1. (UK Und.) the road.
|Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 86: Nowe bynge we a waste to the hygh pad the ruffmanes is by.|
|Groundworke of Conny-catching n.p.: [as cit. c.1566].|
|Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 1: The Canters Dictionary Pad, a Way.|
|Roaring Girle V i: I am no such nipping Christian, but a maunderer upon the pad.|
|Crabree Lectures 189: A Cove and a Mort Whidling together as they budged upon the Pad.|
|Eng. Villainies (9th edn).Canters Dict.|
|Canting Academy (2nd edn).|
|Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Pad, way.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Pad The High-way.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|‘Rolling Blossom’ in Festival of Anacreon in Wardroper Lovers, Rakers and Rogues (1995) 180: [I] grieve to leave my dear town pad.|
|Pronouncing Dict. 377/1: Pad, The road, a footpath.|
|Attic Misc. 116: For Dick had beat the hoof upon the pad.‘Education’ in|
|‘Sonnets for the Fancy’ Boxiana III 622: [as 1791].|
|‘The Song of the Young Prig’ in James Catnach (1878) 172: The cleanest angler on the pad, / In daylight or the darkey.|
|Kendal Mercury 3 Apr. 6/2: A spicey moll [...] to whom he swears [...] ‘that should she think proper to become his “jo-man” ’ (left handed wife), she shall never be minus ‘the first scran (food) on the pad, and plenty of lush (drink) when she wants it ’.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|Aus. Sl. Dict. 55: Pad, the highway.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 23 Aug. 15/2: The nigger had followed the pad used by hundreds of niggers, all barefooted.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Aug. 15/1: We dumped our ’Tilders in the bar to take a little rest, / For that ole pad was long an’ ’ot we’d trodden from the West.|
|(con. 1944) Rats in New Guinea 68: This narrow muddy track through the humid jungle [...] I soon knew why it was described as a native pad centuries old.|
2. a villain’s female companion.
|Works (1869) III 8: Spakes the braue canting tongue, lyes with his dell, / Or pad, or doxi, or his bonny Nell.‘A Brood of Cormorants’ in|
3. (UK Und.) a highway robber, a footpad (but not a mounted highwayman).
|New Brawle 12: [of a pickpocket] Out thosed base Pad, thou Prigger of Cullies, thou Shop-lift.|
|Strange Newes title: Also the mad flights [...] used by the Wandring-Whore, her Bawds, Mobs, Panders, Pads and Trulls for the drawing of young Hectors.|
|Cheats I i: I was t’other night upon the randan, and who should I meet with but our old gang, some of St. Nicholas’ clerks? Pad was the word.|
|Compleat Gamester 6: Shoals of Huffs, Hectors, Setters, Gilts, Pads, Biters, Divers, Lifters, Filers, Budgies, Droppers, Crossbyters, etc., and these may all pass under the general and common apellation of Rooks.|
|Canting Academy (2nd edn) 67: If you are five or six in Company [...] do not huddle together; this will conduce much to your safety: for by this means the Pads will be afraid to assault you.|
|Love for Love I i: There’s Trapland the scrivener, with two suspicious fellows like lawful pads, that would knock a man down with pocket-tipstaves.|
|Beaux’ Strategem II ii: D’ye know of any gentlemen o’ the pad on this road!|
|New Canting Dict. n.p.: Pad The High-way and a Robber thereon.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].|
|Choice of Harlequin I viii: Ye scamps, ye pads, ye divers, and all upon the lay .|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).|
|‘The Rolling Kiddy’ inI (1975) 234: While he is by a brother pad hanging by the fatal cord.|
|Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 35: Where all your high pedestrian pads, / That have been up and out all night.|
|Don Juan canto XI line 80: ‘Damn your eyes! your money or your life!’ These freeborn sounds proceeded from four pads, In ambush laid.|
|‘Ye Scamps, Ye Pads, Ye Divers’ Regular Thing, and No Mistake 62: [as cit. 1781–2].|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 118: Pad, a highwayman who robs on foot.|
|Fifty ‘Bab’ Ballads 256: On sharpers and pickpockets, swindlers and pads.‘Emily, John, James, & I’|
4. a prostitute.
|Wits Paraphras’d 146: But thou art such a pretty Pad, / It is enough to make one Mad/ /Those Eyes which do outshine a Custard, / Which we may feast on without Mustard.|
|Country Gentleman’s Vade Mecum 105: A Race Whore or a Pad Strumpet [...] will stand you in five times as much in a Year’s keeping, as a Race Horse and a Pad together, nay than a whole stable of Racers.|
|The Tricks of the Town Laid Open (4 edn) [as 1699].|
5. an easy-paced horse.
|‘The Citizen’s Vindication’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1891) VII:2 278: Besides, the bonny City Lads like Gentlemen do go, / While countrey Bumkins ride on Pads, say nothing but gee ho!|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: A Pad, an easy Pacing Horse.|
|Hudibras Redivivus I:8 22: Mounted on Hunters, Pads, and Tits.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 13: On Long-tails, on Bob-tails, on Trotters and Pacers, / On Pads, Hawkers, Hunters, on Higlers and Ravers.|
|Parson’s Revels (2010) 61: Round as a Pad, that feeds on Clover.|
|Tristram Shandy (1949) 50: I keep a couple of pads myself, upon which, in their turns [...] I frequently ride out and take the air.|
|beau walk’ in A. Carpenter Verse in Eng. in 18C Ireland (1998) 319: The Charger for an ambling Pad may pass.‘The|
|Banquet of Wit 30: He had bought her a fine pad, which soon after gave her a fall that broke her neck.|
|Pronouncing Dict. Pad, [...] an easy-paced horse.|
|Poor Gentleman III i: What’s the name of the black pad I purchased [...] at Tunbridge?|
|Spirit of Irish Wit 197: This is a mere pad.|
|My Novel (1884–5) I Bk IV 282: The pad stopped, and put down both ears with the air of a pad who has made up her mind to bait.|
|Lady of Shalott Pt ii: An abbot on an ambling pad.|
|(con. 1895) Tiger of the Legion 44: [D]oing acrobatics on the ambling old pad-horse wasn’t exciting enough for me!|
6. a tramp.
|Knights in Works (1799) I 70: Peter Ugly, the blind pad, fell into a saw-pit.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
7. (UK Und.) highway robbery.
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 139: ’Tis that makes Gentlemen of the Pad, as I am, wear a Tyburn Tippet, or old Storey’s Cap on some Country Gallows.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|‘De Kilmainham Minit’ Luke Caffrey’s Gost 6: And when dat he mill’d a fat slap, / He me-ri-ly melted de winner, / To snack wid de boys of de Pad.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.|
|Deacon Brodie I tab.II i: He’s a light hand on the pad, has Jemmy, and leaves his mark.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
8. a walk.
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 164/1: Pad – a walk.|
|Erin’s Orange Lily 132: ‘Come on in, the two of ye.’ ‘Ach, now Alec, we wouldn’t like to do that! I was just out on my pad wi’ James Orr here.’ .|
9. (Aus.) a foot.
|One Wet Season 68: How about his hoofs?’ asked the Swamp Hog dubiously. [...] ‘You know he’s got pads like a camel. I’ll ram ’em into a pair of girl’s shoes somehow.’.|
(Scot.) a highwayman.
|Mysterium Pietatis 85: A paddist or highwayman, attempting to spoil a preacher, ordering him to stand [F&H].|
|paddist, s. A foot-pad, one who robs on foot [...] This, I suspect, originally denoted a highwayman of whateverdescription.Etymological Dict. of Scottish Lang. 185/1:|
a list of information useful to beggars, e.g. of friendly individuals (such as alms-givers or criminal accomplices), characters of local police, etc.
|Kendal Mercury 24 Jan. 6/1: The ‘pad book’ or beggar’s directory. This is a record [...] of the names of the most benevolent individuals in the neighbourhood — the names and addresses of police [...] the residences of ‘fences’ and the keepers of ‘sweating cribs’.|
a horse thief.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Country Wit III iii: Horses? my feet are my pad-nags.|
|‘The Old Mans wish’ in Pills to Purge Melancholy I 16: An easie Pad-Nag to ride out a Mile.|
|Peeping Tom (London) 23 91/2: The horse and the pad-nag are as good as ever.|
to travel around.
|Sydney Sl. Dict. (2 edn) 10: The two crocuses are gadding the pad to fence their gammy stuff. / The two quacks are on their beat to sell their spurious medicines.|
(UK Und.) to go out to commit a robbery.
|Present from the October-Club 25: A Knot of Fellows out upon the Pad, / Took ev’ry Penny that a Trav’ler had.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Pad [...] to go out upon the pad, to go out in order to commit a robbery.|
(Aus.) to live as a tramp, to go on the tramp.
|DSUE (1984).Jim of the Ranges in|
1. going out to commit a robbery, usu. on the highway.
|Art of Wheedling 205: When he intends to go on the Pad, then Inns some time before are the chief places whither he resorts, to get information.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Goes upon the Pad, or a Padding, c. Robbs upon the High-way.|
|Account of Robberies 7: Smith and Campbell having been out on the Pad by themselves, quarrelled about dividing the Spoil.|
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c 365: She marry’d one Humphry Jackson, a Butcher, who was taught to leave off his Trade and go upon the Pad.|
|Account 26 Mar. 28/2: He was known by the Name of Capt. Flash, [...] and making a better Appearance than his Brethren of the Whip, generally speaking, did; and no Wonder, because for these two Years past he has been upon the Pad, and as active as any of them all, about the Town, and Neighbourhood of Islington.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|‘Luke Caffrey’s Ghost’ in Chap Book Songs 4: Oh! she was my own heart’s delight, / For her on the padroul I scamper’d.|
|‘Scene in a London Flash-Panny’ Vocabulum 101: Only nine months on the pad, and to be up for Scragging!|
|Wkly Caucasian (Lexington, MS) 28 may 2/2: Fletcher ‘Melish’ on the pad again. The mail-stage robbed [...] on Thursday.|
2. living as a tramp.
|Staple of News II i: A very canter, I, sir, one that maunds Upon the pad.|
|Prisoner at Large 29: I take the road [...] I go on the pad! Oh Lord!|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor (1968) I 416/2: Her husband was on the pad in the country .|
|Sydney Sl. Dict. (2 edn) 6: On the Pad - On the streets.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Oct. 13/2: Thus we set across the ranges grim, like patriots long banished, / And we humped the lonely road to Sydney city ‘on our pad.’.|
to beg at the roadside, usu. with a small piece of paper attached to one’s jacket, declaring ‘I am hungry’; also displaying deformities or handicaps.
|Edinburgh Rev. July 485: Whenever cadgers stand or sit, either in towns or by the roadside, to beg, they call it sitting or standing pad ; and this often proves a very profitable method. Some of them affect blindness : whilst others represent themselves as unable to follow any employment, in consequence of being subject to fits.|
|Freeman’s Jrnl 16 Feb. 4/5: This is called standing pad with a fakement. It is a wet weather dodge, and isn’t so good as screeving.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 93: SITTING PAD, sitting on the pavement in a begging position. [Ibid.] 101: ‘to stand pad’, to beg on the curb with a small piece of paper pinned on the breast.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor IV 24: Ashamed Beggars, or those who ‘stand pad with a fakement’ (remain stationary, holding a written placard), and pretend to hide their faces. [Ibid.] 425/1: Many white beggars, fortunate enough to possess a flattish or turned-up nose, dyed themselves black and ‘stood pad’ as real Africans.|
|letter Apr. 12 in Ribton-Turner (1887) n.p.: I obtained three children [...] to ‘stand pad’ with me from seven o’clock until twelve p.m. on a Saturday.|
|Dundee Courier 20 Oct. 7/5: In one of the main streets I stood ‘pad’ with my hat off.|
|Secrets of Tramp Life Revealed 20: The next is a game or ‘Graft,’ worked by cripples and blind people. They call it ‘Standing Pad’.|
|Beggars 214: I have seen an exceptional navvy that had the impudence to stand pad in a crowded market-place.|