1. (US) the penis.
|All Fooles III i: Faith, Pock, ’tis a joint I would be loath to lose for the best joint of mutton in Italy.|
|Mastif Whelp Bv: To his great detryment he lost a joynte, But fudge where twas: oh! hard at’s Codpeece poynte.|
|Vow-breaker II ii: I have daunc’d till every joynt about me growes stiffe but that which should be.|
|Midwives Just Petition A3: [They] stand Sentinel two or three hours in the cold ... and it may be lose a limbe or some other good joynt: when ... they need not stand at home so long by nineteene parts, and have more thanks ... for their paines.|
|‘A Mayden heade’ in Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript of Loose and Humorous Songs (1868) 111: See how the little Phillipp Sparrow, / whose ioynts doe ouer-fflow with marrow, / on yonder bough how he doth proue / with his make (mace, a wife) the ioyes of loue.|
|Harleian Mss. 7319.20: But drawing up, the Sickly Joynt was varnisht With Tears of penitent Pricks, modishly garnisht With Chips of rotten C-ts ... & Menstruous Flowers for Sallats.‘Iter Occidentale’|
|‘The Butcher’s Tail and The Lamb’s Stones’ in Icky-Wickey Songster 5: My own private joint, and my own private stones.|
|‘The Mysteries of London’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 25: Then you walk to the market with your wife for a treat, / And see some old butcher exposing his meat, / She thinks the joint heavy.|
|🎵 Oh Aunt Tilly, if you want some meat, / Walk into the shop old dear, we'll let you have a treat / Oh Aunt Tilly, a loverly joint for you I’ve found.[perf.] ‘Aunt Tilly’|
|(ref. to 1868) Amer. Madam (1981) 89: A guest could [...] have his joint copped, or be blown.|
|‘Pete in “No Pay”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 43: Some joint ya got daddy!|
|Texas Stories (1995) 83: ‘Lucky as a dawg with two joints,’ was the way Jesse put it.‘El Presidente de Méjico’ in|
|Candy (1970) 153: Natch I was hip to the lay the moment I dug his joint.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 211: Mr. Newman, you’ve got your joint out!|
|Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1994) 75: Halfway through [the movie] he reaches over and grabs my joint. Reaches over another guy and grabs me by the joint.|
|Song of the Silent Snow (1988) 73: He squeezed his joint so just a thin stream of urine came out.|
|Wizard of La-La Land (1999) 60: Women ready to spread thighs, suck joints, swing from chandeliers, do anything anywhere, anyhow, any time.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 153: I oughta chop your joint off and feed it to the dog, you fuckin’ homoloid.|
|Charlie Opera 50: I don’t need to get my joint copped in a gymnasium.|
|Snitch Jacket 30: I will fuck your sightless skull with my fifty-four-year-old joint.|
|The Force [ebook] ‘We better get upstairs before they think you’re sucking my joint’.|
2. a man or woman.
(a) a person, a fellow, a ‘chap’.
|Chimmie Fadden 64: While de Duchesse was dressing Miss Fannie [...] I was piping off de artist joint, and he was piping off me.|
|Worker (Brisbane) 4 Sept. 8/3: His boss he gives some funny names, when he can't hear the joke. / He calls him ‘joint’ and ‘finger,’ and he sometimes calls him ‘bloke’.|
|Sporting Times 1 Apr. 1/4: There’s the parlour-maid at number six, a tasty joint from France.‘A Polyglot Policeman’|
|Sporting Times 1 Feb. 1/3: Take my tip, and look at home, marm, and maybe you’ll want to barter / Your own joint.‘Barter’|
|Truth (Sydney) 19 Mar. 12/3: Till a Joint who’d once been warder / In the quod at Wellington, / Spottin of her once a-servin / In the shop, put her pot on.|
|Funny Wonder 5 Feb. 1: I discovered a joint of extreme age.|
|Film Fun 24 Apr. 20: All these jolly little joints who were tied up in the tent started to kick their heels.|
|Moleskin Joe 80: I’ve been a lag, a crook [...] a joint as can keep puttin’ down tipple in the four-ale when my butties are on the sawdust.|
|Whizzbang Comics 19: Hold it down, Jenny, old joint. [Ibid.] 29: Being a generous joint he handed over much reward.|
|(con. 1940s) Pedlocks (1971) 341: A dazed collection of tough old joints – not knowing much of what was going on or caring.|
(b) a wife; a girlfriend.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 12 June 4/4: They Say [...] That Spiff H. has thrown up the old joint and taken on one under 15 hands.|
(c) (Aus.) a wedding.
|Sport (Adelaide) 28 Aug. 5/4: The joint was made in Baptist Church [...] at last with Elsie G. and F.C .|
(d) (US black/gay) a feminine male homosexual partner.
|Honey, Honey, Miss Thang 144: At the time, they used the word ‘joint.’ You know, ‘You’re my joint,’ you know. They didn’t use ‘girlfriend,’ ’cause we weren’t no girls, you know.|
3. a place [according to the OED the orig. use applied spec. to Chinese-run opium dens and thence to illicit saloons; in both cases the joint was seen as a gathering place for criminals, a low-life nuance that remains with the word, even in its more general sl. use].
(a) (US drugs, also pipe joint) an opium den.
|Harper’s Weekly 24 Sept. 646: In order to make my investigation of the matter thorough and truthful, I made myself acquainted with some fifty male and female American smokers in this city, became a daily visitor, staying for hours at the principal smoking-house or ‘joint’.|
|N.Y. Times 28 Sept. 2: A girl of twelve years halted in front of Lee Young’s opium joint, 104 Park Street, looked up and down the street in a half-scared way, and went swiftly into the place.|
|Mirror of Life 27 Jan. 7/4: The opium joints run by the almond-eyed wretches are that filthy and offensive to a respectable citizen.|
|Hands Up! 215: Smokers can be found in all kinds of recumbent attitudes in a joint. They frequently lie with their heads on each other’s shoulders in order that they may be convenient to the lamp.|
|Amer. Mag. 77 June 31–5: When I became a regular smoker I bought a ‘layout’ — pipe, bowls, lamp, tray, yen hocks, everything — and indulged my habit in the ‘joint’ of a white smoker where I was a favored patron.|
|(?)‘The Green Lady’ in Roderick (1972) 896: Detectives lookin’ as innercent as fifteen Chinamen outside a fantan an’ opium joint.|
|Amer. Ballads and Folk Songs 185: Went to the Chink’s joint the other night [...] He called in the Chink and ordered a toy of hop.in Lomax & Lomax|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
(b) (orig. US) any place, esp. a bar or club, a brothel, a gambling establishment, a restaurant.
|Lantern (New Orleans, LA) 10 Nov. 14: A tough joint.|
|Truth (Sydney) 14 Jan. 6/6: Do you mean how I got the joint (i.e., the shop).|
|Inter-Ocean (Chicago) 4 Mar. 13/6: He was steered into McInerney’s joint. Whisky does not cost anything here for a man playing against the bank.|
|Yale Yarns 63: We were mortal hungry, and nothing was open, for we’d tried several joints on the way up.|
|Wolfville 176: He slaps up a joint outen tent-cloth an’ fence-boards, an’ opens a dance-hall.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 24 Oct. 1/1: If the joint [i.e. race-course] grows so beastly greedy , some of the neighbours will indite their shrieking [...] plot as a common nuisance.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 23 Jan. 4/1: Dan Carter’s ‘joint,’ as hot a hazard [i.e. card gambling] drum as anyone could wish for.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surrey Hills, NSW) 6 Nov. 4/2: [of a pak-a-pu ‘parlour’] he manager of the joint [...] has placed before him a list of every combination marke ooff by the flat investors.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 287: The only faro-joint still unknown to the police was closed for ‘the holidays’.|
|White Slavery 80: She [...] went into a chop suey ‘joint’ to get a bite to eat.|
|Mutt & Jeff 29 July [synd. strip] I went into a gambling house [...] Gambling’s against the law. You can have the joint pinched.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 11 Mar. 2/1: ‘We got her in a raid at 3029 Vernon avenue,’ he said shortly. ‘It’s a joint’.|
|Psmith Journalist (1993) 304: Started some rough woik in me own dance-joint.|
|Digger Dialects 30: joint — A place.|
|Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald V (1963) 153: He’s a waiter in a hash joint.‘May Day’ in|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Feb. 22/4: Frank Gardiner, ex-bushranger, [...] was shot in the ‘joint’ that he ran in ’Frisco after he got away from Australia.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 114: She can’t understand why we never seem to meet anyone I know at these joints.|
|(con. WWI) Flesh in Armour 256: ‘I had tea at the first joint I came to — a cheap place where the food was bad’.|
|N.Y. Age 1 Aug. 7/4: [of a speakeasy-cum-brothel] In many of the apartment houses, gin mills were opened [...] Prostitution flourished in these ‘joints’.|
|We Who Are About to Die 200: Suppose I’m running some kind of a joint, gamblin’ say, or bootleg.|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 17: Sometimes the girls would take me to their joints for a visit. I was fascinated.|
|Bluey & Curley 23 May [synd. cartoon strip] Ask old whiskers if he knows where we can get a beer around this joint!|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 155: [of a jungle battle site] If we got to stay here a couple of days, the fuggers won’t be stinkin’ up the joint.|
|(con. 1941) Twenty Thousand Thieves 127: If it’d get me out of this joint I’d put on a mad act meself.|
|Junkie (1966) 52: The cops will all be in some all-night joint drinking coffee.|
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 292: I’d take him to joints like the Five Spot. I showed him Connie’s.|
|Skyvers III iii: [of a school] Yeah let’s break the joint up.|
|S.R.O. (1998) 12: [of a welfare hotel] All S.R.O.s were turningto Welfare joints [...] but at least it would seem that this wasn’t a bucket of blood...yet.|
|Street Players 17: Know in and out of all the craps-houses and after hours joints.|
|Godson 8: ‘You know where this joint we’re staying at is?’.|
|Skin Tight 71: Reynaldo Flemm barely had time to snoop the joint over.|
|Homeboy 5: A ritzy frog joint on Geary.|
|(con. 1964-65) Sex and Thugs and Rock ’n’ Roll 3: The muffled sounds of bar music coming up ffom the basement joints.|
|Indep. Rev. 4 Sept. 20: There should be no problem [...] getting a drink in a joint where I’ve spent a small fortune over the years.|
|At End of Day (2001) 145: He’s got a dozen joints? I didn’t realize Marvy had access to that much capital.|
|(con. 1960s-70s) Top Fellas 36/2: The coffee bars of Swanstin Street [...] You know the joints.|
|Rubdown [ebook] They only places [i.e. brothels] you could work without having to do extras were [...] illegal joints.|
|(con. c.1945) Island Songs (2006) 24: Mr Johnstone’s ‘rum joint’ was open for business.|
|‘Lady Madeline’s Dive’ in ThugLit Sept./Oct. [ebook] ‘We run a gamblin’ joint for Chrissakes!’.|
|Widespread Panic 14: A hubbub juked the joint. I knew I radiated fuzz.|
(c) one’s house or home.
|Star-Gaz. (Elmira, NY) 15 May 4/3: Yale College Slang [...] [of a college dormitory] Come around to my joint and feed this noon.|
|Enemy to Society 257: Here, git away from this joint.|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 156: Send him up to my joint. I’ll wait there for him.‘Dead Yellow Women’|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 85: Let us go to my joint and make my old woman cook us up some breakfast.‘Blood Pressure’|
|(con. WWI) Flesh in Armour 196: [of a stately home] ‘Some joint,’ said Joe Woods tersely.|
|Capricornia (1939) 29: I’ve been pretty busy fixing up the new joint.|
|Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective Dec. 🌐 Now suppose you give me the lowdown. What are you doing in my joint?‘Daughter of Murder’|
|Riverslake 198: Bet’s got a promise of half a joint down at Narrabundah.|
|Henderson The Rain King 15: Hell! How can you live in this stinking joint?|
|Jeeves in the Offing 47: I can apprise her of what’s going on in this joint.|
|Puberty Blues 86: ‘What’s for tea?’ [...] ‘Chops and peas, dear. All right?’ ‘Don’t we eat anything else around this joint?’.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 45: I scanned the joint whle the phone rang.|
|Indep. on Sun. Real Life 18 July 9: Our box-like room [...] was still less revolting than the rest of the joint.|
|Blow Fly (2004) 82: Shit! [...] Couldn’tcha at least find a joint with an elevator.|
|Rubdown [ebook] All the houses were huge [...] I hated to think how much a joint here would cost.|
|Stoning 58: ‘Just don’t trash the joint and we’ll be sweet’.|
(d) (orig. US tramp) a meeting place.
|S.F. Call 2 Apr. 25/5: Their place of meeting [is] the ‘joint’.|
|Life In Sing Sing 249: Joint. Meeting house for thieves.|
|Dict. Amer. Sl.|
|AS IV:5 341: Joint — A meeting place; see ‘hangout.’.‘Vocab. of Bums’ in|
|Da Bomb 🌐 28: The joint: Meeting place; location or place where people hang out. We should meet up at Fatburger because it’s the joint.|
(e) (Aus./UK) a bookmaker’s pitch.
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 29 June 4/2: I gave the public a more than broad hint that one or two noisy over-the-odds silverites were ‘rocky’ and some of the ‘joints’ smellful.|
|Thieves Slang ms list from District Police Training Centre, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwicks 6: Joint: Bookmaker’s stand.|
|More You Bet 19: A bookmaking set-up or operation [...] is referred to as a ‘joint’.|
(f) (Aus.) a firm.
|Truth (Perth) 10 Dec. 4/8: They do frequent send down for me / While I’m waiting on me point. / If I ain’t available, sir, / They won’t have no other joint.|
(g) a factory.
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 20: I found ’er lurk / Wus pastin’ labels in a pickle joint.‘The Intro’ in|
(h) (Aus.) a public-house bar.
|Backblock Ballads 102: There’s Rose who serves behind the joint / In Mudge’s privit bar.‘The Joy Ride’ in|
(i) a country, geographical area, a town, a city.
|Smile A Minute 250: I’ll betcha Pres. Wilson will have dragged them outa Holland, or wherever that joint is they beat it to.|
|Confessions of a Twentieth Century Hobo 46: Being told by some other hobos that P—— was ‘a tough joint,’ we decided to jump a rattler out of town.|
|Dark Hazard (1934) 201: ‘I thought maybe you’d go out some place.’ ‘Where could I go in a joint like this?’.|
|Courtship of Uncle Henry 149: Woolgoolie, brother — W-o-o-l-g-o-o-l-i-e. That’s the joint where this story happened.|
|Riverslake 18: Cripes, mate, what a joint! [...] Stay here – at least there’s trams.|
|LBJ Brigade (1967) 19: The easiest thing ta do in this joint is die.|
|in Living Black 219: He can go to work same as me, you, and every Tom, Dick and Harry in the joint here.|
|Indep. Rev. 6 Nov. 20: An ‘I love New York’ mug. I do indeed adore the joint.|
|Conversation with the Mann 52: I saw that Washington was a whole other kind of joint, the exact opposite of the city.|
|Adventures of the Honey Badger [ebook] [M]y memories of the joint [i.e. West Australia] aren’t quite as savage.|
(j) (Aus./US carnival) any ‘sideshow’.
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 28 Dec. 5/2: [He] was wheeled to the station by a three-up player, who entered a charge against him [...] of stealing his joint.|
|‘Lang. of the Lot’ in AS III:5 414: A carnival concession is known as a joint or store.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 111: Joint. – [...] A booth or tent in which a gambling game is conducted at carnivals or in amusement parks.|
|‘I’ll Gyp You Every Time’ in Men of the Und. 179: The gambling tents or ‘joints,’ as we call them.|
|AS XXVIII:2 117: joint, n. A concession or establishment.‘Carnie Talk’|
|Lingo 145: The 19th-century racecourse term for a place or stand where sideshow games were played – a joint – is still used by SHOWIES (show people) today, as is the word for the area of land where the joint is erected, the pitch.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 58: ‘What about your joint?’ Fat Jew baby owned and operated the Bobo joint.|
|http://goodmagic.com 🌐 Joint (sometimes ‘store’) — Any carnival midway concession booth.‘Carny Lingo’ in|
(k) (US) prison, also as the joint.
|Wkly Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI) 25 May 2/3: Judge Steele did not think he could get to the joint as a killer and wisely ordewred Alkali [Charlie] to leave town.|
|Man’s Grim Justice 42: Sing Sing was a tough joint in those days, one of the worst stirs in the United States.|
|Prison Nurse (1964) 95: These crummy bastards won’t know the difference; most of them never guzzled anything but ‘smoke’ before they hit this joint.|
|Really the Blues 66: ‘Kid, can you keep books?’ ‘Not much, just for the joint and like that.’.|
|In For Life 76: Every guard in the joint can see us talking.|
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 96: So it seems the only way I can be free of this dolly is by going to the joint.|
|Street Players 119: It ain’t goin’ to keep so-called Earl the Pearl’s black ass out of the joint.|
|A-Team 2 (1984) 134: I could break out of this cush joint on horseback with a bad case of the flu.|
|Mr Blue 70: You’ll get to read a lot of books in the joint.|
|Guardian Rev. 28 Jan. 5: Ashley Judd plays Libby, a sexy, youngish soccer mom who is sent to the joint.|
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 96/2: joint n. a prison.|
|Night Gardener 172: Inside the Federal joint, he’s marked as a short eyes.|
|Running the Books 4: In the joint, where business is slow, the library is The Spot .|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Why risk more joint years over her.‘Death Cannot Be Delegated’ in|
|The Force [ebook] ‘I get popped for as much as littering, I die in the joint’.|
|Kill Shot [ebook] Kramer was already reaching out to some of the psychos in the joint.|
|Broken 64: [T]here are a lot of guys in the joint who don’t find anything funny about the team [i.e. of detectives].‘Crime 101’ in|
(l) (US) a police station.
|City of Night 134: Poor Trudi’s even checked the joint, and those nasty bulls there and all!|
(m) (US) a detoxification facility.
|Lush 45: Ever been in a joint before? [...] Gotta beat jail, though. Gotta be a cruise [...] And when you get out, just be careful where you go boozing.|
(n) in fig. use; of any kind of object or place; often unspecified.
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) 🌐 Joint (noun) Restroom.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 21: [of a newspaper] Got to be in that joint every single week, Marcus.|
|Right As Rain 110: ‘Where Jimmy’s uncle get the money for a Lexus?’ [...] ‘I don’t know,’ said Lionel, ‘but that joint is tight’.|
|Autobiog. of My Dead Brother 165: I was right in the middle of the joint, and it wasn’t a hundred percent clear what the action was.|
4. in Und. uses.
(a) a swindling set-up or a place to be robbed; thus operator of such a place (see cite 1919).
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 12 Oct. 3/6: [He] noticed a small electric battery under the counter [...] and asked, ‘what’s that?’ Then the game was up. Hayseed’s ‘joint’ was exposed.|
|Confessions of a Con Man 58: ‘The joint’ is the term used by confidence men to describe the actual operation by which the victim’s money is taken away.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 10 May 20/3: Take a quiet game of two-up, / Where a big ‘joint’ starts a row.|
|Jack-Roller 202: There is a joint (meaning a place to rob) I’m going to make soon.|
|Vice Squad Detective 🌐 Sam Andrew [...] certainly had the right tip when he figured Lestro’s place was a joint. What a swell layout for a blackmail racket!‘The Nudist Gym Death Riddle’ in|
|Sporting Times 265: But the ‘joint’ must be transported (whatever else gets off!).|
|Big Con 300: joint. 1. A place of business. (Legitimate.) 2. A gambling house, big store, or other establishment where marks are trimmed.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 805: joint – A prospective place of burglary or robbery.|
(b) (Aus. Und.) a situation, usu. corrupt or swindling.
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 87: Any business or swindle among the criminal or larrikin fraternity is a joint.|
|Truth (Sydney) 26 Feb. 12/4: But at present he are doin / Right well out of that there joint / As she don’t deny him nothin / As he chooses to appoint.|
(c) (US Und., also top of the joint) the total amount taken in a single confidence trick.
|Big Con 299: The head of the joint or top of the joint. The total amount taken in a single confidence touch. [Ibid.] joint. 3. The score from a confidence game.|
5. (orig. US) in drug uses.
(a) an opium pipe or hypodermic syringe and other drug paraphernalia [the ‘joining’ of the opium and its pipe].
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Joint, a complete hypodermic outfit consisting of syringe and needles (ointjay).|
|AS XIII:3 186/1: joint. [...] 4. The opium smoker’s outfit complete.‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Really the Blues 253: I called up Mike and begged him to bring me the joint (the layout) and put me out of my misery.|
|Junkie (1966) 159: Works, Outfit, Joint . . . A user’s outfit for injecting junk. Consists of an eyedropper, hypodermic needle, strip of paper to fit the dropper tight into the needle, and a spoon or other container in which to dissolve the junk.|
|Blueschild Baby 18: ‘I can’t baby, got it [i.e. a syringe] in my arm already,’ and she boots the blood smiling. We finish up and clean the joints.|
|India Ink (1984) 45: We are offered heroin joints as well to settle our nauseous stomachs unused to raw opium.‘Island of Gems’ in|
(b) a cigarette laced with paregoric.
|(con. 1958) Been Down So Long (1972) 23: Paregoric making little lumps in side pocket [...] Both joints were still a bit damp, having been only partially dried.|
(c) a marijuana or hashish cigarette [the ‘joining’ of the drug with tobacco to make the cigarette; by the 1990s the drug reference had become sufficiently common for the word to be used almost without comment or identifying quotation marks].
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 171: You got a couple of joints to take along?|
|Baron’s Court All Change (2011) 71: [Y]ou see the joint burning badly because there’s too many seeds in it.|
|All Night Stand 122: Sach pulls out the red papers and makes a three-paper joint.|
|Street Players 8: He picked up a joint and pointed it towards Billy before lighting up.|
|Macho Sluts 29: [They] were sharing a joint in a not-too-dark corner.|
|🎵 You think you got the bomb cuz I rolled you a joint.‘Doggy Dogg World’|
|Indep. Rev. 3 July 5: A spliff here, a toke there, a joint’s-worth handed over to a friend.|
|Carnival 119: He [...] pulled out a joint and lit it with a Bic lighter.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] [She] dug around in her bra, finally producing a bent-up joint.|
|Big Issue (Cape Town) 10 Jan. 20/2: You must be pretty high to think it’s OK to cuff someone just for carrying a joint.|
|Times 20 Aug. 34/3: The decision to develop the market for pre-rolled joints, cannabis cookies, spiked soft drinks.|
|Headland [ebook] Passing the cigarette back and forth like it was a joint.|
|Young Team 8: His big cuz taught him up n he kin roll joints.|
|Razorblade Tears 21: A jar of moonshine [...] and two joints in his truck.|
|Hitmen 236: [A man under surveillance] ‘Talks of Daniel and Christopher and joints of weed’.|
|Honey, Honey, Miss Thang 35: I was more of a marijuana freak. I would, you know, go across town to find a good bag of joint. Or a larger amount of joint for a lesser — if I could get a nickel bag — get a bigger one somewhere in North Jefferson.|
6. (orig. US) a gun.
|Duke 33: ‘You got a joint?’ [...] ‘What kind?’ ‘A .38.’.|
|Monkey On My Back (1954) 83: Sure, the f---- stud, almost s-- his pants when I pulled a joint (gun).|
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxv 6/3: joint: A revolver or hand gun.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 105: a gun [...] joint (black sl).|
|Forensic Linguistic Databank 🌐 Joint - gun.(ed.) ‘Drill Slang Glossary’ at|
|(con. 2016) in We Own This City 173: ‘Yo, they found a joint in the alley,’ the man told the person, using slang for a gun.|
7. (orig. US black) something excellent, as in the phr. the serious joint, the real thing.
|It Ain’t All for Nothin 96: ‘I bet you get all the pies you want, right?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘That’s the joint, man. That’s really okay’ [ibid.] 127: ‘Maybe you’d be a nice husband.’ ‘I’d be the serious joint,’ I said.|
|🎵 [Sha-Rock] I can never be the wack. [All] And we hear you, Sha-Rock / She’s the joint.‘Rappin and Rockin the House’|
|Campus Sl. Fall 4: the joint – the most popular, the best.|
|(con. 1973) Catch a Fire 239: The Wailers were back on top. ‘Dem de joint in jamdung,’ as [...] DJ Don Topping put it.|
|Cut ’n’ Mix 137: He would shout phrases like ‘Rock on my mellow! This is the joint!’.|
|Blood Posse 61: His suede Pumas and sharkskin pants were the joint.|
|Dope Sick 19: Home Depot was the joint. I knew if I could cop a job with them, I could get my thing together.|
8. (orig. US black) an artistic creation, typically a record or film [popularized by film-maker Spike Lee (b.1956) who credits his films ‘Another Spike Lee Joint’; subseq. used by many hip-hop/rap artists to describe their music].
|School Daze [film titles] A Spike Lee Joint.|
|🎵 Around this time the slamming joint was ‘Milik is Chillin’.‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’|
|Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 11: [advert] New and exclusive joints from the hip hop underground.|
|Night Gardener 60: I got my eye on the new Forums [i.e. trainers] [...] Them joints is wet.|
|Running the Books 227: You still got that penguin joint [i.e. a DVD]. We didn’t finish it yesterday.|
|Attack the Block [film script] 23: HI-HATZ Yo Moses, hear my beats? [...] That’s my new joint.|
9. (US black/prison) a prison sentence.
|Blaze June–July 128: I only did three joints. I knew guys who had 15 joints with five more to go.|
10. (US black) speciality, primary interest/pursuit.
|145th Street 87: [B]aseball was Mack’s joint and that was where he figured to be headed.‘Kitty and Mack: A Love Story’ in|
11. (US black) a plan, a team talk.
|Game 15: I loved ball and knew I was going to bust it, whatever joint he [the coach] was running.|
happy, jolly, content.
|Glorious Heresies 122: It’s Saturday lunchtime and town is jointed.|
(US prison) well-adjusted to prison life, capable of sustaining one’s existence in prison .
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|DAUL 111/2: Joint wise. Familiar with the ways of a specific prison and its officials, hence able to serve a sentence there with a minimum of discomfort.et al.|
|Manny 120/1: You played it cool, hustled, and stayed clear of the cops, squares, snitches, and administrators. But streetwise and jointwise definitions of reality don't make sense in Synanon.|
|Big Huey 250: Joint-wise, meaning versed in prison life and ways, is recorded (USA) as from 1933.|
|Homeboy 355: Speaker’s jointwise. He’s got friends in there.|
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 96/2: joint-wise adj. (of an inmate) well versed in the lifestyle and customs of the prison.|
(Can./US prison) any prisoner who toadies to the authorities.
|Prison Sl. 36: Joint Man An inmate who conducts himself in such a manner that resembles a guard or employee, rather than a prisoner.|
(US Und.) the clothes worn by a whore in a brothel .
|in(ed.) Fed. Writers Project (1980) 178: O'Connor's complaints when he wrote about those who ‘charged the girls double for joint-togs and drinks, rent, fines, towel service, and such’.|
|Walk on the Wild Side 94: He charged the girls double for joint-togs and drinks, rent, towel service and such.|
|One Lonely Night 22: The guy who was kicking the politicians all over the joint.|
|Drive me Crazy 242: Clothes were all over the joint, everything I saw had been cut to pieces.|
(US black/Harlem) any black nightclub catering spec. to white ‘tourists’.
|(con. 1920s–30s) City in Sl. (1995) 94: In the 1920s and early 1930s, the ultimate night out on the town was to go slumming in Harlem and do the various clubs — black joints, black-and-tan resorts, as they were called — and maybe smoke a little marijuana.|
(drugs) to smoke marijuana.
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 3: Blast a joint — To smoke marijuana.|
(US teen) to look over a place, to check its amenities.
|Current Sl. III–IV (Cumulation Issue).|
|in Valley Girl’s Guide to Life.|
(drugs) to smoke a cannabis cigarette.
|cited in Sl. and Jargon of Drugs and Drink (1986).|
to smoke an opium pipe.
|Memphis Daily Appeal May n.p.: [headline] Cracking A Joint.|
see daffy house under daffy adj.
(drugs) to smoke marijuana.
|ONDCP Street Terms 8: Do a joint — Marijuana.|
(US) to come to the point, to achieve one’s aim, esp. in a criminal context.
|Dodge City Times 12 May in Why the West was Wild 276: Joe is a quiet young man [...] but will not fail to ‘go to the joint’ in case of a row. He will make a good officer.|
of a woman, to have a man sexually enslaved.
|Choirboys (1976) 86: I woulda bought it that night. I was hurtin for certain. She had me by the joint, you know.|
(US tramp) somewhere that is robbed while the owners are in occupation.
|Keys to Crookdom 53: The better class of burglar may also be a holdup man, who doesn’t bother with a ‘cold slough’ [...] but who takes a ‘hot joint’.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 104: HOT JOINT. – A house or store to be robbed while occupied or while business is being conducted.|
|DAUL 103/1: Hot joint. 1. An occupied residence which is the object of a robbery.et al.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 804: hot joint – A house or store to be robbed while occupied or while business is being conducted.|
(Aus.) to take command.
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 235/1: jump the joint – to take charge.|
see sense 3a above.
to whine, to complain.
|Digger’s Game (1981) 15: You’re pulling your joint.|
(US Und.) any nightspot frequented by criminals, spec. pimps and prostitutes.
|Cast the First Stone 253: real joint One [i.e. a night club] frequented by underworld personnel, especially by pimps and prostitutes.|
(US drugs) to prepare the equipment for smoking opium.
|Opium Addiction in Chicago 203: Spread the joint. To get ready the paraphernalia for smoking opium.|
|Lang. Und. (1981).‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Traffic In Narcotics 315: spread. To smoke opium.|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
(US) to have an erect penis.
|(con. late 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 579: And she gives you your money’s worth. Got some liquor in her and me and Buck just stood on our joints.|
see sense 4c above.