Green’s Dictionary of Slang

win n.

also winn, wyn
[origin unknown, but Vaux suggests, without further explanation, an abbr. of Winchester; Ribton-Turner, A History of Vagrants (1887), suggests synon. Erse pinghin, Manx ping]

1. a penny.

[UK]R. Copland Hye way to the Spyttel House Eiii: For the bene bonse my watch hath a wyn.
[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 83: a wyn a penny.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching A2: upright man: Why hast thou any lowre in thy bonge to bouse. rogue: But a flagge, a win and a make.
[UK]Dekker Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 1: If we niggle or mil a bowsing Ken, Or nip a boung that has but a win.
[UK]Dekker ‘Canting Song’ O per se O O1: This Doxie dell, can cut bien whids, and wap well for a win.
[UK]Dekker ‘Canting Rhymes’ in Eng. Villainies (8th edn) N3: For thy bene bowse my watch hath a win.
[UK]Dekker ‘Canters Dict.’ Eng. Villainies (9th edn) n.p.: Dows [two] wins, two pence.
[UK]Head Eng. Rogue I 45: [as cit. 1612].
[UK] ‘The Beggars Curse’ Head Canting Academy (1674) 14: [as cit. 1608].
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Wyn, a Penny.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Win A Penny.
[UK]Hell Upon Earth 6: Wind [sic], a penny.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 209: He taught his Pupil a deal of canting Words, telling him [...] Win, a Penny.
[UK]Defoe Street Robberies Considered 35: Win, a Penny.
[UK]Life and Character of Moll King 11: Let me see, There’s a Grunter’s Gig, is a Si-Buxom; two Cat’s Heads, a Win.
[UK]J. Poulter Discoveries (1774) 43: A Winn; a Penny.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: win, a penny. [Ibid.] wyn.
[UK]G. Parker (attrib.) ‘The Sandman’s Wedding’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 65: For supper Joe sent out a win.
H. Lemoine ‘Education’ in Attic Misc. 116: A link-boy once, Dick Hellfinch stood the grin, / ‘Here light, here light! your honour’s for a win,’ To ev’ry cull, and drab, he loudly cry’d.
[UK] ‘The Frolicsome Spark’ No. 31 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: Come hither you Gallus old ram [...] here’s a win for to buy you a dram.
[UK]B. Bradshaw Hist. of Billy Bradshaw 10: A link-boy first I stood the grin, / At Charing-cross I plied, / ‘Come light your honour for a win,’ / To ev’ry cull I cried.
‘The Gin Shop’ in Vocal Mag. 2 Jan. 5: Pray shun the Bunch of Grapes, / And don’t so often slip in for a win-drop O’.
[UK] ‘Sonnets for the Fancy’ Egan Boxiana III 621: [as 1791].
[UK] ‘Smith’s Frolic’ in Holloway & Black II (1979) 61: Six win! says the girl, sir, pray what do you mean? [...] Why, sixpence, says I.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 65: Here are pads from two win, that is a duce, to a tanner per night, and tip before you stall to doss.
[UK] ‘The Cadger’s Ball’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 149: Druv up in his pine-apple barrow. / Which he used to sell a win a slice.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[Aus]Morn. Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) 18 July 2/6: For a penny (English) and doit (Scotch) wc have only thc names ‘saltee,’ ‘winn,’ and ‘yenep’.

2. (US) a cent (cf. penny n. (1)).

[US]Matsell Vocabulum 96: win A cent.