Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pisser n.

[piss n. (1)/piss v. (1)]

1. in lit. or concrete uses.

(a) a urinal.

[US]D. Ponicsan Last Detail 174: Dropping pennies in the pisser.
[US](con. 1940s) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 55: They bracketed a middle-aged man at the pisser.
[Aus]T. Winton That Eye, The Sky 121: Another gang of kids push some melon into the pisser.
[US]B. Hamper 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.
[US]C. Buzzell My War (2006) 22: I came out of the pisser with the test tube of my own piss.
[UK]T. Black Ringer [ebook] n.p.: Davie Geddes will be looking for Monique if it stays in the pisser for much longer.
[US]T. Robinson Rough Trade [ebook] ‘Don’t enter any of my nightclubs again, Mr. Malone, even to use the pisser’.

(b) the penis.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 233: While pissing on deck, an old boatswain / Fell asleep, and his pisser got frozen.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.
[US](con. 1967) E. Spencer Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 79: Before you can react it [i.e. a leech] would climb right in your pisser.
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) 29 June [Internet] 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.
[US]K. Brown Kingdom Come’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds) Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] The morning had been [...] hotter than a blistered pisser in a pepper patch .

(c) the vagina.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 197: Get your knickers down, let’s see your pisser.
[US]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.

[ Pope ‘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].
[US]‘J.M. Hall’ Anecdota Americana I 50: I’ve had twelve pissers, and you’re the third shit to come in.
[US]E. Dahlberg 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.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 149: There had been a sudden influx of last minute pissers before they went to bed.
[US]J. Baldwin 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.
[US]H. Selby Jr Requiem for a Dream (1987) 47: Your old ladys a pisser man.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 209: Jayzuss [...] you’re a real pisser, aren’t yo.
[UK]A. Higgins Donkey’s Years 21: Their powerful pee curved out like rainbows [...] the three pissers smiling to themselves.
[Aus]S. Maloney Big Ask 45: ‘You pervert,’ gasped the evicted pisser.

(e) a very unpleasant place.

[UK](con. 1950s–60s) in G. Tremlett Little Legs 65: It [i.e. a hotel] was a pisser, worse than a dosshouse.

(f) (US prison) solitary confinement.

[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 211: pisser, n. – solitary confinement.

(g) a public house.

[UK]M. Amis 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.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.

(h) (Aus.) a (male) cicada.

C. James Unreliable Memoirs 221: The ordinary cicada was called a pisser because he squirted mud at you.
Australian Word Map [Internet] pisser, a male cicada: When I flooded the cicada hole I got a pisser.

(i) a drunkard.

[UK]M. Amis 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.

[Ire]G. Coughlan Everyday Eng. and Sl. [Internet] 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.

[US]Goldin et al. 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.
[US]A.J. Liebling Honest Rainmaker (1991) 19: Joe [...] if I say so myself this is a pisseur.
[US]C. Perry Portrait of a Young Man Drowning (1963) 24: Tim McCoy [...] Nobody can outdraw him. He’s a real pisseroo.
[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 18: I tell you I never dream. But this – a real pisser.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 11: 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.
[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 22: This guy here in the middle is my buddy Geezer [...] Boy, he was a pisser.
[UK]T. Fontana & S. Jablonski ‘Great Men’ Oz ser. 2 ep. 3 [TV script] You’d like my wife, she’s a real pisser.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 584: RMDJ: That one guard was a pisser. Remember him? Bob Relyea. NDK: Bob the Brain. Jimmy called him that.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 137: The actual muff of an actual girl from town [...] that would be a fuckin pisser.

(b) a difficult or distasteful event or task, an unpleasant person.

[UK]K. Amis letter 27 Nov. in Leader (2000) 249: Michael Hamburger is a frothless pisser.
[US]R. Stone Hall of Mirrors (1987) 44: It’s a beautiful piece of music [...] It must be a pisser to play.
[US]L. Heinemann Close Quarters (1987) 240: Wasn’t that [i.e. a battle] a pisser?
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 100: Bit of a pisser, though, innit?
[US]C. Hiaasen Native Tongue 307: God, she was a pisser.
[Aus]G. Disher Paydirt [ebook] ‘That [i.e. some form of blunder] would be a pisser’.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 449: Be a bit uvver pissa if it is [dud], tho; its not sow much tha money spent as that fuckin disappointment.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 679: ‘I lost the hot dogs.’ ‘What a fuckin pisser.’.
T.M. Simmler ‘Suicide Chump’ in ThugLit July [ebook] ‘Mental crack-up and post-traumatic stress disorder [...] quite the pisser’.
[UK]Guardian 30 June [Internet] 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.

[US](con. 1917) ‘W.W. Windstaff’ ‘A Flier’s War’ in Longstreet Canvas Falcons (1970) 283: Poor little pissers, so game and so scared, rosy-cheeked.
[US]B. Schulberg On the Waterfront (1964) 121: How thankful we should be to Johnny Friendly for bein’ such a pisser of a labour leader.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 17: Dramer Tatum is what we call a pisser. I mean that sumbitch will make your helmet ring when he puts it on you.
[US]Pileggi & Scorsese Goodfellas [film script] 1: He’s a little pisser. I’ve known all my life.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy 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.

[US] ‘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.’.
[US]H. Selby Jr 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.
[US]Current Sl. V:4 17: Pisser, n. Something agreeable or humorous.
[US]M. Baker 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.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 413: Abe ho-ho-ho’d, cuffed his arm oh-you-kid. ‘You’re a pisser.’.
[US]B. Wiprud Sleep with the Fishes 37: These yokels were a pisser.

In phrases

pull someone’s pisser (v.)

to tease, to deceive.

[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 85: Then we told him the truth, but he would not believe it. ‘You’re pulling my pisser.’.
[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss 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?
[UK]A. Bleasdale Scully 162: Arr get out. Y’pullin’ me pisser.
[UK]A. Bleasdale ‘Moonlighter’ in Boys from the Blackstuff (1985) [TV script] 85: Are you pullin’ my pisser?
[UK]K. Waterhouse Soho 153: You’re pulling our pissers!