Green’s Dictionary of Slang

made adj.

1. (UK Und.) stolen [make v.].

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Made c. Stolen.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Pope Mother Gin 25: I’ll pour new nectar of Made-here-a made (Made is another word for stolen).
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]H.T. Potter New Dict. Cant (1795).
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 53: made Stolen. ‘The copper asked me where I made the benjamin. I told him I didn’t make it, but got it on the square,’ the officer asked me where I stole the coat, and I told him that I did not steal it, but got it honestly.

2. (US) recognized, identified [make v. (4)].

[US]Howsley Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]R. Prather Always Leave ’Em Dying 23: I almost had him made, but then I became aware of Trammel sputtering beside me. ‘... so get out.’.
[US]C. Himes Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 74: Sure, he knew Doctor Mubuta was a con man, all the hepcats in Harlem had him made.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 66: I got made within forty minutes.
[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 100: Get paid and get laid but don’t get made, that was the creed.
[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 223: We got made [...] Why do you suppose that is.
[US]G. Pelecanos (con. 1972) What It Was 198: They were leaving, which meant that they knew they’d been made.

3. (US black) usu. of girls or women, describing someone who has had their hair straightened [make v. (8)].

[US]Z.N. Hurston ‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in Novels and Stories (1995) 1009: Made hair: hair that has been straightened.

4. (orig. US Und.) initiated as a member of the US Mafia [make v. (9)].

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 132/1: Made. 1. Lifted out of mediocrity to a position of wealth or influence in the underworld.
[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 22: Everybody knew that Hank had once been on the verge of being ‘made’ by the Mafia—taken on by them as a permanent member.
[US]E. Torres After Hours 68: Guys who ain’t even made.
[US]N. Pileggi Wiseguy (2001) 181: If you wanted to be a wiseguy, you had to be made.
[US]E. Bunker Mr Blue 231: The others were Italian and liked to gamble, so were presumed to be affiliated with East Coast or Middle Western mobsters. One or two might be ‘made’ men.
[US]C. Stella Shakedown 4: Just got made the day they bust him.
[US]D. Winslow Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 121: Frank wasn’t into the whole ‘made guy’ thing. He really didn’t give a damn about all that old Sicilian stuff.
[US]T. Pluck Bad Boy Boogie [ebook] ‘I’m gonna get made for killing you’.

5. (US) cheated, tricked [make v. (1e)].

[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 165: You’re liable to end up gettin made. Theres somethin about Bloom I dont like.

6. (US) completed successfully.

[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 171: A made case would ticket him back to Narco.

7. (drugs) satisfactorily supplied/intoxicated with drugs, usu. heroin.

[US]Babs Gonzales ‘The Be-Bop Santa Claus’ 🎵 His eyeballs was hid by some coal-black shades / And old Pops knew that this cat was made.
[US]E. De Roo Go, Man, Go! 35: Couldn’t you drag your feet. We almost had it made.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 46: ‘You look like you’re made,’ he said jealously.

8. (US prison) as sense 4 but of prison gangs.

D. Grann ‘The Brand’ in New Yorker 16 Feb. 161: Although the Brand continued to permit only a select few to become ‘made’ members, it had thousands of followers, known as ‘peckerwoods,’ who sought out the perks of being associated with it.

In compounds

made man (n.) (also made guy)

1. (US Und.) a formally initiated member of the US Mafia, thus unmade, uninitiated.

[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 20: His uncle was a made guy.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 160: Whatever she was doing in partners with the Mafia asshole, who was not even a made man, she calls on him to do a job.
[US]Pileggi & Scorsese Goodfellas [film script] 54: Before you could touch a made guy, you had to have a good reason.
[US]S. Frank Get Shorty [film script] chili: Well, you had it down cold. Watching you in the movie, if I didn’t know better I’d have to believe you were a made guy and not acting.
[UK]Guardian Guide 26 June–2 July 20: A gangster quiz to find out if you’ve got what it takes to be a ‘made man’.
[US]C. Stella Eddie’s World 88: You should be a made guy. Don’t forget that.
[US]H. Hill A Good Fella’s Guide To N.Y. 163: To earn a ‘button’ was to become a made man, an untouchable.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 39: Nick had joined Vento’s ranks with the hope of becoming a made man himself one day.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] There’s Lou sitting out there [...] with one of his soldiers, an unmade wannabe.

2. (US black) one who has a secure (i.e. city of state) job.

[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 3: I had yet to tell him about my made man status. Yes, made man. In the ghetto everybody knows that if you land a city or state job you hold on to that particular a job, you do your 20 years and retire young, depending on your age when you start.