Green’s Dictionary of Slang

basket n.1

1. [late 19C+] the stomach.

2. [1940s+] (gay, also basketful of meat, basketwork, picnic basket) the male genitals; the bulge caused by their display in tight trousers; thus chicken with a basket, a ‘well-hung’ teenager .

3. [2000s] the vagina.

4. see basket case

Pertaining to heterosexuality

In compounds

basket-maker (n.)

[late 18C–late 19C] the vagina; thus a woman in a sexual context.

basket-making (n.) [‘making feet for children’s stockings’ (Grose, 1785)]

[late 17C–early 19C] sexual intercourse; usu. in phr. the trade of basket-making, prostitution.

Pertaining to homosexuality

In derivatives

basketeer (v.) [coined by the homosexual community, like a number of others, e.g. cruise v. (5), the term is now occas. applied to women]

[1940s–70s] (gay) to wander the streets gazing at male genitals; this can provide some men with adequate satisfaction, others may be simply sizing up the available talent for later developments; also as n.

In compounds

basket days (n.)

[1960s–70s] (US gay) a spell of fine weather, permitting one to wear light clothes that reveal one’s genitals.

basket lunch (n.)

[1950s+] (mainly gay) fellatio.

basket party (n.)

[1970s+] (US gay) a man with large genitals.

basket picnic (n.)

[1940s–70s] (gay) staring at other men’s genitals while wandering the streets.

basket shopping (n.)

[1970s] (gay) staring at passing men, focussing on their genital area.

basket-watch (v.)

[1940s–70s] (gay) to wander the streets gazing at male genitals; thus basket-watcher n.

basket weaver (n.)

[1960s–70s] (US gay) one who wears tight trousers for sexual display; thus basket-weaving, wearing tight trousers; basket-weaves, tight trousers.

basketwork (n.)

see sense 2 above.

In phrases

basketful of meat (n.)

see sense 2 above.

picnic basket (n.)

see sense 2 above.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

basket case (n.) [orig. WWI milit. use, a quadriplegic, who, bereft of all four limbs, is carried around in a basket]

1. [1910s+] (also basket) a cripple, either mentally or physically.

2. [1950s+] one who is incapable of tackling a situation; also in non-human contexts.

3. [1960s] in fig. use, something extremely shocking, moving etc.

4. [1970s+] one who behaves in a notably eccentric manner.

basket cell (n.)

[1910s] (US prison) a solitary confinement cell.

basket man (n.)

[1930s] (US Und.) a graft collector for a criminal gang.

In phrases

basket of chips (n.) [SE basket + chips, small pieces of wood sawn or chiselled off by a carpenter; f. an older Salop. saying, smile like a basket of chips]

[18C–1900s] used in phrs., usu. grin/smile like a basket of chips v., to grin broadly.

basket of oranges (n.) [fig. use of mining jargon basket of oranges, nuggets of gold, as discovered in the gold fields]

[late 19C–1900s] (orig. Aus.) an attractive woman.

brought to the basket [the alms-basket on which poor prisoners in the public prisons were mainly dependent for food]

[early 17C–early 18C] sent to prison.

fly the basket (v.)

[late 18C] (UK Und.) to steal a parcel or luggage from the basket, or rear part, of a stage coach.

go to the basket (v.) [the alms-basket on which poor prisoners in the public prisons were mainly dependent for food]

[early 17C–early 18C] to go to prison.

in the basket

[early 19C] confused, nonplussed.