1. (also ghini, ghinny, gin, ginee, ginney, ginny, guin, guiney, guinney, guinny, guiny, guinzo, guinzola) an Italian person, usu. an immigrant to the US.
|N.Y. Daily Trib. 17 July 8/1: The ‘Hoodlum’ of New-York, with his senses deadened to the beauty of the Latin tongue and the mellow Neapolitan accent, has bestowed upon the races that use it with such volubility the names of ‘Guineas’ and ‘Dagoes.’.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 31 Aug. 2/2: Characters: Australianised Italian and fresh cop. Cop: [...] Anything happened round here to-night, Ginny?|
|Harper’s Weekly 16 Oct. 817: The lower ‘sporting’ elements in the poorer quarter of New York call them ‘Guineas’ and ‘Dagoes’.|
|Chimmie Fadden Explains 203: She come up here from Cherry Hill and took up with a Guinny here in Mulberry Bend. [...] Some of the Italian men scowled at the word ‘Guinny’.|
|Chimmie Fadden and Mr Paul 40: Naples, a guinney district where de street-sweepers come from.|
|Battle with the Slum 314: Complaint had been made that there were too many ‘Ginnies’ in the Gio flat.|
|Little Citizens 204: I know where we can hook a banana. And the Ginney’s asleep.|
|Four Million (1915) 80: I knew he was a Guinea. His name’s Tony Spinelli.‘The Coming-Out of Maggie’ in|
|God’s Man 147: If I’d been born a Hunky or a Ginny, or even a Yiddisher boy – but Irish – ! – !|
|Harbor (1919) 314: I am an Italian man! You call me Guinney, Dago, Wop.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine 1917 172: Well, whaddaye know about dat dere stingy Guinea, huh?‘Canada Kid’ in|
|Hairy Ape 25: De Black Hand, dey’re a lot of yellow backstickin’ Ginees.|
|Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 125: Guineas! The bunk-car stunk.|
|Hooch! 243: That little ginney over there.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 180: A bomb such as these Guineas like to chuck at people they don’t like.‘Gentlemen, the King!’ in|
|Gas-House McGinty 56: Still living out there in Cicero with the Ginnies and foreigners, huh, Willie?|
|Hungry Men 90: You go to hell, you goddamned guiney.|
|I Can Get It For You Wholesale 291: ‘Try to remember my face is covered with skin,’ I told the ginney, ‘not asphalt.’.|
|Iceman Cometh Act I: Jees, I’ll bet he’d give yuh an awful beatin’, [...] Ginnies got awful tempers. [Ibid.] Act II: A dirty little Ginny pimp, dat’s what!|
|Here Is Your War (1945) 182: All men in the outfit were instructed to refer to Italians as ‘Guineas’.|
|DAUL 81/1: Ginney. An Italian [...] Ginzola. (also Ginzo). A ginney. [Ibid.] 87/2: Guin [...] Guinea. Guinzola. (also Guinzo). An Italian.et al.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 567: Wops, and Spiks, and [...] Guinies, and Niggers, no got the heart.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 119: The Irish and Italians — the Micks and the Guineas.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 801: ginny – An Italian.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 48: I’ll wait until after that big-cocked guinea has fucked me.|
|Godfather 240: He was a big man [...] Not the usual greasy dark guinzo husband but crew-cut blond. [Ibid.] 240: She was getting dressed up in the real New York City guinzo style.|
|Shaft 114: All you got to do is put yourself in some crazy guinea’s head.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 10: Wanderers (ginny) 27 Pharoahs (ginny) 28 Rays (irish).|
|Blood Brothers 230: Them guinzos is thick as thieves.|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 28: Here was one ginney getting his glass blown [...] and another ginney comes in and gives him three in the pump.|
|Union Dues (1978) 26: Stupid fuckin ghinny.|
|Breaks 61: Three P.R.’s and a disco Ginny.|
|La Merica (2003) 138: an Italian was not an Italian. He was a wop, dago, duke, gin, tally, ghini, macaroni or spaghetti or spaghetti bender. He was also Hey Boy or Hey Youse, or he was given a generic name: Joe, Pete, Tony, Carlo, Dino, Gumba.|
|(con. 1970s) Donnie Brasco (2006) 322: ‘A fucking New York guinea, aren’t you?’ ‘Well, I am from New York and I am Italian.’.|
|Oz ser. 2 ep. 2 [TV script] Scibetta? Why you giving that guinea my job?‘Ancient Tribes’|
|‘Sally Forth’ [comic strip] ‘You’re like a guinea pig in my experiment.’ ‘Say! That’s not very nice! Besides, I’m not even Italian!’.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 28: I had half a dozen guys as tough as you I’d be one happy guinea.|
|The Force [ebook] The slick guinea has saved Malone’s life more times than he can count.|
2. a derog. term for various other non-Anglo nationalities, usu. Mediterranean, e.g. a Greek, a Portuguese, a Jew.
|‘Plunder Creek’ in Bentley’s Misc. Feb. 127: [to a negro] You tarnation Guinea-crow.|
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 39: guinea [...] Europeans generally.|
|see sense 1.|
|Tucker’s People (1944) 8: It had said in the paper Leo’s brother was ‘Guinea Joe’ Minch.|
3. (US Und.) a woman.
|How I Became a Detective 88: A ‘guinea’ or ‘Bowser’ is a woman.|
4. (also ginney) a foolish, gullible or insignificant man.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 39: guinea [...] In the sense of a man it is synonymous with ‘gazab’ ‘gink,’ ‘mark’.|
|Detective Story 13 Aug. [Internet] You ain’t tryin’ to tell me that a wise guinea like old Denton is handin’ out any fifty-thousand-dollar checks.‘Mr Clacksworthy Within the Law’|
|Und. Speaks 45/2: Ginney, a no-account man; a moron.|
|CUSS 131: Guinea A small or insignificant person.et al.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 77: Guys who beat up the wrong guinea.|
5. a Japanese person, a Pacific native.
|AS XXII:1 Feb. 55: guineas. Same as gooks.‘Pacific War Lang.’ in|
6. (also ginny) a groom in a horseracing stable [US grooms were often of Italian immigrant origins].
|in Lethbridge Herald (Alberta) 22 Mar. 14/4: A groom is a ginny or a swipe.|
7. the Italian language.
|Brownstone 78: An American’s out of place. Jew talk and guinea, that’s all you hear at the yard.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 150: Boo-Boo [...] gave Perry crossed forearms, guinea for fuck you.|
to make someone angry.
|Put on the Spot 39: Now they manhandle Annie an’ toss her in the clink. It gets my Guinea up.|