Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pad n.1

[Du. pad, and OHG pfad, the cant equivalent of the SE path]

1. [mid-16C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) the road.

2. [mid-17C] a villain’s female companion.

3. [mid-17C–19C] (UK Und.) a highway robber, a footpad (but not a mounted highwayman).

4. [late 17C] a prostitute.

5. [late 17C–19C] an easy-paced horse.

6. [mid-18C–mid-19C] a tramp.

7. [mid-18C–19C] (UK Und.) highway robbery.

8. [mid-19C; 1950s] a walk.

9. [1940s] (Aus.) a foot.

In derivatives

paddist (n.)

[late 17C–18C] (Scot.) a highwayman.

In compounds

pad book (n.)

[mid-19C] a list of information useful to beggars, e.g. of friendly individuals (such as alms-givers or criminal accomplices), characters of local police, etc.

pad borrower (n.) [ironic use of SE borrow]

[late 18C–early 19C] a horse thief.

pad-nag (n.)

[late 17C] a horse.

In phrases

go out on the pad (v.)

[18C] (UK Und.) to go out to commit a robbery.

hoof the pad (v.) [hoof v. (1)]

[mid-19C–1920s] (Aus.) to live as a tramp, to go on the tramp.

on the pad (also on the padroul)

1. [late 17C–early 19C] going out to commit a robbery, usu. on the highway.

2. [17C; mid-19C–1910s] living as a tramp.

stand pad (v.) (also sit pad) [SE stand/SE sit ]

[mid-19C–1900s] 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.