Green’s Dictionary of Slang

warm adj.

1. rich, well-off.

[UK]Jonson Alchemist I I i: A gentleman newly warm in his land, sir.
[UK]Middleton Anything for a Quiet Life I i: cham.: Believe it, I am a poor Commoner. cres.: Come, you are warm, and blest with a fair Wife.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Wit Without Money II i: Such a warme match.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Warm, well lined or flush in the Pocket.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Colman & Garrick Clandestine Marriage III ii: My brother Heidelberg was a warm man, a very warm man; and died worth a plumb at least.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]‘Brother Rook’ Willy Wood & Greedy Grizzle 3: [He] then a conceiv’d a careful wife / [...] /Nor car’d he whether old or young / [...] / Nor heeded tho’ his wedded chum (If warm in purse) were deaf and dumb.
[UK]B.H. Malkin (trans.) Adventures of Gil Blas (1822) I 257: This warm old gentleman has the moderation to lend me money at twenty per cent.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]B.M. Carew Gypsey of the Glen II i: I know you Scotchmen like the goldfinches. Ah, her father is pretty warm, I can tell you.
[UK]C. Selby London By Night I ii: Well, as Mr. Fairleigh is what the world calls ‘warm,’ his newly found friends are about to appropriate a portion of his capital.
[UK]Dickens ‘Slang’ in Household Words 24 Sept. 75/2: To express that he is rich, we say that he is warm, comfortable, [...] or is worth a plum.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Facey Romford’s Hounds 239: Deuced warm fellow that — has his five thousand a year.
[UK]J. Greenwood Unsentimental Journeys 43: Bless you, old Tommy’s a warm man — never drinks nothing but brandy-and-water!
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[UK] ‘’Arry on the ’Oliday Season’ in Punch 16 Aug. 74/1: Rads may rail at ‘the clarses’ like ginger, but all on us likes to be ‘warm.’.
[UK]Sporting Times 12 May 2/1: In company with (I suppose) as ‘warm’ a lot of blue-blooded ‘Corinthians’ as went racing.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ Go To It 25: You’re a warm young guy / When you start to buy.

2. infected with a venereal disease.

[UK] ‘The Cruel Mother in Law’ in Amorous Miller’s Garland 6: Did you hear of that great Whore, / That lately hath bought Tanfield Tower, [...] But now she’s really grown so warm [...] So to the Doctor she did go / For to be Fluxt for ought I know.

3. enthusiastic, zealous.

[UK]Foote Maid of Bath in Works (1799) II 228: I can’t think [...] what the deuce makes thee so warm in this business.
[UK]S. Johnson in Boswell Life (1906) II 340: The language is warm indeed.
[UK]D. Stewart Shadows of the Night in Illus. Police News 3 Aug. 12/3: ‘My! You are a warm ’un!’.
[UK]D. Stewart Tragedy of the White House in Illus. Police News 20 Aug. 12/3: ‘[He] did a burst (broke into a house) last night; but the coppers are pretty warm arter him’.
[US]‘Curt Cannon’ ‘Now Die In It’ in I Like ’Em Tough (1958) 54: Didn’t know you were still warm for her form, pal.

4. slightly drunk.

[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 308: Being naturally pretty amorous, and at that Time in particular warm with his Favourite Liquor, he made his Address to her.
[UK]H. Simms Life of Henry Simms/Alias Young Gentleman Harry 34: I generally drank both at and after my Meals pretty freely, I soon grew warm.
[Can]R. Service ‘The Homicide’ in Rhymes for Reality (1965) 220: They say she speeded wanton wild / When she was warm with wine; / And so she killed a little child.

5. sharp-tempered.

[UK]Foote Taste in Works (1799) I 9: Dear Sir, you are so warm, we shall be blown.
[UK]Foote Nabob in Works (1799) II 290: You seem warm; no misunderstanding, I hope.
[Ire]C. Macklin Man of the World Act III: I am afraid we shall hai a warm squabble.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Mar. I 351/1: A certain gentleman, who is a very good sportsman, but a warm one, when he sees the company pressing too close upon his hounds [etc.].
[UK]Sporting Mag. June XX 138/2: Milo was impeded by the obstruction of an impudent carman; he gives and receives ill-language, gets warm [...] strips and fights.
[US]H.H. Brackenridge Modern Chivalry (1937) Pt II Vol. IV 690: The attorney general [...] was very warm on the occasion, and disposed to prosecute them.
[UK](con. early 17C) W. Scott Fortunes of Nigel III 58: ‘It is you who mistake,’ answered Nigel, who began to grow warm.
[Ind]Bellew Memoirs of a Griffin II 97: ‘Why, you are warm, colonel [...] may i ask when you took so keenly to politics?’.
[UK]F. Smedley Harry Coverdale’s Courtship 82: My father was so carried away by the subject as to become injudiciously warm.
[US]W. Cheadle Journal (1931) 16 Dec. 95: In the evening had rather a warm discussion with Milton about furs, he wanting to take all [...] & not allow me to have any made for myself!
[UK]G. Lander Little Gerty III i: mrs. g.: I, for one, will never tolerate the presence of that odious old creature! (With a look of profound contempt at Patty.) mick: That’s warm — scorchin hot, bedad.
[UK]Derbyshire Times 27 Feb. 3/4: A warm discussion then took place, Mr Turnbull threatening to summon the board.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Oct. 8/4: The discussion grew decidedly warm, and at one time it seemed as if the dogs were likely to be sooled onto the sexton.
[UK]A. Binstead Houndsditch Day by Day 66: Old Ben Barnett was just about as warm as the hinges on the front door of the bad place.
[US]Ade More Fables in Sl. (1960) 119: He was quite Important and fairly Warm.
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 33: Poppa’s English sounded different when he got warm.

6. fast or powerful.

[UK]J. Davis Post Captain (1813) 12: Our cannonades are warm pieces, and they throw a shot pretty far.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Jan. 14/1: In the Steeplechase on New Year’s Day he cut out the work at so warm a pace that each of his four opponents came to grass, leaving the plucky son of Horatio to waltz in by himself.
[US]Monroe City Democrat (MO) 21 May 8/3: A rubber tired [sic] blue cloth trimmed run about that is one of the warmest things that ever hit the pike .

7. suggestive, esp. of speech.

[UK]Austen Mansfield Park (1926) 141: I do not know the play; but as Maria says, if there is anything a little too warm [...] it can easily be left out.
[UK]Punch 24 July I 18: punch: — What’s the garter of a peer to the garters of Lady Adeliza. reader: — You are getting warm, mr. punch: — very warm.
[US]H.L. Williams Black-Eyed Beauty 12: Oh such a roar of laughter as went up. ‘Some pantelettes!’ yelled a boy. ‘Ain’t it warm, down there!’ cried a man in a window.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Himself’ in Punch 21 Dec. in P. Marks (2006) 6: Like my high jinks, like my egg – ’ot, mixed stiff, rayther spicy and warm.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) II 302: My conversation got warm, then baudy, the girls got warm and then laughed at my smut.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 19 Feb. 1/8: Here’s a pretty ‘warm’ advertisiement clipped from the ‘Evenooze’: Gentleman visiting Sydney requires lady housekeeper for a short time [etc.].
[UK] ‘’Arry on [...] the Glorious Twelfth’ in Punch 30 Aug. 97/2: Big dry-salter in Thames Street, bit warm / In his langwidge occasional.
[UK]D. Cotsford Society Snapshots 234: The first act was cool enough [...] but, afterwards, it got warmer and warmer, and at the end of the Bath-room act, the stalls rose en masse, and left the theatre [...] It was an act of gross — impropriety, besides being an abominable libel on the Peerage.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 81: The songs were too warm for this country.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 27 Aug. 11: She: ‘Say, what do men mean when they whistle at what is said?’ / He: ‘Oh, well – er – it sometimes means that the conversation is rather warm.’.
[UK]R. Carr Rampant Age 178: Jeesy, you ought to read it! Pretty warm in a couple of places.
[UK]P. Hansford-Johnson Unspeakable Skipton (1961) 27: Old Cosmo said your book was pretty warm.

8. sexually unrestrained.

[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 25 May 137/1: The pretty fair haired barmaid to keep herself padlocked as she is in very warm company.

9. unpleasant, uncomfortable.

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 101/1: Thinking that the matter would get warm, I [...] remarked that no doubt it was a joke on Mrs. Dunn’s part.
[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 411: I’ll make Lexington a pretty warm place for Mr. Bowles when I get back!
[UK] ‘’Arry on His Critics’ in Punch 17 Dec. 280/1: [It] makes it tremenjously warm / For William the Woodchopper.
[US]St Paul Dly Globe (MN) 14 Oct. 19/2: The owner of the dog swears she will make things warm for him in the sweet by-and-by.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 July 5/1: How these real protectors of the peace must and do stick together – not slinking away from a row, but rushing headlong to the assistance of the pal who is being jumped upon – is known only to those who have studied night-life in the neighbourhood of the New Cut, the Elephant and Castle, and such warm haunts of the ‘wrong ’uns.’.
[US]F. Packard Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) 16: Things are a little too warm, aren’t they, Jimmie? Let’s let them cool for a year.
[Aus]R.H. Knyvett ‘Over There’ with the Australians 168: I had eight batteries on the wire, and we gave that ‘minnie’ position a pretty warm time.
[US]D. Hammett ‘$106,000 Blood Money’ Story Omnibus (1966) 330: For a warm couple of seconds bullets spattered all around us.
[UK](con. WWI) F. Richards Old Soldiers Never Die (1964) 111: They were having a very warm time of it.
[UK]P. Closterman (trans.) Big Show 42: The whole Luftwaffe was in the air today! Things were going to get warm.

10. (orig. UK Und.) under suspicion; of a place, dangerous for criminal activity; thus warmish adj.

[UK]J. Lindridge Sixteen-String Jack 174: London’s getting a precious sight too warm for you all three.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 24/1: As it was some hours before the Diligence would start from Calais, and the city rather ‘warm,’ we agreed to walk out as far as St. Pierre, a village a short distance from Calais.
[UK]Sporting Times 15 Apr. 2/3: Although old Daddy Mills had been a warmish patsy all his life, he had always contrived to steer clear of the police.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 6 Feb. 2nd sect. 2/6: According to the ‘Collie Miner,’' the Foundation Handicap [...] was a pretty ‘warm’ affair. [An] extravagantly absurd quote against one of a field of three [...] at once prompted the stewards to ‘think things’.
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 11: Others had suggested Tottenham Court Road, but, wanting a few days freedom, he had scorned that as being too warm.
[US]T. Runyon In For Life 90: The joy-popping brigade found itself more than a little warm.
[UK]B. Hill Boss of Britain’s Underworld 62: We did not sell the gear for a day or two, since it was warm.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 73: London [...] got warm, so he decamped over to the Dam,.

11. of a situation or place, exciting, active.

[UK]Marryat Snarleyyow 84: ‘I thought as how this work would be too warm for him,’ observed Bill Spurey.
[US]W.T. Porter Big Bear of Arkansas (1847) 109: I can’t very well leave the game now – it’s getting right warm!
[US]W.H. Thomes Slaver’s Adventures 208: It means [...] they are hoisting out the launch, and that we are to have some warm work.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Life on the Mississippi (1914) 246: Shells were screaming and bursting all around. Mighty warm times.
[US]Ade Artie (1963) 94: What do you think of it as far as you’ve got? Warm town, eh?
Buchan Daily Tel. (WV) 3 Jan. 1/5: The municipal election at Keystone Thursday was, in slang terms a ‘warm baby.’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 25 Feb. 4/8: We were warm ’uns in the old days when the Settlement was young, / We were hot stuff in the happy, careless days.
[UK]J. Buchan Mr Standfast (1930) 502: I told him that I had half thought of Barrow, but decided to try Glasgow, since the Clyde seemed to be a warm corner.
[UK]P. Marks Plastic Age 237: Don’t leave now. [...] Why, hell, man, the game ’s just getting warm.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 112: ‘Is it warm up this way, Trevor,’ I ask. ‘It’s all action, everyone wants a slice.’.

12. of a picture, sexy, suggestive.

[UK]Paul Pry (London) 15 Aug. n.p.: PARISIAN BELLES. SCENES from FAST LIFE in the FRENCH CAPITAL.— These Stereoscopic Slides of the voluptuous Women of Paris, taken from superb Models, are now to be obtained singly or in sets. [...] N.B. A Catalogue, descriptive of these warm Gems, sent on receipt of Six stamps, and a stamped envelope.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 July 5/2: The ancients saw in woman’s form / No cause for giggles lewd, / Nor slyly whispered, ‘Aint it warm, / This study from the nude?’.

13. of a bill, large, poss. exorbitant.

[UK]H. Smart Post to Finish III 276: ‘Rather warm for the fraternity [i.e. bookmakers]’ remarked Farrington [...] ‘Yes, Captain, it’s a scorcher, that’s what it is.’.

14. (US) able, competent.

[US]W.J. Kountz Billy Baxter’s Letters 41: Say, Jim, if you ever happen to be hunting around for a real true old sport, don’t overlook General Hemingway [...] When it comes to warm propositions he is certainly the bell cow.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ It’s Up to You 101: Jim Nelson thinks that when it comes to poker he’s about the warmest little bundle of nerves that ever tapped a Jack.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 10 Jan. 2/3: Joe Hayward will continue in charge of this warm team [i.e. of racehorses].
[UK]E. Pugh City Of The World 55: That means I am pretty warm.
[UK]D.L. Sayers Have His Carcase 154: I always thought he was a pretty warm man, for a duke.

15. of a woman, sexy, provocative; ext. as warm baby, warm dame, etc.; occas. of a man, see cite 1910.

[E. Moore Foundling I i: Mercy on us! that a well-built fellow, with common sense, should take pains to unman himself, to tempt a warm girl of two-and-twenty to come to bed to him!] .
[UK]Lytton & LeBrunn [perf. Marie Lloyd] The Chili Widow [lyrics] He was ready and willing a kindness to perform / But perhaps the Three Star Brandy had made her sufficiently warm.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ Down the Line 58: You certainly picked out a warm proposition when you put your arms around Lizzie B.
[US]St Paul Globe (MN) 7 Aug. 27/2: When Juliet was dancing in what they called ‘de cakewalk — look-ee! ain’t she warm’.
[UK]Harrington & Powell [perf. Marie Lloyd] The Directoire Girl [lyrics] I at the races, shone, with my directoire on / They said that I was warmer than the weather.
H. Green ‘At the Actors’ Boarding House’ in Galena Eve. Times (KS) 10 June 4/3: [of a man] Was she doin’ her act around the hotel? She’s there with some warm stuff.
[US]Odum & Johnson Negro and His Songs (1964) 176: Baby, you sho lookin’ warm.
[US](con. 1900s–10s) Dos Passos 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 215: She’s a warm baby and she’s dancing in the Red Mill.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Judgement Day in Studs Lonigan (1936) 666: Nothing could be sweeter than a warm dame like her.
[Aus]N. Lindsay Age Of Consent 184: Pretty slick of old Mudgy getting a warm bit of stuff like that.
[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 137: If you want to give us a good laugh, why don’t you bring one of your Warm Sisters with you and make a gruesome twosome?
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 249: warm baby A passionate young woman.
[US]H. Ellison Web of the City (1983) 119: He’d had her pegged as warm drawers from the outset.
[US]E. De Roo Go, Man, Go! 55: Need an engraved invitation? I’m warm for you.
[US]Trimble 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.
‘Valley Girls’ on Paranoiafanzine [Internet] And I’ll even show you how to be a maximum warm babe like us how to get a totally viscious dude to notice you.

16. (Aus.) intimate; thus warmish adj.

[US]Alaska Citizen 28 Aug. 7/2: Things were getting too warm to keep much longer without fermenting. In fact their letters began to burn holes in the mail sacks.
[UK]Wodehouse Right Ho, Jeeves 95: It involved some rather warmish medieval dialogue, I recall, racy of the days when they called a spade a spade.

17. (US black) human, affectionate, the opposite of cool adj. (1)

[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 172: Well, it be a warm thing for you dudes to be doin, wouldn’t it? An, yo. You really wanna help them kids.

In compounds

warm baby (n.)

(US) a fashionable, exciting individual.

[NZ]Eve. Post (Wellington) 9 Mar. 2/7: [In New York] the most graphic bit of slang of all is that which sums up a conceited young man as follows [...] ‘he does think himself such an awfully warm baby’.
[UK]R. Whiteing No. 5 John Street 306: They do think they’re such awfully warm babies that lot.
[US]Seattle Star (WA) 19 Oct. 2/1: The word goes out that this bird’s one of the warmest babies on the race track.
[US]A.C. Inman 15 Aug. diary in Aaron (1985) 287: My first judgment of Hassie was that she is what slang aptly terms a ‘warm baby.’.
[UK]B. Niles Strange Brother (1932) 148: There’s Patsy Muller. She’s a warm baby.
warm member (n.) [SE member, a participant/member n.1 (1)]

(US) a promiscuous man, a philanderer.

[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 43: A couple of warm members, all togged out in fur coats, came out of a rum repository.
[US]A.H. Lewis Boss 271: I don’t want to discourage you, Madam; but, to put it to you on th’ square, Billy Van Flange is a warm member.
[US]Wood & Goddard Dict. Amer. Sl. 59: warm. Heated with passion; as, warm member, warm baby.
warm shop (n.) (also warm show)

a brothel.

[UK]J. Manchon Le Slang 331: a warm shop (or show) une maison male famée.
warm ’un (n.)

a prostitute.

[UK]Salvation Sarah [music hall song] n.p.: They call me Salvation Sarah, A warm-un I have been; But now I am converted, I’ll never go wrong again [F&H].

18. (Aus.) a solid blow.

[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 25 Sept. 1/5: Charlie showed what sort of a left he is possessed of, getting three or four real warm ’uns on Riley’s face.

In phrases

make things warm for (v.)

to cause trouble for.

C.H. Clark Out of the Hurly-Burly 252: Then the bishop saw clearly enough that if he gave presents to the other children, and not to the late Simpson’s, the bride would make things warm for him.
B. Mitford Through the Zulu Country 130: Any potentate in whose bad books he happens to figure may be inclined to make things warm for him.
[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ Huckleberry Finn (2001) 160: I was makin’ it mighty warm for the rummies, I tell you.
[UK]Kipling ‘The Moral Reformers’ in Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 122: I suppose you were too busy making things warm for your House-master.
J.W. Wright Mr Eagle’s USA 112: It was Smith’s vices with women that began to make things warm for him.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Out for the Day and In for the Night’ Sporting Times 9 June 1/4: They were each going in for rough play, / Making things pretty warm for both strangers and pals.
N. Gould Chance of a Lifetime 132: He was highly incensed at Darcy’s decision not to sell the colt, and determined to make things warm for him.
play the warm for (v.)

(US) to make advances towards, to ingratiate with.

[US]D. Runyon ‘The Lily of St. Pierre’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 140: Louie is playing the warm for Lily.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

warm beer (n.) [its colour]

urine.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 97: a stream of piss [...] warm beer (kwn SF, SM SI, late ’60s): ‘Do you like warm beer?’ = Do you like being pissed on? Do you drink urine?
[US]Maledicta IX 161: A number of expressions link boozing (to go on the piss) with urine; few of these move over into S&M slang except warm beer (a euphemism for urine).
warm body (n.)

(US) an insignificant person, someone who is present but does not participate.

Minnesota Daily 20 Nov. [Internet] ‘In most cases, (those schools) are just happy for a warm body, because so many teachers quit out of frustration,’ she said.
warm-mouth (n.)

(W.I.) the very first meal of the day, eaten between 4 and 6 a.m. and preceding a proper breakfast.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
warm with (n.)

a drink of warm spirits with water or sugar.

[UK] Dickens ‘Miss Evans and the Eagle’ in Slater Dickens’ Journalism I (1994) 229: Two glasses of rum-and-water ‘warm with.’.
Bon-Ton Gaz. 18 Jan. 9/1: [S]porting a prime havannah, and treating himself to a go (warm with).
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 297/1: If any lady or gentleman’ll stand treat to a glass of brandy and water, ‘warm with,’ I’ll tell more about this ‘Rambler.’.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 259/1: Warm with (London Taverns). Refers to orders for spirits and water, the ‘with’ refers to sugar.

In phrases