Green’s Dictionary of Slang

happy adj.


1. [late 18C+] drunk.

2. [1950s] (US drugs) intoxicated.

In compounds

happy box (n.)

1. [1980s+] (S.Afr.) wine sold in 2½- or 5-litre (4½–8¾-pint) containers, placed in a cardboard box.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

happy cigarette (n.) (also funny cigarette)

[1970s+] (drugs) a marijuana cigarette.

happy drugs (n.) (also get-happy drugs)

[1950s+] anti-depressants.

happy dust (n.) [dust n. (5)]

1. [1910s+] (orig. US drugs) cocaine; thus happy duster, a cocaine user or seller.

2. [1910s+] heroin.

3. [1920s+] morphine.

happy gas (n.)

1. [1930s] marijuana.

2. [1940s] (US) heroin.

3. [2000s] (US) laughing gas or nitrous oxide.

happy grass (n.) [grass n.4 ; among its effects is the promotion of laughter]

[1960s+] (US drugs) marijuana.

happy herb (n.) [herb n.1 (1); among its effects is the promotion of laughter]

[1980s+] (Aus. drugs) cannabis.

happy juice (n.)

[1920s–50s] (US) good humour, usu. resulting from alcohol or drug intoxication.

happy pill (n.) (also happiness pill)

[1950s+] a tranquillizer or stimulant.

happy powder (n.) [1930s+] (drugs)

1. cocaine.

2. heroin; morphine.

happy shack (n.)

[1970s+] (US black) a liquor store.

happy shop (n.)

[1960s–70s] (US black) a liquor store.

happy slapper (n.)

[2010s] (US) a home-made cosh.

happy sticks (n.) (US drugs)

1. [1950s+] marijuana.

2. [1980s+] marijuana laced with phencyclidine or cocaine.

happy stuff (n.)

[1920s+] (US) cocaine.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

happy bag (n.)

1. [1970s+] (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.

2. [2000s] (US) the scrotum [bag n.1 (1a)].

happy camper (n.)

[1980s+] (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.

happy Eliza (n.) [the relentless good humour of such individuals; Eliza is generic for a Salvation Army girl]

[late 19C–1900s] a female Salvationist.

happy ending (n.)

[2000s] (US) a massage that concludes with masturbation of the male client.

happy house (n.) (also happy home)

[1960s+] a psychiatric institution.

happy hunting grounds (n.) [Native American imagery] (orig. US)

1. [mid-19C+] death.

2. [late 19C] the vagina.

happy returns (n.) [pun]

[late 19C–1950s] (Aus.) the act of vomiting.

happy shopper (n.) [brandname Happy Shopper, a cheap grocery store, with the idea of being indiscriminate]

[1990s+] a bisexual.

happy trail (n.) (also the divine line, snail trail, treasure...)

[1990s+] (US) a line of chest hair down the middle of a man’s torso leading to the penis.

happy valley (n.) [note milit. use happy valley, first an area of the Somme battlefield and, later, anywhere that is suffering heavy bombing]

1. [1930s+] (Aus.) an area of shantytowns.

2. [1960s+] the female genitals.

3. [1960s+] (US gay) the cleft of the buttocks.

happy wagon (n.) [ironic]

[1950s–60s] (US) a prison or police van.