Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fucker n.

also fugger
[fuck v. (1)]

1. one who has sexual intercourse; cit. 1607 deliberately plays on a Dutch mispronunciation.

[UK]Florio Worlde of Wordes n.p.: Fottitore, a iaper, a sarder, a swiver, a fucker, an occupier.
[UK]Dekker & Webster Northward Hoe II i: Min vader bin de grotest fooker in all Ausbrough.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 196: [of a prostitute] I had till then never known what a high-class, well-practised professional fucker could do.
[US]‘Bob Sterling’ Town-Bull 78: ‘Oh my dear lover, dear fucker, your whore is happy to her finger tips’.
[UK]Forbidden Fruit 58: I never had such a fucker as you, and you taught me and Gert all we know in the Art of Love.
[UK]‘Ramrod’ Nocturnal Meeting 5: These damsels were all plain, not fancy fuckers [...] perfectly satisfied with a straightforward hump.
[Ire]Joyce letter 9 Dec. to Nora Barnacle in Ellman Sel. Letters (1975) 186: My little naked fucker, my naughty wriggling little frigger, my sweet dirty little farter.
[US] (ref. to late 19C) N. Kimball Amer. Madam (1981) 101: Being great fuckers [...] they filled all the unpaved river streets with black babies.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 29: There was a young girl of Cah’lina, / Had a very capricious vagina: / To the shock of the fucker / ’Twould suddenly pucker, / And whistle the chorus of ‘Dinah’.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 139: These fragments of a song he heard about 1890 [...] ‘I says to her. I’m a fucker by trade, / Just back from the Chicksaw Nation. / I pushed her up against the wall, / My right leg I throwed over’.
[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 84: I don’t dig faggot fuckers.
[US]J. Heller Good As Gold (1979) 420: All you have to be is a fucker.
[US]‘Victoria Parker’ Pay for Play Cheerleaders 🌐 She snapped off a picture [...] finishing the roll of film with several wide-angle shots of the loving fuckers.
[UK]A. Hollinghurst Swimming-Pool Library (1998) 173: Yeah! Fuckin’ nigger-fucker.
[NZ]B. Stewart Broken Arse II ii: It’s about Henry Bligh, I think—and it says he’s been a boy-fucker.
[US]‘Bill E. Goodhead’ Nubile Treat 🌐 The happy young fuckers sat beneath the trees, bare-assed, and passed the last beer can around.
Desdemona at 🌐 Baxter wasn’t a fucker – he was a talker.
[Ire]L. McInerney Glorious Heresies 348: [H]er illustrious career as fucker and fuckee.
[UK]R. Milward Man-Eating Typewriter 275: The filthy tonks are currently embroiled in un grand sexual spectacle [...] these are insatiable fuckers.

2. a pimp.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 433/1: C.19–20.

3. (also facker, fecker, fugher) a general term of abuse, e.g. You stupid fucker!

[Scot]Bugger’s Alphabet in Bold (1979) 42: F the poor fucker who has no balls at all.
[UK] parody in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 122: These dam shyster f—kers, war widows and sly lovers, / Is agoing to run my business in the ground.
[US] in T.P. Lowry Stories the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell (1994) 35: My tent fellow is a Copperhead [...] If you are one of them niger fuggers, let me know, but I hope you are a loyal Democrat.
[UK]Proc.Old Bailey 26 July 740: I saw Pinchion knock a man off a bicycle—he said, ‘None of these f——s will stick; I am the f——to stick’ [...] Pinchion came across to me, and said, ‘Do you know this f—? He sticks. I am the boy to stick’.
[UK]G.R. Bacchus Pleasure Bound ‘Ashore’ 10: ‘His name was John Tucker, / The bugger, the fucker’.
[UK]Wipers Times 20 Mar. (2006) 44/2: Fokker. The name given by all infantry officers and men to any aeroplane that flies at a great height.
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 44: ‘Old soldier, old cunt,’ quoted Parrott [...] ‘Ah,’ flung back Tug malevolently, ‘young soldier, fly fucker. That’s me.’.
[US]R. Chandler ‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’ Red Wind (1946) 116: I could have killed the — four times!
Mess Songs and Rhymes of the RAAF 1939-1945 5b: Along came a fucking rainstorm and washed the fucker out .
[UK]K. Amis letter 19 June in Leader (2000) 73: The man I may have told you ab8 – the religious fucker – keeps coming round.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 155: At least [...] if we got to stay here a couple of days, the fuggers won’t be stinkin’ up the joint.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 169: I’d ’ave saluted the fugher.
[UK]P. Larkin letter 2 Feb. in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 299: A stupid fucker here showed me a 500 worder he’d done for some new 6th-form mag.
[UK]T. Taylor Baron’s Court All Change (2011) 12: ‘You’ve had it, matey. And like the stupid fucker you are, you don’t care’.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 16 Feb. in Proud Highway (1997) 321: Joyce was a poor sick fucker who probably died with his balls somewhere up around his navel.
[Aus]Tharunka (Sydney) 8 Nov. 27/1: D.T. ‘Smackhead’ Pilgrim poured another schooner glass of Mascot International Terminal watered down slops all over his wrist and flies as he groped for the telephoto lens: ‘there’s the little fucker coming now’.
[UK](con. 1940s) O. Manning Danger Tree 87: If you ask me, sir, the old fucker’s lost his notes.
[Ire]J. Morrow Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 78: You’ll laugh on the other side of yer bake some of these days, Francie Fallis [...] you an’ that fat fugger O’Lig.
L.A. Murray Boys who Stole the Funeral 55: I’ve found you you fucker I came all this way to find you you smashed my sisters down with a gaspipe.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 40: That filthy little fat fucker that never bought a goddamned beer for anybody in his whole life, calling me a son of a bitch.
[Aus]G. Disher Crosskill [ebook] ‘Stupid fucker reckoned he’d be able to take you’.
[UK]A. Higgins Donkey’s Years 68: Frig the fecker!
[US]K. Anderson Night Dogs 38: ‘Come on, you little fucker’.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 13: ‘Fackers!’ he grunted, straightening his bollocks in the skin tight leathers.
[Aus]Age (Melbourne) 6 Jan. 🌐 Dodger was one hooked-nose, hollow-gutted, flappy-eared, ugly f---er.
[US]C.W. Ford Deuce’s Wild 142: These same fuckers hate Jews and are trying to eliminate us from the face of the earth.
[Scot]T. Black Gutted 128: J.J., smart little fecker that he is, has relinquished the case.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] He’s rung me a couple of times [...] Maybe I should find the fucker.
[US]T. Pluck ‘Van Candy’ in Life During Wartime (2018) 288: ‘You fugger! You gonna die!’.
[US]J. Madeleine ‘How We Come Undone’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds) Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] Maybe those fuckers at the crack house had sold her some shit and just robbed her.
[US]L. Berney Whiplash River [ebook] ‘You fucker!’ she said. She was so furious it amazed her.
[UK]R. Milward Kimberly’s Capital Punishment (2023) 72: ‘I need my fecking printing, you fecking grandmother fecker’.
[US]T. Robinson Hard Bounce [ebook] ‘Slimy fucker. Got that big snake tattoo around his arm’.
[Ire]L. McInerney Glorious Heresies 136: ‘Harsh fecker, isn’t He? [i.e. Christ].
[Scot]A. Parks February’s Son n.p.: He stands back up, calls it [i.e. a victim of torture] a fucker again, spits at it.
[US](con. 1991-94) W. Boyle City of Margins 50: ‘This fucker’s my meal ticket’.
P. Howard Braywatch 17: It’d nearly be worth chinning the focker.
[Ire]L. McInerney Rules of Revelation 35: ‘Well you couldn’t make that fecker up’.
[Scot]A. Parks April Dead 171: ‘Old fucker thought he was still the big man’.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 119: [T]he fucker moved on to fresh challenges.

4. (Aus.) an English private soldier [suggests the aping of northern UK accents by Australians and the sterotyping of the frequency of the word’s use].

[Aus]W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 24: fooker (n.) — An English private.
[Aus](con. WWI) A.G. Pretty Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: fooker. An English Private.

5. a vagina.

[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 3: There was a young fellow named Charteris / Put his hand where his young lady’s garter is. / Said she, ‘I don’t mind, / And up higher you’ll find / The place where my fucker and farter is.’.

6. a man, a fellow, with no particular abuse intended and even some degree of affection.

[UK] ‘Rangy Lil’ in Bold (1979) 191: Till over the hill from Dragarse Creek / Came a short-shit fucker called One-ball Pete.
[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 208: They let a bloody twat like ’im off; but if any o’ us poor fuckers did it, we’d be for th’ electric chair, we would.
[UK] ‘A Note On Drumming And Bugling’ in M. Page Kiss Me Goodnight, Sgt.-Major (1973) 57: He’ll never go sick no more. / The poor fucker is dead.
[UK]C. MacInnes Absolute Beginners 58: It struck me so hard how absolutely lonely the poor f—cker was.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 9 June in Proud Highway (1997) 523: If the fuckers could say what they really mean [...] they might be able to shake some people.
[UK]A. Salkey Come Home, Malcolm Heartland 153: You’re a tough fucker, man!
[Ire]J. Healy Grass Arena (1990) 13: My brother Terry was a brave little fucker and would fight well.
[UK]A. Bleasdale On the Ledge 35: We’ll buy trilbys – any fucker can look good in a trilby.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] [T]rying to think up some excuse for collecting the fucker’s tea for him.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 22: It’s not just for curry addicts and mad old fuckers like our ed.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] I’m not scared of the dead [...] Make better company than a lot of live fuckers.
[UK]J. Joso Soothing Music for Stray Cats 67: Therapists ain’t gonna tell it like it is, lets face it, the fuckers would be well out of a job if they did.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 75: Woe betide any poor fucker who attacks any of them.
[Aus]D. Whish-Wilson Zero at the Bone [ebook] ‘But Tommaso’s got his own muscle now. Brings the fuckers in from Calabria’.
[US]N. Walker Cherry 17: I thought [Edward] Albee was a kinky fucker.
[Ire]A. Killilea Boyo-wulf at 13 May 🌐 Out of everyone, he was the mightiest of ’em, pure strong fucker like.
[US]J. Ellroy Widespread Panic 4: There’s Sin and Atonement, fuckers — there’s nothing else.
[Ire]L. McInerney Rules of Revelation 161: [T]hey were bould little feckers and that she genuinely couldn’t help forgiving them.

7. (also fecker, fogger) an unspecified object, irrespective of its qualities; an animal.

[UK]J. Maclaren-Ross Swag, the Spy and the Soldier in Lehmann Penguin New Writing No. 26 43: The fogging jemmy. Couldn’t think where I’d left the fogger at first.
[US] in T. Shibutani Derelicts of Company K (1978) 155: ‘How in hell do they expect us to fight with these goddam things [i.e. backpacks] on?’ [...] ‘I don’t think I could walk a mile with this fucker on.’.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 7: Let’s stop shuffling the fuggers and start playing.
[US]‘W. Williams’ Enemy 149: Oh, those foggers. Those mother-loving foggers [OED].
[US]T. Berger Crazy in Berlin 186: You can put the fucker aside for fifteen minutes and write me a letter to the wife.
[US]H. Crews Feast of Snakes 74: ‘White slippers.’ ‘Little pointy fuckers,’ said Willard.
[US]W. Murray Tip on a Dead Crab 174: [of a horse] That fucker’s going to win the race.
[UK](con. WW2) T. Jones Heart of Oak [ebook] [We] caught our first glimpse of the Ganges mast. ‘They make you climb up that fucker’.
[US](con. 1967) Bunch & Cole Reckoning for Kings (1989) 119: Then Fritsche sorted the cans [...] You got ham and eggs. Throw those fuckers away.
[Ire]R. Doyle Van (1998) 408: They’d had their turkey as well, same as always; a grand big fucker.
[Ire](con. 1919) R. Doyle A Star Called Henry (2000) 222: There’s a fecker in there I don’t know. – It’s a storm-cock; there he goes.
[UK]N. Griffiths Stump 199: That’s a castle. Now unless this town has two of the fuckers [...] we’ve just gone in a great big circle.
[Aus]P. Temple Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] One little fucker [i.e. a bullet] bounces around inside Vic, comes out behind his collarbone.
[US]J. Ellroy Hilliker Curse 8: My mother purchased a red-and-white sedan from him. The plan: drive the fucker back to L.A.
[UK]S. Kelman Pigeon English 100: [of a bottle] Just smash the f—er, man.
[US]T. Piccirilli Last Kind Words 227: [of a mobile phone] [M]aybe I should set the fucker on vibrate.
[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 140: Fucker must have been three feet long.
[Ire]L. McInerney Glorious Heresies 76: [of a puppy] It was as though in teaching the little fucker to fetch, he would have been corrupting him.

8. a difficult or irritating thing or task.

[US]D. Goines Inner City Hoodlum 100: I just hope...that this fucker breaks one way or the other.
[Ire]J. Healy Grass Arena (1990) 118: It’s a fucker realizing you’ve been doped and having to crawl into some lousy skipper in the middle of the day to sleep them off.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 109: Then it’s a bleeding great fucker too, nearly bust an arm walking home.
[Scot]A. Parks May God Forgive 124: ‘Fucking thing,’ said McCoy. Couldn’t get the key to turn in the lock of the big wooden cupboard. [...] ‘Fucking fucker’.

9. an extreme example, whether positive or negative.

[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 105: Please excuse my son, Ace, from missing school yesterday. He had one fucker of a headache.
[Aus]L. Davies Candy 156: I’ve had a fucker of an afternoon.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 131: Dylan punches Brian a fucker and his head flies back.

10. one who harms others.

[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 42: If they’re gonna give me my druthers, I’d druther be a fucker than a fuckee.
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 698: Yeah, I know fuckers like him.
[UK]E. St Aubyn ‘Bads News’ in Some Hope (1994) 283: The needle fever had a psychological life of its own. What better way to be at once the fucker and the fucked, the subject and the object.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 156: Warren Abrahams is a know-it-all, do-it-all behind-the-scenes fucker of anyone he come across.