Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tree n.

[the characteristics of a tree]

1. see triple tree n. (1)

2. the penis [abbr. tail tree under tail n.].

[UK]‘The Pensioner’ in Flash Minstrel! in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) I 100: Of all the rots that ever grew, / My Sary likes my tree.

3. (US black/L.A.) a police officer who is susceptible to bribery [its colour SE green of a tree and green n.2 (1)].

[US] ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.

4. (US campus) a very tall woman – 6ft (180cm) or more; thus cherry tree under cherry n.1 [its height].

[US]Baker et al. CUSS 213: Tree An ugly person, female.

5. the head, one’s mind; usu. in phrs. below.

[US]Current Sl. I:2 6/2: Tree, n. Mind, esp. in the expession ‘drive one out of one’s tree.’.
[SA]A. Lovejoy Acid Alex 130: This ou was fucked in his tree and he was insanely strong.

6. (US) a gearstick [its shape].

[US]G. Pelecanos Right As Rain 71: Strange pulled down on the tree and put the Chevy in gear.

7. (drugs) a marijuana cigarette.

[US]UGK ‘P.A. Nigga’ 🎵 Blowin’ trees with cloves of G’s. ‘Roadman Slang 4 Jun. 🌐 Green/dank/herb/ganja/tree/broccoli- the herb.
[UK]1011 ‘Play for Pagans’ 🎵 I ain't got no patience, play for the pagans / Man get smoked like trees.

8. see triple tree n.

9. see wood n.1 (6)

In compounds

tree suit (n.)

(US) a coffin.

Des Moines Trib. )IA) 3 Nov. 13/8: A ‘tree suit’ is a coffin.

In phrases

go up a tree (v.)

1. to be hanged.

W.H. Dixon New America I 132: Gone up, in the slang of Denver, means gone up a tree [...]. In plain English, the man is said to have been hung [DA].
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).

2. (Aus.) to fall off one’s horse.

[Aus]Baker Aus. Speaks.
off one’s tree (adj.)

mad, eccentric.

[Aus]M. Coleman Fatty 139: ‘Now I know how those rock stars must feel. Everyone was off their trees, anything could have happened’.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 55: You’re off y’tree Nood.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 14 Aug. 7: My friends thought I was mad, completely off my tree.
[UK]N. Griffiths Stump 56: Look at Lenny Reece, fuckin balloonhead [...] off his fuckin tree.
[NZ]P. Shannon Davey Darling 63: Mum stayed sitting at the table, looking like she was going off her tree but doing the best to disguise it.
out of one’s tree (adj.) (also out of one’s bush) [the sufferer has fig. fallen out of a tree but note sense 3 above and previous sub-entry]

1. crazy, insane; very angry.

[US] in Current Sl. (1967) I:4 4/2: Out of his tree, adj. Insane.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 166: Out of your tree, go Go wild.
[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 15: few marbles missing – Ain’t wrapped to [sic] tight; cat fell out of his tree; flipped out of his nut; crazy.
[US]P. Conroy Great Santini (1977) 382: What in hell are you calling me for at happy hour, Lilian. Have you gone out of your bush?
[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 35: You’re really outta your tree, you know that?
[US](con. 1963) P. Conroy Lords of Discipline 140: I’ve been insane for so long [...] psychotically out of my fucking tree.
[Aus]J. Byrell (con. 1959) Up the Cross 31: [T]he dapper little bloke was fair dinkum out of his tree.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 28 June 4: Does this suggest [...] Any 14-year-old who prefers Twiggy to Twigs and Twiglets isn’t necessarily out of their tree?
[Aus]S. Maloney Something Fishy (2006) 217: You’re out of your fucken tree, man.
[Scot]L. McIlvanney All the Colours 190: ‘Wolfe’s a fucking madman, I know. But this time he means it. He’s out his fucking tree’.

2. (also off one’s tree) totally intoxicated by drugs.

[Ire]R. Doyle Van (1998) 439: I think she’s ou’ of her tree half the time [...] She looks doped.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 41: I will never tell him how off my tree I get.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 384: Colm comes to-a door, staggerin, clearly out uv is tree.
[Aus]P. Doyle (con. 1969-1973) Big Whatever 13: I was out of my goddamned tree, dig?

3. utterly bored.

[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 31: I’m bored out of my tree.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

tree-dweller (n.)

a fool, a peasant.

[UK]K. Lette Llama Parlour 50: The general public are referred to as ‘knuckle-draggers’, ‘mouth-breathers’ and ‘tree-dwellers.’.
tree-hugger (n.) (also hugger, tree-fucker, whale-hugger)

(US campus) an environmentalist; thus tree-hugging adj.

[US]Appleton Post-Crescent (WI) 10 Sept. 1/4–5: The battle was between the tree huggers and the city. The city won. Conservationist Stuart Chase describes the holding action on the lakefront Thursday: They started up their chain saws and, with blades whirring, charged at us and cut the trees off right on top of us [etc.].
Casper Star Trib. (WY) 28 Nov. 23/3: Environmentalists, who she called ‘tree-huggers’.
[US]L.A. Times 10 Apr. 14/1: [headline] Tree Huggers Take to Sweden’s Forests to Fight.
[UK]A. Close Official and Doubtful 182: A professional leech-preserver, that’s what the electorate have put their crosses by. A tree hugger.
[UK]J. Hawes Dead Long Enough 20: You want to hang out with tree-hugging twats who think mankind is the skin-disease of the earth?
[US]C. Hiaasen Skinny Dip 127: He was glad to get those goddamn tree-huggers off his case.
[UK]G. Malkani Londonstani (2007) 17: A cycle-riding, tree-huggin, skint hippie.
[UK]Guardian G2 3 May 6: For every hugger there is a hater, determined to get rid of trees.
[UK]Eve. Standard 29 Nov. 17/2: [headline] Tree-huggers on the march [...] Green activists are protesting over the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park.
[Scot](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 232: His tree-shagging yuppie brother.
N. Knight ‘Not Even a Mouse’ in ThugLit Nov.-Dec. [ebook] Felt like a tree fucker—hadn't smoked [cannabis] since high school.
R. Hart ‘Confessions of a Taco truck Owner’ in ThugLit July [ebook] It couldn't be those whale-hugging hippies from the vegan cupcake truck.
Arizona Republic 28 June A5/1: [headline] Utah blames ‘tree huggers’ for fire.
tree-jumper (n.) (also tree-chopper) [his jumping out of trees to attack a victim]

(US prison) a rapist or sexual molester, thus adj. tree-jumping.

[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 216: tree jumper, n. – a man convicted of raping or molesting a child.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 37: Tree Jumper [...] An inmate who is in prison for rape.
[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July 🌐 Tree Jumper: (1) Rapist. (2) Someone convicted of a sex crime which involves a minor. Also, ‘tree chopper.’ (CA).
[US]R. Cea No Lights, No Sirens 245: ‘Yeah, you’re definitely a booty bandit, all you tree-jumping rapists are’.

In phrases

tree of knowledge (n.)

(S.Afr. drugs) marijuana.

[SA]H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 29: They referred to it as ‘boom.’ I wanted to know why. They said, well, you know, ‘boom’ is the Afrikaans word for a tree. [...] Then they said it meant tree of knowledge. They said that if you smoked dagga you knew everything that there was in the world, and even a lot that wasn’t. [Ibid.] 30: ‘The tree of knowledge’, the blue coat would repeat, ‘Give me a few pulls every morning with the mealie-pap and I’ll tell the Governor he can go bugger himself.’.
[SA]H.C. Bosman Willemsdorp (1981) I 491: You can’ pinch a kafir [...] as you don’t find dagga in his back pocket. Nellie Pope, they calls it. Or the tree of knowledge.
Drum (Johannesburg) Sept. 12: It is known in the slang as [...] ‘tree of knowledge’ [DSAE].
tree of the triple crook (n.) (also crooked tree)

the gallows.

[UK]H. Mill Nights Search I 54: What’s murther, but a crime Which I have made almost as old as time? Spend upon whores, and drink what thou do’st get, Feare not the crooked tree.
W.E. Henley Carmen Patibulare n.p.: Tree, old tree of the triple crook, And the Rope of the Black Election [F&H].
tree that bears fruit all the year round (n.) (also ...bears twelve times a year)

the gallows.

[UK]J. Taylor ‘Description of Tyburne’ in Works (1869) II 134: I haue heard sundry men oft times dispute / Of trees, that in one yeere will twice bere fruit. / But if a man note Tyburne, ’will appeare, / That that’s a tree that beares twelue times a yeare.
[UK](con. 1737–9) W.H. Ainsworth Rookwood (1857) 183: To the tree that bears fruit all the year round, and yet has neither bark nor branch.
up a tree

see separate entries.