1. [mid-16C+] (also henny) a woman, usu. over 30.
2. [17C–early 19C] a prostitute.
3. [early 17C–19C] a mistress, a girlfriend, a wife.
4. [mid-19C] a quart pot.
5. [early 19C+] (North/Scot., also hinny) a term of address to a woman; occas. man.
6. [20C+] (US campus) a female student.
7. [20C+] (S.Afr./W.I., Tob., also hennie) a male homosexual.
8. [1920s–30s] (Aus.) wine.
9. [1920s+] (US black) an unkempt, unattractive woman, esp. with messy hair.
[1940s+] (US) a women-only party or gathering.
1. [mid-19C] large and small pewter pots.
2. [1930s] (US gambling) large or small stakes.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) an effeminate or homosexual man.
[1920s+] (US) a women’s college.
1. [early 19C] a brothel.
2. [1900s] (US campus, also hennery) a women’s dormitory.
3. [1920s] (US) a beauty parlour.
[1960s] a fight between two (occas. more) women.
see hen house n. (1)
[mid-19C] a man who is dominated by his wife.
see separate entry.
[late 19C–1940s] (US) a man who is seen to be over involved in household affairs and similar ‘women’s concerns’; thus an effeminate man; also as v.
[1960s] (US Und.) a women’s prison.
[late 19C+] a women-only get-together; thus hen, an attendee.
1. [20C+] (US Und.) a women’s prison [pen n.2 (1)].
2. [1960s] (Aus.) a women-only room in a local hotel (i.e. public house).
see hen and chickens
[1900s–50s] (US) a cowboy’s blanket or underwear, usu. filled with feathers.
see pussy-whipped under pussy n.
[early 17C–19C] a prostitute.
[late 19C] a stalwart working-class woman.
[1940s] (US black) to dance with an older woman.
SE in slang uses
[mid-19C+] (US) chicken’s eggs.
[mid-19C+] (US) stupid, foolish, scatter-brained.
see chicken-hearted adj.
see separate entries.
1. see under mad as... adj.
2. see mopey as a wet hen adj.
3. see under silly as… adj.