1. in sexual contexts.
(a) the penis.
|Taming of the Shrew IV i: curt.: Away, you three-inch fool! I am no beast. gru.: Am I but three inches? why, thy horn is a foot; and so long am I at the least.|
|‘A Mans Yard’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 10: It is a grafte Horne on a pretty head, / A staffe to make a Countess bedd.|
|inFruit of That Forbidden Tree (1975) 62: Hark how my merry horn doth blow / Too high, too low.|
|Penkethman’s Jests 16: In a Town where there had been a remarkable Slaughter of Maidenheads, and as great a Propagation of Horns.|
|[||Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 46: A column of the whitest ivory, beautifully streak’d with blue veins [...] No horn could be harder, or stiffer; yet no velvet more smooth or delicious to the touch].|
|‘Peggy’s Triumph’ in Lummy Chaunter 88: The French Horns to gain Peggy, plaudits tried next, / But she, through their bungling performance much vex’d, / Declar’d, that all wives should cornute those men, / Who make such long rests, or pop in now and then.|
|‘Toasts And Sentiments’ in Nobby Songster 47: May our horn always be in the que [sic] for c---.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 13 Sept. 2/4: ‘Now, butcher, I want some meat, and give it to me good [...] don’t give me the neck.’ [...] ‘Mind, Miss P., that he don’t give you the horns and hoofs’.|
|‘Bull Cow Blues’ [lyrics] Long as your right arm / Lord if you play with my horn baby / Make you break up your happy home.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 40: Right beneath the petticoat I blowed her with my horn.|
|Down in the Holler 104: The noun horn means penis.|
|Saved Scene iii: ’Aving trouble with yer ’orn?|
|Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 209: A bulge in his fly where the randy old horn hadn’t quite subsided.|
|in Graffiti 108: Young bucks with short horns, step up close.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 52: Trying to figure out how he’s gonna get his horn up the ass of that cute little eighteen-year-old bank robber.|
|Salesman 299: D’ye like ridin’, Homer? I’d say y’do. I’d say y’do, all right. I’d say y’ve a horn on yeh like a rhino, Homer, do yeh?|
|Get Your Cock Out 84: Then she carried on blowing Mincey’s cheesy horn.|
(b) sexual excitement or lust.
|Love for Love V i: She’s mad for a husband, and he’s horn mad, I think, or they’d ne’er make a match together.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy V 72: But ’tis without reason, for he that is born, / Under such a Planet, is Heir to the Horn.|
|‘Nursery Rhymes’ in Pearl 4 Oct. 32: E’en a boy’s white, fat bum / Could not make him come, / But an old man’s piles gave him the horn.|
|Randiana 83: The excitement of a ‘horn’ which I now had the satisfaction of knowing could be relieved without quitting the mansion.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 25: Avoir vent en poupe = to be sexually excited; ‘to have the horn’.|
|Ulysses 256: Come on to blazes, said Blazes Boylan, going. Lenehan gulped to go. – Got the horn or what? he said.|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 107: Mastigophily is I suppose whiploving [...] That is the sight of a whip gives you the horn.letter 22 Aug. in Thwaite|
|‘Beaufort’ in Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF 30: The Beaufighters say that we give them the horn.|
|letter 27 Feb. in Leader (2000) 271: Maupassant could get the horn at will.|
|Sir, You Bastard 144: How many poor sods have died of the horn up here, Jane?|
|Maledicta IX 144: Or perhaps they work out of an escort service or male call-house (bullring camp, hardware shop, the latter emphasizing the necessary horn, U.S. hard-on).|
|Guardian Media 1 Nov. 3: The DJ most likely to give you the horn.|
|Teenage Dirtbag Years 13: Blonde hair, amazing bod [...] we’re talking perma-horn material.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘Call an escort if you’ve got the horn’.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 251: Sets up the horn at the base ay the baws, always as good sign.|
(c) an erection.
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 7: Affiler le bandage. To have an erectio penis; ‘to get the horn’.|
|Sel. Letters (1976) 182: Perhaps the horn I had was not big enough for you for I remember that you [...] murmured tenderly ‘Fuck up, love! Fuck up, love!’.letter to Nora Barnacle 3 Dec. in Ellman|
|Ulysses 525: Haw, haw, have you the horn?|
|‘She Went for a Ride in a Morgan’ in Bawdy Ballads XXXVI: There wasn’t a prick she would scorn, / She gave every man an erection: / The more vulgar-minded say ‘horn’.|
|Diaries (1986) 24 Mar. 123: Tills became amorous again. [...] I got the horn.|
|(con. 1950s) Spend, Spend, Spend (1978) 44: Oh, I’m getting a horn on just thinking about what I could do to you.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 61: Les took one bite and nearly got a horn.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 41: But on that Resurrection morn, (3) / The dirty old bugger still got a horn.|
|(con. 1970) Dazzling Dark (1996) I iv: I have an awful horn on me.Danti-Dan in McGuinness|
|Grits 92: Orny as fuck, mun, I yam, been on-a fuckin billy all dey like an that ulweys gives me-a orn.|
(d) (US campus) a male sexual athlete.
2. (US) a drink [SE horn, a form of drinking vessel].
|Adventures of John Wetherell (1954) 258: We [...] took [...] a stiff horn of Cogniac.|
|Life in London (1869) 140: Let us fortify our stomachs with a slice or two of hung beef, and a horn or so of humming stingo!|
|Life and Adventures of Dr Dodimus Duckworth II 175: He had not even the excuse of drinking in good company, to say nothing of sleigh-rides [...] and such like occasions for taking an extra horn.|
|Waggeries and Vagaries 17: Here’s jest a leetle horn a piece in the bottle – let’s licker one more round.|
|N.O. Weekly Delta 23 Nov. p.1 in Humor of the Old Deep South (1936) n.p.: We adjourned over to the nearest dead-fall, tuck a whoppin’ horn of Ball Face.|
|Sut Lovingood’s Yarns 221: He wanted a ho’n bad.|
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 299: ‘Everything about the place is bad, excepting this brandy,’ I added, seizing the decanter, pouring myself out another horn, and tossing it down my throat.|
|Ft Worth Dly Gaz. (TX) 29 Aug. 6/4: A red-faced loafer struggling blindly around with a couple of horns of the stuff in his inside.|
|in Fools of Fortune 532: I earned a dollar in that town [...] And took a little horn.|
|DN III vii 538: horn, n. a dram of whiskey.‘An Eastern Kentucky Dialect Word-List’ in|
|Shadow of a Gunman Act II: He’s too far gone in the horns for that now. Sure no one ud mind him takin’ a pint or two, if he’d stop at that, but he won’t.|
|‘Boonville Lang. of N.C.’ in AS XXXIX:4 281: Horn, n. A drink.|
3. the nose.
|Drama in Pokerville 94: What with the blowing of noses [...] there was the most awful [...] horn-blowing that ever Judge Frill had listened to.|
|You Know Me Al (1984) 146: Then I come with my fast ball right past his nose and I bet if he had not of ducked it would of drove that big horn of hisn clear up in the press box.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 561: A big horn indicates character, and a moustache is good luck.‘The Big Umbrella’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 28: Sweat ran down the old man’s big nose [...] He had a horn like the handle of a Frontier Colt.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 11: His reading glasses from Woolworth’s perched on the end of his big horn.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 192: This big horn of mine is working like it was on bonus. What a fucking stink.|
4. an ear; in phr. between the horns, in the centre of the forehead.
|Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 24: I [...] grabbed the gun and pointed it at him right between the horns and pulled the trigger.|
|Circus of Dr Lao 87: One of the Chink non-coms would come up with a big Mauser pistol an’ let him have it between the horns.|
|Pimp 227: It took maybe a minute for me to have all their horns to receivers.|
|Choirboys (1976) 286: Was ready to bust a cap between his fuckin horns.|
5. (orig. jazz) as a wind instrument.
(a) a trumpet.
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 33: I got the horn stashed by Paddy Jenks, he likes I should play when he’s goofin.|
|Owning Up (1974) 83: Louis [...] handed it back with the words: ‘You want to get the saveloys out of your horn, man!’.|
(b) a trombone.
|AS XII:3 181: horn. Trombone (loosely, any brass instrument).‘The Sl. of Jazz’ in|
(c) any kind of wind instrument.
|AS XII:1 46: horn. Any wind instrument, whether reed or brass.‘A Musician’s Word List’ in|
|(con. 1940s) Autobiog. (1968) 127: I wished had studied a horn; but I never had been exposed to one.|
6. (US) a telephone; esp. in phr. on the horn; cite 2002 refers to a walkie-talkie.
|Slanguage Dict. 28: On the horn – on the telephone.|
|Beat Generation 41: That’s Dave on the horn.|
|Cannibals 215: I’ll call you on the horn in a few days.|
|Inner City Hoodlum 214: I’ll get on the horn, Jim.|
|Under Cover 236: I’m going to get on the horn [...] Just call everyone I know.|
|Point of Origin (1999) 205: I’m on the horn.|
|At End of Day (2001) 80: We get on the horn tomorrow.|
|Wire ep. 1 [TV script] You got the uniforms on the horn?‘The Target’|
|Drop Dead, My Lovely (2005) 14: Look, doll, when you grab the horn—.|
|Lush Life 56: When you get your boss on the horn, tell him that the chiefs are already all over this .|
|The Force [ebook] He gets on the horn to Sykes.|
an attractive woman.
|Nice Night’s Entertainment (1981) 189: Of course I love you, horn-bag.|
|Traveller’s Tool 7: Looking up the leather mini of the spunky little hornbag.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus 3 in Viz 98 Oct. 17: hornbagn. An extremely attractive woman, ie. one who gives you the horn.|
|Kath & Kim [Living TV (Aus.)] I’m not a housewife. I’m a hornbag!|
|Guardian G2 10 May 7: Kim Craig is a ‘hornbag’ and she knows it.|
|Scrublands [ebook] ‘And that hornbag single mum, hey? Wouldn’t mind a bit of that myself’.|
1. an involuntary erection.
|Jemmy Twitcher’s Jests 52: He told Mr Foote the motion of the coach had a remarkable effect upon him, and given him a violent fit of the Horn-Cholic.(ed.)|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Horn cholick, a temporary priapism.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
2. male sexual frustration.
|Down in the Holler 104: Unsatisfied sexual desire in the male is called either stone-ache or horn colic.|
see separate entries.
a pornographic film.
|AS XLII:4 228: cock movie, n. phr.; horn movie, n. phr. An erotic ‘dirty’ moving picture.‘Terms Used in a Men’s Dormitory’ in|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 93: Perhaps Manolete [...] suffered from terrible haemorrhoids as a result of long nights in Spanish horn parlours.|
|Experience 309: Asked by the doctor if he would like to try a course of what Girl, 20 calls ‘horn pills’ (or ur-Viagra).|
|Spitalfields Life 18 Nov. [Internet] Celery is ‘horn root,’ because years ago they thought that celery was an aphrodisiac. And they said it gave you the horn.|
a fellator or fellatrix.
|Get Your Cock Out 31: The cloakroom boy [...] pushed his luck and asked Dandy to fist him. Dandy obliged the cheeky little AC/DC horn smoker.|
|Get Your Cock Out 57: Does my penchant for hornsmoking and being slammed up the dirtbox bother you at all?|
see ring someone’s bell under bell n.1
(US) a phr. used after someone has blown their nose noisily.
|DN II:vi 424: blow your horn if you don’t sell fish. Said to anyone who blows his nose vigorously.‘Cape Cod Dialect’ in|
in a state of sexual excitement.
|Bugger’s Alphabet in (1979) 42: N is the noble who died on the horn.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 228: I remember when I had you on the horn, Thursday night.|
of a man, to engage in sexual activity, esp. after a period of abstinence.
|Current Sl. II:1 6: Scrape one’s horns, v. To indulge in heavy petting after a lapse of sexual activities.|
|Great Santini (1977) 300: I know all you boys got the hotpants cause I was young myself and I had to cut my horns like anyone else.|
|Get Your Cock Out 94: The little girlyboy ain’t gonna smoke no more horn.|
SE in slang uses
|Cambyses in Dodsley Old Plays (1875) IV 235: But cousin, because to that office ye are not like come, / Frequent your exercises, a horne on your thumbe, / A quick eye, a sharp knife [F&H].|
|Bartholomew Fair II iii: I mean a child of the horn-thumb, a babe of booty, boy, a cut-purse.|
see separate entry.
see under diamond n.
(US) to pressurize.
|Thief 31: This other dude [...] got the horn to him and angled the price up two bills.|
(US) a general phr. of dismissal.
|Daily Pennant (St. Louis) 9 Sept. n.p.: A jury case too, with lawyers for trimmings, / And a plaintiff who looked so forlorn; / For his battered arm he bore in a sling, / But I spec it was all in a horn.|
|Knickerbocker (N.Y.) lI (Feb.) 145: That is how I was converted ; was it, think you, in a horn?|
|Wash. Eve. Star 26 Aug. n.p.: I have mentioned before the innumerable comforts – in a horn – of the old White Sulphur Springs [F&H].|
|Bill Arp 56: Methinks I see them, as in a horn, crowding the road, and swimming the rivers, and climbing the mountains, exclaiming with majestic fury, We come, we come, – ye have called us long, / We come o’er the mountings – in a horn.|
|Bill Arp’s Peace Papers 78: ‘I bleeve I’ll unpack,’ sed one, ‘dingd if I’m afeerd of a blu taled fly; I’m goin to set down and be esy.’ ‘In a horn,’ sed I.|
|County Paper (Oregon, MO) 15 Sept. 2/6: Such phrases as [...] trim one’s jacket [...] in a horn [...] that’s a whopper.|
see blow one’s horn v. (2)
see pull your head in! under head n.