1. a man.
|Wicklow Mountains 31: I’ve heard of grand ladies running away with drummers, and footmen [...] and such sort of jockies.|
|Pettyfogger Dramatized I i: To say nothing of the pardon getting Goe, and many other jockies who exhibit every sessions at the Old-Bailey.|
|Hamlet Travestie I vi: Hollo there! bring these jockeys where my son is.|
|Jorrocks Jaunts (1874) 110: Them ’ere M.D.’s, or whatever you calls them, are such rum jockeys.|
|Alive and Merry I iii: He was rather a rum old jockey, wasn’t he?|
2. (UK Und.) the expert, the exemplar.
|Adventures of Mr Ledbury 262: ‘There’s a jockey!’ he exclaimed admiringly.|
|Dick Temple II 273: He’s the jockey [...] he’s the chap to pull in the money.|
3. any form of worker.
(a) an accomplice or assistant, usu. of a driver of a cab or utility vehicle.
|Dombey and Son (1970) 133: You’re Dombey’s jockey, an’t you.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|Day By Day in New York 14 May [synd. col.] This is going to be a rough summer for jitney jockeys.|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 97: Trying to pep up the chair jockey [i.e. idler] at the local filling station.in Zwilling|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 2 June 21/2: I sold the snide watch and chain to a bush jockey for two quid.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 415: Her papa is a taxi jockey.‘A Very Honorable Guy’ in|
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Barrow Jockey: Pushes a wheelbarrow.|
|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).|
|Rap Sheet 21: He’d been searching for a chauffeur through the whole outfit – an outfit that was mostly plough-jockeys and sheepherders.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 12: I’d never seen these truck jockeys before.|
|Crazy Kill 12: I ain’t interested in that whiskey jockey.|
|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.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 48: mop jockie – Floor sweeper or broom pusher.|
|(con. WWII) Gunner 63: You can’t keep formation now without some recruit jockey slicing your tail off.|
|Awopbop. (1970) 90: Murray the K was king jockey. Of all DJs ever made, he spieled hardest, fastest, loudest and longest.|
|CB Slanguage 2: Air Jockey: pilot.|
|Christine 450: Don Vandenberg had only been a dipshit dropout gas-jockey.|
|in Sports Illus. June [Internet] Muggsy McGraw, the Giants' manager, kept Smith around pretty much as a bench jockey.|
|Is That It? 149: You know, petrol pump jockeys who are all actors, waitresses who are all actresses.|
|Golden Orange (1991) 1: That’s how they introduced their 3:00A.M. show those doom jockeys.|
|Pugilist at Rest 164: I’m tired of being a mop jockey.|
|(con. 1949) Big Blowdown (1999) 267: The hash jockey brought out a chicken and bacon on white toast.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 3: The Power [...] The desk jockeys never had it.|
|Indep. Rev. 2 Oct. 8: He stood revealed as a closet porn-jockey underneath all his fancy surface dazzle.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad 82: Hack jockey Taxi driver.|
|(con. 1970) Cat from Hué 785: The sky jockey [i.e. a pilot] can see it all in three dimensions.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 228: He will, however, create a penciled blueprint for your favorite prison tat gun jockey.|
|Pain Killers 50: I myself had dodged AIDS back in my needle jockey days, but not that hepatitis C.|
|Thrill City [ebook] I knew I’d be stuck desk jockeying at first.|
|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.|
|August Snow [ebook] ‘Second job was getting rifle-jockeys like you the information you needed to put the enemy in the cross hairs’.|
(c) any form of driver, esp. of cabs, buses.
|Indoor Sports 24 Dec. [synd. cartoon] By George that’s some motorcycle you have, and say, you’re some jockey.|
|Camion Cartoons 6 Jan. 10: We got a ride on a truck, the driver of which would be a wonder as a tank jockey.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 81: The jockey who is driving the short goes so fast.‘Blood Pressure’ in|
|‘Hotel Sl.’ in AS XIV:3 Oct. 240/1: jockey Elevator operator.|
|‘The Jitney Man’ [lyrics] I’m the jitney man; / A regular jockey I am, / Any place you want to go / I can take you fast or slow.|
|Long Wait (1954) 73: The bell-boys and hack jockey weren’t important enough to try a stunt like that.|
|Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH) 5 Nov. 21/6: Some Damon Runyonisms remain fixtures [...] ‘jockey’ for cabdriver.|
|No Red Ribbons (1968) 197: Skipper, it’s been nigh on a year and a half since they hog-tied us jockies.|
|Go-Boy! 109: I was so shaken at being scared by some nutty car jockey.|
|Cadillac Beach 189: Mahoney read the letter and began smiling. ‘Underwood jockey. Regular Spillane.’.|
|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.|
4. (Aus.) a tramp who illegally rides freight trains.
|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.|
5. (US Und.) a horse thief.
|Life In Sing Sing 249: Jockey. Horse-thief.|
|Keys to Crookdom 409: Jockey. Horse thief.|
6. a pimp.
|‘Hotel Sl.’ in AS XIV:3 Oct. 240/1: jockey [...] pimp.|
7. (UK Und.) a gang member.
|Cockney Cavalcade 21: Mac’s contempt was cutting. ‘You’re only trying to make out you’re a brave “jockey,” that’s all.’.|
8. a whore’s client.
|Third Degree (1931) 156: This game was pulled some time ago on one of the best-known and supposedly ‘wisest’ jockeys in the country.|
|Signs of Crime 189: Jockey See John.|
9. (US) in homosexual uses.
(a) a homosexual tramp.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(b) a masculine lesbian.
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|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.|
|Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words.|
10. (gypsy) a general term of address, e.g. Hello jockey.
|Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 16: Jacky, you young jockey.|
11. (UK Und.) a policeman.
|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.|
12. a user of drugs or one who is habituated, e.g. hop-jockey, drug addict, horse-jockey, heroin user.
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore 93: Jockey – An addiction narcotic, in allusion to the jockey’s attachment to and mastery of his mount.|
13. (US) a male sexual partner.
|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.|
14. (Irish und.) a sex offender, a rapist.
|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.|
(Irish) sexual intercourse and a slice of bacon.
|Salesman 338: The jockey’s breakfast, Homer. A rasher and a ride.|