1. anything or anyone seen as first-rate; as the darb, ‘the thing’.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 96: What’s good today Jim. Our beef pie today is catsy —It’s a darb order.in Zwilling|
|Taking the Count 213: Your right cross is a darb.‘Scrap Iron’ in|
|What Outfit, Buddy? 75: It’s coffee with beaucoup hot milk, and it sure is the darb.|
|New York Day by Day 1 July [synd. col.] One of New York’s famous pickpockets is what Broadway calls a darb.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Keep It Crisp 91: We got darb. (Producing two photographs).‘Take Two Parts Sand, One Part Girl’ in|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 151: ‘Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hide’ – a real darb of a movie.|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 8: Darb: A popular person.|
2. (US tramp) an attractive woman.
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 5: He didn’t grab no doll belongin’ to the Wise Cracker but he flagged him from grabbin a darb the other evenin’ an’ the Wise Cracker swears he'll get even.|
|DN IV:iii 233: darb, n. Something, especially a girl, that is unusually attractive.‘College Sl. Words And Phrases’ in|
|Wash. Times (DC) 23 May 47/2: [cartoon caption] As Eddie says: ‘She’s a Darb’.|
|Man’s Grim Justice 139: You ought to see this cow [...] She’s a darb, a wonder, a pip.|
|Gas-House McGinty 165: Coose is a darb, McGinty said, roaring.|
|Eve. Post (Wellington) 25 Jan. 8/8: Modern Americanisms [...] The names for girls are legion [...] ‘Canary,’ ‘Hairpin,’ ‘Sardine,’ ‘Hotsie-Totsie’ or plain ’darb’.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
3. a fool.
|Eve. Star (Wshington, DC) 3 Dec. 4/1: The kid’s a darb, ain’t he?|
|Top Notch 1 Aug. [Internet] ‘The dumb darb!’ Riley snarled.‘The Dizzy Dumb-Bell’ in|
|Thrilling Detective Dec. [Internet] Being ordered around like some darb without the ordinary quantity of gray matter!‘Publicity for the Corpse’ in|
a good thing.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 408: I say the baby is a darberoo. [Ibid.] ‘Neat Strip’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 608: What is such a darberoo doing in a burlesque turkey.‘The Three Wise Guys’ in|