Green’s Dictionary of Slang

smock n.1

[SE smock, a chemise or shift; thus generically ‘womankind’]

an immoral woman, esp. when used attrib. (see also combs. below).

[UK]Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet II iv: [Enter Nurse and Peter]. mer.: A sail, a sail! ben.: Two, two; a shirt and a smock. nurse: Peter!
[UK]Middleton Family of Love V iii: If we could wrest this smock-law now in hand to our club-law, it were excellent.
[UK]Jonson Bartholomew Fair II iv: And shall we ha’ smocks, Urs’la, and good whimsies, ha?
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Love’s Cure IV iii: A simple Shopkeeper’s carted for a Bawd, For lodging, though unwittingly, a Smock-gamester.
[UK]Massinger Guardian III v: Yet now I think on’t, I had ever a luck hand in such smock night-work.
[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 6 5 July 48: To that end are gathering the hands of all their Sisters of the Smock, Inhabitants of the County of Long-acre, Sodom, Bloomsbury, Pick’d Hatck.
[UK]N. Ward Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 19: A List of the Knights of the Noble Order of the fleece. Sir Maudlin Smocklove, Sir Courtly Flatcap, Sir Cavil Moody.

In compounds

gentlewoman of the smock (n.)

a prostitute.

[UK]Hist. of Col. Francis Charteris 21: Mournful were the Lamentations of the Gentlewomen of the Smock, who were all at a stand, not knowing what to do with the Goods that remain’d on their hands.
smock alley (n.) [the actual Smock Alley, running off Petticoat Lane in London’s East End, was well known in 17C for its brothels]

1. those streets occupied by brothels.

[UK]Maroccus Extaticus C: What complaint coulde haue come against Peticoat lane, Smocke Alley, Shorditch, or Rotten Row.
[UK]Jonson Devil is an Ass I i: We will survey the Suburbs, and make forth our sallies, Downe Petticoat-lane, and up the Smock-alleys, To Shoreditch, Whitechappel, and so to Saint Katherns’.
[UK]Mercurius Democritus 20-27 July 78: A strange accident happened in Smock-alley near Hip-street on Friday last, a light Gentle-woman [...] hang’d herself.
Ladies Remonstrance [address on title page] Do-Little Lane, over against Smock-Alley.
[UK]N. Ward Wooden World 69: If ever he’s troubled with Dreams ... then truly he oft fancies himself a mauling off the Roast-meat in Smock-alley.
[UK]‘Capt. Samuel Cock’ Voyage to Lethe [title page] Printed for J. Conybeare in Smock-Alley near Petticoat Lane in Spittlefields.
[UK]‘Capt. Samuel Cock’ Voyage to Lethe (2nd edn) [title page] printed for Mrs. Laycock, at Mr. Clevercock’s in Smock Alley.
[UK]Memoirs of [...] Jane D****s 31: She was saluted by every whore in Smock-alley with, ‘Long life to you, mother C—s’.

2. (also smock castle) the vagina.

[UK]Holborn Drollery 58: This warlike Rhodomontado Stormed SMOCK-CASTLE in a Bravado.
[Scot]Gentleman’s Bottle-Companion 15: Here’s the pretty neat playhouse that’s built in Smock-alley.
[UK]Banquet of Wit 101: Sentiments and Toasts [...] Success to the Theatre of Smock Alley.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 52: Callibistri, m. [...] 2. The female pudendum; ‘Smock Alley’.
smock-dozzler (n.)

(Aus.) a womanizer.

[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 26 July 6/2: He was a tip-top swell, a real smock-dozzler, and he had taken his Mary-Anne to the ball.
smock fair (n.) [SE fair]

a gathering place of whores.

[UK]R. Brome A Novella III i: What make you here i’th’ Smock-Faire, precious Mistris?
smock hunter (n.) (also hunt-smock, smock hero, smock soldier) [SE hunter]

a womanizer; thus smock-hunting, pursuing women.

[UK]Massinger Bondman II i: Your rambling hunt-smocke feeles strange alterations, And in a Frosty morning, lookes as if He could with ease creepe in a pottle Pot, In stead of his Mistris placket.
T. Nabbes Hannibal and Scipio I v: Valiant Captaines, turn’d smock-souldiers.
[US] ‘New Song Made on the Intended Invasion of the Spaniards’ in Ballads and Songs 26: The Youth has now lost heart and head For ah! his brave Smock-Hero’s fled.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues VI 269/1 smock-hunting = whoring.
smock merchant (n.) (also smock agent,, ...tearer, ...tenant, smocker, smockster) [merchant n./SE agent/attorney/tearer/tenant/-ster sfx]

a pimp.

[UK]Chapman Humorous Day’s Mirth I viii: He was taken learning tricks at old Lucilla’s house, the muster-mistress of all the smock-tearers in Paris, and both the bawd and the pander were carried to the dungeon.
[UK]Massinger Maid of Honour (1632) v I: I hope Sir, You are not the man, much less imploy’d by him As a smocke-agent to me.
[UK]Wandring Whore VI 4: Smock-Attornys (or Pimps).
[UK] ‘A Song’ in Ebsworth Westminster Drolleries (1875) 80: No, no, I’le never farm your Bed, Nor your Smock-Tenant be.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Pantagruelian Prognostications (1927) II 694: Those whom Venus is said to rule, as pandars, procurers, and mutton-brokers [...] smockers.
N. Ward Works IV 173: Skilful smocksters [...] Tell us that Love’s a drowthy exercise [F&H].
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues VI 268/2: smockster (smock-merchant, smell-smock, or smock-tearer) = a whoremonger.
smock rampant (n.) [SE rampant]

a promiscuous woman, lit. one who raises her smock.

[UK]Jonson Alchemist V iv: No, my smock-rampant.
[UK]Jonson Gypsies Metamorphosed 505: A woman true to no man [...] A smocke rampant and that itches to be putting on the britches.
[UK]T. Randolph Hey for Honesty III i: I have no soul so poor as to obey To suffer a smock rampant to conduct me.
T. Shadwell Volunteers III i: Thou wert a pretty Fellow, to Rebel all thy life-time against Princes, And trail a Pike under a Smock-Rampant at last.
smock shop (n.) [ shop n.1 (1)]

a brothel.

[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 24 8–15 Nov. 107: After the spending of 5.d. in Rewsh-Wine and Sugar, took her to a simple, shitten, sharking Smock-Shop, where they [illegible]’d that Night.
smock vermin (n.) [SE vermin]


[UK]Fletcher Elder Brother III ii: These smock vermin, How eagerly they leape at old mens kisses, They licke their lippes at profit, not at pleasure.
[UK]R. Ames Female Fire-Ships Act II: Lewd Smock-Vermin.