Green’s Dictionary of Slang

jockey n.2

1. a man.

[Ire]J. O’Keeffe Wicklow Mountains 31: I’ve heard of grand ladies running away with drummers, and footmen [...] and such sort of jockies.
[UK]‘T.B. Junr.’ Pettyfogger Dramatized I i: To say nothing of the pardon getting Goe, and many other jockies who exhibit every sessions at the Old-Bailey.
[UK]J. Poole Hamlet Travestie I vi: Hollo there! bring these jockeys where my son is.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Jorrocks Jaunts (1874) 110: Them ’ere M.D.’s, or whatever you calls them, are such rum jockeys.
[US]Ely’s Hawk & Buzzard (NY) Sept. 8 n.p.: Tell these jockies, if they are not more careful [...] they will hear from a keen-eyed observer.
[UK]C. Dance Alive and Merry I iii: He was rather a rum old jockey, wasn’t he?

2. a gambler, both sporting and other.

[US]Ely’s Hawk & Buzzard (NY) Sept. 8 n.p.: The Wigwam [i.e. Tammany Hall] was filled to excess with young political jockies, who are about entering the field to back Old Hickory against Harry Clay.
[US]Ely’s Hawk & Buzzard (NY) Mar. 22 3/2: The sporting jockies uptown are of an opinion that uncle John Gantz of the 7th Ward has got bottom enough to run [for Mayor].

3. (UK/US Und.) the expert, the exemplar.

[UK]A. Smith Adventures of Mr Ledbury 262: ‘There’s a jockey!’ he exclaimed admiringly.
[UK]J. Greenwood Dick Temple II 273: He’s the jockey [...] he’s the chap to pull in the money.

4. any form of worker.

(a) an accomplice or assistant, usu. of a driver of a cab or utility vehicle.

[UK]Dickens Dombey and Son (1970) 133: You’re Dombey’s jockey, an’t you.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 26: BREWER’S JOCKEY: (Melbourne) a man who rides about with the driver of a brewer’s waggon helping him load and unload on the chance of a share of the drinks which fall to the lot of a brewer’s man.

(b) a worker in a particular job, e.g. swab jockey, washer-up, pump jockey, petrol pump attendant, grunt-and-squeal jockey, a stock hauler, juice jockey, a gasoline-truck driver, suicide jockey, a nitro-glycerine hauler, disc jockey.

[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker II 29: A nigger-jocker, sir, says I, is a gentleman that trades in niggers, — buys them in one state, and sells them in another.
[Ire]J.M. Synge Playboy of the Western World Act II: Drink a health to the wonders of the Western world, the pirates, preachers, poteen-makers, with the jobbing jockies, parching peelers, and the juries.
[US]O.O. McIntyre Day By Day in New York 14 May [synd. col.] This is going to be a rough summer for jitney jockeys.
[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 97: Trying to pep up the chair jockey [i.e. idler] at the local filling station.
[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 2 June 21/2: I sold the snide watch and chain to a bush jockey for two quid.
[US]D. Runyon ‘A Very Honorable Guy’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 415: Her papa is a taxi jockey.
[US]‘Bill O. Lading’ You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Barrow Jockey: Pushes a wheelbarrow.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 180: plough jockey A farmer.
Desert Wings (Edwards AFB) 30 June 7/4: This jabber is connected with jets [...] It’s the new lingo being incorporated into the languages of mankind by the jet jockeys (pilots of jet planes).
[US]‘Blackie’ Audett Rap Sheet 21: He’d been searching for a chauffeur through the whole outfit – an outfit that was mostly plough-jockeys and sheepherders.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Men from the Boys (1967) 12: I’d never seen these truck jockeys before.
[US]C. Himes Crazy Kill 12: I ain’t interested in that whiskey jockey.
[US]J. Thompson Getaway in Four Novels (1983) 3: He’d have given the five to that dish jockey even if Mr Kramer hadn’t fixed it so that he just about had to.
12 TAC FTR WG Song Book 25: When a bomber jockey walks into our club / He don't drink his share of suds / All he does is flub his dub.
[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 48: mop jockie – Floor sweeper or broom pusher.
[UK](con. WWII) W. Stevens Gunner 63: You can’t keep formation now without some recruit jockey slicing your tail off.
[UK]N. Cohn Awopbop. (1970) 90: Murray the K was king jockey. Of all DJs ever made, he spieled hardest, fastest, loudest and longest.
[US]L. Dills CB Slanguage 2: Air Jockey: pilot.
[US]S. King Christine 450: Don Vandenberg had only been a dipshit dropout gas-jockey.
F. Deford in Sports Illus. June 🌐 Muggsy McGraw, the Giants' manager, kept Smith around pretty much as a bench jockey.
[Ire]B. Geldof Is That It? 149: You know, petrol pump jockeys who are all actors, waitresses who are all actresses.
[US]J. Wambaugh Golden Orange (1991) 1: That’s how they introduced their 3:00A.M. show those doom jockeys.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 164: I’m tired of being a mop jockey.
[US](con. 1949) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 267: The hash jockey brought out a chicken and bacon on white toast.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 3: The Power [...] The desk jockeys never had it.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 2 Oct. 8: He stood revealed as a closet porn-jockey underneath all his fancy surface dazzle.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) Décharné Straight from the Fridge Dad 82: Hack jockey Taxi driver.
[US](con. 1970) J. Laurence Cat from Hué 785: The sky jockey [i.e. a pilot] can see it all in three dimensions.
[US]J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 228: He will, however, create a penciled blueprint for your favorite prison tat gun jockey.
[US]J. Stahl Pain Killers 50: I myself had dodged AIDS back in my needle jockey days, but not that hepatitis C.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] I knew I’d be stuck desk jockeying at first.
[US]J. Stahl OG Dad 5: I’ve had hepatitis C for decadesm, since my stint as a professional needle jockey, back in my days as a dope fiend.
[US]S.M. Jones August Snow [ebook] ‘Second job was getting rifle-jockeys like you the information you needed to put the enemy in the cross hairs’.
[US]J. Hannaham Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit 45: The stroller jockeys clomped along.
[UK]M. Herron Secret Hours 84: ‘If I need a tape of you whispering treasonous nothings, I’ll have a couple of my desk jockeys fix one up’.

(c) any form of driver, esp. of cabs, buses.

[US]T.A. Dorgan Indoor Sports 24 Dec. [synd. cartoon] By George that’s some motorcycle you have, and say, you’re some jockey.
[US]K.H. Day Camion Cartoons 6 Jan. 10: We got a ride on a truck, the driver of which would be a wonder as a tank jockey.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Blood Pressure’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 81: The jockey who is driving the short goes so fast.
[US] ‘Hotel Sl.’ in AS XIV:3 Oct. 240/1: jockey Elevator operator.
[US]Billy Erskine ‘The Jitney Man’ 🎵 I’m the jitney man; / A regular jockey I am, / Any place you want to go / I can take you fast or slow.
[US]M. Spillane Long Wait (1954) 73: The bell-boys and hack jockey weren’t important enough to try a stunt like that.
[US]Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH) 5 Nov. 21/6: Some Damon Runyonisms remain fixtures [...] ‘jockey’ for cabdriver.
[UK]J. Quirk No Red Ribbons (1968) 197: Skipper, it’s been nigh on a year and a half since they hog-tied us jockies.
[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 109: I was so shaken at being scared by some nutty car jockey.
[US]T. Dorsey Cadillac Beach 189: Mahoney read the letter and began smiling. ‘Underwood jockey. Regular Spillane.’.
[UK]K. Sampson Killing Pool 56: You can hear the screech of the right turn [...] I can only begin to imagine the roasting the jockey will get from Lanky’s gang.

5. (Aus.) a tramp who illegally rides freight trains.

[Aus]Dly Mercury (Mackay, Qld) 22 June 22/4: A certain police sergeant down south makes the capture of ‘jockeys’ his hobby, and is on the job night and day. He walks along by the side of a goods train dressed like a tramp rattling a billy-can. At every, likely looking waggon he sings out, ‘Any room in there, mate?’ The stowaway venturing a reply lives to regret it.

6. (US Und.) a horse thief.

[US]Number 1500 Life In Sing Sing 249: Jockey. Horse-thief.
[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 409: Jockey. Horse thief.

7. (US) a male sexual partner.

[US]T. Alexander ‘Johnny Behrens Blues’ 🎵 When I was a jockey, I learned my baby how to ride / When I was a jockey, I learned her how to ride / Say I learned her how to ride, man, from side to side.
[US]L. Johnson ‘Best Jockey in Town’ 🎵 You say you’re a racehorse, mama, but your jockey ain’t never been found / But you’ve found the best little jockey, I’m the best rider in town.
[US]L. Johnson ‘Stavin’ Chain’ 🎵 Back your horse out my stable / back him out fast, / I got another jockey / Get yourself another mare.
R. Smith ‘Harlem Gin Blues’ 🎵 My man is a jockey, he taught me how to ride / My man is a jockey, he taught me how to ride / He says it’s easy in the middle but it’s better on the side.
[US]‘Troy Conway’ Cunning Linguist (1973) 43: [E]ven though she looked no more than twenty-two, I could tell she’d been to the races before. She’d obviously just never had a jockey as big as me.

8. a pimp.

[US] ‘Hotel Sl.’ in AS XIV:3 Oct. 240/1: jockey [...] pimp.

9. (UK Und.) a gang member.

[UK]G. Ingram Cockney Cavalcade 21: Mac’s contempt was cutting. ‘You’re only trying to make out you’re a brave “jockey,” that’s all.’.

10. a whore’s client.

[US]E.H. Lavine Third Degree (1931) 156: This game was pulled some time ago on one of the best-known and supposedly ‘wisest’ jockeys in the country.
[UK]D. Powis Signs of Crime 189: Jockey See John.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.

11. (US) in homosexual uses.

(a) a homosexual tramp.

[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).

(b) a masculine lesbian.

[US]G. Legman ‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry Sex Variants.
[US]K. Worthy Homosexual Generation Ch. xvi: A Pimp: She does not work and is supported by the earnings of other female prostitutes. She is a jockey or top sergeant. She dresses like a man and although she is white, she often prefers to live with a colored girl.
[US]R.A. Wilson Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words.

12. (gypsy) a general term of address, e.g. Hello jockey.

[UK]A. Sillitoe Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 16: Jacky, you young jockey.

13. (UK Und.) a policeman.

[UK]J. Gosling Ghost Squad 25: Thieves’ argot, spoken properly, is a foreign language which needs to be learned [...] ‘bogies’ or ‘jockeys’ are policemen and ‘bladder’ (bladder of lard) means New Scotland Yard.

14. a user of drugs or one who is habituated, e.g. hop-jockey, drug addict, horse-jockey, heroin user.

[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore 93: Jockey – An addiction narcotic, in allusion to the jockey’s attachment to and mastery of his mount.

15. (Irish und.) a sex offender, a rapist.

[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] He’s not just a normal rapist. He raped auld ones and kids as well. He is hated, even among the other jockeys.

In compounds

jockey’s breakfast (n.)

(Irish) sexual intercourse and a slice of bacon.

[Ire]J. O’Connor Salesman 338: The jockey’s breakfast, Homer. A rasher and a ride.