Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pigeon n.1

1. as a woman.

(a) [late 16C+] a young woman.

(b) [mid-19C] (Aus.) a prostitute.

(c) [1990s+] (US black) a woman who trades sex for drugs.

(d) [1990s+] (US campus) a lazy, worthless woman.

(e) [2000s] (US teen) a promiscuous young woman.

(f) [2000s] a woman’s breast.

(g) [2000s] (US teen) an unattractive young woman.

2. in Und. uses.

(a) [late 16C+] (orig. UK Und.) one who is susceptible to a confidence trick or other variety of fraud.

(b) [late 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) ‘Pigeons – sharpers who, during the drawing of the lottery, wait ready mounted, near Guildhall, and as soon as the first two or three numbers are drawn, which they receive from a confederate, ride, i.e. ‘fly’, with them to some distant insurance office where there is another of the gang, commonly a decent looking woman; to her he secretly gives the numbers, which she insures for a considerable sum’ (Grose, 1796).

(c) [mid–late 19C] (UK/US Und.) a professional gambler.

3. [mid-19C+] (orig. US) an informer [abbr. stool-pigeon n.1 (1)].

4. attrib. use of sense 3.

5. [1940s–70s] (US) a person, esp. as a target for murder.

6. see blue pigeon n. (2)

7. see yardbird n.2

In compounds

pigeon artist (n.) [artist n. (1)]

[1960s] (US Und.) a confidence trickster.

pigeon-cracking (n.) [crack v.2 (2d)]

[mid-19C] stealing lead from the roofs of buildings.

pigeon drop (n.)

see separate entry.

pigeon-house (n.)

[1900s] (Aus.) a brothel.

In phrases

blue pigeon (n.)

see separate entry.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

pigeon pair (n.) [the pigeon’s brood is usu. one male, one female]

1. [late 19C] a family whose children are a boy (born first) and a girl.

2. [late 19C+] any male and female pair.

pigeon’s milk (n.)

1. [mid-19C–1900s] the subject of a fool’s errand which apprentices are sent on, trad. on 1 April.

2. [mid-19C; 2000s] (N.Z./UK Und.) unspecified but high quality alcohol.

pigeon-’tomach (n.) [play on SE pigeon-chested]

[20C+] (W.I.) a woman with larger than average breasts.

In phrases

pigeon-brained (adj.)

[mid-19C-1930s] stupid.

pigeon-livered (adj.)

[17C–early 19C] cowardly.

pigeon on (v.) [the image of a flying pigeon defecating on the unsuspecting human]

[1940s] (Aus.) to drop something on (someone) from above.