a generic term used in the following combs. pertaining to religion or praying.
a parson, a preacher.
|Paved with Gold 309: He was nicknamed the ‘Amen bawler’ (parson) and recommended to take to the ‘hum box’ (pulpit).|
1. (US black) the front seats in a church, on either side of the pulpit.
|Ladies’ Repository (N.Y.) XXXV Jan. 47: The few gentlemen who had come to worship were seated in what one of our party irreverently styled the ‘amen corner’.|
|Dly Tobacco Leaf (Clarkesville, TN) 10 June 4/3: Miss Annie Rutherford [recited] ‘Trouble in the Amen Corner’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Oct. 14/4: It’s always a dark day in ‘Amen Corner’ when a bachelor shepherd ‘throws the handkerchief.’ Last time it happened hereabouts, patriarchs prayerfully ‘disciplined’ the meenister, while ewe-lambs of the flock flooded him with tear-blotted anonymous letters.|
|Blue-grass Blade (Lexington, KY) 6 June 1/1: The people them days went to church / An’ filled the Amen Corner.|
|(con. 1915–16) N.I. White Amer. Negro Folk-Songs 367: [reported from Auburn, Ala., 1915–1916] De preacher in de pulpit / Drinking champagne and beer, / Women in de amen corner / Singing don’t you leave me here.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 160: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Amen corner.|
2. in fig. non-religious use.
|Kansas Agitator 26 Apr. 3/2: A.G. Stacey sits in the amen corner of the Republican synagogue [...] and sent out daily to the Republican press a tissue of lies.|
3. (US black) attrib. use of sense 1, pertaining to people who occupy those seats, i.e. the most devout members of the congregation.
|Sweat (1995) 956: You ain’t nothing but a hypocrite. One of them amen-corner Christians.|
|(con. 1850s) Kingdom Coming 114: Dat’s a-men-cornder tawk, gal.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 9: Booming out some gibberish mumbo jumbo in his best amen-corner baritone.|
a parish clerk; thus queer amen-curler n., a drunken parish clerk.
|Works 2 23: A Certificate of this miraculous Cure, I have under the hand of the Parson of the Parish, and his Amen-curler.|
|Serious & Comical Essays 159: This Amen-Curler did not make Psalm-singing his only Business.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant n.p.: amen-curler [...] queer amen-curler, a drunken parish clerk.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 3: Amen curler — a parish-clerk, or assistant at any chapel or conventicle.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 129/1: Queer amen curler, a drunken parish clerk.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|No. 5 John Street 221: ‘We represent the Musselbry branch o’ the Slav’ry Sersiety,’ says a sort of Amen-curler, as was at the ’ead on ’em.|
|(ref. to 1870s) Dundee Eve. Post 26 Nov. 6/3: When the sweet Sabbath bells ring out softly o’er Bow / An’ the old amen curler to pulpit he go.|
a church clerk.
|Sporting Mag. Sept. XIV 325/2: Being no novice beckons to his clerk: / The Amen-man did instantly obey.|
(W.I.) the carrion crow.
|cited in Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).|
(mainly Aus.) a parson.
|Bulletin 24 Nov. n.p.: In Maori-land it is impossible to swing [a] cat without smiting some variety of amen-snorter. Still the saints are not happy [F&H].|
|Jimmy Brockett 230: Jerry said that Dubois’ old man had been an amen snorter, but that the kid had gone all atheist.|
|AS XXXIII:3 164: amen-snorter [...] n. A preacher.‘Australian Cattle Lingo’ in|
|Aussie Swearers Guide 61: Amen Snorter (also Bible Basher). Someone with strong religous beliefs.|
|Weekly Dig [Internet] He even tried Adam-and-Eveing it with the sizzlechested amen-snorter next door.‘Dirty Dictionaries’ on|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
the chaplain’s clerk; a clergyman.
|Qly Rev. 256 347: One occasionally heard the phrase an amen- wallah, a clergyman, especially a chaplain, but originally a chaplain's clerk.|
|DSUE (1984) 17/2: C.19–20.|
|Indian Wds in Eng. 54: Thus we have [...] ‘Lewis gun wallah’, ‘amen wallah’, ‘base wallah’ [etc.].|
to work as a parish clerk.
|Letters from the Dead to the Living in Works (1760) II 16: Lower sells penny prayer-books all week, and curls an amen in a Meeting-house on Sundays.|