1. [mid-17C–mid-19C] a prostitute’s customer.
2. [mid-17C–1930s] a dupe, a silly fellow, a simpleton, a fool.
3. [18C] a constable.
4. [18C–1930s] a man, a fellow, a chap.
5. [mid–late 19C] a friend, usu. as term of address.
[early 19C] deceitful, cheating.
[early 19C] foolishly.
[mid-19C] (US) a tavern-keeper.
[mid-18C] (UK Und.) the master of the house.