1. denatured or adulterated alcohol, as drunk by alcoholics, tramps etc.
|Amer. Mercury Apr. xxx: Dehorn means bootleg booze [W&F].|
|AS IV:5 339: Dee horn—Denatured alcohol.‘Vocab. of Bums’ in|
|AS VII:2 86: Terms used for intoxicating liquor: Dee-horn.‘Volstead English’ in|
|Boy and Girl Tramps of America (1976) 150: A filthy old drunk, full of dehorn moon.|
|AS XVII:4 221/1: Dehorn Any kind of drinking liquor.‘Paul Bunyan Talk’ in|
|Horn 159: He lived on dehorn alcohol, mulligan.|
|(con. 1920s–40s) in Rebel Voices.|
2. a person who becomes ill through drinking such liquor.
|AS I:3 153: In the Northwest he is quite as likely to be a ‘de-horn’.‘Westernisms’ in|
|AS VII:2 86: Terms applying to one who drinks intoxicating liquors: De-horn.‘Volstead English’ in|
|Many Loves of Dobie Gillis 215: The Jollity Theater is a crummy burlesque house on Minneapolis’s skid row. It is patronized largely by vagrants, winos, dehorns, grifters.|