jelly bean n.
1. a person who is ‘sweet’ or ‘soft’.
(a) (US) a sweetheart.
|Navy Explained 82: The best girl is the [...] jelly bean.|
|Ogden Standard (UT) 2 May 9/3: The girls are known as ‘calicos, judies and jellybeans’.|
|Blues Fell this Morning 124: So a lover admires his ‘jelly bean’ and the way she can ‘jello’.|
|City in Sl. (1995) 69: This image is certainly evoked of a flapper dancing the Charleston, usually paired side-by-side with her jellybean, boyfriend, sheik, or jazz bo.|
(b) (US) a foolish, inept, dishonest or effeminate person.
|DN V 65: Jelly-bean. An indifferent individual.|
|Columbia Eve. Missourian (MO) 29 June 6/2: Jelly beans do not buy their own drinks [...] the average jelly bean either sneaks in by himelf, or waits until a friend comes along.|
|‘Monkeyin’ Around’ [lyrics] I’m going to stop that jellybean / From kicking my stall.|
|‘Nut Factory Blues’ [lyrics] You hear one jellybean ask the other one / Which way did the good girl go.|
|Seeds of Man (1995) 310: My, my, where have you jellybeans hidden your lantern?|
|R].Stretch on the River n.p.: The jellybeans I went to school with [|
|Elvis & Gladys (1986) 10: He had been known all his young life as a ‘jellybean’ - by definition weak, spineless and work-shy.|
(c) one who is devoted to pleasure rather than work; esp. used of a high-school student.
|Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald V (1963) 198: ‘Jelly-bean’ is the name throughout the undissolved Confederacy for one who spends his life conjugating the verb to idle in the first person singular — I am idling, I have idled, I will idle.‘The Jelly Bean’ in|
|‘Rampart Street Blues’ [lyrics] Way down on Rampart Street in New Orleans, / Somebody’s callin’ me, / And I can hear that gang of jelly beans, / Are singing harmony!|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 381: These goddamn two-bit jellybeans around the place.Young Manhood in|
|Old Bunch (1946) 3: [ch. title] Flappers and Jellybeans .|
(d) a fashionably dressed young man, a womanizer.
|Goodwin’s Wkly (Salt Lake City, UT) 28 Aug. 12/2: ‘The half-baked young jelly beans are trying to steal the women’s shirt-waists’ [...] ‘They sure make a guy look mighty sporty’.|
|Madison Jrnl (Madison Parish, LA) 7 Feb. 1/1: Beaux, fops, dainties, dudes - in England Knuts and jonnies - and now jelly beans [...] Precisely how many inches below the armpits must the waist line be established to indicate jelly-beanism?|
|Capital Times (Madison, WI) 5 Apr. 8: [cartoon caption] Those jelly beans give me a pain [DARE Ed: The jelly bean here is portrayed as an overdressed, supercilious young man] [DARE].|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 11: I want to go bare-headed anyway. Like these jelly beans.|
|(con. 1920s) Livin’ the Blues 49: The jazz model suit was the official uniform of the sheik, ‘lounge lizard,’ ‘cake-eater,’ ‘jelly bean,’ or ‘drugstore cowboy’.|
2. a pimp.
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Jelly bean, a pimp.|
|Lang. Und. (1981) 116/2: b.f. A pimp. Also jelly bean, p.i.‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in|
|How to Shoot Friends 76: I look back on the jelly beans I have shot, stabbed, bashed, iron-barred, axed, knee-capped, toe-cut, blow-torched, killed and generally up-ended.|
3. (US gay) a small penis.
|Queens’ Vernacular 185: small penis [...] jelly bean (late ’60s).|
4. (US black) a term of address.
|Deep Down In The Jungle 45: What do you mean, jelly bean? / What I said, cabbage head.|
|Stand (1990) 157: I know what you mean, jellybean.|
|Pulp Fiction [film script] 84: Sweet dreams, jellybean.|
5. in drug uses [the drugs resemble sweets].
(a) (drugs) any form of pill, e.g. a barbiturate, an amphetamine.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 132: jelly beans.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 169: Me, I jus’ cops a few jellybeans here and dere.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 13: Jelly bean — Amphetamine; depressants.|
(b) (US campus) a painkiller.
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
|Sl. and Sociability 70: Jellybeans were ‘painkillers’ and sugar ‘cocaine’.|
(c) (drugs) crack cocaine.
|ONDCP Street Terms 13: Jelly beans — Crack Cocaine.|
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