1. the symbolic purity or innocence of the flower.
(a) [mid-19C–1950s] (US) anything or anyone remarkable or particularly outstanding.
(b) [1900s–60s] (US Und.) a gullible person.
(c) [1920s–30s] (US) a virgin.
2. [1910s–20s] a livid bruise.
3. the whiteness of some varieties of the flower.
(a) [1910s–60s] (US) usu. in pl., a white person’s hands; thus lily-presser, a handshaker.
(b) [1960s+] (US black) a white person [SE lilywhite. Note 14C SE lily, a person or thing of exceptional whiteness, fairness or purity].
4. the implicit ‘femininity’ of flowers.
(a) [1920s+] a derog. term for an effeminate man or a homosexual, esp. one who fears to reveal his sex life; also used by homosexuals.
(b) [1930s] the queen in cards.
(c) [1950s–80s] (camp gay) a proper name used for a variety of camp nicknames.
5. [1940s+] (US) a penis, usu. with ref. to urination or masturbation.
6. [1990s+] (US black) the vagina, esp. when loose.
7. see lily law n.
8. see lilywhite n. (2)
9. see lilywhite n. (6)
see cat’s whiskers n.
[1940s] to urinate.
[1940s+] to urinate.
[1970s+] (US) of an exhibitionist, to expose and wave one’s penis.