[18C+] a generic term used in the following combs. pertaining to religion or praying.
[19C] a parson, a preacher.
1. [late 19C–1940s] (US black) the front seats in a church, on either side of the pulpit.
2. [late 19C] in fig. non-religious use.
3. [late 19C–1940s] (US black) attrib. use of sense 1, pertaining to people who occupy those seats, i.e. the most devout members of the congregation.
[18C–early 19C] a parish clerk; thus queer amen-curler n., a drunken parish clerk.
[late 18C] a church clerk.
[early 19C+] (W.I.) the carrion crow.
[late 19C+] (mainly Aus.) a parson.
[late 19C] a church.
[19C+] the chaplain’s clerk; a clergyman.
to work as a parish clerk.