Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bloss n.

[blowse n.]

1. a beggar’s female companion.

[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 202: Bloss [...] a bully’s pretended wife or mistress whom he guards, and who by her trading supports him.
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK] ‘Jolly Gypsies’ Rural Lover’s Delight (first part) 31: We are honest, we are boozey, / Fairly with out blosses dear; / We are courting, we are sporting, / Yet we never want good cheer.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: bloss (cant.) the pretended wife of a bully, or shop lifter.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US] ‘Scene in a London Flash-Panny’ Matsell Vocabulum 98: I only piked into Deuceaville with a dimber-damber, who couldn’t pad the hoof for a single darkman’s without his bloss to keep him from getting pogy.
[US]Trumble ‘On the Trail’ in Sl. Dict. (1890) 42: I only piked into Grassville with a dimber-damber, who couldn’t pad the hoof for a single darkman’s without his bloss to keep him from getting poggy.

2. (UK Und.) a thief.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Bloss c. a Thief or Shop-lift.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 202: Bloss, a thief or shoplift.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

3. (UK Und.) a prostitute.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Bloss c. [...] a Bullies pretended Wife, or Mistress, whom he guards, and who by her Trading supports him, also a Whore.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 202: Bloss [...] also a whore.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: The Cull has tipt his Tackle Rum-rigging, c. or, has Tipt his Bloss Rum-tackle, c. the keeping Coxcomb has given his Mistress very fine Cloths.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 114: Whore A Bloss or Wapping Mort.
[UK]Life and Character of Moll King 12: My Blos has nailed me of mine [handkerchief]; but I shall catch her at Maddox’s Gin-Ken [...] and if she has morric’d it, Knocks and Socks, Thumps and Pumps, shall attend the Froe-File Buttocking B---h.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: brush to your froe, or bloss, and wheedle for crop, run to your mistress, and sooth and coax her out of some money.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 14 Sept. n.p.: She is without doubt the ‘rustiest zuke’ in Washington. Some idea of the powers of this ‘bloss’ can be formed from the fact that it required three of our best coppers [...] to ‘run her in’.