Green’s Dictionary of Slang

joy n.

[the effects]

1. [1940s+] marijuana.

2. [1960s+] heroin.

In compounds

joy dust (n.) [dust n. (5)]

[1910s+] (US drugs) heroin, morphine or cocaine.

joy flakes (n.) [flake n.1 ]

[1940s+] (US drugs) heroin, morphine or cocaine.

joy powder (n.)

[1920s+] (US drugs) heroin, morphine or cocaine.

joy roots (n.)

[1940s] (US black) marijuana.

joy smoke (n.)

[1930s–60s] (drugs) marijuana.

joy sniffer (n.)

[1910s] a narcotics user.

joystick (n.) [stick n. (6)]

1. [1930s–50s] (drugs) an opium pipe.

2. [1960s+] a marijuana cigarette.

3. see also SE compounds below.

joy weed (n.) [weed n.1 ]

1. [1910s] (US) tobacco.

2. [1930s–40s] (US drugs) marijuana.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

joy bang (n.) [bang n.1 (5); such an injection would usu. be subcutaneous rather than intravenous]

[1950s+] (drugs) an occasional injection of a narcotic by anyone who is not addicted.

joy box (n.)

1. [1910s] the stomach.

2. [1940s–60s] (US black) a radio or a piano [ext. box n.1 (4)].

3. [1970s] (US) the vagina [box n.1 (1)].

joy boy (n.)

1. [1920s+] (US) a foolish joker, or (ironically) a bad-tempered person.

2. [1960s+] a male homosexual.

3. [1960s+] a homosexual prostitute.

4. [1990s+] (US) a drug addict.

joy button (n.) (also joy buzzer) [note button n.1 (1c)]

[1970s+] (US) the clitoris.

joy germ (n.)

[1960s] (N.Z.) a pessimist, a complainer.

joy girl (n.) (also joy lady, joy woman) [lit. trans. Fr. fille de joie]

[1910s–70s] (US) a prostitute.

joy house (n.) (also joy club, joy shop) [note house n.1 ]

[1900s–70s] (US) a brothel.

joy jelly (n.) (also joy jell)

[1970s+] (US) fruit-flavoured vaginal lubricant jelly.

joy joint (n.) (also joy parlour) [joint n. (3)]

1. [late 19C–1960s] (US) a saloon bar.

2. (Aus.) a brothel.

joy juice (n.) (also joyful juice) [note juice n.1 (3)]

1. [20C+] (US) liquor, alcohol; also attrib.

2. [1950s] (US) rubbing alcohol.

3. [1950s+] (US black/campus) beer.

4. [1950s+] (US drugs) liquid amyl nitrite.

5. [1960s+] (US drugs) chloral hydrate.

6. [1960s+] (US drugs) a depressant.

7. [2000s] the drugs used in an execution by lethal injection.

joy knob (n.) [note knob n. (1c)]

1. [1940s–70s] (US) a knob screwed to a vehicle’s steering wheel, to facilitate steering with one hand.

2. [1950s+] (US) the penis.

joy pop/-popper/-popping

see separate entries.

joy ride (n.) [ride n. (1a)]

[1940s–60s] (US) sexual intercourse.

joy rider (n.)

1. [1920s–30s] (US) a legless beggar who transports themselves on a wheeled platform.

2. [1930s–60s] (US drugs) an occasional narcotic drug user.

joy shot (n.) [shot n.1 (6b); note later joy pop n.]

[1920s] (drugs) an occasional injection of a narcotic by anyone who is not addicted.

joystick (n.) [Puxley (1992) suggests rhy. sl. joystick = prick n. (1), but this is unlikely]

1. [1910s+] (orig. US, also gear stick) the penis.

2. see also sl. compounds above.

joy trail (n.)

[1970s+] the vagina.

joy water (n.)

1. [1900s–30s] (US) alcohol.

2. [1910s] (Aus.) champagne.