1. [mid-19C] (US) a currency note; thus money in general [it offers its possessor comfort].
2. [late 19C+] (S.Afr.) a peasant, an unsophisticated African; thus in synon. combs. blanket-boy, blanket-kaffir; and blanket-vote, the collective black vote [the trad. blankets that such individuals wear; note 19C US blanket brave, blanket indian, ‘an Indian of a low cultural level [...] a semi-civilized Indian’ (Matthews, Dict. Americanisms, 1951)].
3. [mid-19C-1930s] (US tramp) a (presumably broadsheet) newspaper (which is often used as a makeshift blanket).
4. [20C+] (US tramp) a griddlecake or pancake.
5. [1920s–30s] (US tramp) an overcoat, which regularly doubles as a blanket.
6. [1920s+] a cigarette paper; thus tumblings and blankets, tobacco and papers.
7. [1930s] (US Und.) a bulletproof vest.
8. [1960s] (US campus) ext. use of sense 6, a cigarette.
9. [1980s+] (drugs) ext. use of sense 6, a marijuana cigarette.
10. [1980s] (US) a partner within a sado-masochistic relationship.
1. [1950s+] (US) a Native American.
2. [1960s] (US) a native of Oklahoma.
[20C+] (US) a Native American.
[mid-19C] (US) to have Native American blood.
SE in slang uses
1. [1920s+] masturbation.
2. [1960s] sexual intercourse.
[late 19C] bed.
[19C; 1980s+] sexual intercourse; thus dance the blanket hornpipe.
1. [1930s–60s] (US prison) homosexual gang rape: the victim’s head is placed beneath a blanket while he is assaulted.
2. [1980s] (UK Und.) a form of gangland execution whereby the victim is tricked into hiding beneath a blanket, and then shot dead.
3. [1980s] (also blanket treatment) a beating given by prison officers or fellow prisoners.
1. [1930s] (US) sexual intercourse.
2. [1970s+] (US prison) the murder of a fellow prisoner by tossing a blanket over the head and then bludgeoning or stabbing them to death.
3. [1970s+] an initiation rite whereby a new prisoner is forcibly smothered in a blanket, then beaten up or gang-raped by their fellows; similarly applied to teen gang initiations.
4. [1970s+] (Aus./N.Z./US prison, also blanket, blanketing) the throwing of a blanket over the head of a prisoner to facilitate a beating or robbery.
[late 19C+] (US) a tramp, esp. a Western tramp.
1. [late 18C–19C] the sky.
2. [mid-19C] a rough coat made of coarse pilot-cloth (an indigo cloth used for ships’ officers’ greatcoats).
[1900s–10s] (US, Western) almost totally impoverished, very poor.
see under dance v.
[1940s–50s] (US Und.) to roll a cigarette; thus filled blanket a hand-rolled cigarette.
[19C] a wife.
[1990s+] (W.I./UK black teen) a human body, particularly when covering another, as in sexual intercourse.
[1920s] (Aus.) tinned meat.
1. [mid-19C+] (US) to exaggerate.
2. [late 19C] (US) to excel.