Green’s Dictionary of Slang

party n.2

1. any form of sex act, usu. provided by a prostitute; often used in the prostitute’s question: What kind of party would you like? What speciality would you prefer?

[US]Wood & Goddard Dict. Amer. Sl.
[US]‘R. Scully’ Scarlet Pansy 191: Here they would linger and rant and rave about their Johns, ‘parties’ with this one and ‘parties’ with that one and [...] when pressed to give details would draw in their lips tightly and say, ‘My lips are sealed’.
[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Broken melody’ in Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective Dec. 🌐 I’d been on several parties with herg in the past. I [...] patted the orange slacks where they were tightest.
[US] joke cited in G. Legman Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 126: Couldn’t we put on one little party and then go to sleep together?
[US]H. Whittington Web of Murder (2000) 52: How about a little party, Counselor? [...] What would you like? Blonde? Brunette?
[US]R. Giallombardo Gloss. in Study of a Women’s Prison 206: Party. The act of homosexual or heterosexual experience.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 109: We goin’ to have a party, daddy?
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 184: Why didn’t you tell the daughter her old man was having a party?
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 102: Struggle? Consensual? Party that got out of hand? Possible necro?

2. a difficult, demanding situation.

[US]D. Hammett Red Harvest (1965) 128: ‘Stick around. This is good a spot as any while there's a reader out for you. And we’ll need a good guy like you on the party’.
[US](con. 1960s) D. Goines Black Gangster (1991) 74: It’s going to be one hell of a party trying to keep them studs cooped up.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 361: Like I say, guys, it’s your party.

3. non-commercial heterosexual intercourse.

[US]N. Davis ‘You’ll Die Laughing’ in Penzler Pulp Fiction (2007) 246: I figure they was havin’ a party and he gave her the business.
[US]W. Brown Teen-Age Mafia 85: She wanted one more real bang-up party with Whitey before she kissed him goodby.

4. a sexual encounter between two homosexual men.

[US]‘Lou Rand’ Gay Detective (2003) 98: We put on some real gay parties for them to watch.
[US]San Diego Sailor 27: It was a good party, but I wasn’t as hot as I’d been the night before. [Ibid.] 35: I didn’t know how well I was going to be able to take it [i.e. a very large penis]. But that’s the way I’d planned our first party.

5. an orgy.

[UK]T. Taylor Baron’s Court All Change (2011) 140: [She] asked me [...] if I’d have some kind of orgy (she called it a party) with the two of them.
[US]Trimble 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.
[US](con. 1900s) in S. Harris Hellhole 167: The owner [...] of the Glad House [...] called her and the other waitresses to question them about some ‘parties’ they’d held beyond the ones they’d checked with him. [Ibid.] 193: I can hardly bring myself to describe some of those so-called ‘parties’.
[US]B. Jackson Thief’s Primer 189: Very seldom will she make over $450 a week unless there’s a big party.
[US]J. Thompson ‘Sunrise at Midnight’ in Fireworks (1988) 165: What he was sacked up with was two other guys – [...] they’d been having a party.
[US]N. Eastwood Gardener Got Her n.p.: In a few minutes he was going to show Greg and Lucy what a real party was like.
[UK](con. 1960s) A. Frewin London Blues 105: ‘There’s a gentleman I know in the West End who often has a party. . .’ A party? A birthday party? [...] ‘You know, dear. A party.’.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 228: [They] retain six detached bungalows as ‘Party’ or ‘Orgy Pads’ for visiting homsexuals.

6. a sexual encounter involving two or more women and one man.

[US]Hall & Adelman Gentleman of Leisure 80: Do you want to have a party with me and my friend?
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 221: ‘Something exotic is wanted,’ Bosco said. ‘A threesome, a foursome, a holiday party,’ Whistler guessed.

7. a session of drug-taking.

W.D. Myers Dope Sick 54: I slipped from dibbing and dabbing into drugs, from weekend parties to really getting wired up.

In compounds

party girl (n.)

a promiscuous young woman, not necessarily a prostitute, a ‘good-time girl’.

[US]Sun (Baltimore) 20 Apr. 3/1: A ‘party girl’s’ flat was hunted by police today as the probable scene of the slaying of Arthur P. Hewitt, rich retired contractor .
[US]Lait & Mortimer USA Confidential 40: Some people call them call girls and others refer to them as party girls; because you call them when you want a party.
[US]Winick & Kinsie Lively Commerce 178: This kind of prostitute, who is often called a ‘party girl’ [...] may begin dating her employer and then go out with some buyers. Such leads provide a ready source of customers, and the girl can maintain her other job.
J. Elllroy Brown’s Requiem 157: [S]he worked as a combination typist-party girl. The cannery mogul paid for her apartment and gave her a grand a month in exchange for frequent nighttime visits.
[US]Maledicta IX 150: The original argot of prostitution includes some words and phrases which have gained wider currency and some which have not […] party girl.
[US]J. Stahl I, Fatty 112: A party gal who lures a regular Joe to Hades with an opium pipe.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

party animal (n.)

1. anyone notably devoted to going out and having a good time.

[US]Steel Shavings (U. Indiana Northwest) 31 78/2: I hope to be a criminal lawyer and take care of my parents, but I’m still an all-around party animal.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 6: wild boar – person who indulges excessively in the pursuit of amusements. Also party animal.
[US]J. Wambaugh Golden Orange (1991) 155: Spoon’s a party animal like Howard Hughes was a party animal.
[UK]Guardian Guide 26 Feb.–3 Mar. 13: Holly Golightly is a hardcore party animal.
[SA]Mail and Guardian (S.Afr.) 7 Dec.–3 Jan. 53: Les Bush is, at 60-plus, the Eternal Party Animal.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[UK]M. Amis Experience 228: I never saw anything but the party-animal side of Betjeman.
party ball (n.)

(US) a pot belly.

[US]J. Stahl Pain Killers 17: One of those skinny guys with a belly - what beer drunks call a ‘party ball’.
party balloon (n.)

1. a breathalyser.

[UK]‘P.B. Yuill’ Hazell Plays Solomon (1976) 20: Temporary barman, temporary van-driver (until they brought out the party balloon and I lost the licence).

2. (US) a condom.

[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 13: A dozen tightly rolled party balloons [...] packed each with a gram of Mexican brown heroin.
[US]J. Stahl ‘Pure’ in Love Without 166: Sometimes my bee-hind puffs up like a little party balloon.
party drugs (n.)

(drugs) ‘drugs that are handed out at parties that are for sale or free, party drugs consist of ecstacy and other pill form drugs and/or powder. Weed or heroin isn’t considered a party drug’ (

[US]Philadelphia Inquirer 16 Nov. 🌐 They're known as study drugs ... party drugs ... vitamin R, the smart drug, addy, a-bomb [...] they’re actually stimulants like ‘Ritalin’ and ‘Adderall’, which are commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
[UK]Central Cee ‘Day in the Life’ 🎵 Selling them party drugs.
party hat (n.)

1. (US) the flashing light on top of a police car.

[US]L. Dills CB Slanguage.

2. (orig. US campus) a condom.

RMC Journal in Moore (1993) 260: [He was the] only man to send his fourthie out to the Chemist to get two boxes of party hats.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 16: These slang items seem just as fresh and viable as 1992’s [...] party hat for ‘condom’.
[US]D. Lypchuk ‘A dirty little story’ in eye mag. 8 July 🌐 He put on his party hat.
party hop (v.) [hop v.1 (7)]

(orig. US) to move from one party to the next and so on during the course of a single evening and night.

[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 63: party hopping n phr Act of moving progressively from one party to another.
party pack (n.)

(N.Z. prison) the prison issue of issue of three condoms and a tube of lubricant.

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 136/1: party pack n. 1 a Department of Corrections Sex Education issue of three condoms and a tube of lubricant.
party pills (n.)

(drugs) pills taken for a desired effect, usu. at a ‘rave’ to give increased energy for all-night dancing.

[US]J. Stahl ‘Gordito’ in Love Without (2007) 37: Half conscious on booze and party pills.
Wikipedia 🌐 Party Pills, also known as ‘Herbal Highs’ and ‘Dance Pills’, is common slang in New Zealand that defines pills that are taken to give a desired effect, usually at a rave for increased energy, to allow the attenders to dance all night. [...] Some of the more common Party Pills over the last decade have been Charlie(s), the Good Stuff, Exodus, Frenzy, Rapture, Charge, Blast, Euphoria, Silver Bullet, Dark Angel, Sonic, Jump, Assassins, and many others.
party pooper (n.) (also party poop) [poop v.3 (4)]

1. (orig. US) a spoilsport, one who sabotages the pleasures and enjoyments of their companions, whether at a party or other amusement.

[US]W. White ‘Wayne University Sl.’ AS XXX:4 304: party pooper [...] Someone who refuses to join in the party spirit.
[US]J. Kirkwood There Must Be a Pony! 128: Don’t be party poops!
[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 292: Come on [...] let’s not be any party poopers.
[US](con. 1950s) Jacobs & Casey Grease I iv: What a Party Poop!
[US]W. Wharton Birdy 33: OK, party pooper. Good-bye.
[US]Batman No. 321 13: Oh, don’t be such a party-poop!
[US]H. Gould Fort Apache, The Bronx 198: Ah stop being a party pooper, Murphy.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Godson 275: [H]e apologised once more for being a party-pooper.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 308: The poop who poops out is derided as a party poop(er).
[UK]Indep. 24 June 3: Rudolph Guiliani [...] has a new label attached to his oft-lambasted name: petty party-pooper.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 262: Call me a party-poop, you did kill a guy.
[Scot]C. Brookmyre Be My Enemy 238: I’m sorry to be a party-pooper, but I think we might have a wee problem.
[UK]Sun. Times 6 Feb. 15/2: Minister targhets royal wedding party poopers.
[Scot](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 336: C’mon, you party-pooping cunts.
[UK]Observer 20 Mar. 🌐 Best you stay outside, then. No one likes a party pooper.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[US]S. King It (1987) 195: There was this party-pooper cop who was always trying to slow him down.
party tits (n.) [tit n.2 (1)]

artificially enlarged breasts, esp. as adopted by young and famous women, which are then displayed at social and other occasions.

Hint Fashion Mag. 19 July 🌐 Which Euro teen modeling sensation recently bought herself a pair of Britneys? Her new party tits are a hit with the famous sportsmen who have been chasing after her, but we’re not sure what it will do to her once-hot editorial career.
at 13 Jan. 🌐 The most obvious party tits since Tori Spelling got jacked-up.