having done his business effectually. CANT. and pass without appearing to observe him. made hollow at the top like a custard. many of whom in the fury of their eloquence. a dab at any feat or exercise. is to admire the top of King's College Chapel. CUT. the cut infernal. An adept. is to analyze the arrangement of your shoe−strings. The cut indirect. for the same purpose. A parson. the cut sublime. The cut infernal. To speak gently. is to look another way. To cut queer whiddes. to give good words. Such as the cut direct. A woman who scolds her husband when in bed. To cut bene whiddes. A little cut over the head. CUSHION THUMPER. is to start across the street. he may now indulge or repose himself. To cut.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CURTAIN LECTURE. The stock in trade of a prostitute. quoth Dawkins. D DAB. slightly intoxicated. The cut direct. heartily belabour their cushions. Drunk. or DUSTER. or the beauty of the passing clouds. or a flash. The cap worn by the sword−bearer of the city of London. CUSTOM−HOUSE GOODS. He has deserved the cushion. There are several species of the CUT.

a scourer of the streets. the appetite. or goes too near the ground. DANDY. or allaying. DAGGERS. give me your hand.e. To be hanged. DAMBER. A clerk in a counting house.e. DAIRY. Hands. Old daddy. guards against the crime of perjury. That's the dandy. A jockey term for a horse that does not lift up his legs sufficiently. or kicker up of a breeze. CANT. A roaring. mentioned in the Gentoo code of laws: hence etymologists may.e. ready to fight. at enmity. I do not care half a farthing for it. DAMNED SOUL. A luncheon. DANCE UPON NOTHING. To beat daddy mammy. the first rudiments of drum beating. and who. DADDLES. A rascal. blustering fellow. the clever thing. she pulled out her breast. Two pence. i. See DIMBER. as the proverb wisely observes. Ostlers at great inns. She sported her dairy. the ton." See BARBER. an expression of similar import to "That's the barber. if they please. DAM. or snap before dinner: so called from its damping. never to swear truly on those occasions. i. DANCERS. DAISY CUTTER. DAMME BOY. Tip us your daddle. CANT. lend me two pence. A small Indian coin. apt to take away the appetite. whose sole business it is to clear or swear off merchandise at the custom−house. derive the common expression. i.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue DACE. mad. being the elements of the roll. They are at daggers drawing. and is therefore apt to stumble. I do not care a dam. DADDY. a familiar address to an old man. DAMPER. Tip me a dace. DAISY KICKERS. eating and drinking. being. A woman's breasts. Father. it is said. particularly one that gives suck. by taking a previous oath. Stairs. D 73 .

One who follows women in general. An insignificant or trifling fellow. for fear of discovery. Fetters. His coat's dandy grey russet. little man. As drunk as David's sow. hide the dark lanthorn. who kept an alehouse at Hereford. A smart. and being fearful of the D 74 . DARK CULLY. to be hanged: I shall see you dangle in the sheriff's picture frame. and Sweden. which was greatly resorted to by the curious. DARKMAN'S BUDGE. such as Norway. A dirty brown. I shall see you hanging on the gallows. in order to let some of the gang in at night to rob it. the cove of the crib is fly. DASH. DARBY. a common saying. To follow a woman without asking the question. DAVID JONES. the master of the house knows that we are here. A tavern drawer. CANT. without any particular attachment DAPPER FELLOW. Stow the darkee. One that slides into a house in the dark of the evening. DANGLER. well−made. CANT.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue DANDY GREY RUSSET. for which he used sometimes to give her due correction. and run away. the colour of the Devil's nutting bag. CANT. The devil. One day David's wife having taken a cup too much. The night. DAVID'S SOW. The sea. Also. DAVID JONES'S LOCKER. he had also a wife much addicted to drunkenness. DANDY PRAT. which took its rise from the following circumstance: One David Lloyd. and hides himself. Ready money. DART. Denmark. DARBIES. A straight−armed blow in boxing. whom he visits only at night. DARKMANS. To DANGLE. had a living sow with six legs. a Welchman. A married man that keeps a mistress. To cut a dash: to make a figure. and bolt. DARKEE. the spirit of the sea: called Necken in the north countries. A dark lanthorn used by housebreakers.

All bedawbed with lace. to work for wages already paid. See OTOMY. See THREE−LEGGEB MARE. to close up a man's eyes in boxing. A neat little man. whence the woman was ever after called David's sow. DEAD MEN. to which some of the company. DEAD HORSE. DEFT FELLOW. also empty bottles. DEEP−ONE. that bears fruit all the year round. one quite an otomy. a sly designing fellow: in opposition to a shallow or foolish one. exclaiming. A term used by thieves. Vulgar pronunciation of the Dedalus ship of war. To darken his day lights. DAVY. David ushered them into the stye. there is a sow for you! did any of you ever see such another? all the while supposing the sow had really been there. and lay down to sleep herself sober in the stye.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue consequences. A thorough−paced rogue. A company coming in to see the sow. Eyes. turned out the sow. DEATH'S HEAD UPON A MOP−STICK. See CARRION HUNTER. for loaves falsely charged to their masters' customers. The cull was scragged because he could not dawb. DEATH HUNTER. He looked as pleasant as the pains of death. DEADLY NEVERGREEN. all over lace. To bribe. DAY LIGHTS. A cant word among journeymen bakers. Irishmen: from their frequently making use of that expression. the rogue was hanged because he could not bribe. An undertaker. when they are disappointed in the value of their booty. I'll take my davy of it. A poor miserable. To work for the dead horse. DEAD CARGO. D 75 . or three−legged mare. seeing the state the woman was in. emaciated fellow. replied. DEAR JOYS. it was the drunkenest sow they had ever beheld. TO DAWB. or sow up his sees. vulgar abbreviation of affidavit. The gallows. one who furnishes the necessary articles for funerals. DEAD−LOUSE.

or DAGEN. steal the sword. DEVIL. run!' The Devil was sick. The Devil was well. she answered. a small streak of blue thread in the king's sails. A printer's errand−boy. husband. heaven or hell. but who have not lost their virginity. he has no money: the cross on our ancient coins being jocularly supposed to prevent him from visiting that place. the Devil a monk would be. to pay the money. whereby they may be distinguished from all others. DEMURE. if Derrick's cables do but hold. of breaking his shins against it. to be civil to any one out of fear: in allusion to the story of the old woman. the Devil a monk was he. Also a common strumpet. 'Run. on being informed of this. CANT. To hold a candle to the Devil. DELLS. A sword.'At the gallows. as to the haven at which they must all cast anchor. PRIGGIN LAW. she chose to secure a friend in both places. or hangman about the year 1608. a loving wife cried out with great vehemence.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue DEGEN. who set a wax taper before the image of St. as it was uncertain which place she should go to.e. ripe and prone to venery. The Devil himself.' Vide Bellman of London. where I leave them. whom that saint is commonly represented as trampling under his feet: being reproved for paying such honour to Satan. and Tiburne the inne at which he will lighte. a proverb signifying that we are apt to forget promises D 76 . As demure as an old whore at a christening. the Devil is beating his wife with a shoulder of mutton: this phenomenon is also said to denote that cuckolds are going to heaven. and another before the Devil. a woman of doubtful character. as it is said. after which they become free for any of the fraternity. Michael. An abbreviation of demy−reputation. and Derrick must be his host. DEMY−REP. in art. which the UPRIGHT MAN claims by virtue of his prerogative. said of any thing unlikely to happen. To come down with the derbies. It rains whilst the sun shines. The name of the finisher of the law. Nim the degen.' Ibid. The Devil may dance in his pocket. Young buxom wenches. That will be when the Devil is blind. Also a small thread in the king's ropes and cables. and he has not got sore eyes yet. for fear. i. DERRICK. DERBY. Dagen is Dutch for a sword.'For he rides his circuit with the Devil. CANT.

DEVIL'S DUNG. DEWITTED. and lives with the old folks. devilish cold. or DEVIL DRIVER. The Devil go with you and sixpence. Cant. The Devil gave with his daughter in marriage. devilish well. DEVIL'S DAUGHTER'S PORTION: Deal. DEVIL'S GUTS. scored. who do not like their land should be measured by their landlords. and then you will have both money and company. Dover. peppered.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue made in time of distress. to be reduced to one's shifts. A miserable painter. He added Helvoet and the Brill. devilish sweet. Assafoetida. DEVILISH. And. DEUSEA VILLE STAMPERS. devilish good. DEVIL CATCHER. that he has married the Devil's daughter. salted and broiled: it derives its appellation from being hot in the mouth. as. DEVIL'S DAUGHTER. on sailors and travellers. a saying occasioned by the shameful impositions practised by the inhabitants of those places. Cards. D 77 . DEUSEA VILLE. To pull the Devil by the tail. DEVIL. or DEUX WINS. Cant. Two−pence. It is said of one who has a termagant for his wife. DEWS WINS. Cant. Country carriers. devilish bad. DEW BEATERS. and Harwich. DEVIL'S BOOKS. A surveyor's chain: so called by farmers. devilish sick. See SNUB DEVIL. A parson. anno 1672. The gizzard of a turkey or fowl. devilish hot. Torn to pieces by a mob. Very: an epithet which in the English vulgar language is made to agree with every quality or thing. Feet. devilish sour. Cant. The country. as that great statesman John de Wit was in Holland. by a codicil to his will. DEVIL DRAWER.

A sham shirt. It's all Dicky with him. e. DILDO. DICKEY. To cheat.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue DIAL PLATE. DICKEY. Roll your dickey. That happened in the reign of queen Dick. Small pieces of excrement adhering to the hairs near the fundament. for passage A bale of demies A bale of long dice for even and odd A bale of bristles A bale of direct contraries. DICKY. Cant. A woman's breasts or bubbies. DICK. DIDDLE. q. Also a seat for servants to sit behind a carriage. TO DIDDLE. Gin. i. to disfigure his face. The fundament. DILBERRIES. DIGGERS. d. DIDDEYS. DICKED IN THE NOB. See Jeremy Diddler In Raising The Wind. i. [From the Italian DILETTO. or don't know what ails me. with as many highmen as lowmen. out of spirits. Spurs. never: said of any absurd old story.e. when their master drives. A woman's under−petticoat. The names of false dice: A bale of bard cinque deuces A bale of flat cinque deuces A bale of flat sice aces A bale of bard cater traes A bale of flat cater traes A bale of fulhams A bale of light graniers A bale of langrets contrary to the ventage A bale of gordes. The face. that is. it's all over with him. To defraud. The cull diddled me out of my dearee. Silly. Crazed. DICE. D 78 . DILBERRY MAKER. a woman's delight. drive your ass. the fellow robbed me of my sweetheart. An ass. I am as queer as Dick's hatband. To alter his dial plate.

q. for three−pence. DIMBER DAMBER. on paying three halfpence. commonly a post chaise. by rogues pretending to be postmen. DING BOY. d. a thing to play withal. A dimber cove. To knock down. in Middle Row. or the completest cheat. like the Devil's apothecary. CANT. DING. or any one who has. a pretty fellow. DINING ROOM POST. who send up sham letters to the lodgers. Also to throw away or hide: thus a highwayman who throws away or hides any thing with which he robbed. whilst waiting in the entry for the postage. wigs of different sorts were. styled a Dinger. called in Lombardy Passo Tempo. Holborn. or sharper. DIP is also a punning D 79 . to prevent being known or detected. DING DONG. in a hasty disorderly manner. CANT. (An abbreviation of the word DILIGENCE. Double diligent. or prince. go into the first room they see open. A rogue. a bully. he might. To dip for a wig. that is. as the West−Indian term is. and take out the first wig he laid hold of. Helter skelter. and other inferior limbs of the law. where many attornies clerks. A mulatto. and. DINGEY CHRISTIAN. DILLY. DIMBER. the name is taken from the public stage vehicles in France and Flanders. under Furnival's Inn. a lick of the tar−brush.) A public voiture or stage.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue or from our word DALLY. THE DIP. To ding it in one's ears. if he was dissatisfied with his prize. is. carrying three persons. Dimber mort. A mode of stealing in houses that let lodgings. a hector. said of one affectedly diligent. it is said. and rob it. put into a close−stool box. DILIGENT. take out the wrinkles from their bellies. any one might dip. or thrust in his hand. among the canting crew: also the chief rogue of the gang. return it and dip again. DIP. in the canting lingo. some negro blood in him. into which. A cook's shop. Bailey. Formerly.] Penis−succedaneus. Pretty. CANT. to reproach or tell one something one is not desirous of hearing. a pretty wench. A top man. The dillies first began to run in England about the year 1779.

A suit of ditto. to go down into a cellar to dinner. DISGRUNTLED. to pick a pocket. Drunk. to reproach or twit one with any particular matter. Anabaptists. all of one colour. A dirty. DISTRACTED DIVISION. coat.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue name for a tallow−chandler. A dive. Also to overcome in a boxing match: witness those laconic lines written on the field of battle. He is completely dished up. I have done D 80 . I have done him. a punishment often threatened by the female servants in a kitchen. DISPATCHERS. I have robbed him. To throw a thing in one's dish. DIVE. A pickpocket. To dive. DIPPERS. also one who lives in a cellar. To do any one. DITTO. DISHED UP. A mittimus.e. and breeches. disobliged. The psalm sung by the felons at the gallows. To dive for a dinner. DISPATCHES. Loaded or false dice. to rob and cheat him. DO. To divide the house with one's wife. for the commitment of a rogue. He has made a napkin of his dishclout. to give her the outside. and to keep all the inside to one's self. he is totally ruined. waistcoat. to turn her into the street. DISMAL DITTY. by Humphreys to his patron. Pawned or mortgaged. a saying of one who has married his cook maid. DIVIDE. A nasty slut. DISGUISED. Husband and wife fighting. DIVER. greasy woman.'Sir. DIRTY PUZZLE. or justice of the peace's warrant. to a man who pries too minutely into the secrets of that place. Offended. Cant. just before they are turned off. is a thief who stands ready to receive goods thrown out to him by a little boy put in at a window. DISHCLOUT. i. To pin a dishclout to a man's tail. DIPT.

Carries the same meaning. DOG IN A DOUBLET. DOASH. they cheated him with loaded dice. The dogs have not dined. Dog in a manger. resolute fellow. Cant. He must go into dock. shift and all. so has Sneyders. that will run but two or three chances. to follow at a distance. and then turning them into the street. a punishment inflicted in the night on a fresh prisoner.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the Jew. generally practised by women in the disguise of maid servants. To lie with a woman. a common saying to any one whose shirt hangs out behind. also the name of a composition used by distillers. An old dog at it. having a kind of buff doublet buttoned on their bodies. the fellow laid with the wench all night. sell their skins. DOCTOR. The cull docked the dell all the darkmans. and some nutmeg. in their phrase. DOG. A daring. Docking is also a punishment inflicted by sailors on the prostitutes who have infected them with the venereal disease. A cloak. petticoats. Milk and water. a sea phrase. with a little rum. DOG BUFFERS.e. To walk the black dog on any one. not at all.' TO DO OVER. DOCTORS. it consists in cutting off all their clothes. Loaded dice. Dog stealers. TO DOCK. D 81 . i. To dog. In Germany and Flanders the boldest dogs used to hunt the boar. but is not so briefly expressed: the former having received the polish of the present times. CANT. Docked smack smooth. DOBIN RIG. To blush like a blue dog. close to their stays. and feed the remaining dogs with their flesh. or. to make spirits appear stronger than they really are. better proof. DODSEY. one who would prevent another from enjoying what he himself does not want: an allusion to the well−known fable. one who has suffered an amputation of his penis from a venereal complaint. A woman: perhaps a corruption of Doxey. They put the doctors upon him. who kill those dogs not advertised for. or dodge. Stealing ribbands from haberdashers early in the morning or late at night. expert or accustomed to any thing. Rubens has represented several so equipped. signifying that the person spoken of must undergo a salivation.

DOMMERER. in case of his refusal to pay the usual footing or garnish. and then turn tail to it. intitled also the king of Spain's trumpeter. SEA TERM. Don't think as how you shall domineer here. DOG'S RIG. DOMINE DO LITTLE. Cant.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by his comrades.See DO. A he. DONE UP. An impotent old fellow. Jocular ways of calling a woman a bitch. DOG VANE. from the Spanish or don−like gravity of that animal. D 82 . To reprove or command in an insolent or haughty manner. Cant. DONE. DOG'S WIFE or LADY. DOG LATIN. Modern Term. Surly. He comes in for only a dog's portion. DOLLY. Rain water. DONKEY DICK. DOGGESS. or cruel and blood−thirsty Turks. A beggar pretending that his tongue has been cutout by the Algerines. DOLL. perhaps. Robbed: also. or any other house of correction. which being turned about. Barbarous Latin. a tawdry. To copulate till you are tired. over−drest woman. Bartholomew doll. to beat hemp at Bridewell. DOGGED. with soap and water. such as was formerly used by the lawyers in their pleadings. or jack ass: called donkey. To mill doll. A lick and a smell. PUPPY'S MAMMA. agitates and cleanses the linen put into it. or DONE OVER. a contrivance for washing. a saying of one who is a distant admirer or dangler after women. Ruined by gaming and extravagances. DOG'S SOUP. A cockade. DOMINEER. DOG'S PORTION. DONKEY. like one of the children's dolls at Bartholomew fair. convicted or hanged. A Yorkshire dolly. or else that he yas born deaf and dumb. See DANGLER. by means of a kind of wheel fixed in a tub.

Doodle doo. There is NO DOWN.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue DOODLE. DOWN HILLS. DOVE−TAIL. A silly fellow. A blow in the face. She beggars. A bagpipe. DOWSE ON THE CHOPS. put out the candle. To take down: as. DOWDY. DOODLE SACK. DOUGLAS. DOUBLE. DOXIES. Not you by your asking. A cant phrase used by house−breakers to signify that the persons belonging to any house are not on their guard. A man's backside. Who owns this? The dovetail is. DRAB. DOPEY. Dice that run low. a childish appellation for a cock. Also a jeering appellation for an inferior writing−master. TO DOWSE. and have not heard any noise to alarm them. or noodle: see NOODLE. or teacher of arithmetic. A species of regular answer. Dowse the glim. Dowse the pendant. Vulgar pronunciation of DOUCEUR. Knowing it. which fits into the subject. Aware of a thing. vulgar−looking woman. DOWSER. D 83 . as the sea phrase is. To waddle: generally applied to persons who have one leg shorter than the other. go upon an uneven keel. Dutch.Also the private parts of a woman. or Cock a doodle doo. DOWN. A beggar's trull. DOUBLE JUGG. like the contrivance whence it takes its name: Ex. with one eye and a stinking breath. A coarse. and who. whores. Dowse your dog vane. wenches. or that they are fast asleep. Also a child's penis. Roby Douglas. A nasty. to run away in his or her debt. sluttish whore. the breech. Sea wit. To tip any one the double. Cotton's Virgil. take the cockade out of your hat. in imitation of its note when crowing. DOT AND GO ONE.

A gleet. To take any thing from a pocket. A dram served upon credit. Robbers of houses whose doors are only fastened with latches. Waiting in the streets to rob carts or waggons. To beat. One whose garments are bespattered with dag or dew: generally applied to the female sex. An ale draper. CANT. Dog's dram. TO DRESS. and clap his back. A bad or false bill of exchange. in order to rob it. being originally sold by apothecaries. Such is a physician who furnishes the medicines. DRAG LAY. DRAPER. ON THE PUMP AT ALDGATE. Stockings. DRAW LATCHES. to spit in his mouth. To pick a gentleman's pocket of a handkerchief. To draw a swell of a clout. is said to dragoon it. or BILL. DRAM. TO DRAW. CANT. A purple D 84 . CANT. to signify a slattern. were estimated by drams. A glass or small measure of any spirituous liquors.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue DRAG. DRAWING THE KING'S PICTURE. DRAWERS. gently. ounces. by which an old practitioner is enabled to cog one of them with his fore−finger. and compounds his own prescriptions. CANT. DRIBBLE. I'll beat him soundly. DRAUGHT. DRAGGLETAIL or DAGGLETAIL. I'll dress his hide neatly. to follow a cart or waggon. the dice from the box. to tell lies. an alehouse keeper. A heavy. Coining. DROMEDARY. A method of pouring out. bungling thief or rogue. To draw the long bow. See ALDGATE. DRAM−A−TICK. which. like the soldier of that denomination. To go on the drag. Gin: so called from the diuretic qualities imputed to that liquor. he serves in a double capacity. as it were. because. DRAGOONING IT. A man who occupies two branches of one profession. DRIPPER. DRAIN.

DRURY LANE AGUE. a contrivance for executing felons at Newgate. Drunk as a wheel−barrow. See DAVID'S SOW. DRUNK. Drury−lane and its environs were formerly the residence of many of those ladies. See FAWNY RIG. DROP COVES. or rope's end: perhaps a contraction of DRY RUB. DRUMMER. DRURY LANE VESTAL. a bungler in the art and mystery of thieving. CANT. DROP A COG. a piece of gold or silver. D 85 . as the kiddy dropped down when he went to be twisted. To let fall. A man's yard with a gonorrhoea. or prostitute. DROP IN THE EYE. See MORNING DROP. See DOMMERER. DROPPING MEMBER. Persons who practice the fraud of dropping a ring or other article. in law Latin. DROMMERARS. the young fellow was very low spirited when he walked out to be hanged. See LEAF. It is also used to signify a good beating with any instrument.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue dromedary. who in beating makes many flourishes with his drumsticks. The new drop. by means of a platform. This expression is used by thieves to signify that their companion did not die game. To be dispirited. and MONEY DROPPERS. siccus robertulus. the piece so dropped is called a dropt cog. Almost drunk. TO DROP DOWN. they pretend that the thing is very valuable to induce their gull to lend them money. or to purchase the article. A jockey term for a horse that throws about his fore legs irregularly: the idea is taken from a kettle drummer. Drunk as David's sow. and picking it up before the person intended to be defrauded. A woman of the town. TO DRUB. DRY BOB. The venereal disorder. To beat any one with a stick. which drops from under them: this is also called the last drop. with design. A smart repartee: also copulation without emission. in order to draw in and cheat the person who sees it picked up. DROP.

pretending to sell smuggled goods: they accost their intended dupes in a whisper. in the Strand. CANT. DUDGEON. Clothes. oyster−shells. DUB O' TH' HICK. or damaged. A picker of locks. DUCE. practised with pieces of tile. he would be hustled out by the fraternity. stopping all country people. Short legs. To make ducks and drakes: a school−boy's amusement. particularly about Water−lane. The man who has the care of the poultry on board a ship of war. purchased by them of large manufactories. by selling D 86 . differences. Robbing houses by picking the locks. See DUFFER. DUB THE JIGGER. A sly humorous fellow. A lame duck. DUBBER. Cheats who ply in different parts of the town. or flattish stones. and pretend to deal in smuggled goods. Two−pence. DUCK LEGS. rebound many times. or master−key. DUCK. Anger. to throw it idly away. which they frequently do. A lick on the head. CANT. A thundering rake. CANT. To make ducks and drakes of one's money. DUDS. one extremely lewd. DUDDERS. or such as they think they can impose on. Clement's church. should he attempt it.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue DRY BOOTS. A picklock. DUFFERS. who either cannot or will not pay his losses. DUB LAY. Open the door. as he cannot appear there again till his debts are settled and paid. a buck of the first head. or. opposite St. in which case he is said to WADDLE OUT OF THE ALLEY. Cheats who travel the country. an Exchange−alley phrase for a stock−jobber. DUDDERING RAKE. DUCKS AND DRAKES. The goods they have for sale are old shop−keepers. which being skimmed along the surface of a pond. or WHISPERING DUDDERS. or still river. DUB. DUCK F−CK−R.

cast by schoolboys in the shape of money. one long going on an errand. to fast. when a man refused to pay. Paul's church was an aisle called Duke Humphrey's walk (from a tomb vulgarly called his. A stupid. and bolt.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue them Spital−fields goods at double their current price. were said to dine with Duke Humphrey. In old St. also soundly beaten. A tall. signifies DEAF." DUMPLIN. DUKE HUMPHREY. DUMMEE. a king of Egypt. DUN. and persons who walked there. DULL SWIFT. and run off. while others were at dinner. take all the bank notes out of the pocket book. awkward. Dumps are also small pieces of lead. A venereal bubo in the groin. Frisk the dummee of the screens. A queer unaccountable fellow. DUMB ARM. low−spirited. DUMB WATCH. A pocket book. A woman's privities. ill−made fellow. in the provincial dialect of several counties. A woman's breasts. Why do not you set Dun to attest D 87 . But the true original meaning of the word. A lame arm. a famous bailiff of the town of Lincoln. DUGS. A dummee hunter. ding the dummee. so extremely active. sluggish fellow. A pick−pocket. A short thick man or woman. who died of melancholy. dumplins being a favourite kind of food in that county. DUKE. DUKE OF LIMBS. to dun. they sing out beef. who lurks about to steal pocket books out of gentlemen's pockets. Why do not you DUN him? that is. Throw away the pocket book. To dine with Duke Humphrey. Silenced. and so dexterous in his business. Down in the dumps. or RUM DUKE. a jeering appellation of a Norfolk man. but in reality belonging to John of Gaunt). DUMPS. An importunate creditor. that it became a proverb. then. melancholy: jocularly said to be derived from Dumpos. which signifies GIVE. DUMB−FOUNDED. perhaps may mean to deafen with importunate demands: some derive it from the word DONNEZ. as they call out "stop thief. Norfolk dumplin. Dunny. DUMB GLUTTON. owes its birth to one Joe Dun.

And presently a halter got. See FLINTS. a dirty. A cow. Dung. A water closet. Where every one plays or signs a different tune. or by a D 88 . or ALLE−MAL. Dust it away. See DUB. DUNNOCK. book iv. therefore deemed by the flints a coward. And ere a cat could lick her ear. To raise or kick up a dust. A verbal or lump account. Thank God it is no worse. A stealer of cows and calves. As DUN himself could do for's heart. Where the entertainer gets drunk before his guest. and is now as old as since the days of Henry VII. A privy. DUNEGAN. he grinds mustard with his knees: Durham is famous for its mustard. To open a door: a contraction of DO OPE or OPEN. to repent. DUNGHILL. as brought at spungiug or bawdy houses. without particulars. to make a disturbance or riot: see BREEZE. A dead man: your father is a dustman. DUTCH FEAST. filthy man or woman. A coward: a cockpit phrase. or shew any signs of contrition at the gallows. CUNT. deposit the money. DUSTMAN. Money. Moving dunghill. DUNAKER. also means a journeyman taylor who submits to the law for regulating journeymen taylors' wages. DUTCH COMFORT. DUTCHESS. Made of the best strong hempen teer. A woman enjoyed with her pattens on. Had tied it up with as much art. To die dunghill. an abbreviation of dunghill. Cotton's Virgil Trav. before that of Jack Ketch. DUTCH RECKONING. TO DUP. DUTCH CONCERT.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue him? Hence it became a cant word. drink about. all but gamecocks being styled dunghills. DURHAM MAN. Knocker kneed. Down with your dust. DUST. Dun was also the general name for the hangman.

from the Latin word. I will knock out two of your eight eyes. This advice is frequently given to felons going to suffer the law. Out at elbows. E 89 . EAT. EASY. i. EARTH BATH. a jocular reproach to a proud man. or GAME. or as it is vulgarly called. Labour. Elbow grease will make an oak table shine. i. The King's Bench Prison. gag or kill him. to retract what one has said. the dice. and a ***−eye. Lord Ellenborough's teeth. To eat one's words. one who rattles Saint Hugh's bones. ELLENBOROUGH LODGE. a little man or woman. AGE. viz. two bub−eyes. said of one who has a black eye. and wag his under jaw. let what will happen. AGE. two seeing eyes. ELF. according to the naturalists of that society. a common Billingsgate threat from one fish nymph to another: every woman. not to whiddle or squeak. To eat like a beggar man. DIE HARD. to egg a man on. He has fallen down and trod upon his eye. Some derive to egg on. EASY VIRTUE.e. To die hard. A lady of easy virtue: an impure or prostitute. anxious for the honour of the gang. two pope's eyes. Sufficient space to act in. the chevaux de frize round the top of the wall of that prison. E EARNEST. ELBOW GREASE. To excite. TO EDGE. A gamester. Make the cull easy or quiet. to bind a bargain. As easy as pissing the bed. A Grave. is said to be made a dutchess. Fall back. said of an estate that is mortgaged.e. a bell−eye.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue man−in boots. is to shew no signs of fear or contrition at the gallows. having eight eyes. fall edge. A fairy or hobgoblin. ELBOW SHAKER. EIGHT EYES. stimulate. by their old comrades. ELBOW ROOM. or provoke. A deposit in part of payment.

A ditch. EVES. EYE. Killed: alluding to the gunner's accounts. also a listener at doors and windows. A calf. ten times as drunk as a lord. EVIL. Sea phrase.e. EYE−SORE. E 90 . and chiefly supplying the London markets. The monosyllable. Well equipt. EVE'S CUSTOM−HOUSE.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue EMPEROR. A drunken man. ETERNITY Box. EQUIPT. all mere stuff. or well dressed. ENSIGN BEARER. also. EXECUTION DAY. EVES DROPPER. It's all my eye and Betty Martin. who looks red in the face. in which there are more ditches than Stiles. Porter. drest like a young girl. One that lurks about to rob hen−roosts. ESSEX LION. i. full of money. Rich. ENGLISH BURGUNDY. A halter. Essex being famous for calves. or hoists his colours in his drink. to hear private conversation. Drunk as an emperor. A disagreeable object. Washing day. Cant. A white ewe. wherein the articles consumed are charged under the title of expended. a couple of guineas. a great part of Essex is low marshy ground. said by a limn whose wife was cut for a fistula in ano. a beautiful woman. EXPENDED. Also a wife. An old ewe. drest lamb fashion. EWE. It will be an eye−sore as long as she lives. where Adam made his first entry. The cull equipped me with a brace of meggs. an old woman. the gentleman furnished me with. having new clothes. ESSEX STILE. A coffin. It's all nonsense. Hen roosts.

TO FAMGRASP. Famble cheats. not to be soon tired. FALLALLS. beat the wench. for jaded or tired. FALLEN AWAY FROM A HORSE LOAD TO A CART LOAD. a glass filled so full as to leave no room for the lip. Cant. FADGE. bind the men. FAIR. a taylor who gives long credit. under pretence of buying a wedding ring. FAITHFUL. it won't do. Ornaments. to persist in a falsity. who is said to fag him. such as ribands. One of the faithful. who acts as a servant to one of a superior. FAMS. FACER. i. and palming one or two. A set of subterraneous rooms in the Fleet Prison. fagged out. A forgery. chiefly women's. FAKEMENT. Hands. by daubing the hand with some viscous matter. A bumper. necklaces. Also a violent blow on the face. FAGGER. to agree F 91 . he is my fag.e. A farthing. FAM LAY. To beat. desire the swindlers to be careful not to forge another person's signature. A saying on one grown fat. A thief or receiver of stolen goods. To shake bands: figuratively. To stand a good fag. CANT. which are all bound. trusting too much. To face it out. A counterfeit signature. His faith has made him unwhole. A man hired at a muster to appear as a soldier. broke him. means to bind: an allusion to the faggots made up by the woodmen. perhaps. To faggot in the canting sense.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue F FACE−MAKING. Fag the bloss. No face but his own: a saying of one who has no money in his pocket or no court cards in his hand. or FAMBLES. Tell the macers to mind their fakements. whence. A fag also means a boy of an inferior form or class. A little boy put in at a window to rob the house. It won't fadge. FAGGOT. Begetting children. FAMILY MAN. Faggot the culls. TO FAG. Going into a goldsmith's shop. rings or gloves.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue or make up a difference. FANTASTICALLY DRESSED. or shewer of tricks. carmen. I dare not trust my a−se with a fart: said by a person troubled with a looseness. inned. AS FAT AS A HEN IN THE FOREHEAD. that is. or stowed. Stupid. I fanned him sweetly. CANT. FART. Lewd women. Excrement hanging about the anus. said of one who has bewrayed his breeches. juggler. with more rags than ribands. The last landed. Sound at heart. Res saluberrima est lumbis. A tumbler. Fat. Breeches. shake hands with the fellow. A valet or footman from his walking behind his master or mistress. All the fat is in the fire. Famgrasp the cove. of any sort of merchandise: so called by the water−side porters. means void spaces. FANCY MAN. FASTNESSES. FAT. Bogs. Piss and fart. FAMILY OF LOVE. I beat him heartily. A saying of a meagre person. A warrant. CANT. grains and all. FARTLEBERRIES. TO FAN. FART CATCHER. perhaps because they lure the people. as a faulconer does his hawks. F 92 . a religious sect. FAULKNER. A man kept by a lady for secret services. it is all over with us: a saying used in case of any miscarriage or disappointment in an undertaking. To beat any one. among printers. FAT CULL. Mingere cum bumbis. He has let a brewer's fart. FASTNER. also. FAT HEADED. an allusion to overturning the frying pan into the fire. FARTING CRACKERS. A rich fellow.

TO FENCE. I am not to be scared by nonsense. A ring. A sham attack on one part. CANT. At Oxford an empty bottle is called a gentleman commoner for the same reason. to steal a spoon. FEATHER−BED LANE. FAWNEY. FAW. To pawn or sell to a receiver of stolen goods. or common prostitute. a forfeit is incurred by any horse−dealer's servant. supposed in childish story−books to be spoken by giants. I am not to be frighted by fee. A common fraud. To nab the feeder. To make feet for children's stockings. a live eel. FUM. Nonsensical words. A spoon. FEINT. thus practised: A fellow drops a brass ring. double gilt. as it is said. and to whom he disposes of it for less than its supposed. and formerly. figuratively. A rough or stony lane. who shall shew a horse without first feaguing him. The kiddey fenced his thimble for three quids. FEN. FEEDER. An empty bottle: so called at the university of Cambridge. FEAGUE. An officer of feet. when a real one is meant at another. Feague is used. Fortune tellers. or FATORS.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue FAYTORS. which he picks up before the party meant to be cheated. and ten times more than its real. and from thence are denominated HAT FELLOW COMMONERS. faw. a jocular title for an officer of infantry. to make him lively and carry his tail well. The fundament. FEE. for encouraging or spiriting one up. FELLOW COMMONER. the young fellow pawned his watch for three guineas. to put ginger up a horse's fundament. The younger branches of the nobility have the privilege of wearing a hat. To FEATHER ONE'S NEST. A bawd. FEET. value. FAWNEY RIG. where fellow commoners are not in general considered as over full of learning. See MONEY DROPPER. fum. They pay at Cambridge 250 l. a year for the privilege of wearing a gold or silver tassel to their caps. it is said. To fence F 93 . to beget children. FEAK. To feague a horse. To enrich one's self.

FIDGETS. or vaultrier. or invention to deceive. TO FIB. or warehouse. FIDDLESTICK'S END. a trifier. from the small pieces of tow with which the vent or touch hole of a cannon is stopped. at excessive rates. Nothing.A fib is also a tiny lie. red−eyed: ferrets have red eyes. See FIZZLE. CANT. said of one that cannot sit long in a place. A small windy escape backwards.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue invariably means to pawn or sell goods to a receiver. the name of a famous sword− cutler: most of the Highland broad−swords are marked with his name. A trick. or FOYSE. FERRET. FIDLAM BEN. FERMERDY BEGGARS. called also St. To beat. Andrea Ferrara. A hole. See GLAYMORE. General thieves. the end of the ancient fiddlesticks ending in a point. A quid. A mere fiddle faddle fellow. frequently by old ladies charged on their lap−dogs. where stolen goods are secreted. FEUTERER. FICE. one that leads a lime hound for the chase. having every finger a fish−hook. FERRARA. FIDDLE FADDLE. nonsense. SEA TERM. A dog−keeper: from the French vautrier. FENCING KEN. to search out or expel any one from his hiding−place. All those who have not the sham sores or clymes. Peter's sons. and then continually duns them for the debt. To ferret. F 94 . FID OF TOBACCO. CANT. hence metaphorically used to express a thing terminating in nothing. Trifling discourse. Fib the cove's quarron in the rumpad for the lour in his bung. more obvious to the nose than ears. FETCH. The magazine. whence an Andrea Ferrara has become the common name for the glaymore or Highland broad− sword. A tradesman who sells goods to youug unthrift heirs. CANT. Ferret−eyed. beat the fellow in the highway for the money in his purse. wheedle. FERME. also to cheat. He has got the fidgets. as a ferret drives out rabbits.

A fine of eighty− four months. FINGER IN EYE. FIN. drink. because he points out a way to others which he never goes himself. The art of picking pockets. while the file picks his pocket. An arm. FINGER POST. and gives'the booty to the adam tiler. a man who has lost an arm. or BUNGNIPPER. SEA PHRASE. FILCH. another of the same kind. A parson: so called. Fiddler's pay. as to see a goose walk barefoot. the adam tiler. and money. FIGURE DANCER. FILE. See DIVER. A pick pocket. to rob or cheat. The more you cry the less you'll p−ss. A red−faced man is said to have been served with a writ of fieri facias. Fine as a cow−td stuck with primroses. All sixpences: sixpence being the usual sum paid by each couple. FIERI FACIAS. The file. with an iron hook at the end. and F 95 . or FILEL. the same as angler. FIGGING LAW. converting tens to hundreds. Fine as five pence. for music at country wakes and hops. a transportation for seven years. A beggar's staff. FINE. a woman thief. a man thief.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue FIDDLERS MONEY. or bungnipper. Filching cove. a consolatory speech used by sailors to their doxies. goes generally in company with two assistants. or any thing out of a casement. Like the finger post. who scours off with it. To file. meat. A little boy put in at a window to hand out goods to the diver. To put finger in eye. thanks and wine. FINE. Fiddler's fare. FIELD LANE DUCK. It is as great a pity to see a woman cry. A man imprisoned for any offence. FILE CLOY. A one finned fellow. FIGDEAN. Filching mort. CANT. and another called the bulk or bulker. A baked sheep's head. to pluck clothes from an hedge. FIGGER. One who alters figures on bank notes. Whose business it is to jostle the person they intend to rob. To kill. and push him against the wall. he points out a way he has never been. to weep: commonly applied to women. Filcher. CANT.

The finish. to have other matters to mind. or pox. FLABBY. something else to do. i. FLASH. idle stories. A man wanting to tell a particular story. A lie. To drink a dram. and alluding to the redness of his face.e. shine or glare. to deceive. opposite Russel−street. a rough. FLABAGASTED. Confounded. He or she when young. Knowing. the way to heaven. Introducing a story by head and shoulders. a small coffee−house in Coven Garden. the crown. A wench who has the venereal disease. FIRE SHOVEL. To have other fish to fry. FLAG. It will not suit or do. A groat. and therefore resorted to by debauchees shut out of every other house: it is also called Carpenter's coffee− house.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue probably will never go. Villains who rob at fires under pretence of assisting in removing the goods. FIT. was fed with a fire shovel. blunt tar. Understanding another's meaning. FINISH. A seaman. not firm or solid. FIRE SHIP. To flam. flaccid. FIZZLE. or bloody flag is out. It won't fit. An escape backward. FIVE SHILLINGS. Hark! did you not hear a gun?but now we are talking of a gun. CANT. Flim flams. the sign of the three crowns. To blaze. FLAP DRAGON. Fifteen shillings. I will tell you the story of one. Suitable. a saying of persons with wide mouths.e. The F 96 .The flag of defiance. market. FLAM. The sign of five shillings. TO FIRE A SLUG. to amuse. SEA PHRASE. i. or sham story: also a single stroke on a drum. open very early in the morning. To FLARE. Relaxed. A clap. said to the company. FISH. FIRE PRIGGERS. signifying the man is drunk. A scaly fish. FIRING A GUN. to hum.

To FLEECE. Queer flash. FLAT. And if she's in a FLASH PANNEY (Brothel) he swears he'll have her out. cheat. See PATTER. FLASH PANNEYS. to give any one a hearty scolding. So he FENCES (Pawns) all his TOGS (Cloathes) to buy her DUDS. or plunder. the Devil loves hot tripes. A bubble. and therefore I could not pick his pocket of his silk handkerchief. F 97 . FLAWD. to speak the slang language. THE FOX. to laugh and shew one's teeth. To patter flash. Rum flash. To flash one's ivory.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue swell was flash. but shut your potatoe trap. To FLASH. FLASH MAN. and keep your guts warm. Drunk. FLASH SONG. A whore's bully. gull. FLASH LINGO. A female. CANT. FLEA BITE. To send any one away with a flea in his ear. A bum−brusher. To shew ostentatiously. To FLASH THE HASH. or silly fellow. A house that harbours thieves. or schoolmaster. A trifling injury. A losing. FLEMISH ACCOUNT. To FLAY. or bad account. or FLEA. FLAYBOTTOMIST. A bully to a bawdy house. FLAT COCK. FLASH. a miserable weather−beaten caxon. (Wearing Apparel) and then He FRISKS (Robs) his master's LOB (Till) to take her from the bawdy KEN (House). A periwig. To rob. Houses to which thieves and prostitutes resort. To vomit. To vomit. The gentleman saw what I was about. a fine long wig. Next for his favourite MOT (Girl) the KIDDEY (Youth) looks about. Don't flash your ivory. The canting or slang language. so I could not draw his fogle. FLASH KEN.

FLOGGING COVE. The cull is flush in the fob. FLUSH IN THE POCKET. also compliments. Flick the peter. i. TO FLOOR. A horsewhip.e. The fellow is full of money. dunghills. brandy. FLOURISH. FLOATING HELL. to ridicule. The beadle. knock down the officer. Oatmeal and water boiled to a jelly. TO FLOG. or portmanteau. who on a late occasion refused to work for the wages settled by law. in Bridewell. The hulks. FLICKER. TO FLOUT. Small beer. Floor the pig. FLIP. A match−maker. A debilitated lecher. Flick me some panam and caffan. who used frequently to regale himself with it. FLOATING ACADEMY. was by sailors. FLOGGING STAKE. FLINTS. A drinking glass. or whipper. were by the mutineers styled dungs. FLOGGING CULLY. CANT. formerly called Sir Cloudsly. to take a flyer. Journeymen taylors. To trick or cheat. To jeer. cut me some bread and cheese. a bawd. neither of which are over−nourishing. to enjoy a woman in a hasty manner.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue FLESH BROKER. Those who submitted. in memory of Sir Cloudsly Shovel. and sugar: this mixture. He flung me fairly out of it: he cheated me out of it. cut off the cloak−bag. commonly an old one. To whip. See CAMPBELL'S ACADEMY. To take a flourish. F 98 . To FLING. Full of money. FLICKING. See FLYER. FLICKERING. To knock down. CANT. The whipping−post. with the addition of a lemon. Cutting. FLOGGER. FLUMMERY. Grinning or laughing in a man's face.

To flux a wig. or at the cart's tail. from their sitting on horseback. FLY SLICERS. TO FLUX. by which he who uses it throws his adversary over his head. also to salivate. FLY−BY−NIGHT. Whipt in the stocks. to put it up in curl. Beggars plying in a body at funerals. under an arch. Life−guard men. cozen. signifying that she was a witch. FLYING GIGGERS. A lock in wrestling. mounted on brooms. or without going to bed. FLY. Turnpike gates. FLYING STATIONERS. FLY. they may receive information respecting the goods stolen from them. and alluding to the nocturnal excursions attributed to witches. to enjoy a woman with her clothes on. FLY−FLAPPED. the coachman knows what we are about. The rattling cove is fly. who were supposed to fly abroad to their meetings. CANT. You old fly−by−night. an ancient term of reproach to an old woman. The recorder of a corporation. where they are frequently observed to drive away flies with their swords. and from whom. and bake it. FLYER. Acquainted with another's meaning or proceeding. Ballad−singers and hawkers of penny histories. To take a flyer. To cheat. Cheats who obtain money by pretending to persons who have been lately robbed. FLYING PASTY. Drunk. FLYING CAMPS. FLYERS. FLUTE. FLYING HOUSE. and demand payment as porters. A waggon. A bank note. Sirreverence wrapped in paper and thrown over a neighbour's wall. or over−reach. Knowing. Shoes. a recorder was an antient musical instrument. that they may come from a place or party where. F 99 . FLYING PORTERS. FLYMSEY.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue FLUSTERED.

Rogues who rob on foot. must have been much improved since that time. signifying the cully who pays. and the rust of old iron. open. FOOLISH. FOGLE. Smoke. from the French foutue. Tip me a gage of fogus. and very quick. A footy fellow. give me a pipe of tobacco. FOOTY DESPICABLE. Is he foolish or flash? FOOT PADS. One who engrosses all the talk to himself. FOREFOOT. which is. A cheat. like all others. and a maggot at the other. I will not be fobbed off so. FOGRAM. FOOL. A silk handkerchief. to thrust the fingers strait. A pickpocket. An expression among impures. A fool at the end of a stick. FORK. as if hurt by the bite or kick of a horse. gibes on an angler. let us pick his pocket. F 100 . or PAW. Let us fork him. or LOW PADS. stiff. trick.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue FOB. CANT. I will not be thus deceived with false pretences. CANT. or speaks for the rest of the company.'The newest and most dexterous way. and so closing them. A contemptuous appellation for a foot soldier. into the pocket. FOOT WABBLER. A nickname for an invalid soldier: derived from the French word fougeux. Tobacco. Old Fogey. fierce or fiery. a despicable fellow. commonly used by the cavalry. An old fogram. Give us your fore foot. The fob is also a small breeches pocket for holding a watch. in opposition to a flash man. FOREMAN OF THE JURY. on the back of a beggar's hand. a fusty old fellow. or contrivance. An artificial sore made with unslaked lime. FOOL FINDER.B. hook what can be held between them. A bailiff. FOGEY. FOOTMAN'S MAWND. soap. This was taken from a book written many years ago: doubtless the art of picking pockets. FOG. a fool at one end.' N. FOGUS. give us your hand.

St. Stinking. marked with the figure of a fox. a saying of one who cannot get his wife with child. To foul a plate with a man. Rank. FORTUNE TELLER. Words or passages surreptitiously interpolated or inserted into a book or writing. A society which meet at the Hole in the Wall. Vagabonds who beg with sham patents. FOUNDLING. He made a confounded fox's paw. probably a rusty one. who tells every prisoner his fortune. TO FOYST. Indigent men. FOUSIL. or conjuror. Fleet−street. cheat. to take a dinner with him. lambskin men. FREE AND EASY JOHNS. seeking to enrich themselves by marrying a woman of fortune. or rogue. F 101 . FREE. Also an old term for a sword. See WOTTON'S GANG. fires. Intoxicated. inundations. of the maker. A pickpocket. A gamester's last stake. cunning fellow. and sing bawdry. FOXING A BOOT. or else from its being dyed red with blood. some say this name alluded to certain swords of remarkable good temper. A sharp. lot or doom. and educated at the parish expence. FOYSTED IN. Abusive. FORTUNE HUNTERS. FOYST. to be tried at an assize.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue FORLORN HOPE. where the Eccentrics assemble in May's Buildings. To pick a pocket. The vulgar pronunciation of the French words faux pas. or rebus. A judge. to tipple porter. Free of fumblers hall. A child dropped in the streets. Fox. FOUL. FOXEY. See LAMBSKIN MEN. for hospitals. or CUNNING MAN. or metal. or briefs. To go before the fortune teller. The name of a public house. FOUL−MOUTHED. Martin's Lane. and found. probably the sign. FRATERS. Mending the foot by capping it. FOXED. FOX'S PAW.

Brandy. fiddle−faddle fellow. FRIBBLE. Garrick. to go off without taking leave of the company: a saying frequently applied to persons who have run away from their creditors. and even long after the Reformation. TO FRIG. A trifling. FRIGATE. He suffered by a blow over the snout with a French faggot−stick. FRENCH DISEASE. He whose wife accompanies him to the alehouse. To take French leave. Cambridge new comers to the university. FREEZE. One just entered a member of the university. a proclamation was issued. Before. much used by vintners and coopers in parting their wines. prohibiting all publicans from dressing any suppers on a Friday. FRISK. FRENCH LEAVE. Lawless robbers and plunderers: originally soldiers who served without pay. to be hanged. to drink at another's cost. a name borrowed from a celebrated character of that kind. A thin. said to have been imported from France.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue FREE BOOTERS. written by Mr. The mort is Frenchified: the wench is infected. F 102 . Figuratively used for trifling. Friday was a day of abstinence. to lower the price of them. for the privilege of plundering the enemy. a vintner who balderdashes his wine. he lost his nose by the pox. Free of expence. and to advance their gain. French gout. Infected with the venereal disease. FREEMAN'S QUAY. so called by the old tabbies and dowagers when drank in their tea. To dance the Paddington frisk. Immediately after the restoration of king Charles II. FRESH MILK. A freezing vintner. FRIDAY−FACE. To lush at Freeman's Quay. a well−dressed wench. in the farce of Miss in her Teens. FRENCH CREAM. FRENCHIFIED. A well−rigged frigate. the same. FRIG PIG. The venereal disease. FRESHMAN. i. FREEHOLDER. small. or jour maigre. hard cider.e. An effeminate fop. A dismal countenance.

This is rum fuddle. To funk the cobler. run to your mistress. A fubsey wench.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO FRISK. which F 103 . FRUITFUL VINE. Jocular term for empty. that has FLOWERS every month. FULL OF EMPTINESS. FUDGE. drunk. healthy wench. Drunk. TO FUNK. The Scotch greys are in full march by the crown office. figuratively. or VROE. perhaps from being the abbreviation of fundament. a plump. To use an unfair motion of the hand in plumping at taw. FRUMMAGEMMED. or mistress. A woman. DUTCH. Blast his eyes! frisk him. One pitted with the small pox. Do you think to fun me out of it? Do you think to cheat me?Also the breech. Fuddle cap. FROGLANDER. CANT. A woman's private parts. FROSTY FACE. I was in a cursed funk. wife. and bears fruit in nine months. FUBSEY. or high and low fulhams. strangled. FROE. or hanged. or trick.e. or from that place being the resort of sharpers. or manual operation. by Ben Jonson and other writers of his time. Nonsense. to smoke or stink through fear. FROG'S WINE. A Dutchman. i. FUMBLER. FUNK. I'll kick your fun. FULHAMS. the lice are crawling down his head. also means to go awkwardly about any work. suffocated. either because they were made at Fulham. or bloss. Used by thieves to signify searching a person whom they have robbed. and wheedle for crop. performed with assafoettida and cotton. To fumble. To smoke. Gin. a schoolboy's trick. Fuddle. A cheat. An old or impotent man. Brush to your froe. FUDDLE. FUN. Choaked. and sooth and coax her out of some money. FULL MARCH. or drink. Plump. this is excellent tipple. CANT. Loaded dice are called high and lowmen. SCHOOLBOY'S TERM. a drunkard.

to confess. through the crannies of a cobler's stall. a hurry. To blow the gab. A foolish fellow. To shuffle cards minutely: also. An exclamation said to be derived from the Italian word cazzo. G GAB. To simper like a furmity kettle: to smile. TO GAFF. FURMEN. Bombast language. for propping open the mouth of a person robbed. Gift of the gab. the ring−droppers cheated the countryman at the fair. the smoke is blown out at the small end. A pipe of tobacco. Wheat boiled up to a jelly. Cheats. High and Low. or a pint. GAG. GAGGERS. The mouth. thereby to prevent his calling out for assistance. GAGE. and the bowl of the pipe covered with a coarse handkerchief. or FOGUS. to change the pack. An instrument used chiefly by housebreakers and thieves. or FROMENTY. port wine.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue are stuffed into a pipe: the cotton being lighted. An old fussock. FUSTIAN. To game by tossing up halfpence. a facility of speech. A fair. Aldermen. or GOB. Red fustian. sluttish woman. who by sham G 104 . GAD−SO. A beastly. also a pipe. GAFF. FUSS. STRING. A confusion. GAGE. or GOB. or peach. FURMITY. a frowsy old woman. The drop coves maced the joskins at the gaff. A bridle. an unnecessary to do about trifles. TO FUZZ. or look merry about the gills. A quart pot. nimble tongued eloquence. FUSTY LUGGS. GAB. A lazy fat woman. GABBY. FUSSOCK. CANT.

Fancy gambs. used formerly on the lord mayor's day. by making a number of men sit feet to feet. thrusts it into the face of the lion. impose on the credulity of well meaning people. his arms being held or locked in by the two persons next to him. His gall is not yet broken. GAMES. A hunter. representing the ribs. the keel: he now fixing on the person intended to be the object of the joke. a saying used in prisons of a man just brought in. a game formerly used at sea. ill−shapped legs: a corruption of the French word jambes. GALLEY. G 105 . over−fatigued. head to foot. The toby gill clapped his bleeders to his galloper and tipped the straps the double. and on each side of. GALIMAUFREY. one after another. GALLIGASKINS. GALLIED. which consists of a number of men laid all along on their backs.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue pretences. Hurried. or GOLORE. on which the builder or one of his assistants. GALLORE. sore or swelled legs. among other faults and objections. Breeches. The highwayman spurred his horse and got away from the officers. A city barge. the builder delivers over the galley to the contractor as complete: but he. runs to the head. and another the merchant or contractor: the builder first begins by laying the keel. also one that associates with them. After several other dispositions. and wonderful stories of their sufferings. GALLIPOT. Thin. See RUM GAGGER. vexed. GALL. observes the lion is not gilt. one sailor personates the builder. when he was sworn in at Westminster. in order to put a trick upon a landsman. that is. It being agreed to play at that game. GALLOWS BIRD. he accordingly places him at the head. and fit for the lion. perhaps like a galley slave. and dipping a mop in the excrement. or fresh− water sailor. observes he is a fierce−looking fellow. who appears dejected. A hodgepodge made up of the remnants and scraps of the larder. Plenty. A blood horse. A nick namefor an apothecary. GALLEY FOIST. at right angles to. A grief. or pickpocket. GALLOPER. Building the galley. he next puts in the ribs or knees.

GANDER MONTH. as the gamon and patter of a horse−dealer. The mouth or lips. a young whore. Cant. GAMON AND PATTER. of tricking. mother. or G 106 . GARNISH. any thing to feed the eye. lewd women. at bawdy−houses. used in Devonshire instead of boots. the four feet of a sheep. pickpockets. A whoremaster. Mother have you any game. A gang of sheep trotters. gamester. That month in which a man's wife−lies in: wherefore. GAP STOPPER. What rum gamon the old file pitched to the flat. The head. GAMBLER. GAN. on a hurdle or sledge. a knot of thieves. to suffer at the gallows without shewing any signs of fear or repentance. To humbug. GAPESEED. during that time. GAMON. sailor. they are fastened to the saddle. I am come abroad for a little gapeseed. Also. A company of men. Common place talk of any profession. the roads being now so well guarded by the horse patrole. have you any girls? To die game. shoe and all: the . Sights. husbands plead a sort of indulgence in matters of gallantry. The toby is now a queer game. or UPPER STORY. or forward girl in the way of becoming one.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue GAMBADOES. Game pullet. a body of sailors. Bubbles or pigeons drawn in to be cheated. To tell lies. how finely the knowing old fellow humbugged the fool. A sharper. GAOLER'S COACH. His garret. This observation is frequently made by thieves. Leathern cases of stiff leather. GAME. to the place of execution. GAME. GARRET. to rob on the highway is now a bad mode of acting. and admit the leg. Any mode of robbing. GANG. To deceive. An entrance fee demanded by the old prisoners of one just committed to gaol.name was at first jocularly given. A hurdle: traitors being usually conveyed from the gaol. and gentlemen travel with little cash in their pockets.

without money. indicted. An elevated observatory or summer−house. GAYING INSTRUMENT. without credit. The penis. CANT. having enjoyed a woman in the open air within that district: the candidates are commonly fellows of low humour. i. stand and deliver. GELDING. in gaol.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue upper story. A louse. GENTLEMAN OF THREE OUTS. and in danger of remaining there for life: or. because he makes a gentleman obey his commands. who dress themselves up in a ridiculous manner. which is sometimes considerable. or unfurnished. A tall. without wit. The art of shoeniaking. GAWKEY. An eunuch. GENTLEMAN OF THREE INS.e. One of the gentle craft: a shoemaker: so called because once practised by St. GENTLE CRAFT. A gentleman. GAZEBO. GARRET ELECTION. That is. the publicans of that place jointly contribute to the expence. i. A ludicrous ceremony.e. In debt. it won't hit or do. GENTLEMAN COMMONER. GENTLEMAN'S COMPANION. An empty bottle. is empty. Money. it does not suit or fit. G 107 . GERMAN. GENTLEMAN'S MASTER. and in danger of being hanged in chains. the qualification of a voter is.e. CANT.Also. A gentleman's house. Crispin. i. he is a fool. an university joke. GELT. GENTRY COVE. practised every new parliament: it consists of a mock election of two members to represent the borough of Garret (a few straggling cottages near Wandsworth in Surry). awkward young man or woman. A highway robber. As this brings a prodigious concourse of people to Wandsworth. gentlemen commoners not being deemed over full of learning. It won't gee. castrated. and without manners: some add another out. thin. in gaol. GENTRY COVE KEN. GEE. he has no brains.

said of a man and woman who cohabit as husband and wife. Also the mystic language of Geber. open the door. used to support the body of a coach whilst finishing. to hamstring an over−drove ox. Snitchel his gigg. fillip his nose. or begetting. Haifa sheep's head boiled with onions. Small white specks under the finger nails. or door. the G gibberish. Giles's Greek: see ST. GIFTS. and St. used by chymists. To gigg a Smithfield hank. To join giblets. called Pedlars' French. and a woman's privities. without being married. or SIR JOHN GIBBON. vulgarly called a mad bullock. whence they always return scratched. if G. Brown George: an ammunition loaf. A northern name for a he cat. A gentlewoman. Gigg is also a high one−horse chaise. A facility of speech. GIBBERISH. GIGGER. A nose. preter gallum gallinaceum. GIBLETS. Omne animal post coitum est triste. GIBSON. Gigger dubber. a hog's snout. A stingy man is said to be as full of gifts as a brazen horse of his farts. The cant language of thieves and gypsies. GERMAN DUCK. to which an anonymous author has given the following exception. Gibberish likewise means a sort of disguised language. A two−legged stool. as melancholy as a he cat who has been caterwauling. GILES'S GREEK. and out of spirits. also to copulate. G 108 . there commonly called Gilbert. GIFT OF THE GAB. GET. Grunter's gigg. A horse that shrinks from the collar and will not draw. Aristotle says. One of his get. as in the sentence How do you do? Howg dog youg dog. said to portend gifts or presents. formed by inserting any consonant between each syllable of an English word. in which case it is called the gibberish of the letter inserted: if F. it is the F gibberish. Yellow George. As melancholy as a gib cat. GEORGE. A latch. GIGG. GIB CAT. hungry. one of his offspring. the turnkey of a jaol. Dub the gigger. GIBBE.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue GENTRY MORT. a guinea. et sucerdotem gratis fornicantem.

Newton and Dyot streets. a vain capricious woman. that. where they open any bureaus or trunks they happen to find there. they contrive to get into private rooms. The abbreviation of Gillian. also a man's privities. To look merry about the gills: to appear cheerful. GILLS. To suppress a laugh. a gimcrack also means a person who has a turn for mechanical contrivances. also money.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue To GIGGLE. Squinting. and grated ginger. GILLY GAUPUS. Gilding and carving: these terms are particularly applied by seamen on board Newcastle G 109 . GILES'S or ST. or JIMCRACK. Fat.e. figuratively used for woman. A Scotch term for a tall awkward fellow. Red haired: a term borrowed from the cockpit. GIMCRACK. or female mate. they will find means to open it. are in St. to have a fresh complexion. GILES'S BREED. A thief who picks locks. from the lock of a church door to that of the smallest cabinet. where. Toys. GILT. or RUM DUBBER. pretending business. flour. where red cocks are called gingers. GIMBLET−EYED. either in man or woman. GINGER−PATED. the cant language. or GINGER−HACKLED. Pedlars' French. See THINGAMBOBS. St. GINGAMBOBS. i. up stairs. ragged. He has the gingerbread. GIN SPINNER. A cake made of treacle. A proud minks. To look rosy about the gills. every jack has his gillian. and Flash. Giles's Giles's parish. Giles's Greek. and saucy. GINGERBREAD WORK. GILFLURT. bawbles. the grand head−quarters−of most of the thieves and pickpockets about London. called also Slang. GILL. Gigglers. The cheeks. so called from the gilt or picklock key: many of them are so expert. these go into reputable public houses. A distiller. GINGERBREAD. wanton women. Every jack has his gill. A spruce wench. he is rich.

A Highland broad−sword. CANT. Quips. talkative. One who breaks windows and shew−glasses. A nick name for one wearing spectacles. GLIMSTICK. GLIM. or cautiously. taunts. Andirons. GLIMFLASHY. Glaziers. CANT. GLIMMER. Softly. the rejoinder is I wish he was. GLAYMORE. CANT. to burn in the hand. Fire. CANT. GLIMFENDERS. To glim. Angry. to the decorations of the sterns and quarters of West−Indiamen. eyes. to enable us to see the fire or light. or dark lantern. Smooth. CANT. used in housebreaking. or fire. A servant at college. great. A candle. severe or biting reflections. CANT. to be secretly displeased. pretending losses by fire. GLIMMERERS. GLAZE. GLAZIER. and MORE. An instrument to lift up a great. CANT. CANT. GINGERLY. who stands between the speaker and the candle. If it is answered in the negative. A candlestick. A link−boy. GIP from gups a WOLF.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue colliers. GLASS EYES. or GLAIVE. GLIB. GLIMMS. or in a passion. from the Erse GLAY. To go gingerly to work: to attempt a thing gently. also fire. gently. Glib tongued. GINNY. tenderly. GIRDS. a sword. to steal goods exposed for sale. slippery. GIZZARD. which they have the greatest joy in defacing. a question asked of a lad or young man. Is your father a glazier. in order to steal what is in the window. GLIM JACK. Eyes. G 110 . To grumble in the gizzard. Persons begging with sham licences. A window. that he might make a window through your body.

GOADS. frequented by the under players: where gin and water was sold in three−halfpenny bowls. Jurymen are also called godfathers. or one who speaks fluently. THE. as. He who pays the reckoning. The mouth. or answers for the rest of thecompany: as. copulation. The dash. GLOVES. Bow street. Goats jigg. wide−mouthed. called Goes. he is prime. Those who wheedle in chapmen for horse−dealers. The go. A pimp or bawd. The Queen's Head in Duke's court. GO BETWEEN. to make them a present or bribe. Will you stand godfather. GOB STRING. GLUM. he is quite varment. large hats are all the go. CANT. GO. A little short person. Pewter. to kiss a man whilst he sleeps: for this a pair of gloves is due to any lady who will thus earn them. A little dog that by his barking alarms the family when any person is breaking into the house.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue GLOBE. also a bit or morsel: whence gobbets. GO SHOP. The mode.e. A writing. He is quite the go. Sullen. A term used by bruisers to signify a man who will bear a great deal of beating. are synonimous expressions. A parson: from joining men and women together in matrimony. GLUEPOT. and we will take care of the brat. or sings well. making the beast with two backs. the fashion. GOBBLER. To win a pair of gloves. Covent Garden. because they G 111 . he is bang up. the gin was called Arrack. CANT. To give any one a pair of gloves. A turkey cock. repay you another time. GOAT. A bridle. GODFATHER. i. GLUTTON. A lascivious person. GOB. man or woman. GO BY THE GROUND. GNARLER. GLYBE. Gift of the gob.

those gentlemen being by the wits of the university called sculls. they will walk down from their places. guineas. or some other game. Eyes: see OGLES. as if by accident. clumsy fellow. GOLOSHES. One who has commonly a purse full of gold. to stare. Sharpers who drop a piece of gold. at an alehouse or tavern. and night−man: the latter. whether felony. A large. A nondescript. i. two or three of their comrades drop in. One whose employment is to empty necessary houses. Large leathern clogs. Part of the Theatre at Oxford. houses. GOGGLES. GOG.e. GOLGOTHA OR THE PLACE OF SCULLS. GOLDFINCH. a vigorous fornicator. worn by invalids over their ordinary shoes. which they pick up in the presence of some unexperienced person. GOING UPON THE DUB. at a bagnio in Covent Garden. though but rarely. petit larceny. this they pretend to have found. a virtuous man GOOD WOMAN. an expert boxer. and. GOLLUMPUS. when they seldom fail of stripping their prey. from that business being always performed in the night. GOLD FINDER. anxious. whose effigies stand on each side of the clock in Guildhall. London. or St. when they hear the clock strike one. GOLD DROPPERS. impatient. one who loves his pot or bottle. Goggle eyes. according to the place where it is spoken: in the city it means a rich man. of whom there is a tradition.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue name the crime the prisoner before them has been guilty of. Goldfinches. they invite him to a public house to partake of it: when there. Going out to break open. Giles's. or pick the locks of. or desirous of a thing. on the first of April. represented on a famous G 112 . To goggle. GOOD MAN. GOG AND MAGOG. large prominent eyes. A word of various imports. and sometimes. and propose cards. Two giants. for whom the trap is laid. at Hockley in the Hole. where the heads of houses sit. All−a−gog. called also a tom−turd−man. that. as he saw them pick it up. Goliah's shoes.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue sign in St. Giles's, in the form of a common woman. but without a head. GOODYER'S PIG. Like Goodyer's pig; never well but when in mischief. GOOSE. A taylor's goose; a smoothing iron used to press down the seams, for which purpose it must be heated: hence it is a jocular saying, that a taylor, be he ever so poor, is always sure to have a goose at his fire. He cannot say boh to a goose; a saying of a bashful or sheepish fellow. GOOSE RIDING. A goose, whose neck is greased, being suspended by the legs to a cord tied to two trees or high posts, a number of men on horseback, riding full speed, attempt to pull off the head: which if they effect, the goose is their prize. This has been practised in Derbyshire within the memory of persons now living. GOOSEBERRY. He played up old gooseberry among them; said of a person who. by force or threats, suddenly puts an end to a riot or disturbance. GOOSEBERRY−EYED. One with dull grey eyes, like boiled gooseberries. GOOSEBERRY WIG. A large frizzled wig: perhaps from a supposed likeness to a gooseberry bush. GOOSECAP. A silly fellow or woman. GORGER. A gentleman. A well dressed man. Mung kiddey. Mung the gorger; beg child beg, of the gentleman. GOSPEL SHOP. A church. GOREE. Money, chiefly gold: perhaps from the traffic carried on at that place, which is chiefly for gold dust. CANT. GORMAGON. A monster with six eyes, three mouths, four arms, eight legs, live on one side and three on the other, three arses, two tarses, and a *** upon its back; a man on horseback, with a woman behind him. GOTCH−GUTTED. Pot bellied: a gotch in Norfolk signifying a pitcher, or large round jug. TO GOUGE. To squeeze out a man's eye with the thumb: a cruel practice used by the Bostonians in America. G 113

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue To GRABBLE. To seize. To grabble the bit; to seize any one's money. CANT. GRAFTED. Cuckolded, i.e. having horns grafted on his head. To GRAB. To seize a man. The pigs grabbed the kiddey for a crack: the officers, seized the youth for a burglary. GRANNAM. Corn. GRANNUM'S GOLD. Hoarded money: supposed to have belonged to the grandmother of the possessor. GRANNY. An abbreviation of grandmother; also the name of an idiot, famous for licking, her eye, who died Nov. 14, 1719. Go teach your granny to suck eggs; said to such as would instruct any one in a matter he knows better than themselves. GRAPPLE THE RAILS. A cant name used in Ireland for whiskey. GRAPPLING IRONS. Handcuffs. GRAVE DIGGER. Like a grave digger; up to the a−se in business, and don't know which way to turn. GRAVY−EYED. Blear−eyed, one whose eyes have a running humour. TO GREASE. To bribe. To grease a man in the fist; to bribe him. To grease a fat sow in the a−se; to give to a rich man. Greasy chin; a treat given to parish officers in part of commutation for a bastard: called also, Eating a child. GREAT INTIMATE. As great as shirt and shitten a−se. GREAT JOSEPH. A surtout. CANT. GREEDY GUTS. A covetous or voracious person. GREEK. St. Giles's Greek; the slang lingo, cant, or gibberish. GREEN. Doctor Green; i.e. grass: a physician, or rather medicine, found very successful in curing most disorders to which horses are liable. My horse is not well, I shall send him to Doctor Green. GREEN. Young, inexperienced, unacquainted; ignorant. How G 114

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue green the cull was not to stag how the old file planted the books. How ignorant the booby was not to perceive how the old sharper placed the cards in such a manner as to insure the game. GREEN BAG. An attorney: those gentlemen carry their clients' deeds in a green bag; and, it is said, when they have no deeds to carry, frequently fill them with an old pair of breeches, or any other trumpery, to give themselves the appearance of business. GREEN GOWN. To give a girl a green gown; to tumble her on the grass. GREEN SICKNESS. The disease of maids occasioned by celibacy. GREENHEAD. An inexperienced young man. GREENHORN. A novice on the town, an undebauched young fellow, just initiated into the society of bucks and bloods. GREENWICH BARBERS. Retailers of sand from the pits at and about Greenwich, in Kent: perhaps they are styled barbers, from their constant shaving the sandbanks. GREENWICH GOOSE. A pensioner of Greenwich Hospital. GREGORIAN TREE. The gallows: so named from Gregory Brandon, a famous finisher of the law; to whom Sir William Segar, garter king of arms (being imposed on by Brooke, a herald), granted a coat of arms. GREY BEARD. Earthen jugs formerly used in public house for drawing ale: they had the figure of a man with a large beard stamped on them; whence probably they took the name: see BEN JONSON'S PLAYS, BARTHOLOMEW FAIR, Dutch earthen jugs, used for smuggling gin on the coasts of Essex and Suffolk, are at this time called grey beards. GREY MARE. The grey mare is the better horse; said of a woman who governs her husband. GREY PARSON. A farmer who rents the tithes of the rector or vicar. GRIG. A farthing. A merry grig; a fellow as merry as a grig: an allusion to the apparent liveliness of a grig, or young eel. GRIM. Old Mr. Grim; death. G 115

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue GRIMALKIN. A cat: mawkin signifies a hare in Scotland. GRIN. To grin in a glass case; to be anatomized for murder: the skeletons of many criminals are preserved in glass cases, at Surgeons' hall. GRINAGOG, THE CAT'S UNCLE. A foolish grinning fellow, one who grins without reason. GRINDERS. Teeth. Gooseberry grinder; the breech. Ask bogey, the gooseberry grinder; ask mine a−se. TO GRIND. To have carnal knowledge of a woman. GROATS. To save his groats; to come off handsomely: at the universities, nine groats are deposited in the hands of an academic officer, by every person standing for a degree; which if the depositor obtains with honour, the groats are returned to him. GROG. Rum and water. Grog was first introduced into the navy about the year 1740, by Admiral Vernon, to prevent the sailors intoxicating themselves with their allowance of rum, or spirits. Groggy, or groggified; drunk. GROG−BLOSSOM. A carbuncle, or pimple in the face, caused by drinking. GROGGED. A grogged horse; a foundered horse. GROGHAM. A horse. CANT. GROPERS. Blind men; also midwives. GROUND SWEAT. A grave. GROUND SQUIRREL. A hog, or pig. SEA TERM. GRUB. Victuals. To grub; to dine. GRUB STREET. A street near Moorfields, formerly the supposed habitation of many persons who wrote for the booksellers: hence a Grub−street writer means a hackney author, who manufactures booss for the booksellers. GRUB STREET NEWS. Lying intelligence. TO GRUBSHITE. To make foul or dirty. GRUMBLE. To grumble in the gizzard; to murmur or repine. He grumbled like a bear with a sore head. G 116

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue GRUMBLETONIAN. A discontented person; one who is always railing at the times or ministry. GRUNTER. A hog; to grunt; to groan, or complain of sickness. GRUNTER'S GIG. A smoaked hog's face. GRUNTING PECK. Pork, bacon, or any kind of hog's flesh. GRUTS. Tea. GUDGEON. One easily imposed on. To gudgeon; to swallow the bait, or fall into a trap: from the fish of that name, which is easily taken. GULL. A simple credulous fellow, easily cheated. GULLED. Deceived, cheated, imposed on. GULLGROPERS. Usurers who lend money to the gamesters. GUM. Abusive language. Come, let us have no more of your gum. GUMMY. Clumsy: particularly applied to the ancles of men or women, and the legs of horses. GUMPTION, or RUM GUMPTION. Docility, comprehension, capacity. GUN. He is in the gun; he is drunk: perhaps from an allusion to a vessel called a gun, used for ale in the universities. GUNDIGUTS. A fat, pursy fellow. GUNNER'S DAUGHTER. To kiss the gunner's daughter; to be tied to a gun and flogged on the posteriors; a mode of punishing boys on board a ship of war. GUNPOWDER. An old Woman. CANT. GUTS. My great guts are ready to eat my little ones; my guts begin to think my throat's cut; my guts curse my teeth: all expressions signifying the party is extremely hungry. GUTS AND GARBAGE. A very fat man or woman. More guts than brains; a silly fellow. He has plenty of guts, but no bowels: said of a hard, merciless, unfeeling person. GUTFOUNDERED. Exceeding hungry. G 117

Hopping Giles. A set of vagrants. or GILES. called at Oxford a scout. and fowls. a new name is given him by which he is ever after to be called. they take very considerable contributions. To guzzle. drinking it off. They pretend that they derive their origin from the ancient Egyptians. and. GYLES. the red lane. GUTTING A QUART POT. See SCOUT. he is to take the following oath. which is dictated to him by some experienced member of the fraternity: I. GUTTER LANE. they artificially discolour their faces. Gutting a house. are suffered to wander about the country. to the great disgrace of our police. who were famous for their knowledge in astronomy and other sciences. See RED LANE. To colour their impostures. GYBING. do swear to be a true brother. Giles was the tutelar saint of cripples. e. GYPSIES. find means to rob or defraud the ignorant and superstitious. Any writing or pass with a seal. GYP. Taking out the lining of it: i. administered by the principal maunder. Stow the guy: conceal the lanthorn. Jeering or ridiculing. clearing it of its furniture. and directing his face to the dimber damber. The throat. A fiddler. to drink greedily. who. the principal actor in the gunpowder plot. after going through the annexed forms: First. When a fresh recruit is admitted into the fraternity. A dark lanthorn: an allusion to Guy Faux. GUY. or TORMENTOR of CATGUT. See POULTERER. One greedy of liquor. he repeats the following oath. and that I will G 118 . GUZZLE GUTS. to the great terror of the farmers. from whose geese. or JYBE. and speak a kind of gibberish peculiar to themselves. GUZZLE. Crank Cuffin. A college runner or errand−boy at Cambridge. eating it. a nick name for a lame person: St. They rove up and down the country in large companies. Gutting an oyster. turkeys. or principal man of the gang.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue GUT SCRAPER. the swallow. then standing up in the middle of the assembly. Liquor. GYBE. under the pretence of fortune−telling.

or drink. they can procure without money. but will preserve it for the use of the company. I will not conceal aught I win out of libkins or from the ruffmans. together promiscuously. As for peckage or eatables. rufflers. for firing. for while some are sent to break the ruffmans. pailliards. grunting cheats. goblers. nor will I disclose any of our mysteries to them. who presently make bloody work with what living things are brought them.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in all things obey the commands of the great tawney prince. or any of us. a general stock is raised for booze. it seems. and keep his counsel and not divulge the secrets of my brethren. As they live. nor will I suffer him. hens. others are detached to filch geese. The canters have. either by day or by night. Lastly. bawdy baskets. or any one belongiug to us. Their morts are their butchers. to make themselves merry on the occasion. to be abused by any strange abrams. clapper dogeons. the first founders of a certain boastful. they make a fire and boil or broil their food. and that their pretended derivation from the first Adam is a forgery. hookers. and when it is enough. entertaining one another all the time with songs in the canting dialect. fall to work tooth and nail: and having eaten more like beasts than men. that from the three first articles of this oath. marjery praters. At the admission of a new brother. or tibs of the buttery. I will never leave nor forsake the company. they drink more like swine than human creatures. a tradition. swaddlers. patricoes. and will bring her duds. but observe and keep all the times of appointment. or any thing else I can come at. I will cleave to my doxy wap stiffly. I will not teach any one to cant. or curtals. as much as I can. dommerars. in every place whatever. I will take my prince's part against all that shall oppose him. and know not how to claim a property either in their goods or children: and this general interest ties them more firmly together G 119 . and having made holes in the ground under some remote hedge in an obscure place. according to the utmost of my ability. chickens. but will defend him. so they lie. it being only from the first Adam Tiler: see ADAM TILER. worshipful fraternity (who pretend to derive their origin from the earliest times) borrowed both the hint and form of their establishment. Irish toyles. as winnings for her weppings. ducks (or mallards). or woods and bushes. swigmen. against all other outliers whatever. jarkmen. whip jacks. or them. and pigs.

One who writes for attornies or booksellers. A weapon carried by a serjeant of foot. Almost drunk. Captain Hackum. while the wretches with imprecations. a bravo. HALF SEAS OVER. being commonly tied to three halberts. it is impossible to recover it. a round sum is often bestowed among the gypsies. He has been at Had'em. if the child lives. He carries the halbert in his face. till the remotest person of the gang (who is not suspected because they come not near the person robbed) gets possession of it. HACKUM. A high constable. in the strictest search. and as that is never heard of more by the true mother and family. silver thirribles. A man's yard. when flogged. when young gentlewomen of good families and reputation have happened to be with child before marriage. disclaim the thievery. while they are telling of fortunes. oaths. or usher. set up in a triangle. a slasher. rings. which detestable union is farther consolidated by the above oath. a saying of one promoted from a serjeant to a commission officer. which they get. A schoolmaster. it never knows its parents. HAMLET. for some one mort to take the child. H 120 . said of one who has caught the venereal disease. to be appointed a serjeant. and Dexterously pick pockets. HAD'EM. is. and protestations. so that. That by which they are said to get the most money. and the money. to bind them indissolubly from a separation. to be flogged a la militaire: soldiers of the infantry. To be brought to the halberts. They stroll up and down all summer−time in droves. Sixpence.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue than if all their rags were twisted into ropes. with a fourth fastened across them. To get a halbert. HALF A HOG. so the disgrace is kept concealed from the world. Cant. are instantly conveyed from one hand to another. and came home by Clapham. H HABERDASHER OF PRONOUNS. HACKNEY WRITER. and. HAIR SPLITTER. HALBERT.

HANG OUT. A dependant. the officers know where we live. or other atrocious crimes. To hang back. This. H 121 . Thirteen pence halfpenny. and the value of that piece was settled by a proclamation of James I. are frequently. in advertisements. is said to have a hand−basket portion. a jeering commendation of an ugly fellow. HANG IT UP. Persons guilty of murder. or HAMCASES Breeches. HANGMAN'S WAGES. He is a handsome−bodied man in the face. the gibbet is commonly placed on or near the place where the crime was committed. to hesitate. and three halfpence for the rope. HANDLE. HAND AND POCKET SHOP. A thievish. make haste. which. raised their prices. HANG IN CHAINS. or cheek by joul. after execution. HANGER ON. hanged on a gibbet. A woman whose husband receives frequent presents from her father. means a horse−whipping. Score it up: speaking of a reckoning. to be skilful in the art of boxing. according to the vulgar tradition. desperate fellow. Handsome is that handsome does: a proverb frequently cited by ugly women. We lost a hand. we lost a sailor. The true state of this matter is. This refers to former times. at thirteen pence halfpenny. To HANG AN ARSE. like other artificers. or family. HANG GALLOWS LOOK. A sailor. HANDSOME REWARD. The cove flashes a rare handle to his physog. N. opposite: the same as tete−a−tete. Hand to fist. To know how to handle one's fists. the fellow has a large nose.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue HAMS. HANDSOME. HAND. An eating house. The traps scavey where we hang out. B. A vile. HAND BASKET PORTION. or villainous appearance. Bear a hand. that a Scottish mark was the fee allowed for an execution. where ready money is paid for what is called for. was thus allotted: one shilling for the executioner. the hangmen of the present day having. to which they are fastened by iron bandages.

He has a hank on him. He was running harum scarum. HARD.Old Harry.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue HANK. The stocks. he is drunk. HARK−YE−ING. the Devil. To harp upon. a hard master. is said to be hard. HASTY. or tail. being represented with a harp on the reverse of the copper coins of that country. and in a hurry. HARP. HARRY. scraggy. To hanker after any thing. See BULL HANK. Harp is also the Irish expression for woman. an ascendancy over him. sometimes likewise called music. CANT. Hard also means severe: as. an ox. which requires washing down. HARMANS. tossing up. to dwell upon a subject. used in tossing up in Ireland: from Hibernia. i. Close after him. the child in the womb: a health frequently drank to breeding women or their husbands.e. after they know not what. or a hold upon him. CANT. more probably a HAIR. CANT. rendered furious by overdriving and barbarous treatment. a miserable. for which it is. HANS IN KELDER. nearly sour. said of any one running or walking hastily. in hoisting the copper. an expression used in throwing or shooting at random among the crowd. To flash the hash. HANKER. fit to take her bawd's degree: derived from the French word HARIDELLE. i. HARMAN BECK. HARRIDAN. HARMAN. Stale beer. my blind harpers. to have a longing after or for it. A country fellow. A beadle. Whispering on one side to borrow money. CANT. Have among you. HARD AT HIS A−SE. Jack in the cellar. HASH. A hagged old woman.e. i. He has swallowed a hare. HARUM SCARUM.e. A Smithfield hank. A constable. He is none of the Hastings H 122 . Precipitate. worn−out harlot. to vomit. passionate. a worn−out jade of a horse or mare. CANT. hard fate. HARE.

a saying of a slow. Hawk also signifies a sharper. distress. which is the first in season. loitering fellow: an allusion to the Hastings pea. He will have a hearty choak and caper sauce for breakfast. The way through Wandsworth is quite a hasty pudding. called OYSTERS: whence it is wit upon record. likewise the sellers of news−papers. To beat any one with a hazel stick. Licensed itinerant retailers of different commodities. Ears. a woman's privities: because frequently felt. The top tilter of that gang throughout the whole army. called also pedlars. Oatmeal and milk boiled to a moderate thickness. See PIGEON. To eat hot hasty pudding for a laced hat.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue sort. SEA PHRASE. Teeth. and eaten with sugar and butter. Under the hatches. One whose breech may be seen through his pocket−hole: this saying arose from the old philosophers. a bye−word when a bailiff passes. Wavering. shilly shally. Hawking. HATCHES. HEARING CHEATS. HAWK. many of whom depised the vanity of dress to H 123 . i. HEART'S EASE.e. doubtful. is a common feat at wakes and fairs. HATCHET FACE. HEAD RAILS. A long thin face. or PASSAGE BANK. HEATHEN PHILOSOPHER. To HAZEL GILD. HEAD CULLY OF THE PASS. muddy road: as. in opposition to pigeon. he will be hanged. HAT. HASTY PUDDING. HAVIL. to ask the person so doing whether he has a licence. A sheep. CANT. a punning allusion to the Act of hawkers and pedlars. Ware hawk. HAWKERS. in trouble. an effort to spit up the thick phlegm. Old hat. CANT. a wet. who demands and receives contribution from all the pass banks in the camp. Figuratively. HEARTY CHOAK. Gin. HAVY CAVY. or debt. the word to look sharp. or some other prize. See WARE HAWK.

HEDGE. Out at heels. or hedged in. to be confined. A peg in the heel of a shoe. Thieves who make it their business to steal tradesmen's shop−books.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue such a point. H 124 . the Trojan hero. HEAVER. or put in prison. a certain gain is secured. a patrico. To rob. worn. HEELS. A small obscure alehouse. taken out when it is finished. To he laid by the heels. as often to fall into the opposite extreme. To heave a case. To hector. An itinerant harlot. HELL HOUND. A person leaving any liquor in his glass. An illiterate unbeneficed curate. a low beggarly prostitute. one naturally of a wicked disposition. HEDGE ALEHOUSE. who bilks the bagnios and bawdy−houses. a swaggering coward. HEDGE CREEPER. bully. called cabbage: see CABBAGE. TO HEAVE. Little hell. leading from London−wall to Bell−alley. To make a hedge. HELL. to turn up the knave of trumps at the game of all−fours. to rob a booth. so that. by disposing of her favours on the wayside. A robber of hedges. A taylor's repository for his stolen goods. probably from such persons affecting the valour of Hector. laid on one side. or wager. HEDGE PRIEST. HEAVERS. to rob a house. A termagant. A wicked abandoned fellow. by the person who takes this precaution. A lewd graceless youth. is frequently called upon by the toast−master to take off his heel−tap. under a hedge. to secure a bet. a vixen. CANT. a furious scolding woman. To heave a bough. who is then said to be on velvet. CANT. HEDGE WHORE. to bully. or diminished: his estate or affairs are out at heels. HEEL TAP. See TERMAGANT and VIXEN. HELL CAT. let what will happen. HECTOR. by taking the odds on the other. The breast. a small dark covered passage. CANT. To turn up his heels. HELL−BORN BABE.

Thingambob. Thin. to be transported. HELTER SKELTER. hand over head. Hickenbothom. and HEN FRIGATE: the latter a sea phrase. HEMPEN FEVER. to have been stabbed with a Bridport dagger. in Dorsetshire.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue HELL FIRE DICK. a ludicrous name for an unknown person. HICKENBOTHOM. HICKEY. in defiance of order. Young hemp. The favorite companion of the University fashionables. an appellation for a graceless boy. Tipsey. The Cambridge driver of the Telegraph. A country hick. The devil a barrel the better herring. HEMPEN WIDOW. One who has no settled place of residence. Bridport being a place famous for manufacturing hemp into cords. an ignorant clown. The sea. H 125 . HERRING GUTTED. HICK. is said to be henpecked. and. the captain of which had his wife on board. A cock and hen club. CANT. HENPECKED. HERRING. originally applied to a ship. Mr. A house where the woman rules. Drinking twice to the same person.e. hickupping. HERE AND THEREIAN. A woman. similar to that of Mr. a club composed of men and women. HEMP. all equally bad. One whose husband was hanged. HEN HOUSE. i. To run helter skelter. oak tree. called also a SHE HOUSE. and the only tutor to whose precepts they attend. Hickenbothom. a corruption of the German word ickenbaum. as a shotten hering. A husband governed by his wife. Cowardly. supposed to command him. HERTFORDSHIRE KINDNESS.e. A man who was hanged is said to have died of a hempen fever. To cross the herring pond at the king's expence. i. HEN−HEARTED. HEN. quasi. HERRING POND.

HIGH EATING. particularly a Northumbrian: in that county. or CHILD'S BEST GUIDE TO H 126 . or apprehended for some crime. he is full of money. HIDEBOUND. To kick out a hind leg. HIGH ROPES. HIGH FLYERS. to run away. drinks to intoxicate his adversary. It is high water. in return. to be in a passion. Confusedly mixed. and therefore does not chuse to appear in public. hard of delivery. HIGH SHOON. who. HIKE. or CLOUTED SHOON. A country clown. or cockloft HIGH PAD.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue HIDE AND SEEK. under the penalty of a bottle. is said to have a hidebound muse. MY HONEY. never to drink small beer when he could get strong. a saying of one who is in fear of being arrested for debt. To eat skylarks in a garret. never to kiss the maid when he could kiss the mistress. CANT. HIGH JINKS. with him." The person administering the oath was always to be called father by the juror. Stingy. He plays at hide and seek. The party was sworn on a pair of horns. and he. hinney is the general term of endearment. HIGH WATER. or pigeon. HIGHGATE. A north country hinney. To be on the high ropes. to administer a ludicrous oath to all travellers of the middling rank who stopped there. HIGH LIVING. To lodge in a garret. A gambler at dice. HINNEY. a poet poor in invention. CANT. to all which was added the saving cause of "unless you like it best. A childish game. Sworn at Highgatea ridiculous custom formerly prevailed at the public−houses in Highgate. fastened on a stick: the substance of the oath was. to make a rustic bow. but secretly skulks up and down. A highwayman. was to style him son. having a strong head. Jacobites. See SKULK. with many other injunctions of the like kind. Tories. HIND LEG. HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY. HISTORY OF THE FOUR KINGS. To hike off.

e. thus: when great chimnies were in fashion. Half a man and half a boy. He studies the history of the four kings assiduously. interrupted. or study. there was at each corner of the hearth. HOBNAIL. called the hob. and behind it a seat. A pack of cards. or grate. Will you have hob or nob? seems only to have meant. a small elevated projection. HOBSON'S CHOICE. such as is given to children. one nice or whimsical in his clothes. A man who is a great keeper or rider of hobby horses. HOBBERDEHOY. To hobble. A man's favourite amusement. to walk lamely. HOB OR NOB. he plays much at cards. a dog−trot. and even often clouted. one that is apt to be strongly attached to his systems of amusement. from old Hobson. said to have been called the nob. Will you hob or nob with me? a question formerly in fashion at polite tables. HOBBY HORSICAL. Sir Posthumous's hobby. In winter time the beer was placed on the hob to warm: and the cold beer was set on a small table. HOB. so that the question. they were to chuse whether white or red. HOBBY. HOBBY HORSE. Hoaxing a quiz. a clown. It also means a particular kind of small Irish horse: and also a wooden one. Impeded. A country clodhopper: from the shoes of country farmers and ploughmen being commonly stuck full of hob−nails. or tipped with iron. signifying a request or challenge to drink a glass of wine with the proposer: if the party challenged answered Nob. A pace between a walk and a run. or beer from the nob. puzzled. HOBBLED. a famous carrier of Cambridge. or HOBBINOL. HOAXING. Bantering. a lad between both. beer from the hob. Will you have warm or cold beer? i. The Devil ran over his face with hobnails in his shoes. UNIVERSITY WIT. ridiculing. is called his hobby horse. This foolish custom is said to have originated in the days of good queen Bess. who used to let horses to the H 127 . joking an odd fellow. That or none.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue THE GALLOWS. HOBBLEDYGEE. said of one pitted With the small pox.

A shilling. Also Hell Hocus is used to express drunkenness: as. Brother Hod. A celebrated writer supposes it to be a ludicrous corruption of the words hoc est corpus. HOCKEY. HOG. HOGGISH. an appellation given to the members of St. vulgar appellation for the feet. HOCKS. finely dressed. to snore: the noise made by some persons in snoring. HOCUS POCUS. and is spoken ironically to signify the contrary. always allotting each man the horse he thought properest for his manner of riding and treatment. Nonsensical words used by jugglers. An irregular mixture of numerous things. or incantation. being not much unlike the notes of that animal. An abbreviation of Roger: a general name for a country booby. filthy. HOD. unmannerly. To hog a horse's mane. Cambridge. To drive one's hogs. A short clumsy person. You have left the marks of your dirty hocks on my clean stairs. See HICKEY. an awkward or mean looking man or woman. A piece of cruelty practised by the butchers of Dublin. A hog in armour. ALL A−SE AND NO BODY. a familiar name for a bricklayer's labourer: from the hod which is used for carrying bricks and mortar.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue students. so that the ends of the hair stick up like hog's bristles. is said to look like a hog in armour. HODMANDODS. or HOUGHING. either male or female. He has brought his hogs to a fine market. by cutting the tendon of Achilles. HOG GRUBBER. a frequent complaint from a mop squeezer to a footman. Rude. as a kind of charm. to cut it short. Drunk with strong stale beer. previous to their deceptions. John's College. Snails in their shells. a saying of any one who has been remarkably successful in his affairs. but never permitted them to chuse. HODGE. HOCKING. he is quite hocus. Jonian hogs. this has been by law made felony. used by the popish priests m consecrating the host. he is quite drunk. H 128 . called old hock. HODDY DODDY. HODGE PODGE. on soldiers. A mean stingy fellow.

was up that hill. HOISTING.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue HOGO. called the hoist. the place of execution for criminals condemned in London. and putting a couple of bayonets out of the two corners of his hat. Patrick's Market. thoughtless. or other Irish blackguard. To ride backwards up Holborn hill. It has a confounded hogo. See ALL HOLIDAY. had grounded their arms to rest a while. but more probably to prevent them being shocked with a distant view of the gallows. darkness. to get into windows accidentally left open: this is done by the assistance of a confederate. making his back a kind of step or ascent. He was then hoisted on the shoulders of two strong fellows. high taste. Criminals going to suffer. who leans his head against the wall. or company. and hold to be no robbery. was in the year 1784. commonly said of flesh somewhat tainted. the first time he appeared in the field after being married. HOLY FATHER. HOIST. a drum and fife beating and playing the pioneers call. surgeons conceal the instruments with which they are going to operate. A holiday bowler. it was thus managed: As soon as the regiment. It is all holiday. it stinks confoundedly. SEA TERM. To go upon the hoist. is. and consequently of this procession. HOLBORN HILL. Hoisting. and carried round the arms. A ludicrous ceremony formerly performed on every soldier. a bad bowler. Dublin. but on this occasion styled the Cuckold's March. he was to take off his hat: this. in passing the colours. Blind man's holiday. these they pick up. watch. to represent horns. among pickpockets. the back part foremost. as some conceive to increase the ignominy. See REVERSED. setting a man on his head. A hoity−toity wench. that his money. by the Holy Father (meaning H 129 . night. it was placed on his head. was practised by the officers on their brethren. always ride backwards. or oath. among whom the exclamation. in some regiments. left uncovered in paying it. A holiday is any part of a ship's bottom. as. romping girl. named Round Heads and Cuckolds. in amputations. to go to the gallows: the way to Tyburn. may fall out of his pockets. three or four men of the same company to which the bridegroom belonged. or flavour. a giddy. HOITY−TOITY. A butcher's boy of St. Corruption of haut goust. since which the criminals have been executed near Newgate HOLIDAY. seized upon him. The last execution at Tyburn.

go to a public house: the two well men make a bargain with the landlord for their dinner.e. and when he is out of sight. is common. or that the thing will not occour.e. IRISH. making an honest woman of her. It is all honey or a td with them. said of persons who are either in the extremity of friendship or enmity. one of who pretends to be sick and unable to eat. HONEY MOON. He loves him as the Devil loves holy water. but I wil give thee five pounds. HOOKERS. HONEST WOMAN. a certainty. HOOF. He hoofed it or beat the hoof. WITH NIX THE BUFFER. **** hooks. to travel on foot. HOLLOW. according to the Roman Catholics. tricked. feed their pretended sick companion and dog gratis. and is carried on thus: Three men. The first month after marriage. having the virtue to chase away the Devil and his imps. every step of the way from Chester to London. To marry a woman with whom one has cohabitated as a mistress. hates him mortally. either kissing or fighting. An expression signifying that the story is not true. HOOKED. a harmless.e. i. See ANGLERS. i. is termed. HOLY LAMB. HOLY WATER. A thorough−paced villain.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the Pope). bound over the eyes. a knave. i. foolish. or decided business. caught: a simile taken from fishing. To beat the hoof. HOOK AND SNIVEY. if thou canst find any creditable person who wilt say thou art an honest man. H 130 . As honest a man as any in the cards when all the kings are out. A poor honey. This rig consists in feeding a man and a dog for nothing. fingers. Blindfolded by a handkerchief. HONEST MAN. Holy water. I dare not call thee rogue for fear of the law. A term frequently used by superiors to inferiors. HOOD−WINKED. It was quiet a hollow thing. goodnatured fellow. Over−reached. said a quaker to an attorney. HOOKEE WALKER. or other ligature.

might pick a pea out of her a−se. and retires to his shell. I'll well hoop his or her barrel. Hopkins. A diminutive person.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue HOOP. even the gingerbread H 131 . or is lame. I'll beat him or her soundly. To beat. An annual fair held at Charlton. the 18th of October. worn by husbandmen for containing seed corn. lepers. HORN COLIC. HOPPING GILES. draws in his horns. given by the boatswain to one of the boys. sitting on her shoulder. HOP MERCHANT. near Deptford. to retract an assertion through fear: metaphor borrowed from a snail. CANT. St. who on the apprehension of danger. and march from thence in procession. Giles was the patron of cripples. HORN FAIR. See GYLES. through that town and Greenwich. called a hopper or hoppet. a ludicrous address to a lame or limping man. HOP−O−MY−THUMB. that a pigeon. It consists of a riotous mob. She was such a−hop−o−my thumb. HOPKINS. when they sow the land. and at the fair there are sold rams horns. man or woman. but each irritated by the strokes from the boy behind him. called a nettle. being naked to the waist. with horns of different kinds upon their heads. This was anciently practised when a ship was wind−bound. See CAPER MERCHANT. To draw in one's horns. A dancing master. To run the hoop. and every sort of toy made of horn. an ancient marine custom. to Charlton. Four or more boys having their left hands tied fast to an iron hoop. who after a printed summons dispersed through the adjacent towns. HOPPER−ARSED. meet at Cuckold's Point. in their right. TO HOP THE TWIG. many of them having been chapels to hospitals. and each of them a rope. HORNS. in Kent. Mr. on St. To run away. Having large projecting buttocks: from their resemblance to a small basket. and every one does the same: at first the blows are but gently administered. at length lays it on in earnest. A temporary priapism. Luke's day. Churches dedicated to that saint commonly stand out of town. TO HOOP. A jeering appellation given to any person who limps. he strikes the boy before him. being a pun on the word hop. wait the signal to begin: this being made by a stroke with a cat of nine tails.

HORSE GODMOTHER. rambled from his company to this place. he was struck with the beauty of the mistress. inns being in old English styled hostels. said of one who pawns his H 132 . in the sense of bartering or exchanging. then a mean hamlet. surprised them together. It is added that. HORSE'S MEAL. besides making the husband master of the hamlet. or some other of our ancient kings.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue figures have horns. to borrow a horse ladder. He has so hot a stomach. a gentlemanlike kind of a lady. Cuckolded. and having prevailed over her modesty. whom he found alone. A kiss with a loud smack. The verb TO COSE was used by the Scots.e. when entering a cottage to inquire his way. in memory of this grant. Also a cuckold. Hosteler was originally the name for an inn−keeper. and a grant of the land from this place to Cuckold's Point. A large masculine woman. HORNIFIED. HOT STOMACH. or simpleton. for the sale of horns. HORN WORK. being at the palace of Eltham. HOSTELER. in this neighbourhood. this fair was established. and all sorts of goods made with that material. King John. A person extremely jealous of his wife. A sermon is preached at Charlton church on the fair day. from the French signifying the same. also a bite. A dealer in horses: vulgarly and corruptly pronounced HORSE COURSER. oat stealer. A piece of Wiltshire wit. HORSE BUSS. and threatening to kill them both. is said to be horn mad. to a neighbouring farm house. the king was obliged to discover himself. and having been out a hunting one day. to finish a hay−mow. in order to get up the horses. Cuckold−making. The vulgar tradition gives the following history of the origin of this fair. HORSE COSER. and to compound for his safety by a purse of gold. and the occasion of it. Ale and brandy made hot. which consists in sending some raw lad. i. HOT POT. the husband returning suddenly. that he burns all the clothes off his back. HORSE LADDER. who does not cut or breed his horns easily. A meal without drinking. HORN MAD.

A captain huff. To fire hubble de shuff. whose words sound like water bubbling out of a bottle. HOUSE. TO HUE. and brandy. or serve as a private soldier. By stealth. To reprove. HULKY. in the Norfolk dialect. TO LET. HUG. also to bluster. OLD MILITARY TERM. or disturbance. HOYDON. CANT. To hug brown bess. a hard and solid wood. Having a hard impenetrable head. He hugs it as the Devil hugs a witch: said of one who holds any thing as if he was afraid of losing it. HUBBLE DE SHUFF. set up on the outside of a mansion: both supposed to indicate that the dolorous widow wants a male comforter. privately. HUCKSTERS. or TENEMENT. to carry a firelock. or fellow. to be answerable for the reckoning in a public house. He is in hucksters hands. To stand the huff. the rogue was soundly lashed in bridewell. bounce. and hooker. called likewise a caloon. HUCKLE MY BUFF.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue clothes to purchase liquor. to fire quick and irregularly. A hubble−bubble fellow. TO HUFF. he is in a bad way. HUBBLE−BUBBLE. also an atchievement marking the death of a husband. or one thick of speech. A society existing in 1748. HUGOTONTHEONBIQUIFFINARIANS. ding. A widow's weeds. or scold at any one. The cove was hued in the naskin. Confusion. HUBBUB. made hot. A great hulky fellow. Beer. riot. a noted bully. hulver. H 133 . without making an appearance. an over−grown clumsy lout. To lash. They spent their money in a hugger mugger way. egg. A romping girl. signifying holly. or swagger. Also an instrument used for smoaking through water in the East Indies. Confusedly. Itinerant retailers of provisions. or HULKING. a man of confused ideas. HULVER−HEADED. A noise. HUGGER MUGGER.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO HUM, or HUMBUG. To deceive, or impose on one by some story or device. A humbug; a jocular imposition, or deception. To hum and haw; to hesitate in speech, also to delay, or be with difficulty brought to consent to any matter or business, HUMS. Persons at church. There is a great number of hums in the autem; there is a great congregation in the church. HUM BOX. A pulpit. HUM CAP. Very old and strong beer, called also stingo. See STINGO. HUM DRUM. A hum drum fellow; a dull tedious narrator, a bore; also a set of gentlemen, who (Bailey says) used to meet near the Charter House, or at the King's Head in St. John's−street, who had more of pleasantry, and less of mystery, than the free masons. HUM DURGEON. An imaginary illness. He has got the humdurgeon, the thickest part of his thigh is nearest his a−se; i.e. nothing ails him except low spirits. HUMBUGS. The brethren of the venerable society of humbugs was held at brother Hallam's, in Goodman's Fields. HUMMER. A great lye, a rapper. See RAPPER. HUMMING LIQUOR. Double ale, stout pharaoh. See PHARAOH. HUMMUMS. A bagnio, or bathing house. HUM TRUM. A musical instrument made of a mopstick, a bladder, and some packthread, thence also called a bladder and string, and hurdy gurdy; it is played on like a violin, which is sometimes ludicrously called a humstrum; sometimes, instead of a bladder, a tin canister is used. HUMP. To hump; once a fashionable word for copulation. HUMPTY DUMPTY. A little humpty dumpty man or woman; a short clumsy person of either sex: also ale boiled with brandy. TO HUNCH. To jostle, or thrust. HUNCH−BACKED. Hump−backed. HUNG BEEF. A dried bull's pizzle. How the dubber served the cull with hung beef; how the turnkey beat the H 134

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue fellow with a bull's pizzle. HUNKS. A covetous miserable fellow, a miser; also the name of a famous bear mentioned by Ben Jonson. HUNT'S DOG. He is like Hunt's dog, will neither go to church nor stay at home. One Hunt, a labouring man at a small town in Shropshire, kept a mastiff, who on being shut up on Sundays, whilst his master went to church, howled so terribly as to disturb the whole village; wherefore his master resolved to take him to church with him: but when he came to the church door, the dog having perhaps formerly been whipped out by the sexton, refused to enter; whereupon Hunt exclaimed loudly against his dog's obstinacy, who would neither go to church nor stay at home. This shortly became a bye−word for discontented and whimsical persons. HUNTING. Drawing in unwary persons to play or game. CANT. HUNTING THE SQUIRREL. An amusement practised by postboys and stage−coachmen, which consists in following a one−horse chaise, anddriving it before them, passing close to it, so as to brush the wheel, and by other means terrifying any woman or person that may be in it. A man whose turn comes for him to drink, before he has emptied his former glass, is said to be hunted. HUNTSUP. The reveillier of huntsmen, sounded on the French horn, or other instrument. HURDY GURDY. A kind of fiddle, originally made perhaps out of a gourd. See HUMSTRUM. HURLY BURLY. A rout, riot, bustle or confusion. HUSH. Hush the cull; murder the fellow. HUSH MONEY. Money given to hush up or conceal a robbery, theft, or any other offence, or to take off the evidence from appearing against a criminal. HUSKYLOUR. A guinea, or job. Cant. HUSSY. An abbreviation of housewife, but now always used as a term of reproach; as, How now, hussy? or She is a light hussy. HUZZA. Said to have been originally the cry of the huzzars or Hungarian light horse; but now the national shout of H 135

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the English, both civil and military, in the sea phrase termed a cheer; to give three cheers being to huzza thrice. HYP, or HIP. A mode of calling to one passing by. Hip, Michael, your head's on fire; a piece of vulgar wit to a red haired man. HYP. The hypochondriac: low spirits. He is hypped; he has got the blue devils, JABBER. To talk thick and fast, as great praters usually do, to chatter like a magpye; also to speak a foreign language. He jabbered to rne in his damned outlandish parlez vous, but I could not understand him; he chattered to me in French, or some other foreign language, but I could not understand him. JACK. A farthing, a small bowl serving as the mark for bowlers. An instrument for pulling off boots. JACK ADAMS. A fool. Jack Adams's parish; Clerkenwell. JACK AT A PINCH, A poor hackney parson. JACK IN A BOX, A sharper, or cheat. A child in the mother's womb. JACK IN AN OFFICE, An insolent fellow in authority. JACK KETCH. The hangman; vide DERRICK and KETCH. JACK NASTY FACE. A sea term, signifying a common sailor. JACK OF LEGS. A tall long−legged man; also a giant, said to be buried in Weston church, near Baldock, in Hertfordshire, where there are two stones fourteen feet distant, said to be the head and feet stones of his grave. This giant, says Salmon, as fame goes, lived in a wood here, and was a great robber, but a generous one; for he plundered the rich to feed the poor: he frequently took bread for this purpose from the Baldock bakers, who catching him at an advantage, put out his eyes, and afterwards hanged him upon a knoll in Baldock field. At his death he made one request, which was, that he might have his bow and arrow put into his hand, and on shooting it off, where the arrow fell, they would bury him; which being granted, the arrow fell in Weston churchyard. Above seventy years ago, a very large thigh bone was taken out of the church chest, where it had lain many years for a show, and was sold by the clerk to Sir John Tradescant, who, H 136

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue it is said, put it among the rarities of Oxford. JACK PUDDING. The merry andrew, zany, or jester to a mountebank. JACK ROBINSON. Before one could say Jack Robinson; a saying to express a very short time, originating from a very volatile gentleman of that appellation, who would call on his neighbours, and be gone before his name could be announced. JACK SPRAT. A dwarf, or diminutive fellow. JACK TAR. A sailor. JACK WEIGHT. A fat man. JACK WHORE. A large masculine overgrown wench. JACKANAPES. An ape; a pert, ugly, little fellow. JACKED. Spavined. A jacked horse. JACKMEN. See JARKMEN. JACKEY. Gin. JACOB. A soft fellow. A fool. JACOB. A ladder: perhaps from Jacob's dream. CANT. Also the common name for a jay, jays being usually taught to say, Poor Jacob! a cup of sack for Jacob. JACOBITES. Sham or collar shirts. Also partizans for the Stuart family: from the name of the abdicated king, i.e. James or Jacobus. It is said by the whigs, that God changed Jacob's name to Israel, lest the descendants of that patriarch should be called Jacobites. JADE. A term of reproach to women. JAGUE. A ditch: perhaps from jakes. JAIL BIRDS. Prisoners. JAKES. A house of office, a cacatorium. JAMMED. Hanged. CANT. JANIZARIES. The mob, sometimes so called; also bailiffs, their setters, and followers. H 137

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue JAPANNED. Ordained. To be japanned; to enter into holy orders, to become a clergyman, to put on the black cloth: from the colour of the japan ware, which is black. JARK. A seal. JARKMEN. Those, who fabricate counterfeit passes, licences, and certificates for beggars. JARVIS. A hackney coachman. JASON'S FLEECE. A citizen cheated of his gold. JAW. Speech, discourse. Give us none of your jaw; let us have none of your discourse. A jaw−me−dead; a talkative fellow. Jaw work; a cry used in fairs by the sellers of nuts. JAZEY. A bob wig.

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JEFFY. It will be done in a jeffy; it will be done in a short space of time, in an instant. JEHU. To drive jehu−like; to drive furiously: from a king of Israel of that name, who was a famous charioteer, and mentioned as such in the Bible. JEM. A gold ring. CANT. JEMMY FELLOW. A smart spruce fellow. JEMMY. A crow. This instrument is much used by housebreakers. Sometimes called Jemmy Rook. JENNY. An instrument for lifting up the grate or top of a show−glass, in order to rob it. CANT. JERRYCUMMUMBLE. To shake, towzle, or tumble about. JERRY SNEAK. A henpecked husband: from a celebrated character in one of Mr. Foote's plays, representing a man governed by his wife. JESSAMY. A smart jemmy fellow, a fopling. I 138

A lawyer. an equivocal answer. who encourages the addresses of a man whom she means to deceive and abandon. who for a sum of money will bail any action whatsoever. Clement's church in the Strand were called Jews by their brethren the taylors. JIBBER THE KIBBER. rattling fellow. JILTED. i. A tricking woman. CANT. this at night has the appearance of a ship's light. copulation. That's worth a Jew's eye. JIG. JESUITICAL. but. CANT. sharp fellow. JEW'S EYE. JINGLERS. JIGGER. formerly in use among fuddle caps. one of whose fore feet is tied up. Sly. and being wrecked. A method of deceiving seamen. IMPOST TAKERS. Horse cosers. JET. evasive. a pleasant or agreeable sight: a saying taken from Shakespeare. Also a lock or door. by fixing a candle and lanthorn round the neck of a horse. are not to be found. An over−reaching dealer. JEW BAIL. frequenting country fairs.e. Autem jet. a witty arch trick. JEW. See TO BOX THE JESUIT. thoughtless. run on shore. it is said. A trick. and lend money at great premiums. are plundered by the inhabitants. JINGLE BRAINS. and justify. that is. Usurers who attend the gaming−tables. A tradesman who has no faith. A whipping−post. equivocal. an extortioner: the brokers formerly behind St. A pleasant jig. when called on. The feather−bed jig. swear to their sufficiency. This diabolical device is. Insufficient bail: commonly Jews. Rejected by a woman who has encouraged one's advances. or hard.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue JESIUT. A wild. Ships bearing towards it. JILT. Leathern jacks tipped with silver. will not give credit. practised by the inhabitants of our western coasts. a parson. JINGLE BOXES. JEW. I 139 . and hung with bells. A jesuitical answer.

man or woman. Supposed to be a very brotherly set of people. Well inlaid. A guinea. JOB'S COMFORT. TO JOB. To do a job. A jeering appellation for I 140 . and robbing the seats. INLAID. A silk handkerchief. Bartholomew's hospital. INDIES. Newcastle. CAMBRIDGE TERM. INKLE WEAVERS. JOBBERNOLE. He is laid up in Job's dock. One who brings news of some additional misfortune. The head. A sodomite. Black Indies. JOCK. JOB. Encroaching. INEXPRESSIBLES. JOB'S COMFORTER. JOBATION. One of the innocents. to commit some kind of robbery. to lay CANE upon Abel. JOB'S DOCK. Any robbery. or CROWDY−HEADED JOCK.e. A reproof. A modern term for a lady of easy virtue. are called Job's ward. Reproof instead of consolation. Breeches. rich or well to pass. JOB. 'as great as two inkle weavers' being a proverbial saying.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue IMPUDENT STEALING. To indorse with a cudgel. Cutting out the backs of coaches. The apartments for the foul or venereal patients in St. a weak or simple person. in a salivation. to drub or beat a man over the back with a stick. INNOCENTS. IMPURE. To reprove or reprehend. INCHING. INDIA WIPE. i. INSIDE AND OUTSIDE. The inside of a **** and the outside of a gaol. INDORSER. in easy circumstances.

The dropcove maced the Joskin of twenty quid. JOCKUM GAGE. JORDAN. JORUM. JOHNNY BUM. JOLLY DOG. A chamber−pot. JORDAIN. if I come near him. to get on with a slow but regular pace. A woman's great coat. I 141 . JOLTER HEAD. metaphorically a stupid fellow. close together. The cheek. e. a BON VIVANT. CANT. TO JOCK. A countryman. You are Josephus rex. The ring dropper cheated the countryman of twenty guineas. JOWL. and crowdy the chief food.e. A chamber−pot. who would not say Jack because it was vulgar. Also. I'll lump your jolly nob for you. nor cries to go home to bed. CANT. My eyes how the cull sucked the blowen's jowl. A merry facetious fellow. or cheek to cheek. I'll tip him a jordain if I transnear. or member−mug. JOSKIN. A he or jack ass: so called by a lady that affected to be extremely polite and modest. JOINT. of the lower order of the people in Northumberland. or JOCKUM CLOY. or staff. A large head. looking−glass. I'll give you a knock on the head. i. nor ass because it was indecent. who never flinches from his glass. A jugg. To keep on a jogg−trot. The head. JOGG−TROT. JOSEPH. he kissed the wench handsomely. A great blow. To hit a joint in carving. you are jo−king. i. To put one's nose out of joint. a sheepish bashful young fellow: an allusion to Joseph who fled from Potiphar's wife. I'll give him a blow with my staff. or JOLLY NOB. To enjoy a woman. joking. JOLLY. Jock being a common name. or large pitcher. Cheek by jowl. jordan.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue a north country seaman. to rival one in the favour of a patron or mistress. particularly a collier. the operator must think of a cuckold.

and under the pretence of offering their goods to sale. ITCHLAND. It is said of the Irish women. Iron−bound. Thieves who carry about pins. Thick legs. CANT. See STONE DOUBLET. a prison. IRISH TOYLES. and other pedlars wares. Teeth. or pilfer any thing they can lay hold of. JUG. or. IRISH BEAUTY. the island is the rising bottom of a wine bottle. potatoes and broomsticks. laces. as the Irishman expresses them. the iron glass windows. To polish the king's iron with one's eyebrows. IVORIES. See DOUBLE JUG. to be hanged in chains. jocularly styled the Irish arms. a bold forward behaviour: as being dipt in the river Styx was formerly supposed to render persons invulnerable. The engine for burning culprits in the hand. Iron doublet. ISLAND. How the swell flashed his ivories. Money in general. I 142 . JUGGLER'S BOX. that is. A woman with two black eyes. before the bottle is quite empty. A false witness. Potatoes. rob houses. laced. JUKRUM. that they have a dispensation from the pope to wear the thick end of their legs downwards. To keep an ironmonger's shop by the side of a common. so it is said that a dipping in the river Shannon totally annihilates bashfulness. to say they are loaded with fruit and timber. Scotland. He drank out of the bottle till he saw the island. IRISH LEGS. IRISH EVIDENCE. a silver−laced hat. how the gentleman shewed his teeth. IRONMONGER'S SHOP. A licence. that he has been dipt in the Shannon. where the sheriff sets one up. A rough road or lane. whence arises the saying of an impudent Irishman. or SCRATCHLAND. It is a common joke against the Irish vessels. to look out of grated or prison windows. An iron−bound hat.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue IRISH APRICOTS. JUMBLEGUT LANE. IRON. which appears like an island in the centre. Irish assurance.

under the ship's keel: ludicrously defined. Persons who rob houses by getting in at the windows. the delinquent is drawn once. K KATE. which is a temporary substitute for a mast carried away by a storm. your daughter will not preserve her virginity. Also a set of Methodists established in South Wales. A horse. CANT. for his own use. with a large wig. 'Tis a rum kate. a mast for the day or occasion.e. or oftener. WELSH. a simile for a meagre or weasel−faced man. Men employed to load and unload the coal vessels. the thief who ascended the ladder has no means of escaping but that of jumping down. for certain offences. A round scolding bout. a species of robbery effected by ascending a ladder placed by a sham lamp− lighter. it is a clever picklock. as he supposes. SEA PHRASE.e. A picklock. TO KEEP. or dining−room jump. your tit won't keep. or any other accident.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue JUMP. One who keeps a mistress. should the lamp−lighter be put to flight. A wooden leg: allusion to a jury mast. KEFFEL. JUNIPER LECTURE. K 143 . JUMPERS. The jump. JURY MAST. where do you keep? i. A punning appellation for a justice. JUST−ASS. TO KEEP IT UP. Lord. i. A punishment in use among the Dutch seamen. KEEPING CULLY. Like an owl in an ivy bush. against the house intended to be robbed. KEEL BULLIES. undergoing a great hard−ship. We kept it up finely last night. A JOURNIERE mast. where are your rooms? ACADEMICAL PHRASE. It is so called. Mother. or very bushy hair. To prolong a debauch. because. IVY BUSH. KEELHAULING. To inhabit. JURY LEG. metaphor drawn from the game of shuttle− cock. but really for that of the public. in which.

or refund. also a house that harbours thieves. To do his office. or a bowman ken. D.' with which Mr. This officer is mentioned in Butler's Ghost. Money. William Kemp. KEMP'S MORRIS. Southwark. robbing the house. Kemp's Nine Days Wonder. in the following lines: Till Ketch observing he was chous'd. when the office was filled by a famous practitioner of that name. Would I had Kemp's shoes to throw after you. oath. or shoes. KETCH. A bob ken. KEN MILLER. when their tenants are above a fortnight's rent in arrear. page 54. Bond. for the name of his predecessor Dun occurs in the former part of this poem. order. out of order. To take away the street door: a method practised by the landlords in Kent−street. Condition. a well−furnished house. CANT. And in his profits much abus'd. KEN. being by the vulgar deemed lucky. said to have been the original Dogberry in Much ado about Nothing. In open hall the tribute dunn'd. Biting the ken. The addition of 'squire. after any one going on an important business. intitled. page 29: For you yourself to act squire Dun. and keep the money. a general name for the finishers of the law. but only her husband knew how to make a gentleman die sweetly. that any bungler might put a man to death. or KEN CRACKER. 1600. A housebreaker. CANT. A. throwing an old shoe. KEMP'S SHOES. KELTER.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue KELTER. published about the year 1682. Such ignominy ne'er saw the sun. Dun is here K 144 . ever since the year 1682. pledge. or hangmen. Ketch had not long been elevated to his office. of whom his wife said. danced a morris from London to Norwich in nine days: of which he printed the account. BEN JONSON. Jack Ketch. Out of kelter. KERRY SECURITY. A house. KENT−STREET EJECTMENT. Perhaps Kemp was a man remarkable for his good luck or fortune. Mr.

A little dapper fellow. Cupid's kettle drums.e. 1641: This trembles under the black rod. Breeches. Rogues who make it their business to defraud young apprentices. KID LAY. or any other spirituous liquor. it is the present mode. half−a−crown. A high kick. The blowen has napped the kid. An odd kick in one's gallop. Gregory Brandon succeeded Derrick. or any particular business. for we must have them as well as your money. KICKS. and he Doth fear his fate from the Gregorian tree. The girl is with child. also a hop or dance. A kick in the guts. called by sailors chest and bedding. to be hanged. A kick up. To coax or wheedle. To amuse a man or divert his attention while another robs him. A kick. the thief amused the master of the house. he is said to have made a fine kettle of fish of it. To kick the clouds before the hotel door. by which name it is mentioned in the prologue to Mercurius Pragmaticus. The predecessor of Dun was Gregory Brandon. KICKSHAWS. See DERRICK. a strange whim or peculiarity. by prevailing on them to execute some trifling K 145 . The sneaksman kidded the cove of the ken. the top of the fashion. has always entitled the operator to that distinction. i. French dishes: corruption of quelque chose. KICKERAPOO.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue dignified. KICKSEYS. He kicked the bucket one day: he died one day. sixpence. a dram of gin. A child. according to custom for time out of mind. Dead. To inveigle. To KICK THE BUCKET. we'll have them as well as your lour. while his pall frisked the panney. When a person has perplexed his affairs in general. from whom the gallows was called the Gregorian tree. NEGRO WORD. It is all the kick. a woman's breasts. KETTLE OF FISH. an operation which. To die. KID. of goods committed to their charge. KETTLEDRUMS. Two and a kick. Tip us your kicks. or errand−boys. is a mark that he had beheaded some state criminal for high treason. a disturbance. TO KID. while his companion robbed the house. tragi−comedy acted at Paris. Breeches. pull off your breeches.

A forestaller: see CROCKER. thereby grabbling their bit. Of a strange kidney. let's bully the fellow. KILL PRIEST. or those of the East India company. Disposition. humour.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue message. KILL CARE CLUB. CANT. Kingswood is famous for the great number of asses kept by the colliers who inhabit K 146 . Originally one who stole or decoyed children or apprentices from their parents or masters. the Castle−tavern. said to be on the kid lay. Kinchin coes. The members of this club. Kidders are also persons employed by the gardeners to gather peas. KIDDY NIPPERS. Kinchin morts. and sticking out from the body. when cross−legged on their board. An Ass. who cut off the waistcoat pockets of their brethren. New still−burnt rum. styled also the Sons of Sound Sense and Satisfaction. KIDDEYS. KILL DEVIL. A little child. Young thieves. KIDNAPPER. KIDDER. these are. To trick. Taylors out of work. to send them to the colonies. educated in thieving. is to rest one's hands on the hips. vulgarly pronounced a−kimbo. CANT. or coes in slates. Fetters. called also spiriting: but now used for all recruiting crimps for the king's troops. An old frize coat. a little man. CANT. KILKENNY. and agents for indenting servants for the plantations. Port wine. principles. Kinchin morts. in cant terms. keeping the elbows square. cheat or cozen. A man of a different kidney. Kinchin cove. To set one's arms a−kimbaw. a man of different principles. beggars' children carried at their mother's backs in sheets. also to beat or to bully. of an odd or unaccountable humour. in Paternoster−row. an insolent bullying attitude. pretending to take care of their parcels till they come back. met at their fortress. KING'S WOOD LION. Let's kimbaw the cull. KIDNEY. young girls under the like circumstances and training. KING'S PLATE. KINCHIN. To KIMBAW. orphan beggar boys.

The captain. A kiss mine a−se fellow. who in the reign of queen Anne and George I. A little kitchen physic will set him up. KIT−CAT CLUB. He is gone to kingdom come. A dancing−master. One of the king's bad bargains. thence still called the kit−cat size. An offer. Here. eight score to the hundred: a saying of a little undersized man. in the language of the Excise−office. KITCHEN PHYSIC. literally accepted. take the whole kit. the contents of his knapsack: and is used also to express the whole of different commodities: as. KISSING CRUST. as Fielding observes. take all. A jocular method of hobbling or bothering a troublesome teller of long stories: this is done by contradicting some very immaterial circumstance at K 147 . he is dead. chief. a small fiddle. so called from his kit or cittern. good meat roasted or boiled. KING'S HEAD INN. to play to their scholars. That part where the loaves have touched the oven. KIT. Food. but never.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue that place. The portraits of most of the members of this society were painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller. KING JOHN'S MEN. KITTLE PITCHERING. or soldier who shirks his duty. KINGDOM COME. KING'S BAD BARGAIN. The kit is likewise the whole of a soldier's necessaries. The skin of a large calf. KISS MINE A−SE. money. i. a sycophant. which dancing−masters always carry about with them. or ringleader of the gang of misrule: in the cant language called also the upright man. he has more need of a cook than a doctor. A society of gentlemen. KING'S PICTURES. a malingeror. as he could learn. of one size. KING OF THE GYPSIES. He is one of king John's men. Coin. or CHEQUER INN. IN NEWGATE STREET. eminent for wit and learning. The prison of Newgate. KIP. met at a house kept by one Christopher Cat. very frequently made.e.

Effects. A crew. to conclude: phrase borrowed from the blacksmith. KNOB. others are immediately started to some new particular of like consequence. to take his sticks. A toy−shop. A saying of any low pretender to precedency. gang. to have carnal knowledge of her. furniture. To knock off. A bully. thus impeding. stingo. more hog than gentleman. KNIGHT OF THE THIMBLE. KNIGHT OF THE POST. KITTYS. The head. as being dyed with cochineal. KNOT. Knave in grain is likewise a pun applied to a cornfactor or miller. Strong ale or beer. See NOB. by which the design is rendered less obvious. A highwayman. KNIGHT AND BARROW PIG. or NEEDLE. stock in trade. called grain. Kittle pitchering is often practised in confederacy. or rather not suffering him to enter into. a nick−nack−atory. A false evidence. one relieving the other. To knock a woman. A taylor or stay−maker. KNIGHT OF THE WHIP. To knock under. to submit. KNIGHT OF THE ROAD. CANT. one that is ready to swear any thing for hire. A knave of the first rate: a phrase borrowed from the dyehouse. KNIGHT OF THE TRENCHER. where certain colours are said to be in grain. KNOCK ME DOWN. or fraternity. A great eater.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the beginning of the narration. KNIGHT OF THE SHEERS. To seize one's kittys. KNIGHT OF THE BLADE. He has tied a knot K 148 . KNAPPERS POLL. A sheep's head. A footman: from the variety of colours in the liveries and trimming of gentlemen of that cloth. the objections to which being settled. KNAVE IN GRAIN. KNIGHT OF THE RAINBOW. A coachman. KNACK SHOP. KNOCK. to denote their superiority. A taylor. the main story.

Ruffles. or KNUCKLE−CONFOUNDERS. LADDER. Beating.e. KONOBLIN RIG. he is married. CANT. LAG. to keep back. to know the true merits or powers of each horse. Stealing large pieces of coal from coalsheds. LADY. The cove was lagged for a drag. to be hanged. that he cannot untie with his teeth: i. LADY DACRE'S WINE. LAGE. Sportsmen on the turf. KNOWLEDGE BOX.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue with his tongue. LADYBIRDS. the last of a company. A term of ridicule applied to men who being under sentence of transportation. to submit. Lag last. that is. The man was transported for stealing something out of a waggon. LADY OF EASY VIRTUE. LACING. KNUCKLE−DABS. To steal his handkerchief. L LACED MUTTON. watches. a superior kind of pickpockets. A man transported. L 149 . I'll lace your jacket handsomely. TO KNUCKLE ONE'S WIPE. A crooked or hump−backed woman. are supposed to be in the secret. Light or lewd women. TO LAG. who from experience and an acquaintance with the jockies. To knuckle to. a prostitute. LAG FEVER. To go up the ladder to rest. KNOWING ONES. Gin. pretend illness. KNUCKLES. notwithstanding which it often happens that the knowing ones are taken in. A prostitute. Pickpockets who attend the avenues to public places to steal pocket−books. an impure. to avoid being sent from gaol to the hulks. The head. To drop behind. Water. A woman of the town.

LARK. Dark lanthorn. LANSPRISADO. LAMB'S WOOL. one doing the duty without the pay of a corporal. A boat. Let in. or who does not ciculate it in due time. The judges: from their robes lined and bordered with ermine. Lamb pye. LANTHORN−JAWED. Blacking: Larry Dugan was a famous shoe−black at Dublin. LAP. Thin−visaged: from their cheeksbeing almost transparent. Or else. LATCH. People playing together jocosely. LAND. LARK. To LAMB. One who has only two−pence in his pocket. a broken lance. or horseman. An eye. a beating: from lambo. who receives a bribe for his principal or master. Butter−milk or whey. that is. i. The cove has a queer lamp. LARRY DUGAN'S EYE WATER. A buck of linen. having the jaws of one emaciated by a too rigid observation of Lent. or lancepesato.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue LAGE OF DUDS. Highwaymen. L 150 . served in the foot. To beat. Apples roasted and put into strong ale. LANK SLEEVE. The empty sleeve of a one armed man. or LAND LUBBERS. who being dismounted by the death of his horse. lenten jawed. LAMBSKIN MEN. or deputy corporal. or LAMBASTE. a man who has lost an arm. LAND PIRATES. How lies the land? How stands the reckoning? Who has any land in Appleby? a question asked the man at whose door the glass stands long. by the title of lansprisado. LAND LOPERS. Vagabonds lurking about the country who subsist by pilfering. Pawned. LAMP. The man has a blind or squinting eye. Also a lance. CANT.e. A fellow with a lank sleeve. a servant or agent at court. LAID ON THE SHELF. A piece of merriment. Formerly a lancier. or LAID UP IN LAVENDER.

LATITAT. slender. The delivery. a crying out or groaning. for old or very fat people to take any thing from the ground without stooping. he is in danger. LAWFUL BLANKET. LAUGH. to save the trouble of coming a second time. from the name of a writ. LAZYBONES. Lazy people frequently take up more than they can safely carry. TO LEAK. An instrument like a pair of tongs. As lazy as the tinker. who laid down his budget to ft. on which the soil brought from necessary houses is emptied. by not setting on the dogs till the hare is at some distance. is stored.e. LAZY. As lazy as Ludman's dog. To give law to a hare. a sporting term. LAZY MAN'S LOAD. propped up. LEAF. LAW. signifying to give the animal a chance of escaping. i. who leaned against the wall to bark. To make water. CANT. L 151 . a girl almost as slender as a lath. pursuit. it is also more figuratively used for giving any one a chance of succeeding in a scheme or project. LAY. in more technical terms. A wife. to be hanged: criminals in Dublin being turned off from the outside of the prison by the falling of a board. or. Laid up in lavender. It also means a hazard or chance: he stands a queer lay. IRISH TERM. LAUNCH. A lathy wench. like the leaf of a table. and moving on a hinge. LAVENDER. A nick−name for an attorney. or labour.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue LATHY. Enterprize. Thin. I'll make him laugh on the wrong (or t'other) side of his mouth. A dunghill about London. To go off with the fall of the leaf. where the old gold collected at weddings by the Tom td man. to cry. or attempt: to be sick of the lay. LAYSTALL. To laugh on the wrong side of the mouth. pawned. of a pregnant woman.

To fight at the leg. And then you are married for evermore.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue LEAKY. To lose leather. A whim of the amorous kind. LEATHER. to be saddle sick. To leather also meant to beat. To make a leg. to be galled with riding on horseback. an allusion to an ancient German custom. as the Scotch express it. LENTEN FARE. A sword being laid down on the ground. to bow. Leathern conveniency. term used by quakers for a stage−coach. LEERY. CANT. and jump whore. stupid. LEAPING OVER THE SWORD. To play least in sight. To lie together. LEFT−HANDED WIFE. to hide. LEVITE. Spare diet. company repeated these words: Leap rogue. a woman who has had a bastard. perhaps originally with a strap: I'll leather you to your heart's content. or. and the parties were ever after considered as man and wife. A priest or parson. A concubine. Apt to blab. L 152 . cheats who pretend to sell smuggled goods. to run away. Leather− headed. keep out of the way. See PEERY. LEG. LEAST IN SIGHT. the drum beating a ruffle. An ancient ceremonial said to constitute a military marriage. Whereupon the happy couple jumped hand in hand over the sword. LEGGERS. according to which. TO LIB. he gave her his left hand. LETCH. To break a leg. or make one's self scarce. out of the common way. or a woman greatly his inferior. On one's guard. To give leg−bail and land security. Sham leggers. to take unfair advantages: it being held unfair by back−sword players to strike at the leg. when a man married his concubine. one who cannot keep a secret is said to be leaky. but in reality only deal in old shop−keepers or damaged goods. the parties to be married joined hands. is said to have broken a leg. when the corporal or serjeant of the.

to drink to excess. To give one a lift. Lice. LIFT.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue LIBBEGE. A parasite. To lift one's hand to one's head. L 153 . the lice are crawling about. and nastied his best clothes. one who is apt. A diminutive man or woman: from Gulliver's Travels. The day. A house to lie in. LIBKEN. written by Dean Swift. or talebearer. LILIPUTIAN. LIBBEN. A good hand at a dead lift. Gin. LIG. Thievish. or to drink drams. for which his father stept up. LIGHT−FINGERED. the light troops are in full march. As the traps are taking our likeness. LICKSPITTLE. LIFT. See LIB. Jack tumbled into a cow td. a willing wench. CANT. where an imaginary kingdom of dwarfs of that name is described. I'll give you a good stroke or blow on the face. you won't miss.I'll lick you! the dovetail to which is. apt to pilfer. I'll give you a good lick o' the chops. A private dwelling−house. A bed. LIGHTNING. A man with a red fiery nose. by the flying up of her heels. See SHOPLIFTER. to fall flat on her back. or to paint slightly over. the same. LIGHT HOUSE. TO LICK. and licked him neatly. A soldier of the light infantry company. A light−heeled wench. A phrase used by thieves when the officers or turnkeys are examining their countenance. LIGHT TROOPS. To lift or raise one's elbow. A crutch. To beat. CANT. A flash of lightning. A bed. LIGHT BOB. LTGHTMANS. a good hand upon an emergency. LIGHT−HEELED. CANT. If you lick me all over. to assist. Swift in running. CANT. also to wash. LIFTER. a glass of gin. the officers are attentively observing us. LIKENESS.

Taylors. a tall awkward fellow. To LINE. LITTLE BREECHES. A prison. Duke of limbs. A young chimney−sweeper. (WHIP SLANG) A white driving hat. LIMBS. LITTLE SNAKESMAN. LITTLE EASE. LILY SHALLOW. and the Tower. A chimney−sweeper. It is a standing joke among the city wits to send boys and country folks. LIMBO. flat to his face with the thumb. To liquor one's boots. To get a man into a line. LINEN ARMOURERS. LION. i. To tip the lion. LITTLE CLERGYMAN. LITTLE BARBARY. to administer the extreme unction. A small dark cell in Guildhall. to the Tower−ditch. An outlandish lingo. where disorderly apprentices are confined by the city chamberlain: it is called Little Ease from its being so low that a lad cannot stand upright in it. London. An inferior or pettyfogging attorney. To humbug. LINGO. to drink before a journey: among Roman Catholics. where the tombs and lions are shewn. LIMB OF THE LAW.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue LILY WHITE. A dram of brandy. on the first of April. to point out the particular curiosities of any place. to act the ciceroni: an allusion to Westminster Abbey. a foreign tongue. To shew the lions and tombs. and then opens the door for his L 154 . A little boy who gets into a house through the sink−hole. Wapping. A lion is also a name given by the gownsmen of Oxford to an inhabitant or visitor. confinement. LINE OF THE OLD AUTHOR. A familiar appellation used to a little boy. A term for the act of coition between dog and bitch. LIQUOR. LINE. The parlezvous lingo. the French language. to divert his attention by a ridiculous or absurd story. to squeeze the nose of the party tipped. to see the lions washed. Language.e.

A house to lie in: also a lodging. LOAF. for a churchman to become a soldier: lobsters. but calling to some of their companions. A nick name for the surgeon's servant on board a man of war. LOB'S POUND. they followed him through divers subterraneous passages. A prison. at the King and Queen.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue accomplices: he is so called. LOBONIAN SOCIETY. A dish much eaten at sea. LOBSTER. sometimes for the surgeon himself: from the water gruel prescribed to the sick. biscuit and onions. Norton Falgate. A term used by sailors. a dissenting preacher. who used to hold forth when conventicles were prohibited. from the colour of his clothes. LOBSCOUSE. swore they had got into Lob's Pound. from whence they could not find their way out. Once being pursued by the officers of justice. To be in bad loaf. and stewed together. LOBLOLLEY BOY. See FLASH PANNEY. To frisk a lob. by order of Lob the great. I will not make a lobster L 155 . and had made himself a retreat by means of a trap door at the bottom of his pulpit. LOBKIN. to signify all landsmen on board their ships. in his notes on Hudibras. till they got into a dark cell. LIVE STOCK. composed of salt beef. Lice or fleas. which is called loblolley. explains it to allude to one Doctor Lob. in order to work himself through the narrow passage. To boil one's lobster. LOB. or in trouble. LIVE LUMBER. and secreting some of the change. well peppered. LOBCOCK. A nick name for a soldier. Dr. from writhing and twisting like a snake. LOB. to rob a till. A society which met at Lob Hall. which are of a bluish black. Going on the lob. going into a shop to get change for gold. being made red by boiling. A large relaxed penis: also a dull inanimate fellow. A till in a tradesman's shop. Grey. to be in a disagreeable situation.

I must fight that lock.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue kettle of my ****. Sick of the lombard fever. LOCKSMITH'S DAUGHTER. LONG ONE. of the idles. LOGGERHEAD. An hospital for venereal patients. Also houses kept by agents or crimps. the mother's darling. We three loggerheads be: a sentence frequently written under two heads. i. LOLL. To lean with one's elbows on a table. he bore but an indifferent character. a mode. or stupid fellow. A hare. LOCK. A scheme. A key. idle drone. Mother's loll. LOMBARD FEVER. LOCK UP HOUSE. LOLLIPOPS. Great. a public house kept by sheriff's officers. when requested by a soldier to grant him a favour. Throwing. LOLL TONGUE. Character. LOLLPOOP. where they practise every species of imposition and extortion with impunity. to which they convey the persons they have arrested.e. A long price. or rather trundling. A loggerhead is also a double−headed. A spunging house. He has been playing a game at loll tongue. To go to loggerheads. a great price. a reply frequently made by the nymphs of the Point at Portsmouth. to fall to fighting. A lazy. or lanthorn−jawed. A lock is also a buyer of stolen goods. LOCK HOSPITAL. He stood a queer lock. or bar shot of iron. L 156 . Sweet lozenges purchased by children. as well as the receptacle for them. a favourite child. TO LOLLOP. a term used by poachers. LONG. and the reader by repeating it makes himself the third. who enlist. he has been salivated. LONG GALLERY. the dice the whole length of the board. I must try that scheme. Thin−faced. See LANTHORN JAWED. LOCKERAM−JAWED. A blockhead. or rather trepan. LOCK. men to serve the East India or African company as soldiers.

' 'Don't abuse the gemman. tedious sermons.' adds he. LOOPHOLE. LOP−SIDED.' Another piece of vulgar wit is let loose on a deformed person: If met by a party of soldiers on their march. LONG TONGUED. Thirteen pence halfpenny. These unhappy people afford great scope for vulgar raillery. one who takes long credit. He is as long−tongued as Granny: Granny was an idiot who could lick her own eye. A long−legged person. He loped down the dancers. ignorant fellow. A voracious appetite.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue LONG MEG. such as. Looking like a simpleton. See GRANNY. LOO. or LOUT. Uneven. or as if one could not say boh! to a goose.' adds a by−stander. 'you have the drum at your back. called Long Meg of Westminster. 'he has been grossly insulted already. LOOBY. i. 'because I see. having one side larger or heavier than the other: boys' paper kites are often said to be lop−sided. one who preached long. For the good of the loo. not able to keep a secret. 'Did you come straight from home? if so. LOON. LOOKING AS IF ONE COULD NOT HELP IT. don't you see his back's up?' Or someone asks him if the show is behind. LOONSLATE. TO LOPE. An awkward. or member mug. A country bumkin. to run away. It is said in the British Apollo. LOOKING−GLASS. LONG−WINDED. he ran down stairs. A long−winded parson. LONG STOMACH. To leap. An opening.e. for the benefit of the company or community. or clown. A crooked or hump−backed man. you have got confoundedly bent by the way. for he has got his knapsack at his back. a method of evading it. A jeering name for a very tall woman: from one famous in story. that the title of lord was L 157 . LORD. A long−winded paymaster. LONG SHANKS. or means of escape. jordan. To find a loophole in an act of parliament. one of them observes that that gentleman is on his march too. Loquacious. A chamber pot.

Cant. Money. LOUSE. A stitch fallen in a stocking. Cant. Cant. An infant. Scotland. He will never louse a grey head of his own. To tread in a surreverence. LOUSE BAG. he will never live to be old. from several persons labouring under that misfortune being created peers by him. crooked. A loitering place. but it is more probably derived from the Greek word [GREEK: lordos]. Stealing oxen or cows. LOWING RIG. LULLY TRIGGERS. LUD'S BULWARK.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue first given to deformed persons in the reign of Richard III. LOW PAD. LULLABY CHEAT. LOWRE. When there is no money in a man's pocket. A black bag worn to the hair or wig. or any other place of confinement. Cant. LOUNGE. cage. LOUSE TRAP. or LOW WATER. The round house. LOUSE LADDER. LOUT. LOUSE LAND. LUCK. LULLIES. See WATTLES. LUGS. Too much. A clumsy stupid fellow. LUMB. A small toothed comb. An awkward fellow: a name given by sailors to landsmen. A footpad. to be bewrayed: an allusion to the proverb. Sh−tt−n luck is good luck. A gentleman's companion. or gossiping shop. LUBBER. LOVE BEGOTTEN CHILD. Wet linen. A bastard. Ludgate prison. Ears or wattles. L 158 . or GOOD LUCK. Thieves who steal wet linen. LOW TIDE. LOUSE HOUSE.

rings. A lurcher of the law. and got bloody lushey. a bargain. are said to be lurched. Money. A lumping penny worth. without scoring five. To LUMP.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue LUMBER. called the Maccaroni Club. to be abandoned by one's confederates or party. soldiers or passengers on board a ship are so called by the sailors. To drink. Chamber lye. LUMBER HOUSE. and by contraction styled a Maccaroni. LURCHER. the dashing lads went on a party of pleasure. or his setter. To beat. also thieves who lurk about wharfs to pilfer goods from ships. M 159 . A club or society of citizens of London. The rolling kiddeys hud a spree. Drunk. LUN. who led the fashions. A house appropriated by thieves for the reception of their stolen property. Live lumber. Harlequin. also to include a number of articles under one head. watches. To LUMP THE LIGHTER. Those who lose a game of whist. Strong beer. LUMBER TROOP. LURRIES. Also a fop: which name arose from a club. LUMPING. Persons who contract to unload ships. LUSH. a great quantity for the money. or other moveablcs. LYE. whence a man foppishly dressed. frequently said of a man who marries a fat woman. lighters. To be left in the lurch. and got very drunk. a bum bailiff. urine. He has'got a lumping penny−worth. instituted by some of the most dressy travelled gentlemen about town. To be transported. M MACCARONI. LUMPERS. TO LUSH. An Italian paste made of flour and eggs. Great. LURCH. LUSHEY. to be left in a scrape. LURCHED. was supposed a member of that club.

A tallow−chandler. Coffee: because formerly used chiefly by the Turks. evades his duty. The cove's so scaly. CANT. to clean an oven. A halfpenny. CANT. MADGE. MAIDEN SESSIONS. A bottle containing two quarts of wine. The private parts of a woman. a kept mistress. under pretence of sickness. A bawd: from the French maquerel. Mackerel− backed. Mrs. MAGGOT BOILER. to live by swindling. Whimsical. MAGNUM BONUM. A whore. also a parcel of rags fastened to the end of a stick. A halfpenny. A rogue that counterfeits madness.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue MACE COVE. capricious. otherwise an Abram Man. MAGGOTTY. A military term for one who. MADAM RAN. CANT. M 160 . MADE. or MAULKIN. MAKE. MADGE CULLS. MAGG. Sodomites. A kept madam. MAKE WEIGHT. Phillips's ware. See CUNDUM. On the mace. a sharper. he'd spice a malkin of his jazey: the fellow is so mean. MALKIN. CANT. Stolen. that he would rob a scare−crow of his old wig. MADAM. MALINGEROR. CANT. MACKEREL. MACHINES. a cheat. See SCOTCH PINT. A swindler. or TOM OF BEDLAM. also a figure set up in a garden to scare the birds. MAD TOM. A general name for a cat. A sessions where none of the prisoners are capitally convicted. A small candle: a term applied to a little slender man. long−backed. likewise an awkward woman. MAHOMETAN GRUEL.

in order to be conveyed to gaol. A military term for a strict disciplinarian: from the name of a French general.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue MALKINTRASH. or on board the lighters for transportation. MANUFACTURE.e. He has found a mare's nest. the bones bent in honour of the Virgin Mary. MARE'S NEST. A woman's commodity. borrowing of one man to pay another. MARPLOT. CANT. or jockey. As a man of Emanuela young member of Emanuel. A red pimpled snout. but this seems rather far− fetched. rich in carbuncles and rubies. i.e. MAN OF THE TURF. to make him beg pardon on his knees: some derive this from Mary's bones. MAN TRAP. One in a dismal garb. The knees. MARROWBONES. are in the cant language said to be married together. MARRIAGE MUSIC. Liquors prepared from materials of English growth. i. and is laughing at the eggs. MANOEUVRING THE APOSTLES. on marriages.) Any undergraduate from fifteen to thirty. MARGERY PRATER. A horse racer. famous for restoring M 161 . MAN OF THE TOWN. and other public or joyous occasions. An empty bottle: marine officers being held useless by the seamen. MARINE OFFICER. elections. a debauchee. MARTINET. principal instruments in the band of rough music: these are generally performed on by butchers. (CAMBRIDGE. riding skimmington. A spoil sport. MARRIED. MAN OF THE WORLD. MAN. Marrow bones and cleavers. A rake. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. A hen. A knowing man. SEA WIT. said of one who laughs without any apparent cause. To bring any one down on his marrow bones. The squalling and crying of children. MALMSEY NOSE. Persons chained or handcuffed together.

One who pawns his clothes to purchase liquor. vulgarly called an open a−se. CANT: MAWKES. MEALY−MOUTHED. Tip us your mawley. Gin.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue military discipline to the French army. or soundly beaten. A fat man and woman in the amorous congress. MAUNDING. A fruit. Extremely drunk. Fam the mawley. A baker. called Maudlin. sufficient to provoke vomiting. May bees don't fly all the year long. or arbor vitae. Almost drunk. He first disciplined the French infantry. A sham sore above the elbow. Crying drunk: perhaps from Mary Magdalene. MAULED. MASON'S MAUND. and then it is not worth a ft. who is always painted in tears. shake hands. Scolding. M 162 . It may be. MELTING MOMENTS. shake hands. MAX. of which it is more truly than delicately said. MASTER OF THE WARDROBE. MAWLEY. with me. A vulgar slattern. Over−modest or backward in speech. that it is never ripe till it is as rotten as a td. to counterfeit a broken arm by a fall from a scaffold. The sugar−stick. an answer to any one who prefaces a proposition with. MAUNDERING BROTH. and regulated their method of encampment: he was killed at the siege of Doesbourg in the year 1672. MEDLAR. MAY BEES. MELLOW. MASTER OF THE ROLLS. MATRIMONIAL PEACE−MAKER. Asking or begging. MAUDLIN DRUNK. A hand. A filthy composition. MASTER OF THE MINT. A gardener. MAW−WALLOP.

MEN OF STRAW. A knowing man. The semen. METTLESOME. or zany of a mountebank. or MR. so called from having straw stuck in their shoes to distinguish them. MILK AND WATER. MEN OF KENT. Bold. To fetch mettle. each carrying a green bough in his hand. 1743. MEMBER MUG. A bastard. Michael. MERRY ANDREW. jester. METTLE. The inhabitants of Kent are divided into Kentish men and men of Kent. MAN OF THE WORLD. your head's on fire. MERRY−BEGOTTEN. the gentleman spent a couple of crowns upon us. for prisoners who have money and bleed freely.D. MESS JOHN. Hired bail. Hip. To spend. Also a society held at the Fountain Tavern. Counterfeit hair for women's privy parts. Mettle is also figuratively used for courage.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO MELT. See BAILEY'S DICT. One who eats at the same mess. MERKIN. a term used by gaolers. the act of self pollution. A. MILCH COW. MICHAEL. MERRYMAN. The jack pudding. who are said to have met the Conqueror in a body. Men born east of the river Medway. A sheep's heart and pluck. and thereby obtaining a confirmation of their ancient privileges. Will you melt a borde? will you spend a shilling? The cull melted a couple of decusses upon us. companion or comrade. MESSMATE. the whole appearing like a moving wood. MIDSHIPMAN'S WATCH AND CHAIN. One who is easily tricked out of his property. A whore. M 163 . Both ends of the busk. Bartholomew Lane. See HYP. CANT. MERRY A−SE CHRISTIAN. A Scotch presbyterian teacher or parson. usually dressed in a party−coloured coat. courageous. A chamber pot.

A coat. Bailiffs. also a necessary house. or kill. MILLER. MOABITES.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO MILK THE PIGEON. how the boxer beat the fellow. To mill a ken. The monosyllable. or sheet. a man with his wife on his back. to beat hemp in bridewell. A silversmith. a harlot. To force open the doors of houses in order to rob them. just as a bandbox would be if used for a seat. to kill a sheep. MILL. A miss or kept mistress. New−married men are also said to go to their uncle's. MISS. Young chimney sweepers. Carried to my uncle's. To MILL. MINE UNCLE'S. to rob a house. MISH. A nick name for a cheesemonger: from the small insect of that name found in cheese. common phrase for a large sum. MINE A−SE ON A BANDBOX. To rob. A shirt. A little man or woman: also the smallest sort of pin. An answer to the offer of any thing inadequate to the purpose for which it is wanted. MILLING COVE. How the milling cove served the cull out. A boxer. i.e. MISCHIEF. CANT. MISS LAYCOCK. MILL LAY. pawned. To endeavour at impossibilities. MINT. CANT. also to break. MITE. MINOR CLERGY. when they leave their wives soon after the honey moon. To mill doll. I'll mill your glaze. MIX METAL. MISH TOPPER. To mill a bleating cheat. Gold. beat out. A man loaded with mischief. A chisel. A pawnbroker's shop. I'll beat out your eye. or petticoat. M 164 . smock. or Philistines. A murderer. A mint of money. MINIKIN.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue MOB; or MAB. A wench, or harlot. MOBILITY. The mob: a sort of opposite to nobility. MOHAIR. A man in the civil line, a townsman, or tradesman: a military term, from the mohair buttons worn by persons of those descriptions, or any others not in the army, the buttons of military men being always of metal: this is generally used as a term of contempt, meaning a bourgeois, tradesman, or mechanic. MOIETY. Half, but vulgarly used to signify a share or portion: as, He will come in for a small moiety. MOLL. A whore. MOLL PEATLY'S GIG. A rogering bout. MOLL THOMPSON'S MARK. M. T. i.e. empty: as, Take away this bottle, it has Moll Thompson's mark upon it. MOLLY. A Miss Molly; an effeminate fellow, a sodomite. MONDAY. Saint Monday. See SAINT. MONEY. A girl's private parts, commonly applied to little children: as, Take care, Miss, or you will shew your money. MONEY DROPPERS. Cheats who drop money, which they pretend to find just before some country lad; and by way of giving him a share of their good luck, entice him into a public house, where they and their confederates cheat or rob him of what money he has about him. MONGREL. A hanger on among cheats, a spunger; also a child whose father and mother are of different countries. MONKS AND FRIARS. Terms used by printers: monks are sheets where the letters are blotted, or printed too black; friars, those letters where the ink has failed touching the type, which are therefore white or faint. MONKEY. To suck the monkey; to suck or draw wine, or any other liquor, privately out of a cask, by means of a straw, or small tube. Monkey's allowance; more kicks than halfpence. Who put that monkey on horseback without tying his legs? vulgar wit on a bad horseman. MONOSYLLABLE. A woman's commodity.

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1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue MOSS. A cant term for lead, because both are found on the tops of buildings. MOSSY FACE. The mother of all saints. MOT. A girl, or wench. See MORT. MOTHER, or THE MOTHER. A bawd. Mother abbess: the same. Mother midnight; a midwife. Mother in law's bit; a small piece, mothers in law being supposed not apt to overload the stomachs of their husband's children. MOTHER OF ALL SAINTS. The Monosyllable. MOTHER OF ALL SOULS. The same. IRISH. MOTHER OF ST. PATRICK. The same. IRISH. MOTHER OF THE MAIDS. A bawd. MOUCHETS. Small patches worn by ladies: from the French word mouches. MOVEABLES. Rings, watches, or any toys of value. MOUSE. To speak like a mouse in a cheese; i.e. faintly or indistinctly. MOUSETRAP. The parson's mousetrap; the state of matrimony. MOUTH. A noisy fellow. Mouth half cocked; one gaping and staring at every thing he sees. To make any one laugh on the wrong, or t'other side of his mouth; to make him cry or grieve. MOUTH. A silly fellow. A dupe. To stand mouth; i.e. to be duped. To MOW. A Scotch word for the act of copulation. MOW HEATER. A drover: from their frequent sleeping on hay mows. CANT. MOWER. A cow. MUCK. Money; also dung. MUCKWORM. A miser. MUCKINDER. A child's handkerchief tied to the side.

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1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue MUD. A fool, or thick−sculled fellow; also, among printers the same as dung among journeymen taylors. See DUNG. MUD LARK. A fellow who goes about by the water side picking up coals, nails, or other articles in the mud. Also a duck. MUFF. The private parts of a woman. To the well wearing of your muff, mort; to the happy consummation of your marriage, girl; a health. MUFFLING CHEAT. A napkin. MUGGLETONIANS. The sect or disciples of Lodowick Muggleton. MULLIGRUBS. Sick of the mulligrubs with eating chopped hay: low−spirited, having an imaginary sickness. MUM. An interjection directing silence. Mum for that; I shall be silent as to that. As mute as Mumchance, who was hanged for saying nothing; a friendly reproach to any one who seems low−spirited and silent. MUMCHANCE. An ancient game like hazard, played with dice: probably so named from the silence observed in playing at it. MUM GLASS. The monument erected on Fish−street Hill, London, in memory of the great fire in 1666. MUMBLE A SPARROW. A cruel sport practised at wakes and fairs, in the following manner: A cock sparrow whose wings are clipped, is put into the crown of a hat; a man having his arms tied behind him, attempts to bite off the sparrow's head, but is generally obliged to desist, by the many pecks and pinches he receives from the enraged bird. MUMMER. The mouth. MUMPERS. Originally beggars of the genteel kind, but since used for beggars in general. MUMPERS HALL. An alehouse where beggars are harboured. MUNDUNGUS. Bad or rank tobacco: from mondongo, a Spanish word signifying tripes, or the uncleaned entrails of a beast, full of filth.

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1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue MUNG. To beg. MUNS. The face, or rather the mouth: from the German word MUND, the mouth. Toute his muns; look at his face. MUNSTER PLUMS. Potatoes. IRISH. MUNSTER HEIFER. An Irish woman. A woman with thick legs is said to be like a Munster heifer; i.e. beef to the heels. MURDER. He looked like God's revenge against murder; he looked angrily. MURPHIES. Potatoes. MUSHROOM. A person or family suddenly raised to riches and eminence: an allusion to that fungus, which starts up in a night. MUSIC. The watch−word among highwaymen, signifying the person is a friend, and must pass unmolested. Music is also an Irish term, in tossing up, to express the harp side, or reverse, of a farthing or halfpenny, opposed to the head. MUTE. An undertaker's servant, who stands at the door of a person lying in state: so named from being supposed mute with grief. MUTTON−HEADED. Stupid. MUTTON MONGER. A man addicted to wenching. MUTTON. In her mutton, i.e. having carnal knowledge of a woman. MUZZLE. A beard. MUZZLER. A violent blow on the mouth. The milling cove tipped the cull a muzzler; the boxer gave the fellow a blow on the mouth. MYNT. See MINT. MYRMIDONS. The constable's assistants, watchmen,

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An abbreviation of damnation: a vulgar term used in Kent. to stand in the pillory. NATURAL. NAPPER OF NAPS. To have a nack. NATTY LADS. To nab the stoop. also a cheat or thief. or NOB GIRDER. To NAB GIRDER. Ingenious. to come upon him unexpectedly. The head. NANNY HOUSE. Nation good. NASK. NACK.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue To NAB. for very. A natural son or daughter. CANT. To cheat at dice by securing one chance. and the adjacent counties. Young thieves or pickpockets. NAPPY ALE. or NASKIN. To nab the teaze. you are infected. fixed. to be ready at any thing. he offered me a crown. A bridle. Clerkenwell bridewell. N 170 . You've napt it. A mistress. A bye−word. A sheep stealer. also an idiot. Also to catch the venereal disease. to find him asleep: as. To nab the rust. a very long way. very good. to have a turn−for it. NAILED. as Morse caught his mare. i. CANT. To nab the snow: to steal linen left out to bleach or dry. a love or merry−begotten child. Strong ale. Secured. the bridewell at Tothil−fields. He offered me a decus. NAPPER. CANT. the warden of the Fleet prison. a jockey term for a horse that becomes restive. He caught him napping. TO NAP. The new nask. NAVY OFFICE. A nation long way. A prison or bridewell. Commander of the Fleet.e. NAY WORD. to be privately whipped. a child. A brothel. The Fleet prison. NACKY. NAPPING. To seize. and I nailed him. Sussex. To take any one napping. Tothil−fields nask. CANT. a bastard. NATION. and I struck or fixed him. or catch unawares. proverb.

Ques. NECK VERSE. or NIB. The following is a translated specimen: Ques. NECK STAMPER. as. She holds up her neb: she holds up her mouth to be kissed. the face and mouth of a woman. and the slit of a pen.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue NAZAKENE FORETOP. Ques. I'll be no man's negro. The boy who collects the pots belonging to an alehouse. a drunken rogue or harlot. The foretop of a wig made in imi− tation of Christ's head of hair. What is the name of this university?Ans. the students proceed to the schools. to be questioned by the proctor. NAZY. After the senate house examination for degrees. drunken coxcombs. provoked. Nazy nabs. was termed their neck verse: it was the first verse of the fiftyfirst psalm. NEEDLE POINT. out of temper. NEGLIGEE. NECK WEED. The bill of a bird. NESCIO. Golden scholars. and leaden masters. Vulgarly termed a neggledigee. I do not know. Figuratively. Miserere mei. Brown leaves delivered to the ships in ordinary. he pretends not to understand any thing. N 171 . NEB. sent out with beer to private houses. A black−a−moor: figuratively used for a slave. NEGROE'S HEADS. A sharper. What is your name?Ans. silver bachelors. Who was your father?−Ans. He or she has pissed on a nettle. Formerly the persons claiming the benefit of clergy were obliged to read a verse in a Latin manuscript psalter: this saving them from the gallows. A woman's undressed gown. Drunken. This last is probably the only true answer of the three! NETTLED. Teized. as represented by the painters and sculptors. He sports a Nescio. I will be no man's slave. Nazy cove or mort. said of one who is peevish or out of temper. I do not know. NEGROE. NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS. I do not know. Hemp. According to custom immemorial the answers MUST be Nescio.

By this improvement. A foolish fellow. NEWMAN'S TEA GARDENS. or at the critical moment. the Devil. NEWGATE SOLICITOR. which dropping down. NIKEY or NIZEY. NEWGATE BIRD. also one who never saw his wife's ****. a cart. NIGHT MAGISTRATE. trifling. the use of that vulgar vehicle. To NICK. A simpleton. NICK. Niqne is a movement of the head to mark a contempt for any person or thing. To win at dice. NlCKNACKATORY. A name given in ridicule or contempt: from the French nom de niqne. One of the new light. baubles. A petty fogging and roguish attorney. is entirely left off. Cant. A thief or sharper. to hit the mark just in the nick of time. The scaffold used at Newgate for hanging of criminals. NICKUMPOOP. A soft simple fellow. or NINCUMPOOP. N 172 . NICKIN. leaves them suspended. NIG. a clipper. NEWMAN'S HOTEL. NICKNACKS. A constable. Newgate. Newgate. a methodist. NEW LIGHT. Old nick. Nigler. frequently caged in Newgate. A toyshop. NIGGLING. also a diminutive of Isaac.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue NEW DROP. who attends the gaols to assist villains in evading justice. NICKNAME. clipping. A trifler. The gallows. Cutting awkwardly. NIFFYNAFFY FELLOW. NEWMAN'S LIFT. or curiosities. Nigging. also accompanying with a woman. NICK NINNY. Toys. The clippings of money.

NIGMENOG. the allowance of the seamen. i. NIPPS. they chew a bullet. NIMGIMMER. NINE LIVES. It is also applied to stingy persons in general. NOB. NINNY. NOB. A soldier who. The head. N 173 . Nim a togeman. particularly those who cure the venereal disease. NOCKY BOY. A king. TO NIM. A hair−dresser. A man of rank. SQUEEZER. A cheat. The breech. from NOCK. a notch. or diminish. which is always done in the night. Bung nipper. become nightingales. A very silly fellow. If I am not caught. NIP CHEESE. Cats are said to have nine lives. Nothing. NOCK. See WEDDING. whilst under the discipline of the cat of nine tails. and women ten cats lives. never to cry out. A peruke−maker. To steal or pilfer: from the German nemen. One whose business it is to empty necessary houses in London. A dull simple fellow. the operation is called a wedding. to avoid which. NIP. NO CATCHY NO HAVY.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue NIGHTINGALE. A simpleton. The sheers used in clipping money. A physician or surgeon. NIT SQUEEGER. NIPPERKIN. NIGHTMAN. among the grenadiers. A small measure. or NINNYHAMMER. steal a cloak.e. It is a point of honour in some regiments. I cannot be hurt. A nick name for the purser of a ship: from those gentlemen being supposed sometimes to nip. NOBTHATCHER. sings out at the halberts. NIX. a cutpurse. in that and every other article. Negro saying. to take. as the term is.

Old Noll. a black eye: so called in the last century. A red herring. or fool. or term of jocular reproach to a Norfolk man. with a seat before it for the driver. two honest peaceable gentlemen. A nick name. namely. One that is unequalled: frequently applied ironically. like Rippon. for the same distance. having for several years past been supplanted by two other honest peaceable gentlemen. He is gone to the land of nod. NOOZED. NONSENSE. Married. he is asleep. hanged. NOPE. John Doe and Richard Roe. A blow: as. NON−CON. NORTH ALLERTONS. Oliver Cromwell. Melting butter in a wig. being famous for making them. or any other dissenter. NODDY. NODDLE. NOISY DOG RACKET. NOKES. Knave noddy.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue NOD. dumplings being a favourite food in that county. Also a kind of low cart. but now very seldom. Stealing brass knockers from doors. NORFOLK DUMPLING. I took him a nope on the costard. repeatedly set together by the ears by lawyers of different denominations: two fictitious names formerly used in law proceedings. of a mile and half. A simpleton or fool. NONE−SUCH. usually made of Norway N 174 . Lord Northumberland's arms. A nonconformist. used in and about Dublin. NORFOLK CAPON. as it is called. presbyterian. A ninny. John−a−Nokes and Tom−a−Stiles. in the manner of a hackney coach: the fare is just half that of a coach. Spurs. NOLL. the old−fashioned name for the knave of trumps. and frequently a tumble down into the bargain: it is called a noddy from the nutation of its head. NORWAY NECKCLOTH. so that for sixpence one may have a set down. NORTHUMBERLAND. that place. The head. The pillory.

A man who informs or turns king's evidence. NOZZLE. NOTCH. evidently to be seen. NOTE. His pall nosed and he was twisted for a crack. Nubbing cheat: the gallows. the hangman. he has been a private man. A medicine prepared by particular persons only. the sessions house. NOUS−BOX. his confederate turned king's evidence. NUB. i. to smell it.e. to pass by him in drinking. The nose of a man or woman. said of one who. To give evidence. NUGGING DRESS. My dear nug. An out−of−the−way old−fashioned dress. To inform. An endearing word: as. NUBBING. The neck. NUGGING−HOUSE. To follow one's nose. NOSE. To nose a stink. Hanging. or rode private. denoting a courtesan. To make a bridge of any one's nose. Nubbing cove. A nun. in which the soldiers of the cavalry put the oats given to their horses: whence the saying. NOSE BAG. The private parts of awoman. N 175 . To put one's nose out of joint. To bully. he is governed. my dear love. He cut off his nose to be revenged of his face. also coition. he told another sort of a story. A bag fastened to the horse's head. He is led by the nose. The head. a quack medicine. NOSE GENT. He changed his note. has materially injured himself. Nubbing ken.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue fir. or rather a loose kind of dress. and he was hanged for burglary. I see the hose bag in his face. As plain as the nose on your face. to go strait forward. TO NOSE. NOSTRUM. to rival one in the favour of any person. TO NOSE. NOSE. to be revenged on his neighbour. NUG. A brothel.

e. from Stow. for the payment of bdebts.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO NULL. where Burton ale is sold in nyps. NYP SHOP. A sham collar. NUMBSCULL. i. To beat: as. TO NURSE. The pillory: as. N 176 . NYP. the man is trying to please the girl. near Billingsgate. NUTMEGS. The cull peeped through the nutcrackers. to be worn over a dirty shirt. A bawdy house. when. is said to be at nurse. A stupid fellow.e. NUTS. He nulled him heartily. though the name remains. An estate in the hands of trustees. they nursed him out of it. To cheat: as. She's nuts upon her cull. A half pint. NYPPER. As in the dress of ancient times many people wore their purses at their girdles. or NIP. He reared up a new trade of life. NUNNERY. gives the following account of this Wotton: This man was a gentleman born. a nip of ale: whence the nipperkin. puts the matter to the vote. NUTS. Maitland. It was nuts for them. NUTCRACKERS. NUMMS. cutting them was a branch of the light−fingered art. The Peacock in Gray's Inn Lane. and sometime a merchant of good credit. afterwards for some misdemeanor put down. she's pleased with her cully. pleased. London. Testicles. it was very agreeable to them. one was a pocket. A cut−purse: so called by one Wotton. Fond. i. instead of answering or confuting a pressing argument. The cove's nutting the blowen. to repair to his house. who in the year 1585 kept an academy for the education and perfection of pickpockets and cut−purses: his school was near Billingsgate. but fallen by time into decay: he kept an alehouse near Smart's Key. the minister calls for a division. To consult the book of numbers: a term used in the House of Commons. and in the same house he procured all the cut−purses about the city. a small vessel. which is now lost. there was a school−house set up to learn young boys to cut purses: two devices were hung up. NUMBERS.

implying the party threatened will be made to cry. To sport oak. Simple. to shut the outward door of a student's room at college. OAF. A convivial society. he is staid. "God strike me blind!" "I wish my bloody eyes may drop out if it is not true!" "So help me God!" "Bloody end to me!" OAR. To occupy a woman. ODDS PLUT AND HER NAILS. The purse had silver in it. frequently O 177 . A silly fellow. To sing O be easy. Vulgar misnomer of OBSTREPEROUS: as. The favourite oaths of the thieves of the present day are. To be sure.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue and another was a purse. OAK. and found this here gemman very obstropulous. I was going my rounds. having left off his wild tricks. a NYPPER was a pick purse. OAFISH. you must put in your oar! OBSTROPULOUS. or give an opinion unasked: as. OATS. a man of good substance and credit. to intermeddle. and over the top did hang a little sacring bell. was adjudged a judicial NYPPER: according to their terms of art. O O BE JOYFUL. to appear contented when one has cause to complain. a threat. and dare not. is well worth seeing at the price of becoming a member. the pocket had in it certain counters. He has sowed his wild oats. arrayed in royal robes. To rub a man down with an oaken towel. An oaken towel. A Welch oath. ODDFELLOWS. OATHS. A rich maa. an oaken cudgel. the introduction to the most noble grand. to beat him. or cut−purse. and he that could take out a counter. or sober. I'll make you sing O be joyful on the other side of your mouth. To put in one's oar. to have carnal knowledge of her. whereof I comprehended him as an auspicious parson. and was hung about with hawks bells. without noise of any of the bells. a FOYSTER was a pick−pocket. OCCUPY.

To give the office. and the nails with which he was nailed to the cross. A piece of gold. or make signs to the officers to take a thief. OLD NICK. I will anoint you with the oil of gladness. I'll do it one of these odd−come−shortly's. Expert. See OLD HAT.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue mentioned in a jocular manner by persons. OIL OF BARLEY. Poor Yorkshire cheese. are three books of Euclid. I will do it some time or another. All that is REQUIRED. OLD ONE?" OLD PEGG. and as far as Quadratic Equation's in Algebra. The Devil: from NEKEN. accustomed. OLD DING. OLD. to give information. who take degrees without being entitled for an honor. OLD DOG AT IT. OLD POGER. which is. ODD−COME−SHORTLYS. OLD HAND. A dose the cobler gives his wife whenever she is obstropulous. Ugly. OIL OF STIRRUP.) The many. See PLUCKED. The Devil. Strong beer. the evil spirit of the north. Knowing or expert in any business. Likewise an expression of quizzical familiarity. also the nick−name for the devil. it is hoped. One accustomed to business. Rum ogles. CANT. or BARLEY BROTH. GORY. Eyes. A composition used by vintners to adulterate their wines. OLD ONE. OLD MR. made of skimmed milk. By God's blood. ironically spoken for. OIL OF GLADNESS. OFFICE. as "how d'ye do. The Devil. OI POAAOI (Proofreaders Note: Greek Letters). (CAMBRIDGE. OLD STAGER. OGLES. ignorant of its meaning. OLD HARRY. I will beat you. fine eyes. one who knows O 178 . the multitude.

A chamber pot. You'll be scragged. OLIVER'S SCULL.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue mankind. anatomised. OSCHIVES. The name of one of the principal rogues of the canting crew. ottomised. OLLI COMPOLLI. a class of young thieves who are on the look out for gentlemen who wear their seals suspended on a ribbon. OPEN ARSE. ONION. Bridewell. ORGAN. or ONE OF MY COUSINS. the second a person who made use of the doxy of another man. A parson: an allusion to his tithes. ONE IN TEN. The whole together: jocular imitation of law Latin. Bone−handled knives. to be dissected. OLD TOAST. and thus secure the seals or other trinkets suspended to the watch. Onion hunters. A medlar. A woman of the town. CANT. OSTLER. ONE OF US. which they cut. the first was a man who had a doxy of his own. OTTOMY. Somebody explained these terms by saying. OMNIUM GATHERUM. OLD DOSS. See MEDLAR. and grin in a glass case: you'll be hanged. OVEN. a harlot. The vulgar word for a skeleton. The last junior optime is called the Wooden Spoon. OTTOMISED. the old woman would never have O 179 . OPTIME. The senior and junior optimes are the second and last classes of Cambridge honors conferred on taking a degree. and your skeleton kept in a glass case at Surgeons' Hall. CANT. Oatstealer. CANT. To be ottomised. Will you cock your organ? will you smoke your pipe? ORTHODOXY AND HETERODOXY. A seal. A brisk old fellow. A pipe. A great mouth. That of wranglers is the first.

Footpads. OX HOUSE. A false report. who are decoyed into a barn under pretence of catching an owl. A gentleman of three outs. PAD. is. OVERSEER.P. A man who has lived above his means. OUTRUN THE CONSTABLE.I.e.O. 'Damme. signifying that they have called POUR PRENDRE CONGE. Those who smuggle wool over to France. In declining circumstances. to go out P 180 . to use indecent language well wrapt up. To mind one's P's and Q's. A man standing in the pillory.e. i. had she not been there herself. OUTS. OYSTER. OWLERS. To talk packthread. is said to have outrun the constable. P. See GENTLEMAN. proclaimed by the crier of all courts of justice. He must go through the ox house to bed. in law Latin. or income. a saying of an old fellow who marries a young girl. the joke ends in their having a pail of water poured upon their heads. An inscription on the visiting cards of our modern fine gentleman. UNUM VIRIDUM GOBBUM P P'S.' PACKET.C. also a bed. from his elevated situation. OR OUT AT ELBOWS. a trick practised upon ignorant country boobies. OYES. Corruption of oyez. foot robbers. A gob of thick phlegm. OWL IN AN IVY BUSH. frequently said of a person with a large frizzled wig.' This has of late been ridiculed by cards inscribed D. To catch the. after divers preliminaries. 'to take leave. OUT AT HEELS. He looks like an owl in an ivy bush. or a robber thereon. spit by a consumptive man. or a woman whose hair is dressed a−la−blowze. I'm off. The highway. said to be made an overseer. PACKTHREAD. To go out upon the pad.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue looked for her daughter in the oven. to be attentive to the main chance. OWL. i. where.

in each of the three courts. is done by blowing a horn. Probably. to be hanged. Those whose fathers were clapperdogens. Horse stealers. I'll cut your painter for you. and nailed my screws. An execution day. PAM. or conference. PADDINGTON FAIR DAY. Bread. the painter being the ropfe that holds the boat fast to the ship. and who themselves follow the same trade: the female sort beg with a number of children. PALL. The knave of clubs. PANNIER MAN. See To BEAT THE HOOF. CANT. the males make artificial sores on different parts of their bodies. PANNAM. Tyburn being in the parish or neighbourhood of Paddington. if they have not a sufficient number of their own. Manger. I'll send you off. and in Gray's Inn proclaiming the word Manger. or who commit robberies together. PALLIARDS. Oars. TO PAD THE HOOF. See the Sessions Papers. A house. One who generally accompanies another. panny originally meant the butler's pantry. SEA TERM. PANNY. This in the Temple. the name of the tutelar saint of that island. spoons. A servant belonging to the Temple and Gray's Inn. PADDY. PAIR OF WINGS. To flatter: originally an African word for a treaty. Manger. are usually kept The pigs frisked my panney. whose office is to announce the dinner.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in order to commit a robbery. To dance the Paddington frisk. talk. The general name for an Irishman: being the abbreviation of Patrick. to move compassion. A companion. TO PALAVER. P 181 . CANT. borrowing them. the officers searched my house. and making them cry by pinching in order to excite charity. where the knives and forks. To do a panny: to rob a house. PAD BORROWERS. PAINTER. or beggars born. and seized my picklock keys.

as it is said was done by a parson of that name whose cellar was under his pulpit. A presbyterian. PAPLER. or term of reproach. PANTILE SHOP. A butler. His stockings are of two parishes. CANT. Teeth. Bread sauce. said to pant after the fresh water−brooks. PARSON'S JOURNEYMAN. PARINGS. He that would have luck in horse−flesh. in the Psalms. PARISH SOLDIER. P 182 . PARELL. A curate. PARK PAILING. A thin−scull'd foolish fellow. must kiss a parson's wife. A parson. i. the pillory. PARENTHESIS. it sets people in the right way. Whites of eggs. he is still a baby. CANT. A wooden parenthesis. Also the human heart. the fingers and thumb answering the hooks or crochets. PAP. PAPER SCULL. also the food of infants. A guide post. PARSON. See GUIDE POST. A hart: that animal is. or other dissenting meeting house. A jocular name. The chippings of money. Milk pottage. An iron parenthesis. a prison. hand or finger post by the road side for directing travellers: compared to a parson. beat together.e. His mouth is full of pap. PARISH. to one who stops the circulation of the glass by preaching over his liquor. A jeering name for a militiaman: from substitutes being frequently hired by the parish from which one of its inhabitants is drawn. which frequently pants in time of danger. milk. PANTLER. PARSON PALMER. like him. and pump water. PARISH BULL. bay salt. because. frequently covered with pantiles: called also a cock−pit. they are not fellows. and poured into a vessel of wine to prevent its fretting. To put a man's nose into a parenthesis: to pull it.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue PANTER.

red−haired. or to the purpose. are bid to live together till death them does part. Inclining more to one side than the other. PASS BANK. PATE. or the language used by thieves. or PATER−COVE. any other chances lose. P 183 . making up ten or more. Pattering of prayers. the foot. A hand or foot. PAW PAW TRICKS. to pass or win. Some think paunch was the original name of that facetious prince of puppets. To conceal in the hand. and talks flash. The place for playing at passage. Fore paw. that both the name and character were taken from a celebrated Italian comedian. Apposite. all o' one hugh. to speak flash. strolling priests that marry people under a hedge. To talk. and patters flash. so shaking hands. The maundering or pert replies of servants. The belly. to touch or handle clumsily. the hand. Hind paw. PAUNCH. he cheats. How the blowen lushes jackey. TO PATTER. Carroty−pated. Don't pretend to paum that upon me. Also any minister or parson. TO PAUM. cut into the ground almost like a cock−pit. The street. how the wench drinks gin. PASSAGE. Also the stock or fund. He paums. also talk or palaver in order to amuse one intended to be cheated. as he is always represented with a very prominent belly: though the common opinion is. PAT. To paw. The fifteenth rank of the canting tribe. PATTERING. A camp game with three dice: doublets. Punch. look at his dirty paws. The head. to children.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue PARTIAL. the wedding is ended. Naughty tricks: an expression used by nurses. the confused sound of a number of persons praying together. crooked. called Polichenello. PATRICO. PAW. To patter flash. without gospel or common prayer book: the couple standing on each side of a dead beast. To paum a die: to hide a die in the palm of the hand. now called Mr. PAVIOUR'S WORKSHOP.

To pay through the nose: to pay an extravagant price. The cove was fined in the steel for pear making. PECCAVI. A spying glass. Victuals. SEA TERM. PEEPERS. derived from an old legendary tale. PEAK. CANT. Peck and booze. told of a taylor of Coventry. To PEEL. To strip: allusion to the taking off the coat or rind of an orange or apple. and no pitch hot or ready. to acknowledge one's self in an error. to smear it over with pitch: The devil to pay. (notwithstanding the rest of the people shut up their houses) shly peeped P 184 . PED. PEEPING TOM. Eyes. also a looking−glass. PECULIAR. to scold at him: his wife rang him such a peal! PEAR MAKING. To impeach: called also to blow the gab. in order to procure certain immunities for the inhabitants. Hungry. To smear over. I will pay you as Paul paid the Ephesians. and all your d−d jaws. PECK. To PEACH. To cry peccavi. to own a fault: from the Latin PECCAVI. Track up the dancers. Taking bounties from several regiments and immediately deserting. CANT. to fight manfully. A nick name for a curious prying fellow. over the face and eyes. PEEPER. A mistress. A basket. To pay away. who.Also to beat: as. the fellow was imprisoned in the house of correction for taking bounties from different regiments. or turn stag. To ring a peal in a man's ears. and pike with the peeper. Single peeper. victuals and drink. PEDLAR'S FRENCH. PECKISH. To pay the bottom of a ship or boat. whip up stairs. squeak. Pedlar's pony. and run off with the looking−glass. also to eat voraciously. I have sinned. Any kind of lace. a one−eyed man.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO PAY. a walking−stick. PEAL. The cant language. when Godiva countess of Chester rode at noon quite naked through that town.

Inquisitive. PENTHOUSE NAB. PEPPERED. PEEPY. the victualling office. poor hard Suffolk or Yorkshire cheese. there's nothing to be done. A good pennyworth. The penis of man or beast. His figure. chafe. jumbled together. PELT. The cull's peery. Gone to Peg Trantum's. In a pet. A broad brimmed hat. Spurs. PERKIN. cheap bargain. that fellow suspects something. tis snitch we are observed. or under the ear. peeping out of a window. but the officers seized him. and extravagant in great. a blow in the eye. Old Peg. Saving in small matters. PENNY−WISE AND POUND FOOLISH. PET. in a passion or miff. Water cyder. for which he was miraculously struck blind. or the haltering−place. PELL−MELL. An equivalent. PERRIWINKLE. PENANCE BOARD.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue out of his window. There's a peery. To look about. PEG TRANTUM'S. to be circumspect. Infected with the venereal disease. To PEER. PERSUADERS. A wig. A peg is also a blow with a straightarm: a term used by the professors of gymnastic arts. Drowsy. Tumultuously. as. Warm. the highwayman spurred his horse hard. The pillory. or passion. dead. The kiddey clapped his persuaders to his prad but the traps boned him. stomach. PEERY. A peg in the day−light. PENNYWORTH. helter skelter. What a pelt he was in! Pelt is also the skin of several beasts. suspicious. PEG. P 185 . A heat. PEGO. passionate. PEPPERY. is still kept up in remembrance of the transaction.

Who is Peter Lug? who lets the glass stand at his door. ready to undertake any litigious or bad cause: it is derived from the French words petit vogue. Ding the phos. with a gun in his hand. PETTICOAT PENSIONER. PHYZ. PHYSOG. Bailiffs. also drunkards. A piece of wit commonly thrown out at a person walking through a street or village near London. PETER LAY. PETER LUG. A young child. NEGRO TERM. bottle of phosphorus: used by housebreakers to light their lanthorns. A pirate. Strong malt liquor. PHOS BOTTLE. PHYSOG. an infant. or little reputation. Half a quarter of a sheet. to borrow of one man to pay another: styled also manoeuvring the apostles. or before him. PHILISTINES. PHRASE OF PAPER. A. See VESSEL. One who has an estate during his wife's life. one that makes it a trade to steal boxes and trunks from behind stage coaches or out of waggons. PICAROON. PHOENIX−MEN. of small credit. A little dirty attorney. PETTICOAT HOLD. trunks. Biter of peters. PETTISH. PETTY FOGGER. throw away the bottle of phosphorus. an odd face or countenance. The department of stealing portmanteaus. To rob Peter to pay Paul. A vulgar abbreviation of physiognomy. P 186 . PICKANINY. The face. One kept by a woman forsecret services. PETER GUNNER. PHARAOH. Firemen belonging to an insurance office. or officers of justice. Rum phyz. will kill all the birds that died last summer. which gave a badge charged with a phoenix: these men were called likewise firedrakes. Passionate. The face. also a sharper.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue PETER. A portmanteau or cloke−bag. called the apron−string hold.

May we never have a PIECE (peace) that will injure the constitution. the gallows or pillory. PICKTHANK. a punishment awaits him. as Clare−hall Piece. PICKLE. a Bow−street officer. or other females of the house. He can have boiled pig at home. To make water: a childish expression. See JACK PUDDING. PICKT HATCH. Pickle herring. A damned good or bad piece. an apology for drinking a dram P 187 . To buy a pig in a poke. a mark of being master of his own house: an allusion to a well known poem and story.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue PICKING. A wench. or pickle. PIG. Sixpence. To PIDDLE. to purchase any thing without seeing. A tale−bearer or mischief maker. While Clare Piece belonged to King's. two or more in a bed. or is prepared for him. Pig−widgeon. In pickle. Hence the (CAMBRIDGE) toast. Piece likewise means at Cambridge a close or spot of ground adjacent to any of the colleges. knock down the officer and run away. To go to the manor of pickt hatch. a jocular punishment inflicted by the maid seryants. Floor the pig and bolt. An arch waggish fellow. It will be unnecessary to say that his arguments were soon acceded to. a sow's baby. Pigsnyes. a cant name for some part of the town noted for bawdy houses in Shakespeare's time. as. Piddling also means trifling. I want to piddle. and leaving them to pig or lie in the cold. in a salivation. The spot of ground before King's College formerly belonged to Clare−hall. PIECE. The sheriff's picture frame. and used by him in that sense. Cold pig. a simpleton. A China street pig. A police officer. to lie or sleep together. petty larceny. a girl who is more or less active and skilful in the amorous congress. PICTURE FRAME. the same: a vulgar term of endearment to a woman. which being refused by the provost of King's. Brandy is Latin for pig and goose. Pig's eyes. or doing any thing in a small degree: perhaps from peddling. the zany or merry andrew of a mountebank. There are rods in brine. for him. Mammy. PIG. small eyes. he erected before their gates a temple of CLOACINA. the master of Clare−hall proposed a swop. To pig together. or in the pickling tub. Pilfering. on persons lying over long in bed: it consists in pulling off all the bed clothes.

is hunted by the young men and boys. PIGEONS. who takes care to be at the office before the hour of drawing: to her he secretly gives the number. commonly a decent looking woman. PILL. which they receive from a confederate on a card. PIGEON. PIMP. A weak silly fellow easily imposed on. The Irish cry or howl at funerals. PIMP WHISKIN. A large pig. who. wakes. being turned out. human excrement. abpve the height of his head. whose tail is cut short. Pike off. To fly a blue pigeon.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue after either. PIGEON'S MILK. to attempt impossibilities. A male procurer. To milk the pigeon. there stood poor pill garlick: i. PILLALOO. In or to a merry pin. as soon as the first two or three numbers are drawn. to be put to shifts for want of money. Said originally to mean one whose skin or hair had fallen off from some disease. during the drawing of the lottery. there stood I. or PEELE GARLICK. to cheat. To pigeon. but now commonly used by persons speaking of themselves: as. PIMPLE. almost drunk: an allusion to P 188 . wait ready mounted near Guildhall. To PIKE. named from introducing the fire to the coals. where there is another of the gang. The head. A top trader in pimping. A piece of game frequently practised at fairs. Sharpers. To run away. PIN. Obstinate. A sirreverence. to steal lead off a church. before fixed on. or cock bawd. and.e. also a small faggot used about London for lighting fires. and both soaped and greased. run away. PILGRIM'S SALVE. chiefly the venereal one. PIG RUNNING. which she insures for a considerable sum: thus biting the biter. PIG−HEADED. and becomes the property of him who can catch and hold him by the tail. Boys and novices are frequently sent on the first of April to buy pigeons milk. ride with them full speed to some distant insurance office.

Pink of the fashion. PISS. he was said to have drunk to a merry pin. ill shapen legs.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue a sort of tankard. To go into a tradesman's shop under the pretence of purchasing rings or other light articles. 1743. An allowance settled on a married woman for her pocket expences. This species of roguery is called the pinch. having silver pegs or pins set at equal distances from the top to the bottom: by the rules of good fellowship. A sweater or mohawk. PIPER. A. formerly used in the north. PINCHERS. the top of the mode. PINKING−DINDEE. he was to continue drinking till he ended at a pin: by this means persons unaccustomed to measure their draughts were obliged to drink the whole tankard. At a pinch. To PINK. PINCH. or pinching lay. was to swallow the quantity contained between two pins. ask for the guinea again. P 189 . A club or brotherhood. PINCH. Hence when a person was a little elevated with liquor. To PINCH ON THE PARSON'S SIDE. PIN MONEY. A broken winded horse. if he drank more or less. He will piss when he can't whistle. To defraud the parson of his tithe. Rogues who. Also to ask for change for a guinea.D. called pinking. and while examining them to shift some up the sleeve of the coat. To pink and wink. PINS. PISCINARIANS. on an exigency. in changing money. Queer pins. and when the silver is received. by which means several bad shillings are passed. The youngest child. Legs. IRISH. every person drinking out of one of these tankards. PIN BASKET. by dexterity of hand frequently secrete two or three shillings out of the change of a guinea. frequently winking the eyes through a weakness in them. and return the change. To stab or wound with a small sword: probably derived from the holes formerly cut in both men and women's clothes. then suddenly pretending to recollect that you had sufficient silver to pay the bill. to change some of the good shillings for bad ones. he will be hanged.

Stuck fast. A house at Clapton. PISS POT HALL. built by a potter chiefly out of the profits of chamber pots. an operation in midwifery or copulation. 1744. he shall not have my money to spend in liquor. A society held. He took a handsome watch from the gentleman's fob. A watch fob. To have a gonorrhea. PISS−BURNED. To lay pit and boxes into one. for the benefit of some favourite player. to save the tax imposed in that gentleman's administration. He drew a rare thimble from the swell's pit. Flattering him. near Hackney. A physician who judges of the diseases of his patients solely by the inspection of their urine. PISS MAKER. The palpitation of the heart: as. PIT. the same. PISS−PROUD. PARTY WIT PIT−A−PAT. PITT'S PICTURE. The miraculous pitcher. A. in the bottom of which the portrait of Dr. D. PIT. when. she has lost her maidenhead. PITCH−KETTLED. broken. A window stopt up on the inside. at the sign of P 190 . The pit is also the hole under the gallows. Pintledy−pantledy. May piss a bed.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue He shall not piss my money against the wall. where poor rogues unable to pay the fees are buried. and say he sweats. but hiswas only piss− proud. She has crack'd her pitcher or pipkin. and demolished: a simile borrowed from the playhouse. the pit and boxes are laid together. whereby the division between the anus and vagina is cut through. said of any old fellow who marries a young wife. my heart went pit−a−pat. PISSING PINS AND NEEDLES. Sacheverel was depicted. PISSING DOWN ANY ONE'S BACK. confounded. PISS PROPHET. That old fellow thought he had an erection. Having a false erection. one much given to liquor. that holds water with the mouth downwards: a woman's commodity. Discoloured: commonly applied to a discoloured grey wig. PIZZY CLUB. PITCHER. He who once a good name gets. A great drinker.

he has won the KEAT. Any place where stolen goods are concealed. PLUMMY. PLUMB. to strike. an expression said to be used by women for going to the necessary house. He wants pluck: he is a coward. Money. These unfortunate fellows are designated by many opprobrious appellations. Against the pluck. Plump his peepers. Broad−faced. PLUMP. ring the bell. give him a blow in the eyes. the legion of honor. He pulled out his pops and plumped him. or hide. or let slip. and as far as Quadratic Equations in Algebra. he was planted by the parson. is infected with the venereal disorder: a simile drawn from hofse−racing. silver. fleshy. To plump. to hide. Fat. The three first books of Euclid. place. to play with an intention to lose. A man's penis. on Tower Hill: president. as. be careful what you say. he drew out his pistols and P 191 . or day−lights. One warm belly'dapped to another. or shoot. When the plate fleet comes in. Plump in the pocket. wise men of the East. all is right. PLANT. To play least in sight. To lay. to reprove one for some past transgression. To pluck also signifies to deny a degree to a candidate at one of the universities. To play the devil.e. To play booty. To pluck a rose. full. against the inclination. on account of insufficiency. to cheat. The place in the house of the fence where stolen goods are secreted. PLAY. PLUCK. To pluck a crow with one. when money comes to hand. To play the whole game. Don Pizzaro. a receipt frequently prescribed for different disorders. will save a man from being plucked. or the victualling office: I'll give you a blow in the stomach. to settle a dispute. Plant your wids and stow them. He is in for the plate.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the Tower.e. PLATE. To PLANT. It is all plummy. prize. i. i. to be guilty of some great irregularity or mismanagement. or as it ought to be. PLATTER−FACED. such as the twelve apostles. I'll give you a plump in the bread basket. PLAISTER OF WARM GUTS. which in the country usually stands in the garden. full in the pocket. or keep out of the way. Also to bury. Pluck the Ribbon. PLUG TAIL. Courage. An hundred thousand pounds.

As the clenched fist likewise somewhat resembles an apple. a kind of short laces. lead at both ends. POLE. Drunk. to catch the venereal disease.e. napper. for filling out a pair of shrivelled cheeks. POKER. or exactly. A crutch. POKE. POINT. POLT. To beat: originally confined to beating with the hilt of a sword. I am not plump currant. under the denomination of tags: by taking a great stride these were stretched. TO POMMEL. give him a knock in the face. POGY.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue shot him. P 192 . Plump also means directly. To polish the king's iron with one's eyebrows. a saying of a stupid sluggish fellow. Lend him a polt in the muns. it fell plump upon him: it fell directly upon him. The head. POISONED. to eat a meal. come and eat a dinner or supper with me. to take a great stride. POLL. PLUMP CURRANT. Breeches were usually tied up with points. also a wig. from its similarity to a small apple. to buy a pig in a poke. a single vote at an election. I am out of sorts. jolly nob. Poison−pated: red−haired. He is like a rope−dancer's polo. i. to be in gaol. PLUMPERS. to buy any thing without seeing or properly examining it. and look through the iron grated windows. Contrivances said to be formerly worn by old maids. To polish a bone. Come and polish a bone with me. to exceed some usual limit. the knob being. POLISH. Fore pokers. in Spanish it is still called the apple of the sword. as. A blow with the fist: I'll lend you a poke. To stretch a point. A blow. formerly given away by the churchwardens at Whitsuntide. or knowledge box. also a trader. aces and kings at cards. PLYER. see how her belly is swelled. called pomelle. To burn your poker. A sword. Big with child: that wench is poisoned. A plumper. perhaps that might occasion the term pommelling to be applied to fisty−cuffs. A poke likewise means a sack: whence.

The rump of a turkey. His means are two pops and a galloper. A hog: also a Jew. Keep your breath to cool your porridge. Money. A pawnbroker. whose note sounds like the word pork. P 193 . to pawn: also to shoot. A man or woman of Boston in America: from. PORRIDGE ISLAND. I have saved my pimp. that is.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue POMP. Pompkinshire. or Royal Scots: so intitled from their supposed great antiquity. who cut off ready−dressed meat of all sorts. PORRIDGE. is to score five before the adversaries are up. e. he is a highwayman. which is Welsh for five. Pontius Pilate's guards. and should be. lay down the money. held your tongue. i. metaphor borrowed from the raven. POPS. PONTIUS PILATE. and also sell soup. I pawned my watch. To cry pork. one who like him can say. who disputing with a brother parson on the comparative rapidity with which they read the liturgy. To save one's pomp at whist. POPE. Aqua pompaginis. Pontius Pilate's counsellor. Shepherd of Trinity College. I can find no cause. A figure burned annually every fifth of November. POMPKIN. or win the game: originally derived from pimp. Popshop: a pawnbroker's shop. Pistols. CANT. POPLERS. PORK. which is said to have been carried on by the papists. pump water. I popped my tatler. PONEY. Post the poney. to give intelligence to the undertaker of a funeral. I popt the cull. To pop. Ravens are said to smell carrion at a distance. POMPAGINIS. See AQUA. the number of pompkins raised and eaten by the people of that country. Non invenio causam. offered to give him as far as Pontius Pilate in the Belief. in memory of the gunpowder plot. Pottage. POPE'S NOSE. PORKER. the first regiment of foot. An alley leading from St. Also (Cambridge) a Mr. Boston and its dependencies. Martin's church−yard to Round−court. I shot the man. chiefly inhabited by cooks.

POT HUNTER. who has the patronage of all posts and places. who occasionally paints or anoints posts. with a book in one hand. at stool.e. On the pot. POULAIN. POULTERER. backwards and forwards. These boroughs are called pot−wabbling boroughs. POSTILION OF THE GOSPEL. POSSE MOBILITATIS. A house painter. a false evidence. POUND. The mouth. one ready to swear any thing for hire. Potwallopers: persons entitled to vote in certain boroughs by having boiled a pot there. The prime minister.e. had always a nosegay to smell to. The kiddey was topped for the poultry rig. One who hunts more tor the sake of the prey than the sport. IRISH WIT. i. The mob.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue POSEY. A bubo. although they could not read. A person that guts letters. the young fellow was hanged for secreting a letter and taking out the contents. From post to pillar. I shall see you ride backwards up Holborn−hill. courageous from drink. Pot valiant. Knight of the post. Shut your potatoe trap and give your tongue a holiday. To beat. POST MASTER GENERAL. i. POT. I shall see you go to be hanged. and a prayer book. POT CONVERTS.e. A parson who hurries over the service. Persons entitled to vote for members of parliament in certain boroughs. made by the distribution of victuals and money. i. from having boiled their pots therein. POT. A scrawl. POT−WABBLERS. opens them and secretes the money. bad writing. A nosegay. Proselytes to the Romish church. FRENCH. and a posey in t'other. be silent.e. one rogue exclaims against another. How the milling cove pounded the cull P 194 . or POESY. i. POTATOE TRAP. POTHOOKS AND HANGEKS. Malefactors who piqued themselves on being properly equipped for that occasion. POST NOINTER. The pot calls the kettle black a−se.

PRICKLOUSE. POUND. the nag's head. PRATTLE BROTH. PRICK−EARED. A horse. one whose ears are longer than his hair: an appellation frequently given to puritans. A talkative boy. CANT. A prick−eared fellow.. used as a seal to a counterfeit pass. See CHATTER BROTH. A prison. POWDER POWDER MONKEY.e. A taylor. PREADAMITE QUACABITES. SCANDAL BROTH. See LOB'S POUND. The art of awing the laity. The virile member. Prancer's nab. who considered long hair as the mark of the whore of Babylon. saying of an old maid. P−K. PRATTS. how the boxer beat the fellow for taking liberties with his mistress. The tongue. At her last prayers. Tea. PRIEST−CRAFT. a horse's head. The same as pickling tub. PRATE ROAST. i. A horse. PRAD LAY. She prays with her knees upwards. POWDERING TUB. Buttocks. Pounded. At the sign of the prancer's poll. Shut up in the parson's pound.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue for being nuts on his blowen. The swell flashes a rum prad: the e gentleman sports a fine horse. PRATING CHEAT. and diving into their pockets. See PICKLING TUB. PRATTLING BOX. P 195 . A boy on board a ship of war. imprisoned. also a tinder box. married. The pulpit. managing their consciences. Cutting bags from behind horses. PRAY. CANT. PRANCER. said of a woman much given to gallantry and intrigue. whose business is to fetch powder from the magazine. This great and laudable society (as they termed themselves) held their grand chapter at the Coal−hole. PRAD.

styled them the young princes. precise. seeing chimney sweepers dancing on a May−day. Mrs. PRIGGING. A rival in love. formal madam. PRINCOX. PRINT. PRISCIAN. Married. To break Priscian's head. Princum Prancum. When the majesty of the people was a favourite terra in the House of Commons. PRIMINAKY. who flourished at Constantinople in the year 525. Quite the thing. She's a prime piece. Priggers of cacklers: robbers of hen− roosts. Thieves in general. that to speak false P 196 . and who was so devoted to his favourite study. from PREMUNIRE. PRIG NAPPER. or priests. Prime post. Dressing over nicely: prinked up as if he came out of a bandbox. PRINCES. PRINCOD. Governed by a priest. a nice. PRIG. Priscian was a famous grammarian. PRINKING. SCOTCHAlso a round plump man or woman. PRIEST−RIDDEN. set. She's a prime article. into trouble. or fit to sit upon a cupboard's head. Excellent. A thief taker. set in a formal manner.e. I had like to be brought into a priminary. Bang up. quite neat or exact. horse stealers. A pert. lively. A thief. Priggers of prancers. PRIGGERS. i. also the head thief or receiver general. to write or speak false grammar. A king of the gypsies.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue PRIEST−LINKED. a celebrated wit. PRINCUM PRANCUM. she is very skilful in the venereal act. A pincushion. Riding. a cheat: also a conceited coxcomical fellow. also lying with a woman. PRIME. PRIGSTAR. screwed up. Quite in print. PRINCE PRIG. forward fellow. All in print. Well done.

To examine minutely into a matter or business. choice provision. a bitch at heat. The guts: I'll let out your puddings. PUCKER. Rum prog.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue Latin in his company. apt to peep and inquire into other men's secrets. PUBLIC MAN. PUBLIC LEDGER. PUDDING SLEEVES. Crutches. A stupid fellow. Provision. Desirous of copulation. All in a pucker. she is open to all parties. PRUNELLA. tool. Also in a fright. A proud bitch. a parson: parson's gowns being frequently made of prunella. the Cock at Temple Bar: so called. or cat's paw. one whose brains are all in confusion. A prying fellow. He from whom any money is taken on the highway: perhaps provider. Insignificant talk: generally applied to women and children. A parson. PUCKER WATER. To PRY. PROVENDER. PUDDING−HEADED FELLOW. to use him as one's own. The prophet. A prostitute: because. was as disagreeable to him as to break his head. P 197 . To prog. PROPHET. as. Prunella. in a dishabille. like that paper. PUDDINGS. a man of impertinent curiosity. or desirous of a dog. PROG. to be on the hunt for provision: called in the military term to forage. PROPS. PROUD. Mr. A bankrupt. Water impregnated with alum. PROPERTY. or other astringents. by the bucks of the town of the inferior order. CANT. To make a property of any one. to make him a conveniency. she was in a terrible pucker. or provider. in 1788. PRITTLE PRATTLE. used by old experienced traders to counterfeit virginity.

A liquor called by foreigners Contradiction. To pump ship. or PUGIFIED. not with an intent to buy. formerly much in vogue. To puff and blow. PUG. but your sucker is dry. PULLY HAWLY. PUMP WATER. to die. to be arrested by a police officer. Pumping was also a punishment for bailiffs who attempted to act in privileged places. To give the crows a pudding. but only to raise the price of the lot. To pump. for which purpose many are hired by the proprietor of the goods on sale. In good time. PUNCH. as above. and callings. PULL. To be pulled. to make water. To have a game at pully hawly. A thin shoe. professions. Temple.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue PUDDING TIME. or at the beginning of a meal: pudding formerly making the first dish. PUGNOSED. from interested motives. generally where a person has some superiority at a game of chance or skill. or PUFFER. The art of puffing is at present greatly practised. commonly said of a person that has a red face. An inferior carpenter. to endeavour to draw a secret from any one without his perceiving it. also a general name for a monkey. water to P 198 . Your pump is good. said by one to a person who is attempting to pump him. A person with a snub or turned up nose. To have a pull is to have an advantage. He was christened in pump water. a kind of lap−dog. PUG DRINK. It is also a piece of discipline administered to a pickpocket caught in the fact. from its being composed of spirits to make it strong. to romp with women. You must eat some cold pudding. A fat man. SEA PHRASE. to settle your love. PUFFING. Bidding at an auction. one employed only in small jobs. PUFF GUTS. One who bids at auctions. PUFF. when there is no pond at hand. such as the Mint. Watered cyder. to be out of breath. A Dutch pug. also praising any thing above its merits. PUMP. and sometimes to vomit. and essentially necessary in all trades. PUG CARPENTETER.

to attempt to impose on him. old passable money. lemon juice to make it sour. PUNY. A whore. Weak. See TRULL. Puny. Punch is also the name of the prince of puppets. PURL. Cobler's Punch. Goods taken up at thrice their value. Punchable. A bassoon: from its likeness to a syphon. Canary wine. PURSER'S PUMP. or PURSIVE. PUZZLE−CAUSE. PUPIL MONGERS. To put upon any one. a weak stomach. PURSE PROUD. An affected or conceited coxcomb. PURL ROYAL. PUPPY. PUSHING SCHOOL. is a cant term for running away. with a dash of tincture of wormwood. also a brothel. A lawyer who has a confused understanding. A puny child. upon trust. PURSY. PUNK. To punch it. Dim−sighted. by young spendthrifts. PURBLIND. A fencing school. an ignorant awkward clown. A girl that is ripe for man is called a punchable wench. A puny stomach. Urine with a cinder in it. PURSENETS. a weak little child. One that is vain of his riches. Ale in which wormwood has been infused. or ale and bitters drunk warm. from being over fat. PUT. the chief wit and support of a puppet−show. An ignorant blundering parson. Short−breathed. and sugar to make it sweet. also a soldier's trull. PUZZLE−TEXT. P 199 . A country put. Persons at the universities who make it their business to instruct and superintend a number of pupils. the last made judge.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue make it weak. or puisne judge. or foggy. or to make him the but of the company. anno 1695. called a purser's pump.

marshy moorish around. by virtue of an agreement with the donor. or worthless woman. A body. Also one so over−gorged. QUAG.. a strumpet. QUACK−SALVER. TO QUASH. is the sentence on traitors and rebels. A glazier: from the small squares in casements. boots resembling a quail pipe. a vender of nostrums. A calf or sheep. Divided into four parts. they were much worn in the reign of Charles II.e. QUEAN.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue Q QUACK. A duck. or at the sign of the Queen's Head. Persons receiving part of the salary of an office from the holder of it. To the tune of the life and death of Queen Dick. are said to be quartered on him. QUACKING CHEAT. An ungraduated ignorant pretender to skill in physic. vulgarly quarrels. QUEEN DICK. QUANDARY. To suppress. drawn. also a device to take birds of that name by imitating their call. from the number of plaits. QUARTERED. as to be doubtful which he should do first. QUARREL−PICKER. To be in a quandary: to be puzzled. Soldiers billetted on a publican are likewise said to be quartered on him. Some derive the term quandary from the French phrase qu'en dirai je? what shall I say of it? others from an Italian word signifying a conjuror's circle. CANT. A mountebank: a seller of salves. QUEEN STREET. or QUARRON. QUARROMES. annul or overthrow. she or spew. Q 200 . That happened in the reign of Queen Dick. to be hanged. called CARREUX. QUAKING CHEAT. and quartered. is said to live in Queen street. A slut. QUAIL−PIPE. vulgarly pronounced squash: they squashed the indictment. Abbreviation of quagmire. A religious sect so called from their agitations in preaching. QUAKERS. never. Quail pipe boots. A mart governed by his wife. i. A woman's tongue.

e.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue QUEER. I have queered the old full bottom. are called Mounters. or utterer. uncommon. a cut−throat inn or alehouse keeper. An ordinary sword. Rogues relieved from prison. out−of−the−way fellow. QUEER KEN. A maker of bad money. QUEER BUNG. QUEER AS DICK'S HATBAND. The master of a public−house the resort of rogues and sharpers. CANT. It also means odd. QUEER BIRDS. Base. Insolvent sharpers. QUEER WEDGES. Out of order. QUEER COLE FENCER. who make a profession of bailing persons arrested: they are generally styled Jew bail. roguish. QUEER BAIL. who borrow or hire clothes to appear in. i. To puzzle or confound. A rogue. A putter off. A justice of the peace. An empty purse. The lowest sort of these. and returned to their old trade. CANT. door−keepers who defraud the company. also a churl. QUEER DEGEN. QUEER CUFFIN. I have puzzled the judge. Large buckles. Coiners. from that branch of business being chiefly carried on by the sons of Judah. from their mounting particular dresses suitable to the occasion. How queerly the cull touts. TO QUEER. CANT. naught or worthless. Q 201 . of bad money. QUEER COVE. how roguishly the fellow looks. QUEER BIT−MAKERS. QUEER BLUFFER. to darken one's day lights. CANT. bad. An odd. brass or iron hilted. QUEER CHECKERS. CANT. by falsely checking the number of people in the house. A prison. To queer one's ogles among bruisers. QUEER COLE MAKER. Among strolling players. QUEER BITCH. or QUIRE. without knowing one's disease.

A diseased strumpet. in order that they may be taken up by their accomplices. who carry them to one of the houses appointed by the Humane Society for the recovery of drowned persons. QUID. the gentleman gave fifty pounds for the horse. A politician: from a character of that name in the farce of the Upholsterer. or other bad hat. one that will both carry and draw. QUEER PLUNGERS. LAW WIT. QUITAM. See TO ROGER. Contrary to one's wish. QUIDS. QUEER STREET. to chew tobacco. The swell tipped me fifty quid for the prad. and the supposed drowned persons. A bad. More like a bear than a squirrel. Quid est hoc? hoc est quid. A felt hat. a guinea. foundered horse. Wrong. QUEER ROOSTER. It is queer street. Can you tip me any quids? can you lend me some money? QUIFFING. a cant phrase. QUEER MORT. also a cowardly or faint−hearted horse−stealer. QUIDNUNC. An informer that pretends to be sleeping. and thereby overhears the conversation of thieves in night cellars. QUICK AND NIMBLE.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue QUEER KICKS. QUEER PRANCER. Rogering. Q 202 . pretending he was driven to that extremity by great necessity. TO QUIBBLE. To quid tobacco. CANT. worn−out. Half a quid. where they are rewarded by the society with a guinea each. A bad pair of breeches. to signify that it is wrong or different to our wish. Improper. Aquitam horse. QUEER NAB. half a guinea. also frequently sent away with a contribution in his pocket. also to play upon words. To make subtle distinctions. money. The quantity of tobacco put into the mouth at one time. Cash. Cheats who throw themselves into the water. Jeeringly said to any one moving sluggishly on a business or errand that requires dispatch.

QUIPPS. A complete rogue. See GORMAGON. bread and cheese toasted. Tricks and devices. To abuse. Tip me my quota. CANT. an odd dog. QUOTA. Quirks in law. i. or CHOIR BIRD. booty. Young spendthrifts taking up goods on trust at great prices. part.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue QUILL DRIVER. QUIM. RAFFS. or any other prison. jests. (CAMBRIDGE) A piece's furbelow. the fellow has no money. Choked by a hempen quinsey. i. QUIRE. A farthing. Rabbits were also a sort of wooden canns to drink out of. QUIRKS AND QUILLETS. taunts. Snack. Money in general. RAG. QUOD. A strange−looking fellow. gaols. Rent strained to the utmost value.e. A midwife. RAG. to be in great disorder. To lie at rack and manger. RACK RENT. QUIZ. A gormagon. TO RAG. RABBIT SUCKERS. CANT. give me part of the winnings. to burn. subtle distinctions and evasions. RACKABACK. R 203 . A Welch rabbit. Bank notes. The cove has no rag. R RABBIT. or hackney writer. hanged. a Welch rare bit. or ragged him off heartily. QUINSEY. The private parts of a woman: perhaps from the Spanish quemar. Newgate.e. the poor rogue is in prison. and tear to rags the characters of the persons abused. An appellation given by the gownsmen of the university of Oxford to the inhabitants of that place. She gave him a good ragging. The dab's in quod. or plunder. RABBIT CATCHER. one that has sung in different choirs or cages. proportion. or dividend. A clerk. OXFORD. scribe. share. now out of use. Girds.

A dish of rails. RANDY. Knight of the rainbow. RAILS. RANDLE. debauched fellow. A set of nonsensical verses. unruly. commonly made by their officers on Mondays or Saturdays. and fillips. RAMSHACKLED. was advertised to be held at the Foppington's Head. RAKEHELL. TO RAMP. a sturdy virago. and young people.e. To snatch. A ragged fellow. RAMMISH. a tatterdemallion. a lecture. or tear any thing forcibly from the person. a footman: from being commonly clothed in garments of different colours. RAINBOW. The busnapper's kenchin seized my rammer. RALPH SPOONER. plundered. RAKE. rampant. Rammish woman. RAG WATER. or any other common dram: these liquors seldom failing to reduce those that drink them to rags. repeated in Ireland by schoolboys. RAG FAIR. if they neglect this apology. A ramshackled house. RAGAMUFFIN. A he cat. CANT. RAINY DAY. RAM CAT. A fool. Moorfields. Obstreperous. styled of the most ancient order of the rainbow. i. An ensign. or RAKESHAME. R 204 . RAMMER. Out of repair. To lay up something for a rainy day. or scolding from a married woman to her husband. perhaps a corruption of RANSACKED. An inspection of the linen and necessaries of a company of soldiers. pinches. A meeting of gentlemen. which are accompanied with divers admonitory couplets.e.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue RAG CARRIER. Gin. See HEAD RAILS. The arm. A lewd. to provide against a time of necessity or distress. Rank. they are liable to certain kicks. who have been guilty of breaking wind backwards before any of their compa− nions. one all in tatters. jobation. the watchman laid hold of my arm. i.

RAPPER. or unfair design. RATTLE. Irish robbers. RANTIPOLE. RAT. Playing at rantum scantum. also to curse. also strong. i. a rascal originally meaning a lean shabby deer. A rank knave. Intriguing with a variety of women. called in Irish RAPIERS. also a gadabout dissipated woman. RANTUM SCANTUM. to suspect some intended trick. and confined in the. George. a py−rat and a cu−rat. A rude romping boy or girl. making the beast with two backs. R 205 . RAREE SHEW MEN. rammish. or outlaws. To rap. A drunken man or woman taken up by the watch. is the offer of an ocular demonstration of the virility of the party so defamed. To rattle. See ST. or an eunuch. who in the time of Oliver Cromwell were armed with short weapons. Stinking. RASCAL.e.e.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue RANGLING. One whose scrotum is so relaxed as to be longer than his penis. A rogue or villain: a term borrowed from the chase. To RAP To take a false oath. Poor Savoyards. to talk without consideration. a rank coward: perhaps the latter may allude to an ill savour caused by fear. a reprimand. Of these there are the following kinds: a black rat and a grey rat. RANK. used for ripping persons up. i. at the time of changing his horns. GEORGE. if uttered by a woman. RATS. in the vulgar acceptation. whose shot pouch is longer that the barrel of his piece. he swore a whole volley of oaths. an Italian word signifying a man. RANK RIDER. whence. To smell a rat. the same as riding St. He rapped out a volley. Rap on the knuckles. watch−house. A highwayman. RANTALLION. who subsist by shewing the magic lantern and marmots about London. rascal is conceived to signify a man without genitals: the regular vulgar answer to this reproach. great. penis. A dice−box. CANT. RAPPAREES. To ride rantipole. ill−flavoured. Some derive it from RASCAGLIONE. A swinging great lie. without testicles. means also to exchange or barter: a rap is likewise an Irish halfpenny.

RECKON. thus: a bolt or arrow. Beggars who ply coaches. to rate or scold him. for Bolton. RED LANE. Pickpockets. with which foolish nurses terrify crying brats. and a ton. RAWHEAD AND BLOODY BONES. READY. RATTLER. to make an erroneous judgment in one's own favour. A coachman. A riddle or pun on a man's name. The throat. marked in the calendars with red letters. who ply about the Bank to steal the pocket−books of persons who have just received their dividends there. A pocket−book. swallowed. Roman Catholics: from their observation of the saint days R 206 . RECEIVER GENERAL. for Morton. A coach. unsteady. A contemptuous name for any curious portable piece of machinery. To rattle one off. To cast−up one's reckoning or accounts. RED LATTICE. CANT. RED FUSTIAN. or whimsical man or woman. RATTLE−TRAPS. To get a fresh supply of money. A prostitute. a coach and horses. Robbing on the highway. READER MERCHANTS. RATTLE−PATE. To reckon with one's host. chiefly young Jews. REBUS. to vomit. Red letter men. or scarechild. CANT. Brandy. Gone down the red lane. death's head. READER. A saint's day or holiday. A public house. CANT. CANT.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue also to move off or go away. TO RECRUIT. RED LETTER DAY. RED RIBBIN. RATTLING COVE. money. or philosophical apparatus. Rattle and prad. RECRUITING SERVICE. The ready rhino. RATTLING MUMPERS. A volatile. and a tun. Port wine. A bull beggar. expressed in sculpture or painting.

RED RAG. Too much of the red rag (too much tongue). called Draw the Pudding out of the Fire.e. A Scotch Highlander. A place of meeting. The sign of the Cheshire cheese. In Middlesex were four other harbours. some fellows broke open a gentleman's house. Buyers of stores stolen out of the royal yards and docks. A woman of reputation. One much given to prayer. the King's Barn near Dartford. St. Carnal connection with a woman. Tybs. shut your mouth. RENDEZVOUS. THE RELISH. RED SHANK. One who does not break the commandment which prohibits the making of the likeness of any thing in heaven or earth. and the house of Pettie in Northall parish. and at Knapsbury: there were four barns within a mile of London. and let your tongue rest. Julian's in Isleworth parish. fenced the swag. RED SAIL−YARD DOCKERS. or in the waters under the earth. the Three Crowns in the Vintry. and Ketbrooke near Blackheath.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue marked in red letters. and each cracksman napped his regular. Quinton's. The tongue. Share of the booty. REPOSITORY. and give your red rag a holiday. A lock−up or spunging−house. RELISH. The rendezvous of the beggars were. A chamber pot. or member mug. REGULARS. and after selling the property which they had stolen. St. according to the Bellman. a gaol. REMEDY CRITCH. about the year 1638. the Cross Keys in Craneford parish. Drink about: a Norfolk phrase. they divided the money between them. i. In Kent. R 207 . St. REP. RELIGIOUS HORSE. Shut your potatoe trap. The coves cracked the swell's crib. RELIGIOUS PAINTER. Also livery stables where horses and carriages are sold by auction. REMEMBER PARSON MELHAM. or apt to be down upon his knees.

To RIBROAST. Ribalds were originally mercenary soldiers who travelled about. there is plenty of money. Vulgar abusive language. to take off his hat with his teeth. and without moving from his station to throw it over his head. when the losers must pay their differences. and waddle out of the Alley. RICH FACE. thought to shew his breeding by asking for a Richard Snary. being sent by his master to borrow a dictionary. or NOSE. the term. RHINO. which they afterwards by accident pick up. RESURRECTION MEN. A country lad. RIBBIN. serving any master far pay.e. See CROW FAIR. A visitation of the clergy. RIB. Money. The time of settlement between the bulls and bears of Exchange−alley. having been reproved for calling persons by their christian names. but afterwards degenerated into a mere banditti. CANT. made out of Adam's rib. RICHAUD SNARY. REVERENCE. or become lame ducks. A person refusing to obey this law. A dictionary. CANT. REVERSED. face. REVIEW OF THE BLACK CUIRASSIERS. which obliges any person easing himself near the highway or foot−path. Gin. perhaps. The ribbin runs thick.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue RESCOUNTERS. Persons employed by the students in anatomy to steal dead bodies out of church−yards. R 208 . A wife: an allusion to our common mother Eve. this was considered as a punishment for the breach of delicacy. A man set by bullies on his head. The cull lushes the blue ribbin. SIR−REVERENCE. See HOISTING. i. the silly fellow drinks common gin. A crooked rib: a cross−grained wife. such as was spoken by ribalds. A red pimpled. on the word REVERENCE being given him by a passenger. Hence. might be pushed backwards. Money. that his money may fall out of his breeches. by which it frequently falls into the excrement. An ancient custom. RIBALDRY. Blue ribbin. To beat: I'll ribroast him to his heart's content.

Clothing. See QUARTERED. R 209 . The cull has rum rigging. every thing is in proper order. by virtue of an agreement with the donor. This is said to be the way to get a bishop. A person who receives part of the salary of a place or appointment from the ostensible occupier. Rum Rigging. It consists of a man riding behind a woman. diversion. A guinea. who. with his face to the horse's tail. RIFF RAFF. and cudgel−players. frying−pans. i. l am up to your rig. Roundabout. The woman uppermost in the amorous congress. bulls horns. GEORGE. The rider is said to be quartered upon the possessor. wrestlers. and scour off. a goldsmith. denoting female superiority: they are accompanied by what is called the ROUGH MUSIC. fine clothes. nonsensical. the dragon upon St. who often has one or more persons thus riding behind him. holding a distaff in his hand. with his hat before his eyes.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue RIDER. striking at random with his whip to prevent the populace from crowding in. or trick. run away. tag−rag and bob−tail. let's ding him and mill him. RIDGE. I'll unrig the bloss. A ludicrous cavalcade. George. To run one's rig upon any particular person. A procession of this kind is admirably described by Butler in his Hudibras. RIG. He told a long rigmarole story. RIGGING. i. and pike. Ridge cully. was a private trooper. rob him. He rode private. All right. RIGHT. Money procured by begging: beggars so called it from its ringing when thrown to them. I am a match for your tricks. RIDING ST. the fellow has good clothes. mob. the woman all the while beating him with a ladle. game. Low vulgar persons. by a man styled Vinegar. Fun. CANT.e. All right! A favourite expression among thieves. to signify that all is as they wish. to make him a butt. that is. or great man appointing.e. marrow−bones and cleavers. RIGMAROLE. or proper for their purpose. that is. goes round the circle. I'll strip the wench. RING. give me the crow. in ridicule of a man beaten by his wife. hand down the jemmy. a smock displayed on a staff is carried before them as an emblematical standard. let's knock him down. Also a circle formed for boxers. at which he seems to work. RIDING SKIMMINGTON.

A noisy. or lie with a woman. Sunday or holiday−clothes.Also to jeer. a flag hoisted by pirates. Oratorios and operas. ROCHESTER PORTION. with one eye and a stinking breath. Two torn smocks. to be master or paramount. ROGER. ridicule. To cry roast meat. or TIB OF THE BUTTERY. mighty thieves. RIP. and what nature gave. To arrest. To rule the roast. ROBY DOUGLASS. ROAST AND BOILED. from the name R 210 . RIPPONS. ROARATORIOS AND UPROARS. ROCKED. to boast of one's situation. he was the butt. ROBERT'S MEN. Jolly Roger. Cant. To scold. A broken−winded horse. a poor. Spurs: Rippon is famous for a manufactory of spurs both for men and fighting cocks. I'll arrest the rascal. lean. or banter. ROARING BOY. Cant. chiefly applied to women. The third old rank of the canting crew. also a man's yard. A quick trade. When a person receives silver in change to shift some good shillings and put bad ones in their place. riotous fellow.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO RING A PEAL. To bull. I'll roast the dab. and eat daily of roast and boiled. A miserable rip. TO ROGER. a saying meant to convey the idea that the person spoken of is a fool. The breech. worn−out horse. ROGER. His wife rung him a fine peal! RING THE CHANGES. like Robin Hood. A shabby mean fellow.Roast meat clothes. He was rocked in a stone kitchen. The person who gave the change is then requested to give good shillings for these bad ones. his brains having been disordered by the jumbling of his cradle. ROARING TRADE. A goose. TO ROAST. ROARER. who are mostly substantial house−keepers. He stood the roast. A nick name for the Life Guards. A portmanteau.

eaten for asparagus. A cheat: probably from the thievish disposition of the birds of that name. A rogue in grain. Under the rose: privately or secretly. particularly at play. A coach. that whatever was transacted there. ROOM. or DRAGRUM POGRAM. See HOYDEN. that is a man eater. vagabonds. The rose was. ROME MORT. to lie all night in one's clothes: called also roughing it. who also deal in this plant. an animal found in South Guinea. Pirates. or other wheeled carriage. a distiller or brandy merchant. Goat's beard. To lie rough. in his notes to Shakespeare. a tomrig. London. Also the cant name for a crow used in house−breaking. ROSE. also a corn chandler. One with a sanguine or fresh−coloured countenance. To rook. cart. so called by the ladies who gather cresses. Small beer. Romboyled. to cheat. Upon the high ropes. ROPES. Likewise to sleep on the bare R 211 . A forward wanton girl. ROOST LAY. sought after with a warrant. A queen. a great rogue. Watch and ward. ROT GUT. Stealing poultry. ROTAN. should not be made public.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue of Roger being frequently given to a bull. in high spirits. ROSY GILLS. sacred to Harpocrates. ROGUM POGUM. ROMP. the God of silence. A rogue in spirit. ROOK. and therefore frequently placed in the ceilings of rooms destined for the receiving of guests. The fourth order of canters. ROMBOYLES. She lets out her fore room and lies backwards: saying of a woman suspected of prostitution. it is said. ROGUES. called beer−a−bumblewill burst one's guts before it will make one tumble. implying. Grey. ROMEVILLE. ROUGH. ROVERS. cock−a−hoop. derives it from arompo. Cant. elated.

50. so that it cannot be discovered who first signed it. A mode of signing remonstrances practised by sailors on board the king's ships. Brother round mouth. A number of guineas. from twenty to fifty or more. ROYAL SCAMPS. honest dealing. ROUND ROBIN. A considerable sum. the ringleader. beaten upon and sounded in ludicrous processions. to be embarked in the same scheme. ROW. ROWLAND. A disturbance. ROUND MOUTH. ROUND ABOUT. and the Rump Parliament. ROUND SUM. in other words. made to hold exactly 20. when the person is commonly advised to chuse the softest plank. A modern card meeting at a private house. ROUND DEALING. ROUNDHEADS. A term of reproach to the puritans and partizans of Oliver Cromwell. An instrument used in housebreaking. speaks. The fundament. frying−paps. a term used by the students at Cambridge. Highwaymen who never rob any but R 212 . ROULEAU. or was. wrapped up in paper. directing the march and quartering of soldiers. also an order from the Secretary at War. for the more ready circulation at gaming−tables: sometimes they are inclosed in ivory boxes. or 100 guineas. ROW. who it is said made use of a bowl as a guide to trim their hair. to give an equivalent. ROUT. poker and tongs. bulls horns. ROUGH MUSIC. wherein their names are written in a circle. Plain. marrow−bones and cleavers. Saucepans. It will cut a round piece about five inches in diameter out of a shutter or door. To row in the same boat. Rowland and Oliver were two knights famous in romance: the wonderful achievements of the one could only be equalled by those of the other.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue deck of a ship. This instrument has not been long in use. he has let a fart. To give a Rowland for an Oliver.

Newgate−street. Red−faced. don't send us to Newgate. A justice of the peace. hedges. and that without ill treating them. The ruffian cly thee. It is all rug. R 213 . and let the harmanbeck trine with his kinchins about his colquarren. RUG. A rub: an impediment. a justice. Ruffian sometimes also means. To win a rubber: to win two games out of three. Was held every Monday evening. may the Devil take the justice. also a hound that opens on a false scent. A fat wether sheep. A clever cheat. who scalded the Devil in his feathers. good. A rubber. also notorious rogues pretending to be maimed soldiers or sailors. The woods. RUFFMANS. See SCAMP. CANT. near the Hospital Gate. valuable. CANT. the best two out of three. at seven o'clock. to refresh: to rub up one's memory. Fine. and let the constable be hanged with his children about his neck. CANT. Asleep. RUBY FACED. The first rank of canters. To run away.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue rich persons. RUFFLES. RUM BECK. RUM BITE. a clean trick. A rude boisterous fellow. TO RUB. ROYSTER. RUM BLEATING CHEAT. the pillory. RUM. The whole gill is safe at rug. ROYAL STAG SOCIETY. the game is secure. the Devil take thee. a saying of a bad cook. RUFFLERS. CANT. CANT. at the Three tuns. CANT. CANT. RUFF. RUG. Wooden ruff. it is all right and safe. Ruffian cook ruffian. RUFFIAN. the people of the house are fast asleep. Don't rub us to the whit. The devil. Handcuffs.May the ruffian nab the cuffin queer. or bushes.To rub up. An ornament formerly worn by men and women round their necks.

particularly by his mistress. RUM BLUFFER. RUM CLOUT. RUM DEGEN. and other inhabitants of privileged districts. RUM COVE. CANT. Among butchers. CANT. CANT. A dexterous fellow at stealing silver tankards from inns and taverns. RUM DUKE. RUM DELL. A rich fool. as to the quality and price of meat. An expert picklock. CANT. Minters. A vintner. A young apprentice. also an odd eccentric fellow. See RUM DOXY. RUM DRAWERS. CANT. A full purse. Rum boozing welts. CANT. A handsome sword. CANT. RUM BOB. CANT. A handsome wench. RUM CULL.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue RUM BLOWEN. RUM CHANT. A dextrous pickpocket. A dexterous or clever rogue. A good purse of gold. also a sharp trick. bunches of grapes. a customer easily imposed on. A fine wench. RUM DIVER. or any other good liquor. RUM COD. CANT. RUM BUNG. RUM CHUB. Wine. A valuable dog. or medals. easily cheated. cambric. RUM DOXY. New money. A jolly host. A jolly handsome fellow. or other fine stockings. Silk. or holland handkerchief. CANT. RUM BUGHER. A fine silk. RUM COLE. RUM BOOZE. CANT. RUM DUBBER. CANT. CANT. likewise the boldest and stoutest fellows lately among the Alsatians. Savoyards. RUM DROPPER. A song. sent to remove and guard R 214 . RUM BUBBER.

Fine looking−glasses. or good liquor. A rich commode. CANT RUM MORT. or when taken by the Algerines. RUM PAD. RUM NED. Highwaymen well mounted and armed. RUM FUN. RUM TILTER. R 215 . RUM RUFF PECK.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the goods of such bankrupts as intended to take sanctuary in those places. CANT. RUM FILE. CANT. One that counterfeits a fool. See RUM DEGEN. See RUM DEGEN. RUM PADDERS. See RUM COLE. CANT. See RUM DIVER. RUM TOL. given among fiddlers. A smart fillip on the nose. CANT. Breeches of gold or silver brocade. or richly laced with gold or silver. RUM NANTZ. RUM PEEPERS. A very rich silly fellow. A queen. CANT. or woman's head−dress. Much wine. A fine horse. RUM MAWND. RUM GLYMMER. CANT. RUM GHELT. CANT. CANT. CANT. A great booty. Good French brandy. CANT. RUM TOPPING. CANT. RUM SQUEEZE. King or chief of the link−boys. A sharp trick. CANT. RUM GAGGERS. CANT. or great lady. RUM KICKS. CANT. RUM QUIDS. A good hat. The highway. CANT. RUM SNITCH. RUM NAB. CANT. RUM PRANCER. Westphalia ham. Cheats who tell wonderful stories of their sufferings at sea.

and dying speeches. to turn the back to him: an evolution sometimes used at court. RUSSIAN COFFEE−HOUSE. to have a pair of new leather breeches. RUN GOODS. also a prison. a rump of beef and a dozen of claret. or gleet. A ward or watch. A short squat man or woman: from the small cattle called Welsh runts. To ride to Rumford to have one's backside new bottomed: i. Rumford was formerly a famous place for leather breeches.e. See ROMEVILLE. Out of use. RUMBOYLE. and throwing them to an accomplice. Covent Garden. A like saying is current in Norfolk and Suffolk. RUMBO. also housebreakers who enter lone houses by force. and figuratively R 216 . a house of call for thief−takers and runners of the Bow street justices. called also buttock and trimmings. RUMFORD. Thieves who knock at the doors of great houses in London. and for the same reason. RUNNING STATIONERS.Rumford lion. RUM WIPER. of Bungay. Rump and kidney men. To rump any one. and on the door being opened by a woman. properly applied to a restive horse. Rum.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue RUM VILLE. See ESSEX LION. Rump and a dozen. and sugar. A clap. A maidenhead. RUNT. trials. a calf. The Brown Bear in Bow−street. who brushes off with them. Obstreperous. RUMPUS. Hawker of newspapers. RUSTY. RUSHERS. RUMBUMTIOUS. RUMP. an Irish wager. in summer time. quarrel. fairs. to be refractory. when the families are gone out of town. or NAG. RUNNING SMOBBLE. RUNNING HORSE. and live chiefly on the remnants. A riot. being a commodity never entered. See RUM CLOUT. rush in and rob the house. To nab the rust. water. or confusion. fiddlers that play at feasts. Snatching goods off a counter. weddings.

to the mouth of a stove: from a divine of that name. a sack with a bottle in it not being an empty sack. when two Sundays come together. In a high sal. Never. to wear spectacles. SAL. or under a salivation. SAINT GEOFFREY'S DAY. To saddle the spit. To saddle one's nose. that Evangelist being always represented with an ox. To ride rusty. SADDLE. there being no saint of that name: tomorrow−come−never. SACK. A blunt surly fellow: a jocular misnomer of RESTICUS. A piece of spoilt timber in a coach−maker's shop. A wicked debauched fellow. SAINT. in the pickling tub. when deer go to rut. by working. An Irishman observed. having lost leather. An ox. and other inferior mechanics. to give a dinner or supper. SAINT MONDAY. S SACHEVEREL. Saddle sick: galled with riding. or blower. SAINT LUKE'S BIRD. A pocket. To saddle a place or pension. a bubble bet. To buy the sack: to get drunk. called also to ride grub. To break a bottle in an empty sack. to oblige the holder to pay a certain portion of his income to some one nominated by the donor. a profanation of that day. SAD DOG. RUSTY GUTS. is punishable by a line. the season. RUTTING. A holiday most religiously observed by journeymen shoemakers. one of the ancient family of the sad dogs. particularly among the gentle craft. to pick a pocket. devoted to the flames. to be sullen. like a saint. Copulating. An abbreviation of SALIVATION.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue to the human species. S 217 . The iron door. Swift translates it into Latin by the words TRISTIS CANIS. that this saint's anniversary happened every week. To dive into the sack. Rutting time. who made himself famous for blowing the coals of dissension in the latter end of the reign of queen Ann.

SANKY. Apples. A kind of candlestick used by our frugal forefathers. and pickled herrings. A libidinous fellow: those imaginary things are by poets reported to be extremely salacious. Ham. lounging fellow. that it was invented by the countess of Salmagondi. cut thin and put between two slices of bread and butter: said to be a favourite morsel with the Earl of Sandwich. to burn snuffs and ends of candles. The beggars'sacrament or oath. used to correct boys. and by her brought into France. who. Rack punch was formerly so called in bagnios. A simple fellow. SATYR. signifying a bold or forward person. wife of King Henry IV. who are fed on broken meats that would otherwise be wasted. of France. or CENTIPEE'S. applied to persons. dried tongue. or proud bitch. SAUNTERER. foolish. Lecherous. by some derived from SANS TERRE. SAMMY. SALMON−GUNDY. who S 218 . SANDWICH. A salt bitch: a bitch at heat. lingered and loitered about. others say it bears the name of the inventor.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SALESMAN'S DOG. minced fine. and eaten with oil and vinegar. SANDY PATE. Some derive it from persons devoted to the Holy Land. Silly. An idle. SALMON or SALAMON. A term of familiar raillery. Salt eel. boys running about gentlemen's houses in Ireland. SANK. A taylor employed by clothiers in making soldier's clothing. one of the ladies of Mary de Medicis. also a miser. A barker. at sea: you shall have a salt eel for supper. who was a rich Dutch merchant. SAINT TERRE. a rope's end. A red haired man or woman. SAUCE BOX. SALT. SAPSCULL. Foolish. but the general and most probable opinion is. SAVE−ALL. onions. some derive the name of this mess from the French words SELON MON GOUST. Vide BARKER. Figuratively. having no lands or home. because the proportions of the different ingredients are regulated by the palate of the maker. SANGAREE. Sappy. veal or chicken. or some other salted meat.

SCAB. knowledge. SCAMP. Sawny or Sandy being the familiar abbreviation or diminution of Alexander. or would blush at being ashamed. An old saw. SAWNY or SANDY. to steal away." master. One who has eaten shame and drank after it. or Taffy for a Welchman. an ancient proverbial saying. a slip−gibbet. "Massa. as Paddy is for an Irishman. SAW.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue loitered about. SCAVEY. me no scavey. blunt sailor. A clap. one for whom the gallows is said to groan. hired or hack horse: a pun on the word HIRED. SCARLET HORSE. Tea. SCALY FISH. One who deserves and has narrowly escaped the gallows. SCAPEGALLOWS. SCANDAL BROTH.D. SCALDER. An honest. Sense. 1744. The cull has napped a scalder. as waiting for company. a footpad who behaves in like manner. Sordid. made a ludicrous procession in ridicule of the Free Masons. A highwayman. A set of mock masons. Royal foot scamp. I don't know (NEGRO LANGUAGE) perhaps from the French SCAVOIR. TO SCAMPER. S 219 . Royal scamp: a highwayman who robs civilly. How scaly the cove is. Mean. To make one's self scarce. SCARCE. a very favourite name among the Scottish nation. To run away hastily. SCANDAL PROOF. A worthless man or woman. A party of pleasure. SCALY. A. A general nick−name for a Scotchman. how mean the fellow is. who. SCAPEGRACE. the fellow has got a clap. rough. A wild dissolute fellow. SCHEME. SCALD MISERABLES. A high red.

as well as from coffin hinges. Brimstone and milk. SCOT. A dissenting teacher. SCHOOL BUTTER. SCOTCH GREYS. SCOTCH MIST. beating the watch. Lice. He will scour the darbies. an old name for a fort. as practised by pedlars. A man void of every principle of honour. A sober soaking rain. Riotous bucks. SCOTCH FIDDLE. A bawdy−house. SCONCE. The itch. who amuse themselves with breaking windows. A coffin. To build a sconce: a military term for bilking one's quarters. A bottle containing two quarts. A SCOLD'S CURE. and assaulting every person they meet: called scouring the streets. fetters. a Scotch mist will wet an Englishman to the skin. he will be in fetters. whipping. S 220 . A young bull. ACADEMICAL PHRASE. The blowen has napped the scold's cure. SCOTCH WARMING PAN. also a fart. The headquarters of the Scotch greys: the head of a man full of large lice. SCOTCH BAIT. full speed.e. or handcuffs.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SCHISM MONGER. SCOUR. i. SCOUNDREL. A wench. SCOTCH CHOCOLATE. SCHISM SHOP. A dissenting meeting house. derived from a Dutch word of the same signification. to wear bolts or fetters. the bitch is in her coffin. To scour the cramp ring. A halt and a resting on a stick. SCOURERS. To scour or score off. SCHOOL OF VENUS. to impose a fine. probably as being the fort and citadel of a man: from SCONCE. or as fast as legs would carry one. rings supposed to prevent the cramp are made. To sconce or skonce. The head. Cobbing. because wearing scours them. from which. to run away: perhaps from SCORE. SCOTCH PINT. Also to wear: chiefly applied to irons.

SCRATCH. Old Scratch. To stand on the screw signifies that a door is not bolted. SCREW JAWS. SCRAGGED. A female screw. He whiddles the whole scrap. as they think. S 221 . The cove was twisted for smashing queer screens. SCRAGGY. SCRAP. CANT. too rigorous. To copulate.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SCOUT. SCRAPING. the Devil: probably from the long and sharp claws with which he is frequently delineated. A wry−mouthed man or woman. Queer screens. he discovers the whole plan or scheme. SCRAPE. practised at Oxford by the students. frequently done to testify their disapprobation of a proctor who has been. A scrap or slip of paper.Scrip is also a Change Alley phrase for the last loan or subscription. A skeleton key used by housebreakers to open a lock. forged bank notes. a common prostitute. but merely locked. To get into a scrape. the man freely signed the bond. Hanged. SCREW. A bank note. Scotland. SCRAGG'EM FAIR. A fiddler. Lean. SCRATCH LAND. or sermon. the fellow was hanged for uttering forged bank notes. to exact upon one in a bargain or reckoning. in scraping their feet against the ground during the preachment. A college errand−boy at Oxford. or TAYLOR'S RAGOUT. bony. Bread sopt in the oil and vinegar in which cucumbers have been sliced. called a gyp at Cambridge. A public execution. To screw one up. to be involved in a disagreeable business. SCRIP. and gave me forty shillings. TO SCREW. Also a watchman or a watch. A mode of expressing dislike to a person. and tipt me forty hogs. The cully freely blotted the scrip. A villainous scheme or plan. SCRATCH PLATTER. also one who scrapes plates for mezzotinto prints. SCRAPER. SCREEN.

SEEDY. SEES. also a one−horse chaise or buggy. S 222 . or SQUEEZE WAX. A low mean fellow. A head of a house. SEA CRAB. Ordered to be punished or transported. SCRUBBADO. exhausted. Convicted. and bob−tail. A shark. SCRUB. A bawdy−house. SCULL. CANT. Poor. stiver−cramped. He has been let into the secret: he has been cheated at gaming or horse−racing.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue What does scrip go at for the next rescounters? what does scrip sell for delivered at the next day of settling? SCROBY. To scuttle a ship. dead. to run away. SCUTTLE. SERAGLIO. One ready to give bond and judgment for goods or money. The itch.e. i. He or she is in the grand secret. employed in all sorts of dirty work. called a scull. A boat rowed by one man with a light kind of oar. SEALER. SERVED. A peruke−maker. or SCULLER. SCUM. SEA LAWYER. SCULL THATCHER. or master of a college. to make a hole in her bottom in order to sink her. A farthing. To serve a cull out. The tail of a hare or rabbit. The eyes. to beat a man soundly. Found guilty. also that of a woman. SCROPE. at the universities. the name of that part of the Great Turk's palace where the women are kept. To scuttle off. SECRET. to be whipt before the justices. SCULL. To be tipt the scroby. or lowest order of people. pennyless. See DAYLIGHTS. SCUT. The riff−raff. tag−rag. A sailor.

with a cock. an inside. Also sometimes an exciseman. or trick. a man of no spirit: a term borrowed from the cock−pit. A dead set: a concerted scheme to defraud a person by gaming. To cut a sham. TO SETTLE. apply the crow to the door. He is but bad shag. S 223 . Shamble−legged: one that walks wide. to be hanged in chains. Hand down the Jemmy and send it in. a fore side and a back side. To walk awkwardly. so called from the want of depth in the crown. To SHAG. A simple fellow. A cheat. To sham Abram. a WHITE Whip hat. TO SHAMBLE. Shams. and drive it in. A venereal wart. an outside. each having a right side and a left side. SHALLOW. To shake one's elbow. To copulate. SET. we stunned the fellow by a blow on the head. SEVEN−SIDED ANIMAL. We settled the cull by a stroke on his nob. A WHIP hat.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SEND. A bailiff's follower. SHANKER. and shuffles about his feet. A poor sneaking fellow. A gallon pot full of wine. To draw any thing from the pocket. who. SHAFTSBURY. SETTER. An ill−dressed shabby fellow. to counterfeit sickness. to cheat or deceive. also a mean− spirited person. SHAG−BAG. To shake a cloth in the wind. and a blind side. SHAKE. false sleeves to put on over a dirty shirt. He shook the swell of his fogle. or SHAKE−BAG. A one−eyed man or woman. SHAKE. To knock down or stun any one. SHABBAROON. to game with dice. or false sleeves with ruffles to put over a plain one. To drive or break in. he robbed the gentleman of his silk handkerchief. he is no able woman's man. SHAM. like a setting dog follows and points the game for his master. LILLY SHALLOW. SHALLOW PATE.

saying of a talkative man or woman. SHEEP'S HEAD. CANT. Subtle. or SHAP. acute. as the term is. Sharpers tools. To cast a sheep's eye at any thing. SCOTCH. also a sharper or cheat. Sharp's the word and quick's the motion with him. The clippings of money. BOW− STREET TERM. A cheat. SHAVINGS. said of any one very attentive to his own interest. On the shelf. dupe. A river in Ireland: persons dipped in that river are perfectly and for ever cured of bashfulness. 1785. SHAPES. to look wishfully at it. also a bawd or pimp. SHE LION. Legs. Sharp set. SHAPPO. A hat: corruption of CHAPEAU. or gams. Also a custom−house officer.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SHANKS. S 224 . or gull. Like a sheep's head. one who trims close. A sheepish fellow. pawned. SEA TERM. one that lives by his wits. A shilling. wears the breeches. SHAVER. Bashful. to be stript. or made peel. or tide−waiter. a fool and false dice. a boy. SHE NAPPER.D. an acute cheat. To shew one's shapes. in opposition to a flat. i. SHEEPISH. SHARK. and apt to take all advantages. A drummer. SHELF. the first order of pickpockets. SHARPER. or. A woman thief−catcher. quick−witted. SHEEPSKIN FIDDLER. A sharper: perhaps from his preying upon any one he can lay hold of. all jaw. SHANKS NAGGY. SHANNON. Sharks. A young shaver. To ride shanks naggy: to travel on foot. SHARP. a bashful or shamefaced fellow. SHE HOUSE. A cunning shaver. hungry. A. A house where the wife rules. at the whipping−post.e. a subtle fellow.

who had taken refuge in that barn. leaving their affrighted teacher to shift for himself.e. passengers. fled in an instant from the place. The hangman. A dance. Tricking. to be hanged. Handcuffs. The congregation. SHERIFF'S BALL. and lay hid under the straw. SHERIFF'S BRACELETS. SEA PHRASE. SHERIFF'S PICTURE FRAME. SH−T SACK. SHIFTING. It shines like a shitten barn door. a person who lives by tricking. to hesitate. The gallows. They sometimes met in very obscure places: and there is a tradition that one of their congregations were assembled in a barn. SHIFTING BALLAST. struck with the utmost consternation. or cudgel: from a wood of that name famous for its oaks. An execution. A prison. to signify soldiers. or any landsmen on board. A dastardly fellow: also a non−conformist. a halter. i. on which a trumpeter to a puppet−show. His discourse that day being on the last judgment. Shifting cove. the rendezvous of beggars and other vagrants. TO SHERK. SHILLY−SHALLY. SEA PHRASE. for want of a ladder or tub. as it ought to be. A term used by sailors. IRISH. or go to rest in a horse's night−cap. and loll out one's tongue at the company. An oaken sapling. i. To dance at the sheriff's ball. The effects of his terror are said to have appeared at the bottom of S 225 . the laws against the non−conformists were extremely severe. To run away: sherry off. This appellation is said to have originated from the following story:After the restoration.e. where the preacher. SHILLALEY. To evade or disappoint: to sherk one's duty. SHINDY. SHIP SHAPE. he particularly attempted to describe the terrors of the wicked at the sounding of the trumpet. SHERIFF'S HOTEL. or stand in doubt. To stand shilly−shally.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SHERIFF'S JOURNEYMAN. sounded a charge. was suspended in a sack fixed to the beam. SHINE. Irresolute. Shuffling. Proper. TO SHERRY.

and to have occasioned that opprobrious appellation by which the non−conformists were vulgarly distinguished. A taylor. a saying of a person with a large mouth. SHRED. A prison. to be buried. SH−T−NG THROUGH THE TEETH. A parson who attends a funeral is said to be shod all round. SHOT. SHOULDER FEAST. SHOD ALL ROUND. One that steals whilst pretending to purchase goods in a shop. SHOEMAKER'S STOCKS. confined. imprisoned. A dram. Shoulder−clapped. S 226 . SHOVE IN THE MOUTH. that you sh−te through your teeth? Vulgar address to one vomiting. had on a new pair of shoes that were too small for me. when he receives a hat−band. to pay one's share of a reckoning. To pay one's shot. and scarf: many shoeings being only partial. A thin meagre fellow.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the sack. or member of the catch club. A partner to a file. A girl apt to fall on her back. SHORT−HEELED WENCH. To be whipped at the cart's tail. Vomiting. called also catting. SHOULDER CLAPPER. Hark ye. or strait shoes. See FILE. gloves.e. SHOPLIFTER. New. arrested. SHOP. SHOVEL. poxed or clapped. SHOULDER SHAM. To be put to bed with a shovel. He or she was fed with a fire−shovel. have you got a padlock on your a−se. TO SHOOT THE CAT. to those who have carried the corpse. To SHOVE THE TUMBLER. A dinner given after a funeral. A bailiff. TO SHOOLE. To go skulking about. I was in the shoemaker's stocks. Shot betwixt wind and water. i. friend. SHOTTEN HERRING. To vomit from excess of liquor. Shopped.

SIGN OF THE: FIVE SHILLINGS. S 227 . He has as much need of a wife as a dog of a side pocket. TEN SHILLINGS. One who keeps within doors for fear of bailiffs. See PEGO. SIDLEDYWRY. Thieves who snatch hoods or bonnets from persons walking in the streets. SILENCE. SIDE POCKET. The cove's kickseys are silver laced: the fellow's breeches are covered with lice. A foolish fellow. but by a means which he says would make the Devil vomit. said of a weak old debilitated man. Charles Simeon. SIMEONITES. (at Cambridge. A little diminutive person. the cat is pissing. The crown. To silence a man. SILK SNATCHERS. To make use of false pretences.) the followers of the Rev. SIGN OF A HOUSE TO LET. indeed. a slippery shifting fellow. Crooked. in his Farriery. Such as may have occasion to administer an emetic either to the animal or the fiend. author of Skeletons of Sermons. a gird upon any one requiring silence unnecessarily. Sixpence. or unfair shifts. and preacher at Trinity church. SUGAR STICK. from being unable to relieve themselves by vomiting. TO SHUFFLE. gives an instance of that evacuation being procured. may consult his book for the recipe. to knock him down. A shuffling fellow. A widow's weeds. The two crowns. Horses are said to be extremely sick at their stomachs. or stun him. fellow of King's College. SICE. Silence in the court. SILVER LACED. a simile used for one who desires any thing by no means necessary. Bracken. SICK AS A HORSE. The three crowns. He wants it as much as a dog does a side pocket. they are in fact rank methodists. SILENT FLUTE. Replete with lice.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SHRIMP. SHY COCK. SIMKIN. FIFTEEN SHILLINGS.

To smile: to simper like a firmity kettle. He must go to Battersea. TO SIMPER. SIR TIMOTHY. See SQUIRE. made by a famous cutler of that name. also a particular kind of nails. A corkscrew. pays the reckoning. in Dublin. the coves sing out beef. or that he will sit longer than a hen. to be cut for the simplesBattersea is a place famous for its garden grounds. SINGLETON. To call out. Strong beer. To be humbled. Sixpence. SINGLETON. A person having but one eye. A very foolish fellow. Abbreviation of simple Tony or Anthony. is said to have his sitting breeches on. or upper loin. stands squire. at that time. Physical herbs.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SIMON. SIR JOHN. Simon Suck−egg. The sur. also follies. from a desire of being the head of the company. sold his wife for an addle duck−egg. SIMPLETON. who at a certain season used to go down to select their stock for the ensuing year. SIMPLES. who lived in a place called Hell. or to be cut for the simples. mentioned by Shakespeare. or. some of which were formerly appropriated to the growing of simples for apothecaries. to have their simples cut. S 228 . One who. One who stays late in company. at which time the gardeners were said to cut their simples. TO SING. a silly fellow. they call out stop thief. whence it became a popular joke to advise young people to go to Battersea. confounded. SITTING BREECHES. TO SING SMALL. a foolish fellow. Human excrement. The old title for a country parson: as Sir John of Wrotham. to have little or nothing to say for one's−self. SIR LOIN. SIR REVERENCE. as the term is. his screws are remarkable for their excellent temper. or abashed. Simple Simon: a natural. SIR JOHN BARLEYCORN. SINGLE PEEPER. a td.

An avaricious man or woman. A purse. SKIN. Thin−skinned: touchy. stir the fire. Sizings: Cambridge term for the college allowance from the buttery. he treats you. S 229 . (CAMBRIDGE) To sup at one's own expence. SKIN. or ALL ASKEW. is to wait on the company. peevish. commonly said of a room where the furniture. To skink. SKIN FLINT. Crooked. inclining to one side. ring the bell. Left at sixes and sevens: i. that they may have more money to lavish on their dogs. In a bad skin. the duty of the youngest officer in the military mess. empty the money out of the purse. Size of bread and cheese. is scattered about. consists in the less amount of their college fees.e. See BOOTS. they were absolved from all marks of inferiority or of degradation.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SIX AND EIGHT−PENCE. If a MAN asks you to SUP. But at present they are just as gay and dissipated as their fellow collegians. or of a business left unsettled. An attorney. an empty purse. Queer skin. SKINK. Half a pint. SIX AND TIPS. and snuff the candles. SIXES AND SEVENS. SKEWVOW. To SIZE. The chief difference at present between them and the pensioners. a certain quantity. SKINS. IRISH. About fifty years ago they were on a footing with the servitors at Oxford. pieces. or beggar's wooden dish. in an ill humour. whose fee on several occasions is fixed at that sum. SIZAR (Cambridge). A cup. A tanner. if to SIZE. out of temper. SIZE OF ALE. Formerly students who came to the University for purposes of study and emolument. in confusion. who was himself a sizar. but by the exertions of the present Bishop of Llandaff. The saving thus made induces many extravagant fellows to become sizars. SKEW. Frisk the skin of the stephen. Whisky and small beer. called at Oxford battles. you pay for what you eatliquors ONLY being provided by the inviter.

A footman. Cant language. Now double slanged into the cells for a crop he is knocked down. one whose clothes seem hung on with a pitch−fork. in the civil line. and ordered to be hanged. also a game at whist lost without scoring one. TO SKIT. SLABBERING BIB. A soldier who by feigned sickness. horse− dealers boys. he is double ironed in the condemned cells. A joke. The garret. SLAMKIN. SKY BLUE. SLAM. SLANG. A petty cook's shop.Also the captain of a Dutch vessel. or some other remote place. SKIT. one who keeps out of the way. a careless trapes. See SCRIP. to hide one's self. or upper story. To wheedle. To skulk. evades his duty. when any work is to be done. SLAP−BANG SHOP. A fetter. SKIP KENNEL. SKIPPER. To slam to a door. A trick. but what is had must be paid DOWN S 230 . or some such public calamity: or else called sky farmers from their farms being IN NUBIBUS. SKRIP. SKULKER. SLANG. A barn. to shut it with violence. Double slanged. or other pretences. A parson or lawyer's band. Also a plaything made for children with the breast bone of a goose. 'in the clouds. Youngsters that ride horses on sale. a sailor who keeps below in time of danger. hurricane. one not ready to resent an affront. SKY FARMERS. CANT. CANT.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SKIP JACKS. A female sloven. SLAG. to avoid labour or duty. double ironed. Cheats who pretend they were farmers in the isle of Sky. and were ruined by a flood.' SKY PARLOUR. A satirical hint. Gin. where there is no credit given. A slack−mettled fellow.

who keeps a slop shop. SLEEPY. or any innocent beverage taken medicinally. See SCAPEGALLOWS. A stooping gait. To take a slice. particularly with a married woman. suddenly. A fool's errand. A woman sluttishly negligent in her dress. SLIPGIBBET. SLEEVELESS ERRAND. a negligent slovenly fellow. Tea. i. and sometimes for a stage coach or caravan. The gaol at Kingston in Jamaica: Slater is the deputy Provost−marshal. IRISH. A dealer in those articles. without doing any part of the business. SLOP. instantly. SLIPSLOPPING.e. or shop. Slipslop. SLAPDASH. SLEEPING PARTNER. One on whom there can be no dependance. from the character of Mrs. CANT. SLATER'S PAN. in search of what it is impossible to find. How the blowens lush the slop. riotous fellow. for which he receives a share of the profit. SLATE. How the wenches drink tea! SLOPS. SLAT. S 231 . This is a common appellation for a night cellar frequented by thieves. Tea. Half a crown. to intrigue. SLATTERN. SLASHER. Wearing apparel and bedding used by seamen. A sheet. water−gruel. A bullying. for it has not had a nap this long time. SLOP SELLER. a shuffling fellow. SLIPPERY CHAP.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue WITH THE READY SLAP−BANG. in Fielding's Joseph Andrews. immediately. SLIPSLOPS. Immediately. SLICE. Much worn: the cloth of your coat must be extremely sleepy. A partner in a trade. who lends his name and money. because a slice off a cut loaf is not missed. SLOUCH. CANT. Misnaming and misapplying any hard word.

the justice bid me kiss the book. SLUSH. is a method of cheating at dice: also to cast a reflection on any one's character. The queer cuffin bid me smack calves skin. Level with the surface. SLUICE YOUR GOB. Take a hearty drink. Leg of mutton and smash: a leg of mutton and mashed turnips. S 232 . SLUG−A−BED. or small clothes. Money allowed to soldiers or sailors for the loss of a limb. to hang down one's head. To fire a slug. to kiss the book. to take an oath.e. under the mask of simplicity. but I only bussed my thumb. SLUSH BUCKET. a suit being called coat. Breeches: a gird at the affected delicacy of the present age. SEA TERM. SMACKING COVE. SLUR. the fellow was ordered to be imprisoned in the house of correction for uttering base coin. To slur. every thing cut away. SMASH. SMASHER. fine: as smart as a carrot new scraped. or the skimmings of a pot where fat meat has been boiled. SMABBLED. SMART MONEY. TO SMACK. SLUBBER DE GULLION. to be fired from a blunderbuss. SLY BOOTS. A person who lives by passing base coin. A slouched hat: a hat whose brims are let down. A drone. A cunning fellow. or other hurt received in the service. and articles. to scandalize. Killed in battle. A coachman. SMALL CLOTHES. but I only kissed my thumb. waistcoat. SLUG. To kiss. A dirty nasty fellow. SMART. or SNABBLED. Greasy dish−water. one that eats much greasy food. I had a smack at her muns: I kissed her mouth. The cove was fined in the steel for smashing. A piece of lead of any shape. one that cannot rise in the morning. to drink a dram. To smack calves skin. SMACKSMOOTH. A foul feeder. i. Spruce.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue To slouch.

Half guineas. A smock. SMOKER. A plasterer. An arm. also neat and spruce. SMOCK−FACED. A bargain whereby the purchaser is taken in. Persons who pretend to be smugglers of lace and valuable articles. SMEAR. SMELLER. to smile. Smellers: a cat's whiskers. To smirk. SMITHFIELD BARGAIN. to get money from him. A tobacconist. To smash. they shortly decamp. to suspect. A German Jew. TO SMOKE. SMELLING CHEAT. A nick name for a blacksmith. This is likewise frequently used to express matches or marriages contracted solely on the score of interest. SMELTS. suspicious. A nose. SMOUCH. where the fair sex are bought and sold like cattle in Smithfield. SMUG. A bawdy−house. inquisitive. on one or both sides. S 233 . An orchard. To break. SMOKY. SMOUS. or garden. To smite one's tutor. To observe. A finical spruce fellow. or woman's shift. used by the smugglers for adulterating the black or bohea teas. and the publican discovers too late that he has been duped. A bribe. SMIRK. SMUGGLING KEN. CANT. SMEAR GELT. GERMAN. these men borrow money of publicans by depositing these goods in their hands. SMICKET. he finds trifling articles of no value. CANT. SMUG LAY. Curious. CANT. To pass counterfeit money. ACADEMIC TERM. SMITER. Fair faced. or look pleasantly.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO SMASH. also to kick down stairs. also a nosegay. Dried leaves of the ash tree. and on opening the pretended treasure.

to steal into houses whose doors are carelessly left open. to be partners. SNAPPERS. To snatch.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO SMUSH. Large teeth. a sneaking cur. SNEAKER. an evening pilferer. Morning sneak. SNAPT. to steal his wig. caught. TO SNAFFLE. SNACK. flickering. and the company scramble for the raisins. before it is light. a horse stealer. SNAGGS. SNAFFLER. SNEAK. A Christmas gambol: raisins and almonds being put into a bowl of brandy. Upright sneak: one who steals pewter pots from the alehouse boys employed to collect them. TO SNABBLE. Jeering. To break shop windows or show glasses. Taken. To go snacks. See LITTLE SNAKESMAN. The cove was lagged for a smut: the fellow was transported for stealing a copper. Evening sneak. Pistols. one who pilfers early in the morning. A copper. Old iron. also snails. A mean−spirited fellow. A grate. the spirit is set on fire. One that robs alone. SMUT. SNEERING. Smutty story. SNAP DRAGON. laughing in scorn. also to kill. To snaffle any ones poll. or seize suddenly. Snaffler of prances. SMUT. A highwayman. SNEAKING BUDGE. To steal. and the candles extinguished. To rifle or plunder. Bawdy. To go upon the sneak. SNATCH CLY. SNEAKSBY. an indecent story. S 234 . SNAKESMAN. A share. A small bowl. A pilferer. A thief who snatches women's pockets. TO SNAP THE GLAZE. CANT.

To take snuff. to be offended. To snooze with a mort. TO SNOOZE. SNUFFLES. Snivelling.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SNICKER. to steal the linen. or rebuke. SNOWBALL. Spice the snow. A brothel. A thief who hides himself under a bed. SNUB NOSE. A hogshead. i. A nick name for a shoemaker. or SNOODGE. A taylor. To eye. to sleep with a wench. A jeering appellation for a negro. SNITCH. in Order to rob the house. TO SNOACH. or in one's sleeve. wipe his nose. A parson. SNOW. CANT. attended with a running at S 235 . one that whines or complains. To speak through the nose. CANT. A snivelling fellow. TO SNICKER. give him a good knock. or look at any thing attentively: the cull snilches. To wipe. or SNIGGER. SNUFF. A glandered horse. to snuffle. or slap. SNOOZING KEN. To turn snitch. TO SNIVEL. TO SNILCH. to turn informer. The swell was spiced in a snoozing ken of his screens. SNOB. SNUB DEVIL. A cold in the head. or snitcher. TO SNITE. To speak through the nose. To laugh privately. To cry. SNOUT. crying.e. A short nose turned up at the end. Linen hung out to dry or bleach. Snite his snitch. TO SNUB. SNUDGE. To check. CANT. TO SNUFFLE. To sleep. SNIP. to throw the snot or snivel about. the gentleman was robbed of his bank notes in a brothel.

A sop for Cerberus. of the size of a mouse. which they place under their petticoats. a common expletive used by presbyterians S 236 . To drink. A miserable performer on any instrument. by a married man caught in an intrigue. SORREL. It was bought for an old song. The mass. SOOTERKIN. turnkey. He shall repent this. which he pretends to have received at some famous siege or battle. SOP. he tells a different story. by their constant use of stoves. SOLDIER. SOLO PLAYER.e. A yellowish red. SON OF PRATTLEMENT. A pretended soldier. His morning and his evening song do not agree. very cheap. or hire: also money paid for a treat. Sorrel pate. one that moistens his clay to make it stick together. SOLOMON. because no one will stay in the room to hear him. which when mature slips out. begging with a counterfeit wound. he altered his account or evidence. All's snug. SOLDIER'S MAWND. He changed his song. A large one. (Cambridge) An undergraduate in his second year. SOLDIER'S POMATUM. called a sooterkin. SORROW SHALL BE HIS SOPS. a bribe for a porter. who always plays alone.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the nose. SONG. SOLFA. TO SOAK. CANT. A parish clerk. A bribe. they breed a kind of small animal in their bodies. SOCKET MONEY. A piece of tallow candle. SNUG. i. Sorrow go by me. all's quiet. a drunkard. An old soaker. A whore's fee. A lawyer. A red herring. A joke upon the Dutch women. SOPH. one having red hair. supposing that. or gaoler. SOLDIER'S BOTTLE.

ready money. A kind of girdle contrived by jealous husbands of that nation. SPANKS. mean. The sun. he wounded him. He has got the wrong sow by the ear. or KING OF SPAIN'S TRUMPETER. A sucking pig. Not a souse. SOUSE. A female child. he mistakes his man. A seven shilling piece. SPANISH FAGGOT. Fair words and compliments. see DAVID'S SOW. Tobacco. He made a hole in his soul case. SOW'S BABY. a worthless man or woman. SPANISH. SORRY. or DRIVER. Drunk as David's sow. FRENCH. not a penny. Money. SOUNDERS. The spanish. or SPANKERS. or hussy. to secure the chastity of their wives. A parson. SPANISH GOUT. A nail: so called by carpenters when they meet with one in a board they are sawing. An ass when braying. SPANISH. Vile. beteeen a trot and gallop. A fat woman. SPANISH COIN. (WHIP) To run neatly along. the horses went merrily along all the way to town. SOT WEED. worthless. The tits spanked it to town. SOW. The body. A sword. The pox. SPANISH PADLOCK. SOW CHILD.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in Ireland. SOUL DOCTOR. A sorry fellow. SPANGLE. SPANK. also blows with the open S 237 . SPANISH. A herd of swine. SPADO. SOUL CASE. SPANISH WORM.

or smart fellow. but have it from year to year. A privy. SPIDER−SHANKED. has the wing of a cock sparrow put into his mouth: with this hold. To rob. SPARKING BLOWS. that they do not hold their mouths by lease. and who when they yawn have their heads half off. Wide−mouthed. One whose mouth cannot be enlarged without removing their ears. and immediately skinned. Fine. the bird defends itself surprisingly. or yard. CANT. The fundament. trim. split. SPANKING. like the mouth of a sparrow: it is said of such persons. he is fastened by a string to a button of the booby's coat. SPARROW−MOUTHED. frequently pecking the mumbler till his lips are covered with blood. from ear to ear. as the term is. Any thing stolen. SPICE ISLANDS.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue hand. he has stolen something considerable. mouth it: used figuratively for words previous to a quarrel. gay. without any other assistance than the motion of his lips. rob the gentleman. Blows given by cocks before they close. SPICE. and he is obliged to desist: to prevent the bird from getting away. SPARROW. a cruel sport frequently practised at wakes and fairs: for a small premium. CANT. A spruce. and broiled: an Irish dish upon any sudden occasion. SPATCH COCK. Stink−hole bay or dilberry creek.] A hen just killed from the roost. [Abbreviation of DISPATCH COCK. SPARKISH. A man that is always thirsty. I spoke with the cull on the cherry−coloured prancer. Mumbling a sparrow. Thin−legged. a booby having his hands tied behind him. I robbed the man on the black horse. is said to have a spark in his throat. SPEAK. To rob. S 238 . or. he is to get the sparrow's head into his mouth: on attempting to do it. SPECKED WHIPER. Large. He has made a good speak. SPARK. i. TO SPEAK WITH.e. A coloured hankerchief. Spice the swell.

TO SPORT. to eat and drink at another's cost. A lawyer. He is as like his father as if he was spit out of his mouth. A parson. The word SPORT was in great vogue ann. coachee. Slender legs. To sport timber. SPUNGE. SPILT. keeping his congregation in church till the puddings are overdone. SPINDLE SHANKS. He's a spooney old fellow. or dumbfound. To confound. pettish. SPIRITUAL FLESH BROKER. A thirsty fellow. Jack Jehu sported a new gig yesterday: I shall sport a new suit next week. A violent. gives it somewhat the appearance of being split. SPOIL PUDDING. A sword. A parson who preaches long sermons. To kidnap. don't spill us. Spunging−house: a bailiff's S 239 . SPLIT FIG. or inveigle away. Thrown from a horse. 1783 and 1784. A small reward or gift. to keep one's outside door shut. said of a child much resembling his father. craving for something. SPLIT IRON. The sign of the spread eagle. or overturned in a carriage. To sport or flash one's ivory. SEA TERM. longing for sweets. also delicate. silence. pray. She's a spooney piece of goods. SPIT FIRE. SPILT. To exhibit: as. SPOONEY. which being represented with two heads on one neck. That tit is damned spooney. SPIT.B. N. To spunge. a great drinker. TO SPIRIT AWAY.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO SPIFLICATE. or passionate person. SPLIT CROW. Avaricious. SPIT. this term is used in the inns of court to signify denying one's self. haggard. SPLICED. A grocer. (WHIP) Thin. like the shank of a spoon. to shew one's teeth. SPLIT CAUSE. Married: an allusion to joining two ropes ends by splicing. The nick−name for a smith.

SQUARE. The right hand. A soldier tied to the halberts in order to be whipped. or any other gaol: IRISH. Rotten touchwood. or a kind of fungus prepared for tinder.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue lock−up−house. i. also a bastard or any other child. A drinking bout. not roguish. SQUARE TOES. To rehearse theatrically. A bar−boy. A fat man or woman: from their likeness to a well−stuffed couch. or turn stag. A meeting of apprentices and mechanics to rehearse different characters in plays: thus forming recruits for the strolling companies. a man who does not steal. to confess. SPOON HAND. SPREAD. peach. SPRING−ANKLE WAREHOUSE. A party of pleasure. SPUNK. spirit. SPOUTING CLUB. A square cove. Fun. To stifle the squeaker. Pawned. To squeak.e. SPOUTING. called also a squab. A frolic. figuratively. A new−hatched chicken. a chance: he had a squeak for his life. Theatrical declamation. Butter. CANT. or throw It S 240 . SQUAB. or get his living by dishonest means. as painted on signs. A narrow escape. They squeak beef upon us. and long retained by old men. SPREAD EAGLE. or repository. Honest. SQUEAKER. to murder a bastard. till they find bail. TO SPOUT. they cry out thieves after us. to which persons arrested are taken. courage. An old man: square toed shoes were anciently worn in common. SPREE. or have spent all their money: a house where every species of fraud and extortion is practised under the protection of the law. SPOUTED. SQUEAK. Newgate. his attitude bearing some likeness to that figure.

SQUEEZE WAX. TO STAG. stinks. WITH HIS YELLOW PUMPS. SQUIB. covers her back with her tail. SQUINT−A−PIPES. Foolish. SQUIRREL HUNTING. Formerly a bailiff caught in a barrack− yard in Ireland. fit for a cook. fat. which. said to be born in the middle of the week. SQUIRE OF ALSATIA. sparkles. SQUELCH. bounces. to impeach one's confederates: from a herd of deer. or treats the company. STALL WHIMPER. SQUEEZE CRAB. having a prominent belly. or born in a hackney coach. and vanishes. A squinting man or woman. CANT. and a squelch. A fall. and looking both ways for Sunday. The squeakers are meltable. who are said to turn their horns against any of their number who is hunted. looking nine ways at once. SQUIRREL. CANT. To find. Squelch−gutted. A good−natured foolish fellow. and suffering him to fall to the ground. one who pays the whole reckoning.Organ pipes are likewise called squeakers. and looking out of both windows. Menagiana. like the firework of that denomination. called standing squire. A bastard. A prostitute: because she like that animal. S 241 . shrivelled. ready to become security for another. A calf just dropped. killed for veal in Scotland: the hoofs of a young calf are yellow. STAG. the squelch was given by letting go the corners of the blanket. or observe. STAGGERING BOB. diminutive fellow. See HUNTING. one eye in the pot. and unable to stand. A sour−looking. was liable by custom to have three tosses in a blanket. A weak profligate spendthrift. the small pipes are silver. Meretrix corpore corpus alit. A small satirical or political temporary jeu d'esprit. 128. the squire of the company. SQUIRISH. ii. To turn stag.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue into the necessary house. discover. and the other up the chimney. under hand and seal.

prim. ROB'EM. STAND−STILL. saying. so called by soldiers and sailors. STAMP. S 242 . affected. he is no starter.e. CANT. STAMPS. A. and Chatham. or STRAMMEL. or the old start. and not without good reason. by striking it with violence against the table. Breaking shop−windows. STAMPERS. till he could no longer move. somewhat similar to the creation of a herald at arms. STARCHED. a milksop. TO STAR THE GLAZE. STAR LAG. A broker's shop. AND CHEAT'EM. also a hedge whore.e. and stealing some article thereout. STARING QUARTER. Stroud.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue STALLING. an ancient ceremony of instituting a candidate into the society of rogues. To cant. It is thus described by Harman: the upright man taking a gage of bowse. An ox cheek. do stall thee B. Newgate: he is gone to the start. Legs. A horse who throws up his head. STARVE'EM. A particular manner of throwing the dice out of the box. CANT. formal. STALLION. A man kept by an old lady for secret services. to the rogue. Making or ordaining. STAMMEL. and from henceforth it shall be lawful for thee to cant for thy living in all places. STALLING KEN. Stalling to the rogue. STAM FLESH. One who leaves a jolly company. or THE OLD START. START. STAR GAZER. a pot of strong drink. or that of a receiver of stolen goods. To break and rob a jeweller's show glass. CANT. i. He was run to a stand−still. Shoes. I. Stiff. STARTER. A coarse brawny wench. he will sit longer than a hen.B.C. i. pours it on the head of the rogue to be admitted. Rochester.

to be in bed with three harlots. A cuckold. Proud. The house of correction. from the manner in which the French officers wore their cravats when they returned from the battle of Steenkirk. To lie in state. he gave the prosecutor fifty guineas to stop the prosecution. STEEL BAR. and bottled up. and its coadjutor buckram. A decoction of raisins of the sun and lemons in conduit water. STINGO. has money. STICKS. i. To end. stately. A niggard. hide your pistols. such as is used by gentlemen to smoke. Stephen's at home. A name given to the church by Dissenters. A pipe. Pops or pistols. A pair of gloves. CANT. STEPHEN. A parting cup or glass. A steel bar flinger. Household furniture. Burnt rum. STAYTAPE. STIFF−RUMPED. STAY. from that article. STINGRUM. STEEPLE HOUSE.e. A nick name for a taylor: also a term for lying S 243 . See POPS. drank on horseback by the person taking leave. STICK FLAMS. STEENKIRK. STEWED QUAKER. or other liquor. STATE. To finish. A needle. The cove tipped the prosecutor fifty quid to stash the business.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue STASH. STITCH. A muslin neckcloth carelessly put on. Money. A swell steamer. STEPNEY. STIRRUP CUP. a taylor. which make no small figure in the bills of those knights of the needle. a long pipe. or any other person using a needle. stay− maker. STICKS. To stop. STEEL. with a piece of butter: an American remedy for a cold. sweetened with sugar. A taylor. Stow your sticks. Strong beer. STEAMER.

Needy. but in reality only betting that they will be at a certain price. or wanting. The pillory. bears. STOOP−NAPPERS. The cull was served for macing and napp'd the stoop. Tip him a stoter in the haltering place. at a particular time. A vessel to hold liquor: a vessel containing a size or half a pint. Stockings. you have said enough. CANT. nor money sufficient to make good the payments for which they contract: these gentlemen are known under the different appellations of bulls. and lame ducks.e. the whole: he has lost stock and block. The nick name of the chief rendzvous of the canting crew of beggars. STOCK JOBBERS. Newgate. STOCK. Stow you. A great blow. thieves. STOP HOLE ABBEY. Stock and block. STONE. Stone dead. A good stock. STONE TAVERN. STITCHBACK. S 244 . STOMACH WORM. possessing neither the stock pretended to be sold. Persons who gamble in Exchange Alley. wanting money. by pretending to buy and sell the public funds.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue with a woman. the man of the house understands you. STONE JUG. cheats. Persons set in the pillory. STIVER−CRAMPED. The stomach worm gnaws. be silent. STOW. STOUP. A stiver is a Dutch coin. of impudence. STOOP. worth somewhat more than a penny sterling. gypsies. for the cove of the ken can cant'em. Strong ale. or OVERSEERS OF THE NEW PAVEMENT. I am hungry. an eunuch. STOTER. Stow your whidds and plant'em. Two stone under weight. he was convicted of swindling. dead as a stone. i. give him a blow under the left ear. STOCK DRAWERS. and put in the pillory. is so called at Cambridge. Stone doublet. Ditto. a prison. or any other prison. or hold your peace.

STROKE. STROLLERS. STRIKE. beggars or pedlars pretending to be widows. CANT. The kiddy would not strap. Lying with a woman. A good woman in the straw. STRIP ME NAKED. Hanging. CANT. STRAPPING. i. Itinerants of different kinds. STRETCHING. his eyes are almost shut. the fellow was transported for stealing a trunk. STRONG MAN. A perriwig. Straw. STRANGER. CANT. S 245 . or he is almost asleep: one eye draws straw. STRAMMEL. A tight waistcoat. STROMMEL. A large man or woman. Precise. Strolling morts. STRAIT WAISTCOAT. His eyes draw straw. The cove was lagged for prigging a peter with several stretch of dobbin from a drag. A yard. to push the cart and horses too. Also telling a great lie: he stretched stoutly. over nice. STRAW. To take a stroke: to take a bout with a woman. Twenty shillings. Foeminam subagitare.e. STRUM. to be whipt at the cart's tail. a lying−in woman. STRETCH. CANT. so he went on the scamp: the lad would not work. and therefore robbed on the highway. To play the part of the strong man.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue STRAIT−LACED. Rum strum: a fine large wig. he will be hanged for it. having strings for binding them behind the back of the wearer: these waistcoats are used in madhouses for the management of lunatics when outrageous. A poulterer. He'll stretch for it. puritanical. A guinea. STRANGLE GOOSE. See STAMMEL. (CAMBRIDGE) To do a piece. from a waggon. To work. and t'other serves the thatcher. STRAPPER. Gin. containing several yards of ribband. with long sleeves coming over the hand. To STRAP.

STUBBLE IT. STURDY BEGGARS. The fifth and last of the most ancient order of canters. or MY GOOSE PIST. in a disagreeable situation. Strong liquor of any sort. In the suds. A strummer of wire. To stir one's stumps. Pitted with the smallpox: the devil ran over his face with horse stabs (horse nails) in his shoes. also to play badly on the harpsichord. A one−horse chaise or carriage. The virile member. SUCKING CHICKEN. STUM. sweetened with sugar. To pump. STUB−FACED. Sucky. SUCH A REASON PIST MY GOOSE. Used by the vulgar for SUCCESSIVELY: as three or four landlords of this house have been ruined successfully by the number of soldiers quartered on them. The file sucked the noodle's brains: the deep one drew out of the fool all he knew. CANT. to walk fast. or any other stringed instrument. S 246 . capable of holding but one person: called by the French a DESOBLIGEANT. see MONKEY. and grated nutmeg: it is eaten with cheese. Said when any one offers an absurd reason. SUGAR SOPS. SUGAR STICK. SULKY.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue To STRUM. in trouble. STRUMPET. CANT. Toasted bread soked in ale. See STALLING KEN. To SUCK. a player on any instrument strung with wire. IRISH. Legs. A young chicken. drunk. STUMPS. or involved in some difficulty. A harlot. SUCK. SUCCESSFULLY. used by vintners to adulterate their wines. To suck the monkey. beggars that rather demand than ask CANT. STULING KEN. SUDS. Hold your tongue. To have carnal knowledge of a woman. The flower of fermenting wine. To draw from a man all be knows.

He keeps a swannery. A good fire in winter. also haying many male children. Good liquor. To SWADDLE. To bully. To beat with a stick. and often murder passenges. One in a deadly suspence. SWAD. One standing in the pillory. SWAG. for fear of arrests. Clapped. SUNSHINE. CANT. of which there is not even a drop left sufficient to wet one's nail. A landlady of an inn. and clean the ship. A mode of diminishing the gold coin.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue SUN. and such small moveables. SURVEYOR OF THE PAVEMENT. One reeling drunk. A camp publican: also one that pilfers gloves. SUNDAY MAN. SUTRER. a shop full of rich goods. SURVEYOR OF THE HIGHWAYS. or SWADKIN. Prosperity. SWAGGER. Rum swag. SWANNERY. ace and duce of trumps. SUNNY BANK. but beat. plant the swag. SUPOUCH. SUNBURNT. To have been in the sun. SWABBERS. Swaddlers is also the Irish name for methodist. One who goes abroad on that day only. A soldier. put to swab. As. at whist: also the lubberly seamen. knave of clubs. brag. or boast. conceal the goods. Hanged: persons who have been hanged are thus entered into the jailor's books. SWADDLERS. said of one that is drunk. or hostess. SUSPENCE. A shop. SUS PER COLL. The tenth order of the canting tribe. practiced S 247 . tobacco boxes. i. CANT. who not only rob. CANT. SWEATING. also to strut. SUPERNACOLUM. The ace of hearts. a man just turned off at the gallows. Any quantity of goods. all his geese are swans.e.

a sot. also expert. is mentioned by either Bracken. nor its remedy. A counterfeit old coin. SWIGMEN. Sweating was also a diversion practised by the bloods of the last century. Sweet's your hand. A gentleman. To be sweet upon. SWIMMER. mops. or any of the modern writers on farriery. A hearty draught of liquor. I shall have a swimmer. but to the palm of the master of the inn or stable. A term applicable to either the masculine or feminine gender.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue chiefly by the Jews. He seemed sweet upon that wench. SWIG. they with their swords pricked him in the posteriors. or taken in. To drink greedily. A ship. court. A well−dressed map. SWIMMER. which obliged him to be constantly turning round. the girl's bully frightened the gentleman out of all his money. or allure. when surrouding him. SWEETNESS. this they continued till they thought him sufficiently sweated. sharpers. Easy to be imposed on. who corrode it with aqua regia. said of one dexterous at stealing. The most certain cure is the unguentum aureumnot applied to the horse. The flashman bounced the swell of all his blunt. Guinea droppers. dexterous clever. B. or selling brooms. SWELL. Bartlet. signifying a girl's lover. particularly those of the subalterns of the army. or draw in. To sweeten to decoy. SWEET HEART. cheats. CANT. to coax. old clothes. a cant phrase S 248 . SWELLED HEAD. TO SWILL. N. This disorder is generally occasioned by remaining too long in one livery−stable or inn. A disorder to which horses are extremely liable. A drunkard. and often arises to that height that it prevents their coming out at the stable door. or a man's mistress: derived from a sweet cake in the shape of a heart. Neither this disorder. wheedle. Thieves who travel the country under colour of buying old shoes. who styled themselves Mohocks: these gentlemen lay in wait to surprise some person late in the night. SWILL TUB. he seemed to court that girl. SWEET.

and sugar. SWOP. a mixture of spruce beer. small beer: so termed on board the king's ships. SWORD RACKET. old maids being often compared to cats. SWIPES. SWIZZLE. a formal antiquated name. A pheasant. SWINGING. Squinting. or else from a tabby cat. or any brisk or windy liquor. either from Tabitha. and sells them for ready money at any price. An exchange. T 249 . To enlist in different regiments. To beat stoutly. D. An old maid. so called by the persons who sell game for the poachers. T TABBY. SWIVEL−EYED. a lusty lie. to totter. he will be hanged for it. 1760. SWINDLER. TO SWIVE. Drink. in order to make up a purse. and on receiving the bounty to desert immediately. A hog. a great stout fellow. A. To copulate. The term SWINDLER has since been used to signify cheats of every kind. To drive Tab. He will swing for it. A schoolmaster. at Ticonderoga. SWISH TAIL. SWING TAIL. In North America. Sixpence. The 17th regiment had a society called the Swizzle Club. where it is furnished by the purser. One who obtains goods on credit by false pretences. to be ready to fall. Purser's swipes. TO SWINGE. To be hanged. A swinging lie. these arts being generally practised by persons on the totter.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue used by thieves to signify that they will be sent on board the tender. TO SWING. A great swinging fellow. SYEBUCK. was so called. This name is derived from the German word SCHWINDLIN. SYNTAX. rum. or just ready to break. to go out on a party of pleasure with a wife and family.

i. hold your tongue. Tale bearers. TANNER. mischief makers. The cull has tipt his tackle rum gigging. A bottle. drawn by two horses. or passion: madam was in her tantrums. TANGIER. TAIL. The kiddey tipped the rattling cove a tanner for luck. Pet. TANTADLIN TART. David's day. A sixpence. St. the fellow has given his mistress good clothes. or TARRYWAGS. TAFFY. or noddy. just as St. a sword. St. to live familiarly in a family with which one is upon a visit. A sirreverence. T 250 . a jocular admonition to be silent on any subject. TACE is Latin for a candle. the first of March. Silence. Taffy's day. Davy. See RABBIT SUCKERS. A prostitute. Brokers that let out clothes to the women of the town. To tag after one like a tantony pig: to follow one wherever one goes. TAG−RAG AND BOBTAIL. and my talesman.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TACE. A general name for a Welchman. An expression meaning an assemblage of low people. Also. A man's testicles. David being the tutelar saint of Wales. A man's tackle: the genitals. human excrement. Anthony is followed by his pig. incendiaries in families. the author of a story or report: I'll tell you my tale. where debtors were confined. Tame army. one before the other: that is. TALE TELLERS. A room in Newgate. TALL BOY. the city trained bands. AT LENGTH. TANTRUMS. Imposed on. buggy. TAKEN IN. cheated. Persons said to have been formerly hired to tell wonderful stories of giants and fairies. TACKLE.e. the mobility of all sorts. TAME. to lull their hearers to sleep. hence called Tangerines. TALLYWAGS. TALLY MEN. To run tame about a house. A mistress. Talesman. also good clothes. TANDEM. the lad gave the coachman sixpence for drink. or two−quart pot. A two−wheeled chaise.

to get it changed. TAR. quick. To tap a guinea. or billiards. whose clothes hang all in tatters. Don't lose a sheep for a halfpennyworth of tar: tar is used to mark sheep. a sailor. To catch a Tartar. To tap a girl. Red tape. TAPPERS.' answered Paddy. To flash a tatler: to wear a watch. A watch. called out to his comrade that he had caught a Tartar. Away they went tantwivy. T 251 .1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TANTWIVY. or that of a post horn. TARPAWLIN. 'but he won't let me. 'Then come along yourself. TARADIDDLE. or falsity. pert. to be the first seducer: in allusion to a beer barrel. A fib. This saying originated from a story of an Irish−soldier in the Imperial service. a sailor. or suspected.' cried he. TARTAR.' replied his comrade. TATS. an equivalent. gin. One that uses false dice. who. figuratively. brandy. A coarse cloth tarred over: also. were daubed all over wilh tar. 'Arrah. TAT. TART. TATTERDEMALION. or game: he is quite a Tartar at cricket. away they went full speed. Thick and bad beer. 'Bring him along then. in a battle against the Turks. 'He won't come. TAPLASH.−an−arrest. sharp.'A Tartar is also an adept at any feat. Tit for tat. TARRING AND FEATHERING. Tantwivy was the sound of the hunting horn in full cry. False dice. A tap on the shoulder. TATLER. of loyalty: such delinquents being "stripped naked". A gentle blow. Shoulder tappers: bailiffs. A jack tar. A ragged fellow.' said he. Sour. and afterwards put into a hogshead of feathers. TAT MONGER. TAPE. Blue or white tape. A punishment lately infliced by the good people of Boston on any person convicted. to attack one of superior strength or abilities. TAP.

Nine taylors make a man. meaning that the custom of nine. The drippings of liquor on a man's waistcoat. puts out his head is certainly a thief. originating from the effeminacy of their employment.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TATTOO. And the first that. A schoolboy's game. By sending four. T 252 . all tawdry. whence any fine dressed man or woman said to be all St Audrey. a weaver. Thieves who snatch gentlemens swords from their sides. He drew the cull's tayle rumly. gawdy. Teaguelanders. from nine taylors having been robbed by one man. which for finery exceeded all others thereabouts. according to others. played with small round balls made of stone dust. asking how that could possibly be done? was answered. TEARS OF THE TANKARD. TAW. I'll be one upon your taw presently. and a direction to the sutlers to close the tap. it is generally beat at nine in summer and eight in winter. as done by persons in low spirits. assaults on those vermin with their needles. Garish. Ireland. See TAIL. with lace or staring and discordant colours: a term said to be derived from the shrine and altar of St. a species of threat. The devil's tattoo. Beaten. TAYLE. Audrey (an Isle of Ely saintess). TAYLE DRAWERS.A taylor is frequently styled pricklouse. Irishmen. journeymen and and apprentice. A chamber pot. rated to furnish half a man to the Trained Bands. as some have it. from the speech of a woollendraper. press down the seams of clothes. an ancient and common saying.Puta taylor. An iron with which. TEA VOIDER. so as to become proverbial. and a miller into a sack. TAWED. and by contraction. anddtew nomore liquor for them. shake them well. when heated. TAYLOR. of signal for soldiers to go to their quarters. A beat of the drum. or. TEA GUELAND. taylors would make or enrich one manA London taylor. catted marbles. TAWDRY. he snatched away the gentleman's sword cleverly. TAYLORS GOOSE. beating with one's foot against the ground.

i. TESTER. A married man. which falling on the tallow. As tender as Parnell. a coin with a head on it. An address to a supposed simple fellow. where being dressed a la Turque. or nysey. in long clothes. to receive a whipping. burns and melts it. Pumping a bailiff. you have killed a baboon and stole his face. THIEF TAKERS. He will not find out a way to set the Thames on fire. TETBURY PORTION. possessed of a woman for life. An outrageous scold from Termagantes. They are as thick as two inkle−weavers. Part of the wick or snuff. Intimate. THIEF. TENANT FOR LIFE. and causing it to gutter. To−nap the teize. he will not make any wonderful discoveries. he is no conjuror. One whose wife usually fetches him from the alehouse. vulgar abuse. TERMAGANT. a cruel Pagan. TENDER PARNELL. A rogue. TEMPLE PICKLING.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TEDDY MY GODSON. TEIZE. TEN IN THE HUNDRED. formerly represented in diners shows and entertainments. thus steals it away. An usurer. THAMES. or man of bad character. more than five in the hundred being deemed usurious interest.e. he was mistaken for a furious woman. THATCH−GALLOWS. a punishment formerly administered to any of that fraternity caught exercising their functions within the limits of Temple. THIEF IN A CANDLE. Fellows who associate with all kinds of T 253 . An estate in land. TENANT AT WILL. A **** and a clap. See BAYARD OF TEN TOES. TERRA FIRMA. who broke her finger in a posset drink. TEN TOES. A tender creature. THICK. CANT. A sixpence: from TESTON. fearful of the least puff of wind or drop of rain. You are a thief and a murderer.

a man's penis. they would not disagree: the consequence was. Mr. being entrusted with some cocks which were matched for a considerable sum. called blood money. THINGUMBOB. the gentleman sports a fine watch. Thingstable. all on one side. will lie down. Mr. to be uneasy. THOMOND. without stopping. THOROUGH GO NIMBLE. Mr. Thingumbobs. an Irishman.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue villains. T 254 . concluding that as they were all on the same side. THORNS. Like Lord Thomond's cocks. An old maid. The swell flashes a rum thimble. the night before the battle shut them all together in one room. and out at the other. What−d'ye−cal'em. A looseness. in order to betray them. THOROUGH−GOOD−NATURED WENCH. Thingumbob. A custom practised at the universities. Man Thomas. THIMBLE. THINGSTABLE. a vulgar address or nomination to any person whose name is unknown. testicles. a violent purging. THOROUGH CHURCHMAN. THIRTEENER. THORNBACK. Coughing and breaking wind backwards at the same time. Lord Thomond's cock−feeder. A person who goes in at one door of a church. anxious for an event. they were most of them either killed or lamed before the morning. One who being asked to sit down. where two thirds of the original price is allowed by the upholsterers to the students for household goods returned to them within the year. THIRDING. To be or sit upon thorns. when they have committed any of those crimes which entitle the persons taking them to a handsome reward. which there passes for thirteen pence. THOROUGH COUGH. A shilling in Ireland. It is the business of these thief takers to furnish subjects for a handsome execution. the same as Mr. A watch. THOMAS. at the end of every sessions. Constable: a ludicrous affectation of delicacy in avoiding the pronunciation of the first syllable in the title of that officer. impatient. which in sound has some similarity to an indecent monosyllable.

over which were laid three transverse beams. THROTTLE. and thump. Threepence. or mechanical instrument a ladder. See DROP. reproof to any one who excuses himself for any breach of positive orders. THOUGHT.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue THOROUGH STITCH. This clumsy machine has lately given place to an elegant contrivance. dispenses her favours standing against a wall. over boots. called the NEW DROP. THUMP. said of one engaged in the amorous congress. THREE−PENNY UPRIGHT. thistle. Threepence. said on giving any one a drink of good liquor on a cold morning. though sure to lose. of guitar. A retailer of love. THREE TO ONE. He is playing three to one. To go thorough stitch. for the sum mentioned. To kiss one's thumb instead of the book. in order to extort confession. a player on the spinet. TO THRUM. THREE−LEGGED MARE. or gullet. Thatch. TO THROTTLE. to stick at nothing. THREPS. formerly consisting of three posts. who. and thought he was up. THUMB. thunder. Half common ale. To play on any instrument sttfnged with wire. What did thought do? lay'in bed and beshat himself. By rule of thumb: to do any thing by dint of practice. like a vice. The throat. mixed with stale and double beer. This invention was first made use of for a peer. To strangle. A blow. to pinch the thumbs of persons accused of different crimes. or STOOL. the patients being left suspended by the dropping down of that part of the floor on which they stand. THREE THREADS. This is better than a thump on the back with a stone. A thrummer of wire. An instrument formerly used in Scotland. a vulgar expedient to avoid perjury in taking a false oath. The gallows. by which the use of that vulgar vehicle a cart. by pleading that he thought to the contrary. THCMMIKINS. over shoes. harpsichord. is also avoided. THRUMS. T 255 .

TIFFING. to knock T 256 . To give or lend. a watch. Little. To tip the lion. A man's penis. TICKLE TEXT. so called from its formerly being the fare for Crossing over from Gravesend to Tilbury Fort. A rod. A parson. with the fingers. allusion to the ancient tilling with the lance. to fight with a sword. TICK. To run full tilt against one. Sixpence. a sot. To tip all nine. TIM WHISKY. a small bowl of punch. A great blow with a stick across the shoulders. TILT. TO TIP. THUMPING. Tibb's eve. Saint Tibb's evening. Great! a thumping boy. TICKLE PITCKEB. the evening of the last day. or schoolmaster. TIMBER TOE. A sword. IRISH. thereby giving him a sort of lion−like countenauce. TICKLE TAIL. TIDY. A light onehorse chaise without a head. give me a shilling. also lying with a wench. Tick. to flatten a man's nose with the thumb. A goose. TINY. to run in debt. TIB OF THE BUTTERY. TICKRUM. give me your hand. Tip me your daddle. at the same time to extend his mouth. Tip me a hog. like the Shibboleth of the Hebrews. To tip the velvet. To run o'tick. THWACK. CANT. take up goods upon trust. A thirsty fellow. disputing or falling out. A licence. A cat. and. SEE SESSIONS PAPERS. A man with a wooden leg. TIB. Eating or drinking out of meal time. Neat. tonguing woman. TILBUKY. A tiff of punch. To tilt. or day of judgment: he will pay you on St. TILTER. A young lass TIBBY.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue words to the Irish.

at the game of bows or skittles: tipping.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue down all the nine pins at once. Dressing: perhaps abbreviation of ATTIRING. This appellation is derived from a mountebank's servant. TIRING. stream's town. Idle discourse. A tip−top workman. Liquor. and ballinocack. that growing at the top of the tree being generally the best. don't spoil his tip. among which was the eating of toads. women's talk. A poor female relation. TO TITTER. or reduced gentlewoman. One reeling. formerly supposed poisonous. TIPSEY. a pretty little tit. TOAD EATER. also the childish amusement of riding upon the two ends of a plank. An equivalent. is slightly touching the tops of the pins with the bowl. Tommy tit. or small talk. Tip. TIP−TOP. Perhaps tatter is a rustic pronunciation of totter. said of Irish women without fortune. and ready to fall at the least touch. or most excellent Workman. A gentle hand gallop. TITTUP. TIZZY. TITTER TATTER. or tire women: women that used to cut ladies hair. and dress them. and humble companion. Tiring women. Sixpence. scandal. a smart lively little fellow. TIT FOR TAT. his master. The best: perhaps from fruit. and all ill humours vented. TIPPLERS. TIPPERARY FORTUNE. called also see−saw. on whom all kinds of practical jokes are played off. in a great family. a draught. or canter. Sots who are continually sipping. as partaking most of the sun. To suppress a laugh. poised upon the prop underneath its centre. the best. a delicate morsel. A horse. a *** or tid bit. a smart little girl. TIPPLE. on whom all experiments used to be made in public by the doctor. the standing butt. TIT. at these gaines. TITTLE−TATTLE. Almost drunk. Two town lands. T 257 .

TOKEN. be was looking out. The swell is rum−togged. The cove was touting. but stagging the traps he toddled. A sword: from Spanish swords made at T 258 . As full of money as a toad is of feathers. High toby man. He or she sits like a toad on a chopping−block. and nutmeg. also a beautiful woman whose health is often drank by men. A coat. The origin of this term (as it is said) was this: a beautiful lady bathing in a cold bath. TOGE. TOGS. meat baked or boiled in pye−crust. Toad in a hole. TOAST. A plant. a saying of any who sits ill on horseback. a highway−man. The same. as disagreeable to a person of feeling as toads to the stomach. TODDLE. CANT. TOL. Cant. The plague: also the venereal disease. once in great estimation as a medicine: Tobacco hic Will make you well if you be sick. A health. TOBY LAY. The highway. she gave him a clap or pox. She tipped him the token. A sword. water.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue Swallowing toads is here figuratively meant for swallowing or putting up with insults. Tobacco hic If you be well will make you sick. but he would kiss the toast. Clothes. To walk away. a footpad. and immediately saluted the lady. sugar. and afterwards rum. TOBACCO. or CHEESE TOASTER. Originally the juice of the cocoa tree. Beat all to a todge: said of anything beat to mash. Low toby man. TOGEMANS. TODDY. TOASTING IRON. said of a person who desires any thing for which he has no real occasion. or TOLEDO. he never drank in the morning. and feeing the officers he walked away. TODGE. The gentleman is handsomely dressed. As much need of it as a toad of a side−pocket. TOAD. one of her admirers out of gallantry drank some of the water: whereupon another of her lovers observed.

Chewing. assuming the character of a dumb and deaf conjuror. A silly fellow. TOM TDMAN. or white Tommy. TOPPER. The instrument of any person or faction. TO−MORROW COME NEVER. a little hop−o'my−thumb. TOOTH Music. An ironical expression. a cat's paw. to live riotously or extravagantly. How old are you? Tongue pad. Brown Tommy: ammunition bread for soldiers. TOMMY. A tiresome story teller. TOMBOY. TOM OF BEDLAM. The private parts of a man.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue Toledo. When two Sundays come together. T 259 . A simple fellow. who prefers the amusement used by boys to those of her own sex. To sway away on all top ropes. the carrier. A violent blow on the head. TOOL. A large stick. TOOLS. and a little older than my teeth. A mere tony: a simpleton. to distinguish it from biscuit. TOM LONG. A dwarf. bread is so called by sailors. one who empties necessary houses. said of any thing that has been long expected. TOM CONY. TOP ROPES. It is coming by Tom Long. Tongue enough for two sets of teeth: said of a talkative person. or brown bread given to convicts at the hulks. A romping girl. which place was famous for sword blades of an extraordinary temper. Soft Tommy. or ninny. never. TOOTH−PICK. TOM THUMB. See CATS PAW. TOLLIBAN RIG. TONGUE. A night man. As old as my tongue. a scold. The same as Abram man. or nimble−tongued person. A species of cheat carried on by a woman. a dovetail in answer to the question. TONY.

He paid his debts at Portsmouth with the topsail. Drunk. SCT soldiers are said to pay off their scores with the drum. the top side turf ways. TORY. An advocate for absolute monarchy and church power. See CURSE. robber. to be hanged. TOPPING COVE. CANT. TOFSY−TURVY. CANT. TOPPING CHEAT. An old top diver. Blast your top lights. A rich man. TOPPING MAN. A drummer. to be topped. turf being always laid the wrong side upwards. The cove was topped for smashing queerscreens. that is. TOUCH. hare−brained. Bumfodder. is obliged to get up and perform the operation.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO TOP. The eyes. The gallows. TORMENTER OF CATGUT. SEE TO SOAK. TOSS OFF. he was hanged for uttering forged bank notes. TOP HEAVY. to get money from any one. The hangman. or trick: also to insult: he thought to have topped upon me. TOPPING FELLOW. TOSS POT. a soaker.e. i. A fiddler. A drunkard. One that loves his bottle. TORCHECUL. TOTTY−HEADED. Giddy. the signal among taylors for snuffing the candles: he who last pronounces that word word. by marching away. Top SAIL. To touch. some explain it. Touched in the wind. The top side the other way. broken winded. also to arrest. To cheat. A lover of women. one who has loved old hat in his time. One at the top or head of his profession. TOP LIGHTS.e. sea and left them unpaid. Or rapparee. he went to. Manual pollution. T 260 . TOP DIVER. TORMENTER OF SHEEP SKIN. i. the wrong side upwards. also an Irish vagabond. Top. TOPER.

A look−out house. The tow row club. and other low fellows. TOWEL. crazy. (From TUERI. Thieves. Touting ken. go up stairs. to have carnal knowledge of her. Touch bone and whistle. and otherwise retailing justice. so common as formerly. a prostitute. Broken mechanics. Clever tradesmen. To roar like a town bull. granting warrants. TO TOWER. TOWER HILL PLAY. A common whoremaster. to the honour of the present times. smuggled into the commission of the peace. also thieves or smugglers looking out to see that the coast is clear.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue Touched in the head. to beat or cudgel him. To overlook. may be pinched by any of the company till he has touched bone (i. Sellers of old mended shoes and boots. A grenadier. TRADESMEN. T 261 . TOWER. TOUTING. To rub one down with an oaken towel. TOW ROW. to look about) Publicans fore−stalling guests. these nuisances are by no means. and a kick on the breech. To go. discharged footmen. TRANSLATORS. between coblers and shoemakers.e. insane. to rise aloft as in a high tower. who subsist by fomenting disputes. TOWN. Track up the dancers. CANT. or meeting them on the road. CANT. TOWN BULL. the bar of a public house. or eminence. A slap on the face. any one having broken wind backwards. to cry or bellow aloud. according to the vulgar law. a club or society of the grenadier officers of the line. TO TRACK. To touch up a woman. TRADING JUSTICES. a cudgel. TOVT. his teeth) and whistled. An oaken towel. and begging their custom. To be on the town: to live by prostitution. Clipped money: they have been round the tower with it. See BUN. TOUCH BUN FOR LUCK. A woman of the town. good thieves.

Thin legs. one who has a good appetite. 10. See CROCKER. CANT. a careless sluttish woman. A man. gambs: from the sticks with which boys play at trap−ball. TRAVELLING PIQUET. TRAPS. to romance. A mode of amusing themselves. TRENCHER CAP. To tip the traveller. Constables and thief−takers. A man or woman walking. A flock of sheep. To come up with any body. 2. TRANTER. A post chaise. game.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO TRANSMOGRAPHY. as the term is. To patch up vamp. A flock of geese. or alter. TO TRAPAN. to know one's own interest. at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. A cat looking out of a window. according to the following estimation: A parson riding a grey horse. or ensnare. TRAP STICKS. and child. or TRANSMIGRIFY. witholue furniture. woman. 20. TRAPES. ditto. TRAY TRIP. plays a good knife and fork. T0 TRANSNEAR. To understand trap. 5. A man with a woman behind him. The square cap worn by the collegians. To inveigle. 60. An ancient game like Scotch hop. 40. 30. An old woman under a hedge. played on a pavement marked out with chalk into different compartments. A slatternly woman. to tell wonderful stories. TRESWINS. Threepence. practised by two persons riding in a carriage. each reckoning towards his game the persons or animals that pass by on the side next them. 1. T 262 . TRAVELLER. A stout trencher man. TRAP. or. in a buggy. TRENCHER MAN. A horseman.

Toys. TRINE. a decrepit old woman. To play truant. TRIPE. TROLLY LOLLY.Also spruce or fine: a trim fellow. she has had a bastard. The belly. To loiter or saunter about. an error in the tongue. a jocular method of telling any one he will be hanged. State.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TRIB. Hanging. TRIM. TROOPER. a gentle pace. TROLLOP. Cheating. to be shaved. I'll thresh him. TRINKETS. TRIG. TO TROLL. or nicknacks. A short voyage or journey. also Tyburn. a false step or stumble. to knock him down. To hang. with your shoes−on. TRINING. TRIP. Mr. or beating. or maggot. Double Tripe. or guts. I'll trim his jacket. I'll just step and get trimmed. A dog trot. TO TRIG IT. To lay a man trigging. also the spot whence bowlers deliver the bowl. You will die the death of a trooper's horse. The point at which schoolboys stand to shoot their marbles at taw. Coarse lace once much in fashion. TRIM TRAM. TRINGUM TRANGUM. a bastard. An old trot. TRICKUM LEGIS. An idle female companion. TRIGRYMATE. bawbles. TRIMMING. She has made a trip. T 263 . A whim. A prison: perhaps from tribulation. a fat man. the entrails: also a jeering appellation for a fat man. dress. that is. TROT. Like master. changing side. A lusty coarse sluttish woman. A quirk or quibble in the law. To be trimmed. Tripes and trullibubs. In a sad trim. dirty. like man.

A presbyterian parson. the ball of fetters: fetters and stocks were anciently called the bilboes. also a wheel such as ship's guns are placed upon. more noise than work. TRUMPS. rubbish. A true friend. A nose. something lucky may happen.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TROTTERS. Feet. TRYNING. he is therefore forced to sound his own trumpet. Something may turn up trumps. To shove a trunk: to introduce one's self unasked into any place or company. or barter. said of one having a foetid breath. or trulli. To exchange. An old whore. swop. How fares your old trunk? does your nose still stand fast? an allusion to the proboscis or trunk of an elephant. for he has a strong breath. He would make an excellent trumpeter. To live by thieving. The king of Spain's trumpeter. are spirits like women. To be put to one's trumps: to be in difficulties. perhaps the Bilboes ball. To endeavour. To shake one's trotters at Bilby's ball. which shew great kindness to men. See TRINING. Peas. TRUNDLERS. To sound one's own trumpet. A soldier or a tinker's trull. TRUSTY TROJAN. where the sheriff pays the fiddlers. T 264 . His trumpeter is dead. or goods of no value. To punish by course of law. TRUNK. TU QUOQUE.e. RANDLE HOLM'S ACADEMY OF ARMORY. To TROUNCE. TRUMPET. TRUMPERY. TRULL. Trunk−maker like. or put to one's shifts. i.Guteli. The mother of all saints. All his cards are trumps: he is extremely fortunate. TRUCK. Coves who try it on. or TRUSTY TROUT. a soldier or tinker's female companion. TRY ON. TRUMPETER. and hereof it is that we call light women trulls. TUB THUMPER. to praise one's self. a braying ass. professed thieves.

any one that can take him by the tail. One who has changed his party from interested motives. To shove the tumbler. Hanged.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TUCKED UP. and mus−td: to wit. To beat: his father tuned him delightfully: perhaps from fetching a tune out of the person beaten. TUFT HUNTER. feet and chitterlings. he will never make a good seaman. i. To have carnal knowledge of a woman. White or fair−haired. or from a comparison with the disagreeable sounds of instruments when tuning. hard−hearted man. TUMBLER. TURNPIKE MAN. TD. TO TUNE. TURNED UP. likewise a posture−master. TURF.e. a hog's face. with mustard. There were four tds for dinner: stir td. A rural sport practised at wakes and fairs in Derbyshire. and Rotherhithe side of the Thames. A cruel. a cuckold. TURK. also a sharper employed to draw in pigeons to game. A ram: figuratively. Turkish treatment. A parson. TURNIP−PATED. persons who keep running horses. discharged. a supposed mistress. to−be whipt at the cart's tail. TURNCOAT. On the turf. A it anniversary parasite. A poulterer. T 265 . and hold him fast. because the clergy collect their tolls at our entrance into and exit from the world. Lambeth. a ram. or perhaps tumbril. Turkish shore. Southwark. A cart. one who courts the acquaintance of nobility. are said to be on the turf. tread td. whose caps are adorned with a gold tuft. TURKEY MERCHANT. is to have him for his own. or rope−dancer. He will never she a seaman's td. TUP RUNNING. hold td. whose tail is well soaped and greased. barbarous usage. TUP. Acquitted. A tucker up to an old bachelor or widower. is turned out to the multitude. or attend and bet at horse−races. TO TUP.

byway of revenge. observe the fellow. TWIDDLE POOP. and eggs. passionate. confusion. TO TWIG. The cove is togged in twig. or pot de chambre. peevish. To observe. he is peery. Perplexity. A Mr. Also to disengage. TWANGEY. beer. Tweaguey. All in a twitter. to knock off the irons. Twittering is T 266 . TWADDLE. thought proper to christen this utensil by his namesuffice it to say that the baptismal rites were not wanting at the ceremony. To twig the darbies. likewise brandy. TWIDDLE−DIDDLES. hanged. stilish. TWISTED. or STANGEY. See BORE. snap asunder. yet my name Shall ne'er in STORY be forgot. TO TWEAK. or remind him of favours conferred.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TUZZY−MUZZY. To reproach a person. the fellow is dressed in the fashion. Handsome. or break off. TWELVER. An effeminate looking fellow. the inhabitants of Dublin. TWISS. Twig the cull. A shilling. In a great tweague: in a great passion. a good appetite. The more the country GOES TO POT. Executed. To pull: to tweak any one's nose. (IRISH) A Jordan. IN TWIG. A north country name for a taylor. A mixture of half tea and half coffee. to eat heartily. On a nephew of this gentleman the following epigram was made by a friend of ouis: Perish the country. A good twist. To twist it down apace. TO TWIT. TWIST. or any thing else: a fashionable term that for a while succeeded that of BORE. The monosyllable. in a fright. TWITTER. Richard Twiss having in his "Travels" given a very unfavourable description of the Irish character. But still the more increase in fame. TWEAGUE. Testicles. he is watching us.

or OSTENTATIOUS MAN. TO VAMP. TYKE. Two. Applied more particularly to a quack bookseller. A man beating his hands against his sides to warm himself in cold weather. Edward VI. TWO TO ONE SHOP. the 14th of February. TYE. pisses more than he drinks. 1549. TWO HANDED PUT. D. also a clown. A. and cuffing Jonas. Great. A wig with the foretop combed over the eyes in a knowing style. or man seen by a woman. such being much worn by the gentlemen pads. CANT. A halter. or FORETOP. Frolics. A pawnbroker's: alluding to the three blue balls. divers. VAGARIES. and give you the money. such as the robin. A neckcloth. TWITTOC. when it is said every bird chuses his mate for the ensuing year. called also beating the booby. on St. a Yorkshire tyke− TYNEY. and tip you the cole: I'll pawn it. The amorous congress. TWO THIEVES BEATING A ROGUE. A two−handed fellow or wench. To pawn any thing. the sign of that trade: or perhaps to its being two to one that the goods pledged are never redeemed.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue also the note of some small birds. wild rambles. scamps. Valentine's day. TYBURN TIPPET. or rub up old hats. new dress. Also to refit. The first woman seen by a man. see Latimer's sermon before. or. I'll vamp it. One who boasts without reason. as the canters say. a great strapping man orwoman. likewise to put new feet to old boots. T 267 . A dog. VAIN−GLORIOUS. TYBURN BLOSSOM. VALENTINE. See TINEY. and other knowing hands. TWO−HANDED. shoes or other wearing apparel. A young thief or pickpocket. TYBURN TOP. who in time will ripen into fruit borne by the deadly never−green.

VICTUALLING OFFICE. termage. to put one's tongue into a woman's mouth. dashing. VICAR OF BRAY. Now rogues and rascals. He is quite varment.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue VAMPER. T 268 . He sports a varment hat. he is quite the go. VENERABLE MONOSYLLABLE.e. also. when she has cubs. To give one's vardy. A termagant. A name given to the person who with a whip in his hand. A drunken man that pisses under the table into his companions' shoes. The art of cheating at cards. The venereal disease. those who play booty. who is styled the vincent. (Whip and Cambridge. and the person cheated. at boxing−matches and cudgel−playing. a woman with large breasts. VAN. he that betteth. VINEGAR. VIXEN. To tip the velvet. VARDY. Stockings. VINCENT'S LAW. is remarkably fierce. in cant terms. VARMENT. The stomach. composed of the following associates: bankers. who. Van−Neck. VENUS'S CURSE. also a she fox. VAN−NECK. formerly yeoman's servants. the gains acquired. VARLETS. the mole that threw up the hill that caused Crop (King William's horse) to stumble. the gripe. to have the best of a bet or match. Pudendum muliebre. a toast frequently drank by the tories and catholics in Ireland. To be upon velvet. VAULTING SCHOOL. verdict or opinion. To the little gentleman in velvet. keeps the ring clear. VELVET. i. see MADAM. Madam Van. Miss or Mrs. e. A bawdy−house. VICE ADMIRAL OF THE NARROW SEAS. a cloak. VESSELS OF PAPER.) Natty. i. See BRAY. he is dressed like a gentleman Jehu. coat. a bushel bubby. and a hat held before his eye. also an academy where vaulting and other manly exercises are taught. Half a quarter of a sheet.

where the acknowledgment of the debt is expressed by the letters I. asked what the devil they were. the devil. who thus named themselves in Germany. UNGRATEFUL MAN.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue TO VOWEL. U. A turnkey. UNTRUSS. O. UNGUENTUM AUREUM. It likewise means a pawnbroker's: goods pawned are frequently said to be at mine uncle's. UNICORN. He is gone to visit his uncle. A gamester who does not immediately pay his losings. Prostitutes: so termed by the virtuous and compassionate of their own sex. under the denomination of tags: these tags were worsteds of different colours twisted up to a size somewhat thicker than packthread. UNDERSTRAPPER. is said to vowel the winner. An inferior in any office. A coach drawn by three horses. or stripped. who at least once a week abuses his best benefactor. or laid up in lavender. Unrig the drab. The horse guards. strip the wench. which. UNLICKED CUB. to let down one's breeches in order to ease one's self. Mine uncle's. saying of one who leaves his wife soon after marriage. O.e. or perhaps from giving his note for the money according to the Irish form. U UNCLE. the sum and name of the debtor being added. where a general officer seeing them very awkward in bundling up their forage. U 269 . Breeches were formerly tied with points. UNFORTUNATE GENTLEMEN. A rude uncouth young fellow. To untruss a point. is deemed a sufficient security among gentlemen. unfortunate gentlemen. by repeating the vowels I. UNRIGGED. i. UNDER DUBBER. Laces were at the same given to the girls. A bribe. UNFORTUNATE WOMEN. U. and tagged at both ends with tin. Undressed. or department. which till lately were distributed to the boys every Whit Monday by the churchwardens of most of the parishes in London. to which some of them answered. A parson. a necessary house.

who afterwards are used in common among the whole fraternity. to be returned. Three−penny upright. also a hedgehog.] Steps for mounting a horse. and others.e. and signifies. UP TO THEIR GOSSIP. he is an empty or foolish fellow. done up. or by some poor jades procured for that purpose. UPRIGHT. Rank bawdry. or fatigued. ruined. Undone. to be on a footing. UPPISH. a little fellow. and has the sole right to the first night's lodging with the dells. or GARRET. in others a jossing block. To be a match for one who attempts to cheat or deceive. Go upright. when any money is given to make them drink. apt to take offence. UPRIGHT MAN. and has a larger share than ordinary in whatsoever is gotten in the society. abram men. which he calls his filchman. I'll be up with him. See THREEPENNY UPRIGHT. He sits like a toad on a jossing block. An upright man signifies the chief or principal of a crew. A great coat. U 270 . over whom he presides arbitrarily. UPPER STORY. UPSTARTS. or two. said of one who sits ungracefully on horseback. Sometimes the women and children who are unable to travel. The vilest. a word used by shoemakers. He carries a short truncheon in his hand. though the donor intended less. or in the secret. i. He often travels in company with thirty or forty males and females. are by turns carried in panniers by an ass. I will repay him in kind. UPPER BENJAMIN. and expects change. Persons lately raised to honours and riches from mean stations. Testy. taylors and their servants. URINAL OF THE PLANETS. A child. UPPING BLOCK. Figuratively used to signify the head. CANT. stoutest rogue in the pack is generally chosen to this post. His upper story or garrets are unfurnished. UPHILLS. Bring it all out in liquor. False dice that run high. or some of his money. [Called in some counties a leaping stock. URCHIN. UNWASHED BAWDRY.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue UNTWISTED. Ireland: so called from the frequent rains in that island.

a short time before Christmas. originating from a message sent by the late General Guise.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue USED UP. Musicians of the lower order. Also a custom of watching the dead. An ensign of foot. WAKE. and hawks them from door to door. A country feast. WALKING POULTERER. and therefore absents himself from it. who in most towns play under the windows of the chief inhabitants at midnight. the table is covered with liquor of all sorts. and the guests. frolicsome. WAGTAIL. WAG. commonly on the anniversary of the tutelar saint of the village. Footwabler. the younger part of them. Arch. on the Stock Exchange. WALKING CORNET. One who steals fowls. that is. a term for one who has not been able to pay his gaming debts. They are said to derive their name of waits from being always in waiting to celebrate weddings and other joyous events happening within their district. by blindfolding W 271 . a contemptuous term for a foot soldier. the saint to whom the parish church is dedicated. on the expedition at Carthagena. for which they collect a christmas−box from house to house. where he desired the commander in chief to order him some more grenadiers. for those he had were all used up. To waddle out of Change alley as a lame duck. particularly. WAGGISH. called his differences. TO WADDLE. W WABLER. A hawker of pamphlets. called Late Wake. with a plate of salt on its breast. WALKING STATIONER. A mode of destroying devoted persons or officers in a mutiny or ship−board. amuse themselves with all kinds of pastimes and recreations: the consequence is generally more than replacing the departed friend. Killed: a military saying. An arch−frolicsome fellow. WALKING THE PLANK. A lewd woman. where the corpse being deposited under a table. frequently used by those of the cavalry. in use both in Ireland and Wales. gamesome. WAITS. To go like a duck.

To run up a score. WALKING UP AGAINST THE WALL. A Scotch warming−pan. An infected prostitute. having an eye with little or no sight. to beat. WAPPER−EYED. or very expert at the sport. which in alehouses is commonly recorded with chalk on the walls of the bar. let her trine for a make. her commodity. or give a man a warming. AND SEALS. Cunny warren. A woman's ware. thick and bad beer. Rich. Wall−eyed. A woman's private parts. as the mutineers suppose. WATER−MILL. A man who steals from ships or W 272 . spiteful. A large old−fashioned watch. Peevish. One that is security for goods taken up on credit by extravagant young gentlemen. To copulate. WARMING−PAN. An exclamation used by thieves to inform their confederates that some police officers are at hand. To warm.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue them. WARE. to be scored up at a public−nouse. See CHAFED. who like a wasp carries a sting in her tail. A sheep's head And pluck. a tavern or alehouse. and obliging them to walk on a plank laid over the ship's side. WARM. Sore−eyed. avoiding the penalty of murder. a woman of experience. TO WAP. Mort wap−apace. WALL. WASTE. WATCH. House of waste. by this means. WASPISH. let her hang for a halfpenny. all white like a plaistered wall. to beat him. a girl's boarding−school. WATER SNEAKSMAN. WASH. If she wont wap for a winne. Hog−wash. WASP. in good circumstances. WARREN. CHAIN. or cosmetic water. where idle people waste both their time and money. a female bedfellow. also a bawdy−house. Paint for the face. WARE HAWK. To walk or crawl up the wall. if she won't lie with a man for a penny.

The kiddey weeded the swell's screens. See PISS PROPHET. WATERY−HEADED. long and narrow. The emptying of a neoessary−hovise. TO WEED. WATER BEWITCHED. To take a part.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue craft on the river. thin−bodied. WEASEL−FACED. In hot water: in trouble. WEEPING CROSS. [i. WATTLES. to repent. particularly in London. WATER. See SCOTCH FIDDLE. WELCH MILE. His story is like a Welch mile. Ears. WELCH FIDDLE. Silver plate. WATER SCRIGER. saying to one who has a black eye. WEDGE. Weasel−gutted.The Welch are said to be so remarkably fond of cheese. CANT. WEAR AE. WATERPAD. See RABBIT. a Welch rare−bit] Bread and cheese toasted. the youth took some of the gentleman's bank notes. W 273 . to keep a strict watch on any one's actions. The thumb and four fingers. long and tedious. The itch. Apt to shed tears. WEDDING. a weasel is a thin long slender animal with a sharp face. meagre−faced. WELCH RABBIT. that in cases of difficulty their midwives apply a piece of toasted cheese to the janua vita to attract and entice the young Taffy. A one−horse chaise. WELCH COMB. where black eyes are given instead of favours. Thin. who on smelling it makes most vigorous efforts to come forth. To come home by weeping cross. engaged in disputes. because melted by the receivers of stolen goods into wedges. One that robs ships in the river Thames. e. Very weak punch or beer. A doctor who prescribes from inspecting the water of his patients. You have been at an Irish wedding. To watch his waters. Like a Welch mile. His chops watered at it. he longed earnestly for it. CANT.

WHETSTONE'S PARK. WELL−HUNG. He will soon march in the rear of a whereas. TO WHIDDLE. in order to make it stick together. A morning's draught. Words. WET PARSON. he peaches. To tell or discover. WHEELBAND IN THE NICK. to figure among princes and potentates: the notice given in the Gazette that a commission of bankruptcy is issued out against any trader. where one of the party conceals some of the booty. WESTMINSTER WEDDING. A large man or woman. A sharper. WHEEDLE. he discovers all W 274 . One who moistens his clay freely. A lane between Holborn and Lincoln's−inn Fields. Regular drinking over the left thumb. One of that sect who has no objection to the spirit derived from wine. always beginning with the word whereas. WHAPPER. To follow a whereas. WHEREAS. An impudent whelp. to become a bankrupt. TO WELL. A cant phrase used by thieves. The blowen was nutts upon the kiddey because he is well−hung. a method practised by landlords in Wales to eject a bad tenant. WHELP. WHET. To conceal part. He whiddles the whole scrap. A match between a whore and a rogue. WHIDS. To unroof the house. To divide unfairly. To cut a wheedle. A paddy whack. a saucy boy. A share of a booty obtained by fraud. He whiddles. to decoy by fawning or insinuation. WHACK. commonly white wine. supposed to whet or sharpen the appetite. instead of dividing it fairly amongst his confederates.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue WELCH EJECTMENT. WET QUAKER. Cant. Cant. formerly famed for being the resort of women of the town. the girl is pleased with the youth because his genitals are large. a stout brawney Irishman.

An informer. TO WHIP OFF. or one that betrays the secrets of the gang. which if any one strikes so as to make it cry out. WHIDDLER. the joke is. half a dozen carters blindfolded. rogues who having learned a few sea terms. horse−races. Yorkshire. Ancient name for fifers. A relaxation of the scrotum. They whiddle beef. WHIMPER. where he whipped off a full tankard. He whipped away from home. and we must make off. pretending to be sailors shipwrecked on the neighbouring coast. to snatch. WHIFFLERS. also persons at the universities who examine candidates for degrees. after being turned thrice about. WHIPT SYLLABUB. WHIPPER−SNAPPER. and armed with their cart whips. and fairs in Leicestershire: a cock being tied or fastened into a hat or basket. they cry out thieves. A piece of sport practised at wakes. A whiffling cur. W 275 . A diminutive fellow. To complain. WHIP−BELLY VENGEANCE. Cant. are placed round it. or pinch−gut vengeance.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue he knows. The tenth order of the canting crew. WHINYARD. WHIPSTER. to drink off greedily. begin to whip the cock. WHIFFLES. The cull whiddled because they would not tip him a snack: the fellow peached because they would not give him a share. and we must brush. A low cry. A sword. it becomes his property. TO WHIP THE COCK. a small yelping cur. WHIP JACKS. and on their way to the port from whence they sailed. A sharp or subtle fellow. WHIPSHIRE. or WHINDLE. Weak or sour beer. TO WHINE. went to the alehouse. A flimsy. To run away. of which he that gets the most has the worst share. frothy discourse or treatise. who. beg with counterfeit passes. and coming back whipped off a fellow's hat from his head. that instead of whipping the cock they flog each other heartily.

and undresses with a knife. WHITE TAPE. WHISTLING SHOP. Cowardly. He has a white feather. A man fetched from the tavern or ale−house by his wife. WHITE SWELLING. A malt spirit much drank in Ireland and Scotland. WHITE RIBBIN. where having a white leather is a proof he is not of the true game breed. ragged. Whitechapel portion.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue without solidity. WHIRLYGIGS. WHITE SERJEANT. Geneva. malicious. The throat. and saucy: see ST. Testicles. GILES'S BREED. See TIM WHISKY. A harmless lie. one not told with a malicious intent. fat. To play at whist Whitechapel fashion. To wet one's whistle. and are gone into the country. A woman big with child is said to have a white swelling. WHITE FEATHER. two smocks. and are piked into the deuseaville. five highwaymen broke out of Newgate in the night. he is a coward. A man of intrigue. one who dresses with a needle and thread. Whitechapel beau. A shallow brown drinking bowl. WHITE−LIVERED. Rooms in the King's Bench and Fleet prison where drams are privately sold. WHISTLE. [i. e. WHITE WOOL.] Newgate. WHISKER SPLITTER.Five rum−padders are rubbed in the darkmans out of the whit. aces and kings first. WHISKIN. an allusion to a game cock. Whitechapel breed. i. A great lie. also a one−horse chaise. WHIT. W 276 . Cant. a lie told to reconcile people at variance. WHITECHAPEL. Gin. Whittington's.e. is said to be arrested by the white serjeant. WHITE LIE. Geneva. WHISKER. and what nature gave. to drink. WHISKY.

grew rich by private gaming. and was commonly observed to have that card. Mourning clothes of a peculiar fashion. to make the cow stand still in milking. Ball is the supposed name of the cow. and never to lose a game but when he had it not. WHOHE'S KITLING. WHORE'S BIRD. A casement. WHITTINGTON'S COLLEGE. He sings more like a whore's bird than a canary bird. A grass widow. and styled a whore−monger. WICKET. value five shillings and three pence.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue WHITEWASHED. is said to have been whitewashed. a widow bewitched. frequently given to women of the town by such as professed always to give gold. said of one who has a strong manly voice. asked the parson whether he had a cheese in his house. WHORE'S CURSE. The four of clubs: from one James Wibling. a woman whose husband is abroad. A country gentleman. WHORE−MONGER. WIBLING'S WITCH. WHITHER−GO−YE. a discarded mistress. who in the reign of King James I. The penis. to defraud his creditors. Newgate. or WHORE'S SON. and being answered in the affirmative. A debauched fellow. A bastard. a Methodist. A piece of gold coin. denoting her state. W 277 . WHITFIELITE. also a little door. WIFE. One who has taken the benefit of an act of insolvency. being reproved by the parson of the parish. who kept a female friend. built or repaired by the famous lord mayor of that name. Bad drink. A fetter fixed to one leg. A milk−maid: from their frequent use of the word whow. A wife: wives being sometimes apt to question their husbands whither they are going. and said.' says he. WIDOW'S WEEDS. the largest of all birds. to be dead. and who before the introduction of those pieces always gave half a guinea. 'does that one cheese make you a cheese−monger?' WHORE PIPE. WHOW BALL. but not certainly known. A man that keeps more than one mistress. 'Pray. WIBBLE. A follower of George Whitfield.

She has no fortune but her mills. To tip one the wink. Wigsby. WINDY. to give a signal by winking the eye. i. WINDFALL. WILD ROGUES. To raise the wind. WIGSBY. The fundament. A collector of the window tax. water colours being. or a coming girl. To steal. TO WIN. WINDOW PEEPER. One who uses or navigates the windward passage. to be abandoned by a lover or mistress. Plunder. easily effaced. WINDER. to procure mony. WIND−MILL.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue WIFE IN WATER COLOURS. Poor. or any accidental accession of property. the fellow has stolen a pair of fine candlesticks. A man wearing a large wig. A looseness. or money acquired by theft. A legacy. the wench is transported for life for stealing in a shop. a sodomite. like their engagements. WINDWARD PASSAGE. a simple fellow. WINDMILLS IN THE HEAD. like the following a flock of wild geese. W 278 . goods. Foolish. who are remarkably shy. A mistress. WILLING TIT. or dissolved. The blowen has napped a winder for a lift. WILLOW. WIGANNOWNS. A penny. Foolish projects. Transportation for life. she has nothing but her **** and a*se. WIND. Rogues trained up to stealing from their cradles. WINNINGS. A free horse. A windy fellow. WINK. To wear the willow. WIN. a man wearing a wig. The cull has won a couple of rum glimsticks. and of no reputation. or concubine. WILD−GOOSE CHASE. A tedious uncertain pursuit.e. WILD SQUIRT.

cambrick. WISEACRE. WIPER DRAWER. or at a loss what course to take in any business. To boil. or coloured handkerchief. He has as much wit as three folks. A blow. who have the knack of counterfeiting extreme pain. He drew a broad. called the cuckow's bush. to ascend the pulpit. WIPER. or reproach. TO WIREDRAW. WISEACRE'S HALL. A foolish conceited fellow. a silversmith. or specked wiper. Gresham college. short and dirty. one who boils a pot. A pickpocket. a silver bowl. one who steals handkerchiefs. Gotham is a village in Nottinghamshire. WIT. its magistrates are said to have attempted to hedge in a cuckow. A monstrous or canine appetite. Also a handkerchief. CANT. puzzled. bewildered. he picked a pocket of a broad. To lengthen out or extend any book. In a wood. a silver−hilted sword. narrow. is still shewn in support of the tradition.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue WINTER CRICKET. sometimes practised in the country by strolling women. He is like a winter's day. To look over the wood. A taylor. that ran nine miles to suck a bull. letter. WISE MEN OF GOTHAM. TO WOBBLE. WINTER'S DAY. Witcher bubber. As wise as Waltham's calf. A thousand other ridiculous stories are told of the men of Gotham. in a maze. WISE. WIPE. Witcher tilter. I'll give you a wipe on the chops. WOLF IN THE BREAST. WOLF IN THE STOMACH. WITCHES. in a peck of troubles. or discourse. cam. That story gave him a fine wipe. narrow. An extraordinary mode of imposition. Witcher cully. a bush. pretending to have a small animal called a wolf in their breasts. A handkerchief. James's on W 279 . two fools and a madman. to preach: I shall look over the wood at St. WOOD. which is continually gnawing them. Silver. Pot wobbler.

Up to the arms in wood. In this situation they were sometimes condemned to sit an hour or two. Never satisfied. WOOD PECKER. This horse consisted of two or more planks about eight feet long. The pillory. (Cambridge. one or more firelocks were tied to each leg. WOOL GATHERING. CANT. or WOMAN OF PLEASURE.) The last junior optime. WOODEN RUFF. who refuses none of her master's commands. He went out with a wooden habeas. To fide the wooden horse was a military punishment formerly in use. See NORWAY NECKCLOTH. WOMAN'S CONSCIENCE. It was supported by four posts.e. A prostitute. and lest the horse should kick them off. and to steady them (as it was said). A taylor with a long bill. for legs. and tail. which completed the appearance of a horse. A wooden horse was standing in the Parade at Portsmouth as late as the year 1750. WOMAN AND HER HUSBAND. A bystander. A married couple. Sometimes applied to a female servant. which answered to the body of the horse. to stand in the pillory. A head. WOODEN SURTOUT. To look through the wood. Your wits are gone a woolgathering. A man who dies in prison is said to go out with a wooden habeas. A coffin. where the woman is bigger than her husband. about six feet long. WOODCOCK. WOODEN HORSE. WOODEN SPOON. On this sharp ridge delinquents were mounted. See WRANGLER. with their hands tied behind them. were added. it was left off about the time of the accession of King George I. WOMAN OF ALL WORK. OPTIME. fixed together so as to form a sharp ridge or angle. his coffin. but at length it having been found to injure the soldiers materially. in the pillory. WOODEN HABEAS. A coilin. rudely cut in wood. WOMAN OF THE TOWN. who bets whilst another plays. and sometimes to rupture them. A sheep. W 280 . neck.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue Sunday next. i. WOOLBIRD.

At CAMBRIDGE the first class (generally of twelve) at the annual examination for a degree. a great company. To be wrapt up in any one: to have a good opinion of him. senior optimes. Drunk with spirituous liquors. The last junior optime is called the wooden spoon. one who plays upon words. one who has had a number of bastards: child−bearing leaves wrinkles in a woman's belly. WOOLLEY CROWN. There are three classes of honours. You have one wrinkle more in your a−se.e. or absorbed in thought. W 281 . WRINKLE. WORD GRUBBERS. A wrinkle−bellied whore. i. i. Hanging. To drink by word of mouth. you have one piece of knowledge more than you had. See PLUCK. Wranglers are said to be born with golden spoons in their mouths. WORD PECKER. WRY MOUTH AND A PISSEN PAIR OF BREECHES. to fill it out by a hearty meal. All the world and his wife. the senior optimes with silver. APOSTLES. WORD OF MOUTH. He is gone to the diet of worms. Verbal critics. WRAPT UP IN WARM FLANNEL. He was wrapt up in the tail of his mother's smock. of a glass. To take the wrinkles out of any one's belly. WRANGLERS. and the junior with leaden ones.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue saying to an absent man. A punster. out of the bowl or bottle instead. WRAP RASCAL. A soft−headed fellow. he is dead and buried. or to be under his influence. and also persons who use hard words in common discourse. WORM. WORLD. A red cloak. saying of any one remarkable for his success with the ladies. Those who are not qualified for honors are either in the GULF (that is. every body. every fresh piece of knowledge being supposed by the vulgar naturalists to add a wrinkle to that part. or gone to Rothisbone. also to undermine or supplant. meritorious. wranglers.e. to obtain the knowledge of a secret by craft. one in a reverie. but not deserving of being in the three first classes) or among the pollot [Proofreaders Note: Greek Letters] the many. and junior optimes. To worm out. called also a roquelaire.

TO YELP. TO YAM. which the city of Norwich is by charter bound to present annually to the king. To cry out. and finding me with his wife. YOKED. The name of Socrates's wife: now used to signify a shrew or scolding wife. one who can only answer yes. I thought. or YANKEY DOODLE. A pye made of herrings highly spiced. CANT. an allusion to the eels caught there. or country lout: a name given to the New England men in North America. also one apt to make great complaints on trifling occasions. A contraction of yesterday. X XANTIPPE. Hanging day. YARUM. to be jealous. who was out: on coming home. Married. Y YAFFLING. To look yellow. A general appellation for an American. a simple fellow.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue WRY NECK DAY. Guineas. he began to look confounded blue. Green. A yoke. To eat or stuff heartily. a little yellow. a town cryer. A red herring: Yarmouth is a famous place for curing herrings. YEST. I happened to call on Mr. YELLOW. YARMOUTH PYE. not much unlike an Irish car. A quaker. YANKEY. Yelper. YEA AND NAY MAN. A kind of low two−wheeled cart drawn by one horse. YELLOW BELLY. CANT. YELLOW BOYS. WYN. and was. A native of the Fens of Licoinshire. A booby. the quantum of labour performed X 282 . or no. Milk. YARMOUTH CAPON. YARMOUTH COACH. Eating. See WIN.

young one? TO YOWL. or howl. YORKSHIRE TYKE. as "ah! I see you're a young one. Kentish term. A familiar expression of contempt for another's ignorance.1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue at one spell by husbandmen. to cheat him. or merry andrew. He is a mere zad. YOUNG ONE. Great part of the west country. The jester. Z ZAD. where the letter Z is substituted for S. Crooked like the letter Z. to a mountebank. a description of a very crooked or deformed person. zun for sun. ZANY. ZEDLAND. To cry aloud. the day's work being divided in summer into three yokes. as zee for see." How d'ye do. jack pudding. A Yorkshire clown. or perhaps zed. Z 283 . To come Yorkshire over any one.

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