1. (also Niagara pineapple) a bomb, a grenade [the shape].
|B.E.F. Times 25 Dec. (2006) 140/1: A lump of pineapple gone t’rough the rum jar.|
|One Man’s War (1929) 331: Those goddamned pom-poms! Or, as the British call ’em, ‘flamin’ pineapples!’.|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: pine-apple. A light German trench mortar shell, grooved into sections to ensure a fragmental burst.|
|It’s a Racket! 25: Tossers of bombs took orders for ‘pineapples,’ then ‘went into production,’ and finally placed them for explosion.|
|‘Snowbound’ in Gangster Stories Oct. n.p.: There was a stunning roar of an explosion [...] Suds Garland’s mob had tossed a pineaple into the entrance hall!|
|Public Enemy [film script] Look at this dump — four pineapples tossed at us in two days.|
|Night and the City 120: Four men in a car, with pineapples, and Tommy-guns, and tear-gas, and sawn-off shotguns, and gats, and rods, and heaters and razors.|
|Black Mask Mar. XXII 13: That guy, Soup, is kill-crazy. He might toss a pineapple at us.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 162: niagara pineapple A tear gas bomb.|
|Honest Rainmaker (1991) 114: A hefty pineapple exploded aft.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 812: pineapple – A bomb.|
|Close Quarters (1987) 39: A [...] claymore bag filled grenades, both the old pineapples and the newer smooth-sided sort.|
|(con. 1967) Reckoning for Kings (1989) 65: Lying on the packed dirt floor was an elderly World War II pineapple-type hand grenade.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|One-Way Ride 269: His pineapple brigade had bombed half a dozen saloons.|
3. a male homosexual [play on fruit n. (2)].
|It’s a Madhouse (1986) 127: An’ I don’t care what the pineapple in there says, I am y’know, I’m sick.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 886: [...] since ca. 1960.|
4. (US) a Puerto Rican [the jungle associations].
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 35: He’d run through his whole repertoire on the ‘boots and the pineapples’, the current precinct names for blacks and Puerto Ricans.|
5. (US campus/drugs) heroin [ety. unknown].
|Campus Sl. Apr. 5: smack – heroin. Also pineapple.|
6. (Aus.) a $50.00 note.
|More You Bet 67: The ‘$50 note’ is sometimes referred to as [...] a ‘pineapple’, due to its colour.|
|Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] I owed a pineaple to the old man.|
SE in slang uses
(Aus.) a rough haircut, leaving the hair shaggy and irregular.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
a derog. term for a Samoan American.
|Indep. 2 Oct. 5: Police had referred to them contemptuously as ‘coconut head’ and ‘pineapple head’.|
(gay) a homosexual person from Hawaii.
|Queens’ Vernacular 149: pineapple queen [princess] Hawaiian homosexual.|
|Maledicta IX 56: pineapple princess; pineapple queen n [R] Hawaiian homosexual.|