1. the symbolic purity or innocence of the flower.
(a) (US) anything or anyone remarkable or particularly outstanding.
|Paul Pry 12 Feb. n.p.: Mr. L—y to keep his temper. He was anything but a lilly at the Bunch of Grapes, in Milk street, on Monday last.|
|Stories of the Street and of the Town (1941) 249: The head was a lily.|
|In Babel 110: I felt like I’d been run over by an ice-wagon three or four times [...] an the head was a lily. No eyes at all. Just a couple o’ poached eggs, that’s all.‘Hickey Boy & the Grip’|
|N.Y. Tribune 24 Jan. 29/1: She was something of a lily in her partic’lar line.|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 269: ‘What do think of all that?’ [...] ‘She’s a lil, huh?’ He grinned.‘Who Killed Bob Teal?’|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 40: D’ye get the doll tryin’ to give him the eye? Ain’t she a lil?in Zwilling|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 549: A right-hand shot that is positively a lily.‘The Big Umbrella’|
|Cunninghams (1986) 166: It’s Betty that can’t hold the liquor, isn’t it? She’s a real lily of a hophead.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 66: You ain’t no lily.|
(b) (US Und.) a gullible person.
|Maison De Shine 15: Fine for the lilies! I got her now.|
|It’s a Racket 231: lily – An easy victim; exceptionally gullible person.|
|Sun (N.Y.) 19 Feb. 28/1: The sucker has many names among the crooks. ‘Lily,’ ‘mug,’ ‘pushover,’ and ‘mooch’ are the most common.|
|A Rope of Sand (1947) 48: The guy couldn’t take it. How’d I know he was a lily?|
|Vanish in an Instant (2016) 58: ‘That stinking lily [...] I ought to poke him’.|
|Solid Mandala (1976) 181: A big, porous, trembly lily, he was terrified for the fate of the dogs.|
(c) (US) a virgin.
|Bottom Dogs 264: She sure was one peach of a lily.|
|Gangster Girl 81: You saw me first with Silk Freeman, so I guess you know I’m no lilly.|
2. a livid bruise.
|(con. 1914–18) Top Kick 29: You’re tired and all that, but don’t blackguard this outfit or I’ll hang a lily on your nose myself!|
3. the whiteness of some varieties of the flower.
(a) (US) usu. in pl., a white person’s hands; thus lily-presser, a handshaker.
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 454: Lilies, The hands. ‘I butchered wood all day and dug the splinters out of me lilies fer a week after.’.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 145: lillies The female hands.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 807: lillies – The hands.|
(b) (US black) a white person [SE lilywhite. Note 14C SE lily, a person or thing of exceptional whiteness, fairness or purity].
|[||Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous 157: She was a bitter woman when vexed, and called me ‘beggar buckra,’ ‘poor white trash,’ ‘tam lily thief,’ and the like].|
|Hair [lyrics] My Mother Call ’Em Lilies.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 60: The single most descriptive attribute young blacks focus on in their labeling of whites is color – or the lack of it – such as [...] lily, pale face, rabbit.|
4. the implicit ‘femininity’ of flowers.
(a) a derog. term for an effeminate man or a homosexual, esp. one who fears to reveal his sex life; also used by homosexuals.
|Second Scrap Bk v 39: But in order once more to consider and console that lily, the Educational Expert, let us turn to ‘grind’.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 772: He [...] couldn’t get over what that lily of a poet had been springing on the dame.Judgement Day in|
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Adolescence 254: He found out that in their argot a ‘lily’ meant a homosexual.|
(b) the queen in cards.
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Lilly, a queen (playing cards).|
(c) (camp gay) a proper name used for a variety of camp nicknames.
|Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 229: Other old names [for homosexual men] are Flo(rence), Lily, Fanny, Alice.|
|Lowspeak 93: Lily – a male homosexual.|
5. (US) a penis, usu. with ref. to urination or masturbation.
|Transcript Dunn Inq. in Perverts by Official Order (1989) 81: He asked me how my lily was.|
|in Limerick (1953) 123: A hermit who lived on St Roque / Had a lily perfected to poke.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 242: Raise up a little, pud, you’re bending my lily.|
6. (US black) the vagina, esp. when loose.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] lily Definition: 1. A nasty pussy 2. saggy because of over use Example: Damn. How am I sposed to screw dat nasty lily?|
7. see lily law n.
8. see lilywhite n. (2)
9. see lilywhite n. (6)
see cat’s whiskers n.
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 728: You can powder your nose, or ‘the johnny’ will pass, / It’s a drain for the lily, or man about a dog.|
|(con. 1946) Big Blowdown (1999) 95: I just pulled over to drain my lily.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 265: Jack shook the dew off his wienie and zipped it back into his rumpled slacks.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 122: knock the dew off the lily to shake the last few drops of urine from the penis after relieving oneself.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 75: Glen hitched up his Levi’s and said, ‘Think I’ll shake a little dew off the lily then’.|
|Sweetwater Gunslinger 201 (1990) 63: Come on, Sundance. Go shake the dew off your lily.|
|Walking With Ghosts (2000) 61: ‘I just have to shake the dew from my lily.’ He made his way [...] to the lavatory.|
|Blurry and Disconnected 118: Going to shake the dew off the lily, huh?|
|Point and Shoot Hardie goes to shake the dew off his lily one last time.|
(US) of an exhibitionist, to expose and wave one’s penis.
|Western Folklore Jan. 49: According to San Francisco police, overt masturbation by exhibitionists is termed ‘waving the lily’.|