1. in lit. or concrete uses.
(a) a urinal.
|Last Detail 174: Dropping pennies in the pisser.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 55: They bracketed a middle-aged man at the pisser.|
|That Eye, The Sky 121: Another gang of kids push some melon into the pisser.|
|Rivethead (1992) 66: When it got crowded in there [...] you sometimes had to give old Lightnin’ a little nudge in order to find some elbow room at the pisser.|
|My War (2006) 22: I came out of the pisser with the test tube of my own piss.|
|(con. 1943) Coorparoo Blues [ebook] [H]e sauntered through the pisser and into the pub.|
|Ringer [ebook] n.p.: Davie Geddes will be looking for Monique if it stays in the pisser for much longer.|
|Rough Trade [ebook] ‘Don’t enter any of my nightclubs again, Mr. Malone, even to use the pisser’.|
(b) the penis.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|in Limerick (1953) 233: While pissing on deck, an old boatswain / Fell asleep, and his pisser got frozen.|
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 79: Before you can react it [i.e. a leech] would climb right in your pisser.|
|Bug (Aus.) 29 June 🌐 Two of the game’s finest being put through the disciplinary mincer for minor indiscretions – one being too pissed, the other showing too much of his pisser.|
|Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] The morning had been [...] hotter than a blistered pisser in a pepper patch .Kingdom Come’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds)|
(c) the vagina.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|You Flash Bastard 197: Get your knickers down, let’s see your pisser.|
|Maledicta IX 161: In the U.K. one may hear of [...] piss money against the wall (squander), piss pins and needles (from the sting of gonorrheal infection), pisser (vagina, or anything unpleasant), pissing while (a moment), etc.|
(d) one who urinates.
|[||‘Duke upon Duke’ Misc. II (1751) 110: Mean Time on ev’ry Pissing-Post / Paste we this Recreant’s Name, / So that each Pisser-by shall read / And piss against the same].|
|Anecdota Americana I 50: I’ve had twelve pissers, and you’re the third shit to come in.|
|Bottom Dogs 39: Miss Price took care of the little orphans, and saw to it that rubber sheets were put on the beds of those who wet themselves.[...] as soon as a newcomer got in, she said, she could tell for certain whether he was a little pisser or not.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 149: There had been a sudden influx of last minute pissers before they went to bed.|
|Blues for Mister Charlie 19: Hey old pisser [...] I expect you to control your bladder like a gentleman whenever your Papa’s got you on his knee.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 47: Your old ladys a pisser man.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 209: Jayzuss [...] you’re a real pisser, aren’t yo.|
|Donkey’s Years 21: Their powerful pee curved out like rainbows [...] the three pissers smiling to themselves.|
|Big Ask 45: ‘You pervert,’ gasped the evicted pisser.|
(e) a very unpleasant place.
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 65: It [i.e. a hotel] was a pisser, worse than a dosshouse.|
(f) (US prison) solitary confinement.
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 211: pisser, n. – solitary confinement.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
(g) a public house.
|London Fields 352: Basically, Michael, I’m just the sort of guy who just likes to meet up with his mates down the pisser. Down the drinker. Down the pub.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
(h) (Aus.) a (male) cicada.
|Unreliable Memoirs 221: The ordinary cicada was called a pisser because he squirted mud at you.|
|Australian Word Map 🌐 pisser, a male cicada: When I flooded the cicada hole I got a pisser.|
(i) a drunkard.
|London Fields 457: There’s no pub. Don’t you think we have enough grief already, Keith. Without wheeling a couple of hundred pissers in and out of here.|
(j) (Irish) a heavy drinking session.
|Everyday Eng. and Sl. 🌐 Pisser (n): going out for a night of big drinking.|
2. (US) in fig. uses [used here in the sense of ‘that which makes one (fig.) piss’].
(a) (also pisseroo) an extraordinary person or thing.
|DAUL 158/1: Pisser. Any extraordinary person or thing; anything affording extreme satisfaction or dissatisfaction; an unusual occurrence or predicament. [...] Pisseroo. An emphatic variant of pisser.et al.|
|Honest Rainmaker (1991) 19: Joe [...] if I say so myself this is a pisseur.|
|Portrait of a Young Man Drowning (1963) 24: Tim McCoy [...] Nobody can outdraw him. He’s a real pisseroo.|
|in Sweet Daddy 18: I tell you I never dream. But this – a real pisser.|
|Semi-Tough 15: I have carved out a special place for myself in football history by being a white pisser. Shake Tiller has said that if I was black I would not be thought of so much as any kind of hell.|
|Nam (1982) 22: This guy here in the middle is my buddy Geezer [...] Boy, he was a pisser.|
|Oz ser. 2 ep. 3 [TV script] You’d like my wife, she’s a real pisser.‘Great Men’|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 584: RMDJ: That one guard was a pisser. Remember him? Bob Relyea. NDK: Bob the Brain. Jimmy called him that.|
|Dreamcatcher 137: The actual muff of an actual girl from town [...] that would be a fuckin pisser.|
|Widespread Panic 30: ‘Mr Crowley, you’re a pisser’.|
(b) a difficult or distasteful event or task, an unpleasant person.
|letter 27 Nov. in Leader (2000) 249: Michael Hamburger is a frothless pisser.|
|Hall of Mirrors (1987) 44: It’s a beautiful piece of music [...] It must be a pisser to play.|
|Close Quarters (1987) 240: Wasn’t that [i.e. a battle] a pisser?|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 100: Bit of a pisser, though, innit?|
|Native Tongue 307: God, she was a pisser.|
|Paydirt [ebook] ‘That [i.e. some form of blunder] would be a pisser’.|
|Grits 449: Be a bit uvver pissa if it is [dud], tho; its not sow much tha money spent as that fuckin disappointment.|
|Dreamcatcher 679: ‘I lost the hot dogs.’ ‘What a fuckin pisser.’.|
|‘Suicide Chump’ in ThugLit July [ebook] ‘Mental crack-up and post-traumatic stress disorder [...] quite the pisser’.|
|Guardian 30 June 🌐 The pisser for Boris is that he now can’t even contemplate having Michael beaten up.|
(c) a bloke, a chap, esp. one who is tough and purposeful.
|(con. 1917) Canvas Falcons (1970) 283: Poor little pissers, so game and so scared, rosy-cheeked.‘A Flier’s War’ in Longstreet|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 121: How thankful we should be to Johnny Friendly for bein’ such a pisser of a labour leader.|
|Semi-Tough 24: Dreamer Tatum is what we call a pisser. I mean that sumbitch will make your helmet ring when he puts it on you.|
|Goodfellas [film script] 1: He’s a little pisser. I’ve known all my life.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 122: That Tyrone, he’s a pisser. You did the Casitas Youth Camp with him, didn’t you?|
(d) something or someone considered hilariously funny.
|‘Some Amer. Idioms from the Yiddish’ in AS XVIII:1 Feb. 45: As they [i.e. New Yorkers] use it, ‘pisser’ denotes a wag or ‘card,’ a ‘corker,’ or a screamingly funny joke or prank, a ‘hot one.’.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 87: Smilin all over the goddam place and the strap of his hat under his chin. I tellya man, it was a pissa.|
|Current Sl. V:4 17: Pisser, n. Something agreeable or humorous.|
|Nam (1982) 123: The pisser of the whole thing was that the next week the newspapers reported on this small village [...] that the North Vietnamese overran and destroyed all seventy inhabitants.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 413: Abe ho-ho-ho’d, cuffed his arm oh-you-kid. ‘You’re a pisser.’.|
|Sleep with the Fishes 37: These yokels were a pisser.|
to tease, to deceive.
|Mint (1955) 85: Then we told him the truth, but he would not believe it. ‘You’re pulling my pisser.’.|
|(con. WWII) Soldier Erect 37: He was pulling your pisser [...] Malaria’s no worse than a cold. [Ibid.] 133: You think I’m pulling your pisser, man?|
|Scully 162: Arr get out. Y’pullin’ me pisser.|
|Boys from the Blackstuff (1985) [TV script] 85: Are you pullin’ my pisser?‘Moonlighter’ in|
|Soho 153: You’re pulling our pissers!|