Green’s Dictionary of Slang

happy adj.


1. drunk.

[UK]Gent.’s Mag. 559: To express the condition of an Honest Fellow, and no Flincher, under the Effects of good Fellowship, it is said that he is [...] Happy.
[UK] ‘Diary of a Sporting Oxonian’ in Sporting Mag. Nov. XV 87/2: Dined with him, and by nine in the evening was very happy.
[UK]C.L. Lewes Comic Sketches 27: While others would say he [was], ‘Very much disguis'd — Clipp'd the King's English —Quite happy — Bosky—Fuddled — Muddled — Tipsy — Dizzy — Muzzy — Sucky’.
[UK]Marryat Peter Simple (1911) 241: It’s but seldom that a poor fellow has an opportunity of making himself a ‘little happy’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Sept. 24/2: We went to town to dine and then to the theatre. For another bachelor’s revenge, I endeavoured to get Wilson into as ‘happy’ a state as I had had got Jones on the like occasion.
[US]Salt Lake City (UT) 30 Mar. 4/5: He is [...] happy, winey, groggy, muzzy .
[US]‘Digit’ Confessions of a Twentieth Century Hobo 90: They were not exactly drunk, but were what might be called happy.
[US]Dundes & Schonhorn ‘Kansas University Sl.: A New Generation’ in AS XXXVIII:3 174: The words happy, high and looped describe a lesser state.
[US]M. Belmonte Computer Science and Why (1993) [Internet] These people are [...] happy, buzzed, tanked, loaded.

2. (US drugs) intoxicated.

[US]A. Anderson ‘Dance of the Infidels’ in Lover Man 159: Come on, let’s fall down to my pad and get happy.

In compounds

happy box (n.)

1. (S.Afr.) wine sold in 2½- or 5-litre (4½–8¾-pint) containers, placed in a cardboard box.

[SA]Cape Times 27 Oct. 5: First it was the ‘happy box’, the five-litre bag-in-box wine package that swept the wine trade some time ago, now it’s the instant refill [DSAE].
[SA]A. Jermieson Dealers’ Daughters 102: The usual cask [...] was missing from the top of the piano [...] ‘Where’s your happy box?’ she asked [DSAE].
Boxed Wine Spot 9 Sept. [blog] This is just all about boxed wine. Whether you call it ‘boxed wine’, ‘box wine’, ‘wine-in-a-box’, ‘bag in box wine’, ‘BIB wine’, ‘BNB wine’, ‘cask wine’, a ‘happy box’, or a ‘party box’.
Tonight 9 Oct. [Internet] The ‘happy box’ is the perfect wine storage method for somebody who likes an occasional glass without having to go to the trouble of opening a bottle.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[SA]Grocott’s Mail (S.Afr.) 24 May 9: You will be assured of a glass of wine, on the house nogal — a really good vintage happy box variety [DSAE].
happy cigarette (n.) (also funny cigarette)

(drugs) a marijuana cigarette.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 95: I wants t’get gone, honey; so pass me that funny cigarette.
[US]Boston Globe (MA) 10 May 269/2: That looks like a pack of Luckies [...] but you have actually put in a few funny cigarettes that male you feel all nice and easy.
[US]Abel Marihuana Dict.
C. Hernández-Ramdwar Mercury Retrograde 38: A rolled up happy cigarette pressed between my world history pages.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 11: Happy cigarette — Marijuana cigarette.
happy drugs (n.) (also get-happy drugs)


Changing Times (Wash., DC) Oct. 24/2: Often, depressed persons become even more depressed in their calm states following drug therapy. Some have even been known to attempt suicide under the influence of happy drugs.
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 167: Faro went out first that night, filled with happy-drugs, managers and promoters beaming about him.
[US]US News & World Report 76 172: Most of them make you feel relaxed— they’re happy drugs. And this is the irony: We condemn our children when they use these drugs on the street, yet the medical profession is handing them out like candy.
[US]Mother Jones Sept. 32/2: ‘Besides, there may be some time off work in the deal or, at the very least, some get-happy drugs.’ Time off work? Get-happy drugs? I didn't see much need for either.
J.M. Peterson Frequently Asked Questions about Antidepressants 13: Antidepressants are ‘happy pills’ or ‘happy drugs.’ Fact: Antidepressants are not chemically related to drugs like amphetamines (“uppers”) or to illegal drugs that cause users to initially feel happy.
happy dust (n.) [dust n. (5)]

1. (orig. US drugs) cocaine; thus happy duster, a cocaine user or seller.

[US]Public Health Bull. 55-61 266: Happy dust. See Cocaine.
[US]Nat. Drug Clerk 2 281: Some of them call it ‘snow,’ ‘happy dust,’ etc. and you will hear them talk about taking a sleigh ride.
[US]Everybody’s Mag. 31 276/2: Officers discovered that the broad strip of braid forming the binding of the edges contained something that felt like sawdust, and on ripping this open poured out a full ounce of the ‘happy dust’ — about one thousand average doses.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 3 June [synd. col.] Possibly you do not known what a snow-bird is? Some call them ‘happy-dusters’ and others ‘sleigh-bells.’ They are the cocaine fiends of Broadway.
[US]C.H. Darling Jargon Book 16: Happy Dust – Cocaine.
[US]C.S. Montanye ‘Perfect Crime’ in Penzler Pulp Fiction (2007) 351: ‘Walk in a snow storm, brother?’ ‘It’s dope, isn’t it?’ [...] ‘Happy dust. Have some?’.
[UK]E. Murphy Black Candle 10: The snuffers of cocaine are frequently designated as ‘happy-dusters’.
[US]D.B. Heyward Porgy (1945) 57: He poured a little pile of white powder into it [...] ‘Happy dus’!’ she said.
[US]R. Bradford John Henry 212: Maybe de happy dust cross me up and de preacher put me in de dozens.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Lannoy & Masterson ‘Teen-age Hophead Jargon’ in AS XXVII:1 26: HAPPY DUST, n. Cocaine.
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics 309: happy duster. An addict who sniffs cocaine up his nostrils. Also a peddler of cocaine.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 802: happy dust – Cocaine.
[US]A. Maupin Tales of the City (1984) 39: Sportin’ Life [...] Happy dust. This stuff is an American institution.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.
[US] in N.Y. Times 5 Mar. [Internet] As the lights go up in a dingy square of Catfish Row [...] you see a teeming street: rowdy men playing craps and picking fights, women hassling their husbands, wet clothes hanging, peddlers selling honey, crabs and ‘happy dust.’.

2. heroin.

War Terror 261: ‘Happy dust,’ he answered briefly. ‘Happy dust?’ I repeated, looking at him a moment in doubt as to whether he was joking or serious. ‘What is that?’ ‘The Tenderloin name for heroin — a comparatively new derivative of morphine.’.
[UK]F. Tuohy Inside Dope 46: Now an instructed Bowery and Loop clamoured for this variety of ‘happy dust’ as possessing double the kick of ‘coke’.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Peacock Valhalla 228: Kayo-san, Dallas’ junkie girl, who, either through an overdose of her happy dust or a bad fix [...] sang out with a banshee scream.

3. morphine.

[US]V.W. Saul ‘Vocab. of Bums’ (in AS IV:5) 341: Happy dust—Morphine.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 95: Happy Dust.–Cocaine or any other powdered narcotic.
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.
happy gas (n.)

1. marijuana.

[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks n.p.: Happy gas, mariahuana [sic].

2. (US) heroin.

[US]N. Algren Neon Wilderness 250: Lay off the happy-gas.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 323: Lay off that happy gas, Frankie.

3. (US) laughing gas or nitrous oxide.

Chicago Dental Soc. Rev. 88 19: We introduce children to nitrous oxide by calling it ‘happy gas’.
Gentle Dental [Internet] Does the thought of a dentist’s drill make you shiver? New laser technology offers pain-free tissue removal. It’s also effective in treating canker sores and sensitive teeth. Still a little nervous? To help you relax, we have nitrous oxide (happy gas).
J. Dee See You in My Dreams 95: ‘Did he give you happy gas?’ Tasha asked. ‘Who?’ ‘Duh. The dentist.’.
happy grass (n.) [grass n.4 ; among its effects is the promotion of laughter]

(US drugs) marijuana.

J. Nagel Slick Revenge 129: Four niggers, smoking that happy grass, might decide that they can fly, know what I mean?
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 171: Marijuana is identified in terms of the effect it produces (joy, happy grass).
K. Redd Da Mission 16: Fa ole time sake, git'chu, git'chu a lil hit of dis Happy Grass, den [...] pass it on down da line, Man! Don't Bo-Guard it.
happy herb (n.) [herb n.1 (1); among its effects is the promotion of laughter]

(Aus. drugs) cannabis. News [Internet] The familiar smell of very happy herb would sometimes waft out of the open door, and their behavior was becoming notorious.
[Aus]Age (Melbourne) 20 Jan. [Internet] They (young people) seem to see it as the ‘happy herb’; that it does no harm. They don’t understand that not only is it bad but it can introduce then to a tobacco habit as well.
happy juice (n.)

(US) good humour, usu. resulting from alcohol or drug intoxication.

[US](con. 1918–19) S.V. Benét Beginning of Wisdom 290: He was too full of happy-juice.
[US]F. Paley Rumble on the Docks (1955) 56: Pass on some of that happy juice to Sad Sack.
happy pill (n.) (also happiness pill)

a tranquillizer or stimulant.

Catholic Digest 21 13: The American Psychiatric association, appalled by the nature of the ‘happy-pill’ ballyhoo, recently issued a warning to the general public.
[Aus]M. Brown ‘Wheelbarrow and the Whirlwind’ in Drake-Brockman West Coast Stories 138: He swallowed a whole bottle of happiness pills.
I. Asimov Fantastic Voyage 11: You’ve got that tranquillizer gleam in your eye, doctor. I don’t need any happy pills.
US Congress Hearings by Committee on Education and Labor 391: Our children are turning to the happy pills, in an agony of disappointment and distrust.
Lee & Shlain Acid Dreams 189: Another doctor soon put him on ‘happy pills,’ although these drugs did not seem to cheer Ruby up.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 60: No mixing booze with the happy pills. Doctor’s orders.
[UK]D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 20: Various happy pills were doled out —and a few biffs of the liquid cosh.
happy powder (n.) (drugs)

1. cocaine.

R. Chandler Killer in the Rain (1964) 223: He looked at me and shrugged. ‘Maybe it’s happy powder,’ he said. ‘Maybe he peddles a little of that.’.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics 309: happy powder. [...] cocaine.
I. Trump For Love Alone 408: You didn’t happen to sniff some happy powder in there, did you?
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 11: Happy powder — Cocaine.
R.P. Fregault Fatal Curiosity 20: He had tried to skim some of the white happy powder for himself and had gotten caught.
R. Bruguiere Collision 186: I did travel with my ‘happy powder’ – no drug-sniffing airport dogs in those days [...] My happy powder was intended, so I thought; to make me the hippest kid on the block.

2. heroin; morphine.

[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics 309: happy powder. Morphine [...] or heroin.
Washingtonian 6 83: The ‘hophead’ traded the toaster for one cap of ‘happy powder’.
B. Whitaker Global Connection 170: Young children [...] may not realize that it is heroin they are using, and are deceived into starting by pushers describing it as happy powder or rainbow dust.
happy shack (n.)

(US black) a liquor store.

[US](con. 1940s) Deuce Ofay Productions ‘The Jive Bible’ at [Internet] ABC (American Business College):n. A retail establishment specializing in the distribution of alcoholic beverages to the masses; See Happy Shack.
happy slapper (n.)

(US) a home-made cosh.

[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 152: He pulls his Happy Slapper from his coat pocket. The Slapper is a knotted sock [...] the sock’s foot is loaded with ball bearings.
happy sticks (n.) (US drugs)

1. marijuana.

[US]W. Brown Monkey On My Back (1954) 183: Then they tried happy sticks and bennies. Getting goofed once in a while was okay.
[US]J. Stahl Permanent Midnight 335: I’d woken up at four and smoked a couple of happy-sticks.
P.J. McKigney Poetry Stew 120: Car loaded, the teens pile in – Equipped with road pops, munchies and happy sticks, their adventure begins. The time 4:20.

2. marijuana laced with phencyclidine or cocaine.

[US] cited in Spears Sl. and Jargon of Drugs and Drink (1986).
[UK]L. Gonzales Still Point 113: They’re selling Happy Sticks, marijuana dipped in PCP.
A. Blake Living through Pop 122: A popular high was ‘happy sticks’: cannabis joints dipped in PCP (angel dust), providing manic energy for the user.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 11: Happy Sticks — PCP.
T. Rempel-Saddul This Road I Walk 137: They smoked the happy sticks, cocaine-laced joints.
M. Collin Altered State 17: There was a juice bar because it was illegal to serve liquor in underground clubs [...] There was a lot of PCP [phencyclidine, or Angel Dust], happy sticks [joints dipped in PCP] and a lot of acid. Ecstasy was really big.
happy stuff (n.)

(US) cocaine.

J. Nazel Black Cop 84: Wilson is always right there on time with the happy stuff. Ain’t that right, kid?

SE in slang uses

In compounds

happy bag (n.)

1. (UK Und.) the bag in which a shotgun is carried on an armed robbery; the gun makes the victim ‘happy’ to pass over his money.

[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 13: Danny volunteered to deposit the happy-bag in the slaughter.
A. Hailwood Gun Law 196: Mr Glenn was trying to ascertain whether a ‘happy bag’ had been spotted. A happy bag is something their team keeps its robbery kit - guns, masks, tape - in.
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 11: Tony took the happy-bag containing the sawn-off.

2. (US) the scrotum [bag n.1 (1a)].

[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 97: We go over, show her we’re serious, and walk out with Georgie’s happy-bag and the mayor’s kisser.
happy camper (n.)

(US campus) one who is perfectly satisfied with their life and the circumstances in which they find themselves; also as negative, not a happy camper, a dissatisfied, unhappy person; the deliberate levity of the phrase often hides a genuinely deep unhappiness or dissatisfaction.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 5: happy camper – one characterized by elation.
[US]D. Hecht Skull Session 446: You’re going to be a very happy camper afterward.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 88: He is not a happy camper.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 193: The beggar Boy isnae a happy camper.
happy Eliza (n.) [the relentless good humour of such individuals; Eliza is generic for a Salvation Army girl]

a female Salvationist.

[UK]Cornishman 13 May 3/3: ‘Happy Eliza’ [...] has been assailed in the streets with stones, rotten fish, and ‘rotten everything’.
[UK] broadside ballad: They call me Happy Eliza, and I’m Converted Jane / We’ve been two hot ’uns in our time.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 14 Dec. 4/1: He is less careful in his speech now than when he [...] punched the drum side by side with Happy Eliza in the Army.
[UK]Pall Mall Gaz. 15 Dec. 7/1: Happy Eliza’s name became a household word [...] she was the very type and embodiment of the Salvation Army spirit.
[UK]Cornishman 14 May 5/7: Happy Eliza; a sketch.
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 9 Jan. 2/4: This is Happy Eliza, / The Salvos all prize her.
[UK]Nottingham Eve. Post 12 Apr. 4/1: A notable Salvationist officer has passed away [...] As a young girl she saw an announcement that ‘Happy Eliza’ and Major Reynolds [...] would ‘open fire’ in Sneiton Market. She was at once interested and later joined the army.
happy ending (n.)

(US) a massage that concludes with masturbation of the male client.

Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA) 6 Aug. A9/5: One of Soderbergh’s plot lines, a massage with a ‘happy ending,’ was already featured on two HBO shows, Larry David’s and ‘Mind of the Married Man.’.
K.R. Sullivan Embodied Tensions 121: Some therapists still perform sexual services, typically masturbation, by performing what is known as a ‘happy ending’ massage.
Makunga & Madsen L.A. Adventures 75: This is not an oil on skin massage, and it’s not a happy-ending massage either, despite the rumors.
[UK]S. Moore in Guardian 5 July [Internet] He gives intimate ‘Loving Touch’ massages. Or what we might call Happy Endings.
[Aus]N. Cummins Adventures of the Honey Badger [ebook] [T]his old lady [...] lifts up my shirt, scrunches up some leaves and rubs them on my chest, armpits, and feet. Is this what is meant by a ‘happy ending’.
happy house (n.) (also happy home)

a psychiatric institution.

[US]‘Napoleon XIV’ ‘They’re coming to take me away’ [lyrics] They’re coming to take me away ho ho hee hee ha haaa / To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds.
Bulletin of the N.Y. Academy of Medicine 204: A few years later his [i.e. Ezra Pound] come-uppance was somewhat longer than a mere weekend in the ‘happy house’.
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘Wanted’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] She’s as nutty as a fruit cake. She spends most of her time in the Happy Home.
happy hunting grounds (n.) [Native American imagery] (orig. US)

1. death.

J.F. Cooper Last of Mohicans (1831) 400: A young man has gone to the happy hunting grounds.
[US]G.F. Ruxton Life in the Far West (1849) 135: After a long journey, they will reach the happy hunting-grounds.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 30 May 6/3: John Pearson, […] lately deceased, was what may be termed a ‘funeral crank,’ nevertheless he was pretty level-headed. When John found that he was on the eve of departure for the happy hunting grounds, he sat himself down to dispose of his property, and [...] to make arrangements for his own funeral.
[US]A.C. Gunter Miss Nobody of Nowhere 57: Old Mescal is now keeping a sharp eye out for the child and the cowboy, that he may send them to the happy hunting-grounds also.
[UK]‘Ian Hay’ Carrying On 5: Ogg and Hogg [...] have gone to the happy hunting-grounds.
[US]Z. Grey Fighting Caravans (1992) 114: I found four Injuns alive yet, so I sent them off to the Happy Huntin’-grounds.

2. the vagina.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
happy shopper (n.) [brandname Happy Shopper, a cheap grocery store, with the idea of being indiscriminate]

a bisexual.

[US]D. Lypchuk ‘A dirty little story’ in eye mag. 8 July [Internet] Secretly, though, he was a bit of a happy shopper.
[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus 3 in Viz 98 Oct. 17: Happy Shopper 1 n. prop. A cheap ’n’ cheerless grocery brand. 2. n. A bisexual — one who shops on both sides of the street.
happy trail (n.) (also the divine line, snail trail, treasure...)

(US) a line of chest hair down the middle of a man’s torso leading to the penis.

RedMoon posting 24 Jul. on ‘What should I do about body hair’ at [Internet] I have more hair on my happy trail than on my happy place.
scooby posting 24 Jul. on ‘What should I do about body hair’ at [Internet] gotta love that treasure trail.
SerialKiller posting 24 Jul. on ‘What should I do about body hair’ at [Internet] snail trail a.k.a. the divine line? I like them because I have one. They’re cool.
happy valley (n.) [note milit. use happy valley, first an area of the Somme battlefield and, later, anywhere that is suffering heavy bombing]

1. (Aus.) an area of shantytowns.

[Aus] in Seal ( 1999) 98: When your hair has turned to silver / I will still be on the ‘dole’ /And we’ll live in Happy valley / When the ‘reds’ have got control.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 97: happy valleys sprang up. They were shantytowns of cardboard, tin, and anything else that the unemployed could scavenge to build a shelter for their families.

2. the female genitals.

[US]Trimble 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.

3. (US gay) the cleft of the buttocks.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 103: happy valley the cleft separating the right buttock cheek from the left; [...] Related terms: ski up and down Happy Valley (late ’60s) to rub the cock in between and over the buttocks of the partner.
happy wagon (n.) [ironic]

(US) a prison or police van.

[US]G.L. Coon Meanwhile, Back at the Front (1962) 13: The squad of marines reached the Happy Wagon.
P. Bucheister Dragon Slayer 100: You [...] had better come in before the neighbors call the happy wagon to come and cart you away.