Green’s Dictionary of Slang

old adj.

1. used affectionately of a person, occas. an animal (see cit. 1880).

[UK]Shakespeare Henry IV Pt 1 II iv: Go thy ways, old Jack.
[Ind]Hills & Plains I 35: ‘That accounts for old Skew having her to stay’ .
[US]Eve. Teleg. (Phila., PA) 28 Nov. 6/2: After the second bottle old Beeswing’s head gets completely muddled.
[US]W.H. Thomes Slaver’s Adventures 351: We can fight till the old Growler comes up, anyhow, and she’ll settle matters.
[UK]E.J. Milliken ‘Cad’s Calendar’ in Punch Almanack n.p.: At JULY! just nicked a handy fiver, / (Twenty-five to one on old ‘Screwdriver’!).
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Sept. 14/4: Another dame invariably alludes to hubby as ‘Old Trousers,’ and the world shakes its sides laughing.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Black Gang 296: How perfectly priceless [...] Old Algy will burst a blood-vessel when I tell him.
[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 3: It seems to me the old Hun has brought up a lot more stuff.
[UK]G. Kersh Night and the City 27: On the bleedn Rory O’Moore, ’Arry, me old cock sparrer.
[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 9: Old Clarrie’s always treated us right.
[US]J.D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye (1958) 41: Old Brossard was a bridge fiend, and he started looking around the dorm for a game. Old Ackley parked himself in my room, just for a change.
[Aus](con. 1944) L. Glassop Rats in New Guinea 20: Ye old cookie crumbler himself [...] Old Alcoholic Al.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Wind & Monkey (2013) [ebook] ‘Ojay me old. See you then’.

2. used in combs. to refer to the Devil; see combs. listed below and separate entries, e.g. Old Nick n.; for a full discussion see Partridge, ‘The Devil and His Nicknames’ in World of Words (1939).

3. (UK Und.) ugly [? Old Nick n., old boy n. and similar devil-related terms; the Devil is assumed to be ugly].

[UK]Hell Upon Earth 5: Old, ugly.
[UK]J. Hall Memoirs (1714) 13: Old, Ugly.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Old, Ugly. Cant.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.

4. clever, cunning e.g. come the old soldier under come the... v.

[UK]Defoe Hist. of Colonel Jack (1723) 274: The Germans were too old for us there, they [...] would not be drawn into a narrow Pass .
[UK]J.R. Planché Court Favour Act I: duke: (aside) Tiresome old cat!
[US]Bartlett Dict. Americanisms 239: old. Crafty; cunning. Used in vulgar language. When a person attempts to get the advantage of another, and is frustrated in the attempt by the sagacity or shrewdness of the other, the latter will say, ‘I’m a little too old for you,’ meaning that he is too cunning to be deceived by him.

5. used as an expression of familiarity, e.g. the old gaff, the old boozer.

[UK]T. Taylor Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act IV: There’ll be room for thee, if thou canst swing the old anchor.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 34: I thought I would get the old head ready for business once more.
[UK]Sporting Times 1 Mar. 1/4: It was only a fragment of the old gonoph’s tie that the Pitcher had to give in charge when the constable came.
[UK]J. Buchan Greenmantle (1930) 135: We’ve got the measure of the old Boche now.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 269: I can’t remember one Case in which a Lush went to the Bad because of a low-down craving for the old Juice.
[US]V.F. Nelson Prison Days and Nights 23: They’re all out for the old do-ray-me.
[UK]J. Maclaren-Ross ‘Dark Diceman’ in Bitten by the Tarantula (2005) 206: In with the old head, up with the old knee, and click!
[UK]S. Selvon Lonely Londoners 162: Cap [...] lay down again, the old brain wrestling with the problem.
[UK]P. Larkin ‘A Study of Reading Habits’ in Whitsun Weddings 31: I could still keep cool / And deal out the old right hook / To dirty dogs twice my size.
[Aus]D. Ireland Glass Canoe (1982) 98: I saw Ernie’s card. The old brain acted quick. I dropped my handkerchief, which they let me keep, to the floor.
[UK]‘Derek Raymond’ He Died with His Eyes Open 54: Clive knows what’s good for im, which side the old bread’s buttered.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 119: You slippin’ anyone the old fish?
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 4 65: I think I’ll have a bit of the old butter on the old potato. Where’s the old knife?

6. (orig. US) tiresome; usu. constr. with get, e.g. too much of a good thing gets old.

[US]C.W. Wills Army Life of an Illinois Soldier (1996) 255: It occasionally gets a little old.
[US]L. Heinemann Close Quarters (1987) 261: The first couple of times, I’d dismount with my AK and check them [i.e. possible boobytraps] on foot, but that got old awful quick.
[US]Boogie Down Productions ‘Word From Our Sponsor’ [lyrics] Cos I can still tell what will sell / [...] without yellin over a drum roll / That style is old.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 6: old – predictable, routine, familiar.
[Aus]D. McDonald Luck in the Greater West (2008) 187: It was gettin’ fuckin’ old: just sittin’ here listenin’ to Mum.
[US]D.R. Pollock ‘Knockemstiff’ in Knockemstiff 28: I turn on the radio and listen to Miss Sally Flowers rattle on about everything she’s grateful for this hot, sticky morning. That gets old real quick.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 55: Your shirt is old [...] Your hair looks like shit.
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie Drawing Dead [ebook] Kick. Kick. Stomp. It was getting real old I can tell you.
S. King in 12 June [Internet] A lot of people are going to probably read this and [...] say, ‘I wish I had such problems.’ I understand that. At the same time, after 25 to 30 years, it [i.e. recognition in public] gets a little old.

Meaning the Devil

In compounds

old... (n.)

see also separate entries.

old billy (n.)

the Devil; often in phr. like old billy, very hard, very energetically.

[UK]‘T.B. Junr.’ Pettyfogger Dramatized II ii: But my conscience flew in my face, and as Old Billy says, ‘Conscience makes cowards of us all!’.
Grant Co. Herald (Lancaster, WI) 26 June vol. 5 16: The bombs flew and fell, and hissed and fried [...] as if Old Billy up there [...] had been reigning [sic] half-eagles on’em.
[UK]J. Astley Fifty Years (2nd edn) I 213: The [cannon] balls did whistle round like ‘old Billy’.
[UK]Marvel 16 June 558: If I don’t write to ’im now there’ll be old Billy to pay.
old clootie (n.) (also clootie) [dial. cloot, a cloven leaf]

(usu. Scot.) the Devil.

[UK]Burns ‘Address to the Devil’ in Poetical Works (1871) 26: O Thou, whatever title suit thee! / Auld Hornie, Satan, Nick, or Clootie.
[US]Knickerbocker Mag. Nov. 54: In my boyhood I had been accustomed to gaze at those windows, and wonder whether ‘old Clootie,’ as Burns calls him, ever had come through them .
[UK]Manchester Times 4 July 7/1: The monks then chained Old Clootie down, despite his yells and cries.
[UK]Dundee, Perth & Cupar Advertiser 14 Apr. 2/5: These illustrations are very amusing, ‘Old Clootie’ [...] represented with the orthodox tail and horns.
[UK]Bucks Herald 3 Feb. 4/2: Here lies the cobbler, George Odger, / In politics an Artful Dodger, / [...] / Yet we in kindness do forgive him, / If old ‘Clootie’ will but take him.
[UK]Dundee Courier 6 Feb. 4/2: A black figure, with horns and wings and hoofs and a forky tail — / In fact old Clootie himself.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 26 Jan. 6/2: The house enjoyed the reputation of being haunted [...] by no one more or less than auld Clootie himself.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 28 Mar. 10/1: Where’er you are, just ‘give it lip,’ / Smack Clootie on the crown, / And you will find, sir – take our tip – / They cannot put you down.
[UK]Leeds Times 1 Feb. 6/4: I picked myself up, and ran as though Old Clootie himself were after me.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 28 Apr. 1/7: Sandy hauds the Turf as Auld Clootie’s ain hop-scotch.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 28 Dec. 31/1: Imagine the sensation created in Bungville by [...] a highly-respected Judge [...] madly flying before Auld Clootie himself, armed with a red-hot crowbar.
old clubfoot (n.)

(US) the Devil.

[UK]W. Pratt Ten Nights in a Bar-Room III i: Say, Green, I don’t know whether you believe in a hot place, [...] but I do, and if old clubfoot don’t treat you to a brimstone bath before long, he will neglect his business most confoundedly.
old driver (n.)

the Devil.

[US]Bartlett Dict. Americanisms (4th edn) 437: Old Driver, euphemism for the devil.
[US] K.D. Wiggin Village Watch-Tower 68: Pitts’ relations or not, they’re all wuss’n the Old Driver [DA].
old hairy toe (n.) [var. on Old Harry n.; but note the Devil’s depiction as half-goat]

the Devil.

[US]P.G. Brewster ‘Folk “Sayings” From Indiana’ in AS XIV:4 268: The following terms referring to the Devil: ‘the Old Boy,’ ‘old Hairy,’ ‘the Old Scratch,’ ‘old Nick,’ ‘the booger (bogie) man,’ ‘the Bad Man,’ ‘the Black Man,’ and ‘old Ned’.
old hornie (n.) (also old horn, old horny) [horns n./the devil’s trad. horns]

1. the Devil.

[UK]Burns ‘Address to the Devil’ in Poetical Works (1871) 26: O Thou, whatever title suit thee! / Auld Hornie, Satan, Nick, or Clootie.
[UK]John Menzies of Aberdeen 1: It is auld Hornie sure enough, / He is a mongrel man.
[UK]R. Huddleston ‘Doddery Willowaim’ Collection of Poems and Songs 29: Auld Horn was in a quarry planted [...] On ane sae noted, in disguise; / ’Twas seated close to Satan’s left.
[US] in DARE.
[UK]Dundee Advertiser 10 July 5/5: This juvenile representative of ‘Auld Hornie’ managed to gain an entrance.
[UK]Lincs. Chron. 29 May 8/4: When a poet [...] addresses him as ‘Auld Hornie’ or ‘Auld Cloots’.
[UK]Star (Guernsey) 8 Apr. 4/3: We may consider Acham [...] a representative of ‘uld Hornie’.
[UK]R.L. Stevenson Weir of Hermiston 287: Auld Hornie, the Devil.
Eve. Post (Lanarks) 19 Nov. 5/2: ‘Auld Horney’ appeared in a different light — as a nineteenth century gentleman.
[US]W.R. Burnett Little Men, Big World 80: ‘And who the hell is Old Horny? [...]’ ‘Old Horny is the devil.’.

2. see also SE compounds below.

old lad (n.)

1. (Aus.) the Devil.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 25 July 14/4: You’ve euchred the Old Lad, Poll Cott, / And very badly too, / If ever he was ‘had,’ Poll Cott, / He has been had by you; / He held you in his mesh, Poll Cott, / He thought, beyond a doubt; / You’ve tipped him something fresh, Poll Cott, / By deftly wriggling out!

2. see also SE compounds below.

old Ned (n.) [Ned n.]

1. (US) the Devil.

[US]Blanche Calloway ‘Black and Blue’ [lyrics] Pains in my head, / Feel like Old Ned, / What did I do / To be so black and blue?
[US]P.G. Brewster ‘Folk “Sayings” From Indiana’ in AS XIV:4 268: The following terms referring to the Devil: [...] ‘old Ned’.
[US]Journal of Amer. Folklore Jan.–Mar. 63: The devil was referred to as ‘Old Ned’ or ‘Old Scratch’ [DA].

2. see also SE compounds below.

Old One, the (n.)

the Devil.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Sporting Mag. May II 128/1: This breeze like the Old One will kick us / Abut on the boisterous main.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Morn. Post (London) 2 Jan. 3/4: A Word for the Old One [...] The Devil knows how to take care of his own.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[US]Durivage & Burnham Stray Subjects (1848) 23: They call me Dare-Devil Hans – ’Egad! I wish I could only get the speech of the Old-One, I fancy we could strike a bargain.
[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict.
old roger (n.) [popular use of SE roger as nickname for a bull]

(later use Irish) the Devil.

[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: old roger the Devil.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Berks. Chron. 22 Mar. 1/5: John Fletcher complained of certain young people [...] for insulting him on his own premises. The mother [...] was a very violent women; for she [...] came into his shop and calls out, ‘What, Old Roger, won’t you have a bit of tripe>’.
[Ire]E. Brady All in! All in! 119: Old Roger got up got up and he gave her a clout, / Gave her a clout, gave her a clout.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 277: Old Nick. One of many old nicknames for the devil, e.g., the Old Gentleman, Old Harry, Old Roger, and Old Scratch.
old sam (n.)

(US black) the Devil.

[US]W.A. Caruthers Kentuckian in N.Y. I 29: Suppose you should meet with some fine lady acquaintances, what, in the name of old Sam, would you do with me?
[US](con. 1930s) J.L. Gwaltney Drylongso 227: When I was a girl in the country, the Negroes used to speak of the devil as Old Sam.
old Scratch (n.) (also Old Scratcher)

the Devil; thus raise old Scratch v., to cause a disturbance.

[UK]Delightful Adventures of Honest John Cole 27: If Old Scratch should be White, as the Blacks say he is, then there will be the Devil to pay between them.
[UK]‘Conny Keyber’ An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews 27: She is as jealous, and suspicious, as old Scratch.
[UK]Smollett Sir Launcelot Greaves II 198: He must have sold himself to old scratch; and being a servant of the devil, how could he be a good subject to her majesty.
[Ire]J. O’Keeffe Dead Alive (1783) 42: How is Old Scratch and all our black friends below?
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue .
[UK]C. Dibdin Yngr Song Smith 134: For by scolds even lawyers surpass’d are; / Law’s limbs may be had by Old Scratch.
[UK]J. Poole Hamlet Travestie I v: I thought ’twas Old Scratch.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US]R.M. Bird Nick of the Woods I 117: Stolen away, sir, by the etarnal Old Scratch!
[UK]R.S. Surtees Jorrocks Jaunts (1874) 200: ‘Old Scratch, then?’ ‘Old Scratch breeches,’ re-echoed the Countess—‘no, dat shall not do.’ —‘Beelzebub?’ rejoined Mr. Jorrocks.
[UK]London Mag. Mar. 88/1: ‘[T]he sky was as black as Thole's cloak, or old Scratch's night-cap’.
[US]J.C. Neal Peter Ploddy and Other Oddities 110: They frighten me like Old Scratch.
[UK]H. Kingsley Recollections of G. Hamlyn (1891) 95: He’s been keeping up such a growling and a scrowling [...] that I thought it was Old Scratch come for you, and getting impatient.
[US] ‘Divil’s own Boy’ in Fred Shaw’s Champion Comic Melodist 18: I raised old scratch at such a rate, / I had to cut my stick away.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Tom Sawyer 19: He’s full of the Old Scratch, but laws-a-me! he’s my own dead sister’s boy.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 11 Apr. 14/2: We have only one thing clear in our minds: we wish the Germans in England, high and highest, to Old Scratch, and that fellow Bismarck, whom they are always helping, to the bottomless pit. He and they are the cause of the mischief.
[US]W.J. Kountz Billy Baxter’s Letters 23: Sometimes you eat too much, sometimes you drink too much, and sometimes you do both. In any event, you feel like the very old scratch the next morning.
[UK]Cornishman 31 July 7/4: Some say that the Devil got the name of Old Scratch from Skrat, the wood-spirit.
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:v 367: Scratch, n. The devil: often with Old. ‘He is as mean as the Old Scratch.’.
[US]G.A. England ‘Rural Locutions of Maine and Northern New Hampshire’ in DN IV:ii 79: Scratcher, the Old, n. The devil.
[US] in J.F. Dobie Rainbow in Morning 92: What in the old Scratch?
[US]J. Conroy World to Win 43: Don’t ever you stray down the pleasure paths of sin Old Scratch would derned well like fer you t’ be a-travellin’.
[US]Journal of Amer. Folklore Jan.–Mar. 63: The devil was referred to as ‘Old Ned’ or ‘Old Scratch’ [DA].
[NZ](con. 1925) L. Masters Back-Country Tales 256: Bad cess to you [...] May ould Scratch himself take you.
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 675: Stu’s way of saying Old Scratch is after us.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 277: Old Nick. One of many old nicknames for the devil, e.g., the Old Gentleman, Old Harry, Old Roger, and Old Scratch.
[Aus]R. Hughes Things I Didn’t Know (2007) 131: That round certainly went to Old Scratch.
old Shaver (n.)

the Devil.

[UK]Leics. Chron. 17 May 12/1: Poor Shenkin went speeding as if the Old Shaver were close at his heels.
old splitfoot (n.)

the Devil.

[US]J.R. Lowell Biglow Papers 2nd series (1880) 27: They go at it like an Ericsson’s ten-hoss-power coleric ingine, / An’ make Ole Split-Foot winch an’ squirm, for all he’s used to singein’.
[US]Schele De Vere Americanisms 595: The devil is in like manner concealed behind the deuce (stated by Junius and others to be from deus), and the dickens, Old Nick, Old Harry, Old Scratch, and Old Splitfoot.
Milan Exchange (TN) 28 May 1/5: By jingo [...] ole Split-huf hisself’s out a fishing tonight!

SE in slang uses

In compounds

old... (n.)

see also separate entries.

old adam (n.) [SE old Adam, original sin]

the penis.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]P. Bailey Kitty and Virgil (1999) 54: It’s one of the last women [...] I involved myself with – the dreaded ST, who killed off the old Adam in Felix Crozier after a single night of love.
old-ass (adj.)

(US) run-down, dilapidated, old.

[UK]B. Beckham My Main Mother 148: You jivetime, old-assed motherfucker, you talk like them social workers.
[US]W.T. Vollmann Whores for Gloria 39: He’d sit in goddamn jail till ... till that old-ass buildin’ there fell down in the street!
old bads (n.) (also old broke) [SE old + Shetland dial. bad, an article of clothing/SE broke or dial. brock, rubbish, refuse, remnants]

(W.I.) old clothes.

[WI]Francis-Jackson Official Dancehall Dict. 38: Ol’ bruck any and all items, of used clothing: u. me nuh wear ol’ bruck.
old beeswing (n.) [SE beeswing, the crust that forms on vintage port]

a genial drinker.

[UK]Dundee, Perth & Cupar Advertiser 18 Nov. 5/1: ‘Too much spirit in the port, indeed!’ exclaimed old Beeswing to a friendcoc.
[UK]M. Lemon Golden Fetters II 264: Mr. Clendon did not call Mr. Barnard ‘old cock,’ ‘old fellow,’ or ‘old beeswing’.
old Bess/Bessy/Bet/Betsey/Betsy (n.)

see betsy n.

old Boney (n.)


[UK]G. Stevens ‘The Jolly Soul’ in Songs Comic and Satyrical 64: If Master Death thrusts himself into my room, / They tell me, he always makes free, / I’ll try if I can’t tip old Boney a hum, / If not, why, may-hap he hums me.
old buba (n.) [dial. buba, a dry leaf, of cabbage, coconut or any plant]

(W.I.) an old person who acts younger than their age.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
old cheese (n.) [affectionate nickname]

(Aus.) one’s (occas. someone else’s) mother.

[Aus]Lette & Carey Puberty Blues 54: Seeya later old cheese!
old chip (n.)

a term of endearment.

[UK] ‘’Arry to the Front!’ in Punch 9 Mar. 100/2: But Charlie, old chip, there’s a Party, a nasty, mean, snivelling gang.
old chook (n.) [chook n.]

(Aus.) a general term of intimate affection; lit. ‘old chicken’.

[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Hitched’ in Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 80: ‘My little girl!’ she ’owls. ‘O, treat ’er well! / She’s young-too young to leave ’er muvver’s nest!’ / ‘Orright, ole chook,’ I nearly sez. O, ’ell!
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 100: That ‘old chook’ up the corner shop’d ‘skin a louse for its hide’.
old cockalorum (n.) (also old cockleorum) [ext. of old cock n.]

1. a man, esp. as a term of affectionate address.

[UK]R.W. Williams Mephistopheles in England II 132: I say, Old Cockalorum! how's your wife?
[UK]Fast Man 14:1 n.p.: [Y]ou don't probably know, my young cockleorum, that I've taken the Crown and Cushion in Parker Street.
[UK]T. Cooper Family Feud 361: Why, what, my old cockalorum! eh! I say, you look down on your luck!
[UK]D. Gilmour Paisley Weavers 67: Thank you, old Cockalorum, I’ll no forget your sermon.
[UK] ‘New Year’s Day’ in Pearl Christmas Annual 22: It’s a pity such a jolly old cockolorum can’t enjoy a bit of young cunt now and then.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Law and Order’ in Punch 10 Jan. 249/2: [caption] Ow are you, old cockalorum.
[UK]Newcastle Courant 18 Aug. 2/7: The old cockalorum who was a little bit moppy.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 24 Apr. 3rd sect. 17/3: A very beery scribe who insisted on slapping ‘P.P.’ on the spine and calling him ‘old cockalorum’.
[Aus]S. Bourke & Mornington Jrnl (Richmond, Vic.) 11 July 2/8: Ribuck, old cockalorum.

2. (Aus.) sexual intercourse.

[Aus]Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 18 Mar. 2/3: Not yet is she fit in the ‘jorum’, / To enjoy the old ‘cock-a-lorum’, / She’s too tender for the bull’s rushing, / Too delicate for a man’s pushing.
old cole (n.)

(UK Und.) a veteran dice cheat.

[UK]G. Walker Detection of Vyle and Detestable Use of Dice Play 29: This new-nurtured novice [...] is become so good a scholar, that he knoweth readily his flats and barris, and hath been snapper with the old cole at 2 or 3 deep strokes.
[UK]Dekker Honest Whore Pt 2 (1630) IV i: Say no more, old cole, meet me anon at the signe of the Shipwracke.
old crow (n.)

1. a generally misogynistic ref. to an old woman.

[UK]J. Greenwood Behind A Bus 24: Had it been a nice-looking gal, I could have made allowance, but a winegar-faced old crow, like what she is, you ought to feel ashamed of yourself.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 200: ‘And leave me married to that old crow while you skiddoo,’ groaned Pinafore.
[US]T.A. Dorgan Indoor Sports 7 Jan. [synd. cartoon] T’ tell you the truth Dick, I though she was an old crow.
[US]Hecht & Fowler Great Magoo 119: What’s that old crow writing you for?
[UK]S. Jackson Indiscreet Guide to Soho 43: Courtesy and civility to all. That’s my motto ... Come on, you old crow!
[Aus]T.A.G. Hungerford Riverslake 29: I reckon the old crow’s jealous.
[Ire]C. Brown Down All the Days 82: You that did more work in bed than that frost-bitten oul crow next door ever did in a month of Sundays.
[US]L. Rosten Dear ‘Herm’ 152: ‘I don’t want to leave this post’ the suspicious crow hints.

2. a general term of abuse, not spec. of a woman.

[UK]H. Macilwaine Dinkinbar 115: Where’s that – old crow of a mate of yours.
[US]R. Fisher Walls Of Jericho 50: Soon as a old crow gits up in d’ world, he got to grab hisse’f some other guy’s wife.
[UK]H.L. Davis Honey in Horn 147: That one-armed old crow was lookin’ her over. You want to look out for him.
[Ire]‘Myles na gCopaleen’ Faustus Kelly in ‘Flann O’Brien’ Stories & Plays (1973) 188: This ould crow is right. You won’t be sanctioned.
[Aus]D. Niland Big Smoke 11: I don’t just walk in here and see this boozing old crow and get the drum about a champion.
[Aus]J. Hibberd Dimboola (2000) 73: Don’t talk to me, you bloody old crow!
old curiosity (n.)

1. an old woman.

[UK]R.S. Surtees Young Tom Hall (1926) 310: His lordship wishing he could put the old curiosity up the chimney, or anywhere else to get rid of her.

2. one’s wife.

[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 42: Not that I see anything much in these French girls, you know: my ol’ curiosity at ’ome would make most of ’em look silly.
old Ebenezer (n.) [? anecdotal]

(US) a grizzly bear.

[UK]Daily News 2 Feb. in Ware (1909) 186/2: The hunter on the lonely heights of the Rocky Mountains is far too well armed to-day to fear [...] ‘Old Ebenezer’, the renowned grizzly bear himself.
old faithful (n.)

(US) menstruation.

[US] ‘Misc.’ AS XXIX:4 298: Reference to Visitors or Persons [...] Old Faithful.
[US]J. Randall ‘A Visit from Aunt Rose’ in Verbatim XXV:1 Winter 25: Other blood codes make reference to the gushing or flowing of blood, such as Old Faithful (which also suggests periodicity) or on a streak (the Rolling Stones song ‘Satisfaction’ includes the lyric ‘Baby, better come back / later next week / ’cause you see / I’m on a losin’ streak’).
old flint (n.) [skinflint n.]

a miser.

[UK]Dickens Old Curiosity Shop (1999) 61: It’s equally plain that the money which the old flint— rot him— first taught me to expect that I should share with him at his death, will all be hers.
[US]W.K. Northall Life and Recollections of Yankee Hill 163: In modern New England varsion, the select men air ‘old flints,’ I reckon ’cause some on’ em air a leetle flinty-hearted.
[UK]Era (London) 21 Dec. 15/1: Dramatic sketch entitled ‘ld Flint; or the Miser’s Daughter’.
old flower (n.)

(Irish) an affectionate term of address; esp. as my old flower.

[[UK]‘Noctes Ambrosianae’ XLIV in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Mag. June 794: I was not speaking to you, my old flower of Aldgate].
[UK]Coventry Eve. Teleg. 17 Oct. 3/3: That’s my gay old flower. You’ve spotted the winner.
[Ire]F. O’Connor Crab Apple Jelly 18: ‘Well, my old flower,’ he said with his rogue’s smile, ‘so ’tis here I find you.’.
[Ire]F. O’Connor Traveller’s Samples 14: ‘Hullo, my old flower,’ said one tall man, grinning at me.
[Ire]Eve. Press 21 Nov. n.p.: A hard ticket [...] can take fivepence from a nun with the comment ‘Five dee is dead right — there y’are — God bless you, me oul’ flower’ [BS].
[Ire]C. Brown Down All the Days 149: Ireland needs more of your sociable kind, me oul flower.
[Ire](con. 1930s–50s) E. Mac Thomáis Janey Mack, Me Shirt is Black 150: ‘Ah! It’s not the Union for you me oul’ flower,’ said the conductor.
[Ire] press advert Kirwans Florists 18 Sept.: samme oul flower, You’re welcome home. Congrats to the Dubs from kirwans [BS].
[Ire]G. Coughlan Everyday Eng. and Sl. [Internet] Me ould segotia, me ould sweat, me ould flower (n): best friend.
[US]D. Breckenridge Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthol. 220: ‘I give you da keys when you give me da money’ — Easier said than done Christos my old flower — but I didn’t say that.
old fowl (n.)

(Aus./W.I.) an ageing, unattractive and prob. over-dressed woman.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Oct. 13/1: Bill acquired the right to hug; but – unlucky youth! – / That old fowl, Maloney’s wife, told his girl the truth.
[Aus]G.H. Lawson Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] FOWL—Old woman; obnoxious women.
old fragment (n.)

an old(er) man.

[UK]A. Binstead Mop Fair 4: Féo’s polished, sin-worn, stockbroking old fragment is distinctly [...] flighty.
old frizzle (n.) [SE frizzle, crisp, curly hair]

1. in cards, the ace of spades [the shape of the spade could resemble a beard].

[UK]Western Dly Press 1 Jan. 4/3: The shilling duty was to be denoted on the ace of spades [...] the ‘duty one shilling’ ace, called ‘Old Frizzle’ on account of the elaborate flourishes which adorned it.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 824/1: late C.19–20.

2. someone wearing a wig e.g. a liveried servant.

[UK]Leeds Times 26 Nov. 3/1: Old Frizzle arrives to dress me.
[UK]J. Lindridge Sixteen-String Jack 143: I am the representative of the Count Chantrais, so lead the way to the guv’ner, old frizzle.

3. the vagina [ref. to pubic hair].

[US]Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 189: To play Irish whist is when the Jack takes the Ace (= Old Frizzle).
old gadget (n.)

a foolish, second-rate man.

[US]Colton & Randolph Rain III i 206: sadie: I’m sorry Handsome, but I see clear. o’hara: See clear! Why this old gadget’s got you so it’s like your doped.
old gang (n.)

a group or clique of friends or colleagues.

[UK]J. Chamberlain in J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era (1909) 187/1: In deference to his [i.e. Lord Randolph Churchill’s] opinion, there will no doubt be a clearance out of some of those whom the Fourth Party is in the habit of politely designating as the ‘*Old Gang’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Aug. 11/4: Such an appointee would certainly be one of the old gang.
[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 164: Walking along [...] wondering what the old gang in New York would think of me.
[UK]Aberdeen Jrnl 27 June 3/6: Youth must still wait to be served. The ‘Old Gang’ is not going to surrender easily.
[Ire]Joyce ‘A Little Cloud’ Dubliners (1956) 73: I met some of the old gang today.
[UK]West. Morn. News 19 Apr. 1/2: [He] said that the ‘old gang’ was still at the head of industry.
[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 86: Half the old gang’ll be there.
old gent (n.)

1. (US) one’s father.

[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 52: Cicero Mutt said – ‘Yes, ’tis true that that my old gent will assist in my defense.’.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 8 June [synd. col.] There’s no better description than ‘The Old Gent’ for a type of father.

2. a husband.

[US] ‘Boots in “Too Good”’ [comic strip] in B. Adelman Tijuana Bibles (1997) 25: Gosh lady this is awful nice of you – but spose yer old gent should walk in.
old glory (n.) [SE Old Glory, nickname for the US flag. The implication is of the stylelessness of trad. white values]

(US black) anything seen as unfashionable, out of date.

[US]M.H. Boulware Jive and Sl.

In compounds

old hannah (n.)

(US black) the sun.

[US]Z.N. Hurston Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1995) 80: When Lucy woke up, old Hannah was riding high.
[US]‘Old Hannah’ in Negro Prison Camp Worksongs [lyrics] Well, I looked at old Hannah, well, well, well, she was turning red.
[US]D. Dalby ‘Afr. element in Amer. Eng.’ in Kochman Rappin’ and Stylin’ Out 184: ol’ Hannah—‘sun’.
old hen (n.) [hen n. (1)]

1. a woman, esp. an old one.

[UK]Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 4 Apr. 2/3: Because a man called her an ‘old hen,’ a woman has been awarded £40 damages by a jury in [...] Missouri.
[Aus] (?) H. Lawson ‘The Story of Dotty’ in Roderick (1972) 887: We always knew she was an old hen.
[US]Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer 55: I don’t want all the old hens in the home to start talkin.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 106: I don’t know how to get rid of the old hen.
[US](con. 1910s) J. Thompson Heed the Thunder (1994) 85: Bella never went visiting [...] A lot of stupid old hens chasing back a forth to each others’ houses.
[UK]S. Selvon Lonely Londoners 133: You think this Jamaica? You bringing old hen to dance?
[UK](con. 1930s) J. Wolveridge He Don’t Know ‘A’ from a Bull’s Foot 4: I married a wife old hen [...] My wife she dies old hen.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 191: old hen (one that is older than you are).

2. (US) used a man in fig. use of sense 1, an ‘old woman’.

D. Hitchens Sleep with Strangers (1983) [ebook] ‘He’s an awful old hen of a man’.
old hickory (n.) [it carries the picture of President Andrew ‘Old Hickory’ Jackson (1767–1845)]

(US) a $20 bill.

[US] in DARE.
old hige (n.) [SE hag + dial. old hige, an old witch]

(W.I.) a nagging old woman.

[WI]E. Mittelholzer Creole Chips 10: Dah is to keep off de ol’ hye-g. De ol’ hye-g caan’ pass in through de window if you chalk up exes on de wall.
old hornie (n.) (also old horney, ...Hornington)

1. the penis.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues V 98/1: Old Horney (or Hornington) [...] (venery) The penis.
[UK]P. Quarrington Life of Hope [ebook] It is time to point the finger of shame at the true villain of the tale, Hanging Johnny, also known by the names of Doctor Johnson, Uncle Dick, Jacques, Old Hornington, my man Thomas and Blind Bob.

2. see also Devil compounds above.

old huddle (and twang) (n.) [he ‘huddles’ around his money; the use of twang, usu. a prostitute (see twang n.1 (1)), has no obvious explanation]

a miser.

[UK]Lyly Euphues (1916) 92: Though Curio be old huddle and twang [...] I know Curio to be steel in the back.
[UK]Munday & Drayton Sir John Oldcastle II i: If ever a wolf were clothed in sheep’s coat, Then I am he; old huddle and twang i’ faith .
old identity (n.) (also identity)

1. (Aus./N.Z.) anyone who has lived in the same place for a long time, a regular resident.

[NZ]Otago Daily Times 15 Apr. 5/2: Among the numerous late arrivals in Otago there is a too general tendency to disparage the older settlers [...] and to apply to them in a semi-contemptuouis manner, a phrase which one ol themselves once employed in the sincerity of his heart, — ‘the old identity’.
[Aus]C.R. Thatcher Dunedin Songster No. 1 [title] The old identity.
[US]Eve. Star (Waikato, NZ) 7 Feb. 2/2: We are sorry to hear that Mr P. Burke, an old identity, is very unwell, having been prostrated by the breaking of a blood vessel.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Aug. 22/2: Anyway, it is held by an old Clarence River identity, who has just been put through the mill in the most careful manner possible by one of those social pirates known as book-agents.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 21 Jan. 5/2: An Old Australian Identity. On Tuesday, January 16th, there passed away [...] an old identity in at least three colonies [...] a member of the great prolific family of Stephen.
[Aus]E. Dyson ‘Dead Man’s Lode’ in Below and On Top [Internet] Peter Shaw, variously known as ‘The Identity,’ ‘The Hermit,’ ‘Blue Peter,’ and ‘Old Shaw,’ was a veteran fossicker.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 10 Apr. 3rd sect. 17: [photo caption] Two Albany Identities.
[UK]Cornishman 12 Aug. 6/5: Zennor Man’s Death in Australia. A very old identity, in the person of the late Mr T.H. Daniel, passed away on June 22nd.
[US]J.A.W. Bennett ‘Eng. as it is Spoken in N.Z.’ in AS XVIII:2 Apr. 88: The phrase old identity, to describe an old inhabitant, was popularized by R. Thatcher, of Dunedin, in a song satirizing the ‘new iniquities’ – the Australian mining immigrants of the 1860’s.
[NZ]P.L. Soljak N.Z. 117: New Zealanders have coined or adapted many expressions to meet local requirements, as illustrated by the following: [...] old identity: veteran settler.
[Aus]‘Charles Barrett’ Address: Kings Cross 69: Vince pointed out a lot of the really big identities to me.
[NZ] (ref. to 1860s) McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 60/1: identity local person of some stature, possibly quaint, usually because long-term resident; short for ‘old identity’; c.1862 [Ibid.] 79/1: old identity long-term resident, popularised by goldfields balladeer Charles Thatcher, coined by E.B. Cargill in Otago Provincial Council when he said early settlers should endeavour to preserve their old identity amidst all these 1860s new goldrush identities.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 4 158: That well-known Sydney nightclub owner and gambling identity Mr Perce Galea.
[Aus]C. Hammer Silver [ebook] Mr Speight was a well-known local identity.

2. a person, usu. an eccentric, a ‘character’.

[NZ]Parlty Debates (NZ House of Reps) 189: Mr. McGLASHAN cordially indorsed the statement of the honorable member for Taieri, and thought it very unfair on the part of the honorable member for Mount Ida to use ‘Old Identity’ as a term of reproach.
[UK]W.J. Barry Up and Down 197: The old identities were beginning to be alive to the situation.
[NZ]Southland Times (Otago) 18 Aug. 2/2: Old Identity’s letter will appear tomorrow.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Oct. 11/2: An old Hawksbury identity [...] was sitting outside his pub., doing a quiet whiff one day, when a colporteur came along.
[Aus]Sth Bourke & Mornington Jrnl (Richmond, Vic.) 18 May 1s/2: It never seemed to strike those old identities as monotonous.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘The Lost Souls’ Hotel’ in Roderick (1972) 155: I’d have to have a ‘character’ about the place — a sort of identity and joker to brighten up things.
[NZ]N.Z. Observer and Free Lance (Auckland) 27 Nov. 7/2: [picture caption] An Old Identity.
[UK]Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 1 Aug. 3/5: Mr ‘Billy’ Williams, an old identity of the North-west [of Australia] has found a nugget weighing 400 oz. at Friendly Creek .
[NZ]Hawera and Normanby Star (NZ) 27 Nov. 2/5: Robert Whetson, brewer, an old identity, is dead, aged 79.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 24 June 4/7: When an identity dies in Bendigo, as in many other places, a reporter is despatched to write a pathetic paragraph.
[UK]Cornishman 27 Apr. 2/3: [from Adelaide Register] There is an old Burma identity whio may be often seen about, although he has reached the 80th year of his age.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 234/2: identity – character, as in our ‘he’s a character’.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] ‘You work for … how should I say it? Well-known racing identity Price Galese’.
[Aus]P. Carey Theft 181: Our father was a well-known marsh identity. Sept. [Internet] Melbourne true crime author, Adam Shand, currently working on a book about the life of criminal identity Mark Chopper Read.
old Ireland (n.)

(UK bingo) the number 17.

[UK]T. McClenaghan Submariners I ii: Four and five, halfway, one and seven, old Ireland.
old lad (n.)

1. a man, esp. as an affectionate term of address.

‘Martin Marprelate’ Cuthbert Curry-Knaues Alms B3: Never trust an olde ladde whilest thou liuest.
[UK]Dekker Honest Whore Pt 1 II i: How now old Lad, what doest cry?
Mennis & Smith et al. ‘A Song’ Wit and Drollery 94: There was an old Lad, rode on an old Pad, / Unto an old punk a woing; / He laid the old punk, upon an old trunk, / Oh there was good old doing.
[UK]Vidocq Memoirs (trans. W. McGinn) I 218: I could go through with it [i.e. execuion] as if at a wedding, and particularly with you, old lad!
[UK]Sinks of London Laid Open 63: What could any honest-hearted cadger do, but offer their pouch to the willing old lad.
[UK]R. Hallam Wadsley Jack 1: Nah, owd lad, hah ar ta – midlin?
[UK]A. Binstead Mop Fair 209: ‘Why, my dear old lad!’ cries he.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 16: Well, pitch it strong, old lad.
[Aus]A.W. Upfield House of Cain 34: Steady, old lad! Here come the Nosey Parkers.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 7 Feb. 7/6: If the old laddie hadn’t come up with his sticker, it would have been us, and no error.
[UK]K. Amis letter 20 Apr. in Leader (2000) 697: Yes, and good to see you too, old lad.

2. a father.

[Ire]H. Leonard A Life (1981) Act II: Mib’s oul’ lad: he says we can bunk here.

3. see also Devil compounds above.

old Mary (n.)

an old woman, or anyone behaving like one.

[UK]A. Bleasdale Scully 95: I wasn’t going to dress up in a shawl like an old Mary. [Ibid.] 190: ‘Here,’ me Mam said. ‘Y’whinin’ old Mary.’.
old Mr Gory (n.) [Fort Goree, on the Gold Coast]


[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn) 177: Old Mr. Cory A Piece of Gold.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Goree, Money, but chiefly Gold. Old-Mr.-Gory, a piece of Gold.
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 18: A Piece of old Gold – Old Mr. Gory.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Nott. Eve. Post 30 Apr. 6/3: Lesser known nicknames for sovereigns [...] ‘chip’ [...] ‘canary,’ ‘nob,’ ‘old Mr Gory’ [...] and ‘shiner’.
Old Mo (n.) [abbr. of The Great Mogul, the original name for the place]

the Middlesex Music Hall.

[UK]W. Matthews Cockney Past and Present 83: One of the most popular of Victorian halls, the Middlesex Music-Hall (now The Winter Garden Theatre) derived its nickname ‘The Old Mo’ from the name of the original rooms, The Great Mogul.
[UK](con. 1860s) P. Ackroyd Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem 82: Is it Effs tonight [...] or the Old Mo?
old ned (n.) [orig. regional use]

1. (US black) salt pork or bacon.

[US]J.E. Alexander Transatlantic Sketches II 83: A snow-white cloth was spread, on which were placed bacon, or ‘Old Ned,’ as it is called in Tennessee [DA].
[US]Overland Monthly (CA) Aug. 129: Southern smoke-cured pork, in distinction from the Northern salted article, in allusion to the famous negro song, was termed ‘Old Ned,’ from its sable appearance [DA].
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:v 353: Ol(d) Ned, n. Bacon. ‘We had plenty of Old Ned and corn dodger.’.
[US]Randolph & Clemens ‘5th Ozark Word List’ in AS XI:4 316/2: Old Ned, n. Home-cured bacon.

2. see also Devil compounds above.

old net (n.) [both are torn and are mainly made up of holes]

(W.I.) ragged work-clothes.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
old one-two, the (n.) [the rhythmic movements]

1. sexual intercourse.

J. Duly ‘Breasts, Discrimination and Liberals’ From the Foot of Mount Belzoni [Internet] Breasts are just decoration. Oh, sure, they’re fun to play with, but when it comes to the old one-two, they’re not that involved in the process.

2. a lit. or fig. knockout blow.

[US]Day Book (Chicago) 6 Oct. 12/1: The veteran lightweight was put out with the old one-two punch, a right to the heart [...] and a left to the jaw.
[US]El Paso Herald (TX) 20 Oct. 34/1: His old ‘one-two’ is not as deadly as it used to be.
[US]Hecht & Fowler Great Magoo 83: The old one-two ... Bing! Bing!
[Aus]R. Park Poor Man’s Orange 152: I let loose with the old one-two and he fell on his ombongpong.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 148: Then she hit him with the old one-two.
[US]Time 160:19 4 Nov. [Internet] Competition chief suffers the old one-two in court [...] Last week Monti took a one-two punch from Bo Vesterdorf, president of the Luxembourg-based Court, in separate rulings.

3. (US) a forem of ‘double-act’ where one individual plays the ‘good guy’ and one plays the ‘bad guy’, esp. among police during an interrogation.

Corsicana Dly Sun (TX) 17 Jan. 12/3,: When [the police] wanmted something very much, like getting a guy to admit to a stick-up, they put on an act,a tough-guy-soft-guy which they used to call the old one-two.
old one-two-three, the (n.)

(US) insincere, effusive talk.

[US]San Diego Sailor 28: [She] gave him the old one-two-three about how much she’d missed him.
old oyster (n.)

a general term of address, esp. to a reserved, uncommunicative person.

[UK] ‘’Arry on the Elections’ in Punch 12 Dec. 277/2: It’s the cumpany does it, old hoyster, the cumpany!
[UK] ‘’Arry on the Elections’ in Punch 27 July 39/2: But ’ang it, I’m preaching, old oyster.

In compounds

old pot (n.) [abbr. pot and pan n.]

(orig. Aus.) an old man, esp. one’s father.

[UK]P.H. Emerson Signor Lippo 58: You must know that my old pot was a bark.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 29 Oct. 4/7: It’s over the odds fer that bloke to poke borak at me on account of me old pot’s politiks.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Aug. 52/1: ’Ey, ’Arris, give th’ old pot a rest, f’r Gossake! ’E’s near drivin’ me barmy torkin’ about shooger!
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 31 Jan. 6/1: Portly old pots [...] pass the holidays at Redcliffe watching the leg show .
[Aus]K.S. Prichard Working Bullocks 93: While Barney could talk with effrontery to any old pot, general or politician, who came along.
[Aus]Mail (Adelaide) 30 May 9/5: ‘The old pot’ representing father [...] ‘the old pot and pan’ stood for ‘the old man’.
[US]‘Ed McBain’ Killer’s Wedge (1981) 91: What time is it, Bucky old pot?
Old Probabilities (n.) (also Old Prob, Old Probs, probabilities)

(US) the weather bureau or its staff.

[US]Detroit Free Press 4 July 4/1: How many a prayer went up, or down, to ‘Old Probabilities,’ who presides at the head of the last paragraph of the weather record, as reported from Washington.
[US]Memphis Dly Appeal (TN) 23 Jan. 1/3: ‘Old Probs’ at Washington prognosticates the weather as follows [etc].
[US]Dly Globe (St Paul, MN) 7 July 4/4: Old Probs and his assistant settle on the weather and I write out the reports.
[US]Bismarck Trib. (ND) 13 Feb. 8/4: Old Probabilities don’t give us a rest on the blizzard business.
[US]Popular Science Monthly Aug. 546: The official publications embrace the ‘probabilities’ and the so-called ‘weather-maps’ [DA].
[US]Memphis Appeal (TN) 28 Apr. 8/7: By order of Old probs you are hereby ordered to provide the following April weather for Memphis, Tenn.
[US]N.Y. Herald 4 Nov. n.p.: When you come to think of the sort of weather we have had in New York upon the occasions of great popular political turnouts... you will find that as a rule old probabilities has been rather kindly disposed to both parties [F&H].
[US]L.A. Dly Herald 2 Oct. 5/2: September Weather. What Old Probs has to Say About it.
[US]Wheeling Dly Intelligencer (VA) 1 Feb. 5/2: ‘Old Probs’ says colder weather is in sight.
[US]Hawaiian Star 23 Feb. 3/4: After Old Probabilities. [...] ‘I see the attorney general is going to stop all this guessing business in the newspapers.’ [...] ‘Whom do you suppose that’s aimed at?’ ‘The weather bureau?’.
[US]Bisbee Dly Rev. (AZ) 5 July 1/5: Old Probabilities was in league with District. He sent a heavy shower shortly before sunrise which laid the dust and cooled the air.
[US]Ogden Standard (UT) 18 May 5/2: The other day died [...] the man who a generation ago was known as ‘Old Probabilities,’ or more informally as ‘Old Probs’.
old queer (n.) (also queer stuff)

(S.Afr. drugs) marijuana.

[SA]H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 23: The Bombardier takes a piece of paper [...] and tears it into the right size and then pulls out some of the old queer and mixes some cigarette tobacco with it, and in a few minutes we [...] pulling away at that dagga-stoppie. [Ibid.] 28: They also spoke of it as ‘the weed’, or ‘the herb’, or ‘the queer stuff’ (although this latter appellation is more usually applied to methylated spirits).
old rale (n.) (also old ral, old rall, ral) [? dial. rail, to stagger, to reel. The development of the disease gradually impairs mobility]

(US) syphilis.

[US]J.M. Harrell Hot Springs Doctor 77: ‘Ral,’ which had come to signify a certain social disease.
[US]W.G. Davenport Butte and Montana 17: ‘Whiskey Bill’...lay dying with...the old the heart of Butte’s underworld district [HDAS].
[US]R. Bradford This Side of Jordan 142: ‘The old ral,’ suggested the doctor. ‘Know what that is?’.
[US] (ref. to mid-19C) N. Kimball Amer. Madam (1981) 23: My father called her ‘an old hurr with the old rale’.
[US]D. Clemmer Prison Community (1940) 334/1: old rall, n. Syphilis.
[US] in V. Randolph Pissing in the Snow (1988) 86: He had lost his manhood so the family sent him to Hot Springs. [...] The Hot Springs policeman put him in the Old Ral bath-house.
[US]E. Hemingway letter 11/12 Apr. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 724: I could write from now until the end of next week case histories of soldiers and bull fighters I have known [...] who had what we called the old rale.
[US](con. 1890s) S.H. Adams Tenderloin 41: We don’t want some of our leading citizens coming down with the old ral.
[US](con. mid–late 19C) S. Longstreet Wilder Shore 216: It was also called the Old Rale.
[US]S. Longstreet Straw Boss (1979) 17: He had been lucky—knock wood— to escape it and the old rale.
old red socks (n.) [the identification of Catholicism with red; e.g. the ‘the scarlet woman of Rome’]

(Ulster) the pope.

[Ire]Share Slanguage.
old rip (n.)

(US gay) the anus.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 19: the rectal opening, anus [...] old rip (’30s–’40s: ‘No more hot peppers for me, Gracie, or old rip will be throwing it up on my face tomorrow’).
old rowley (n.) (also old slimey) [SE Old Rowley, the Devil, or rowley, alternative sp. for SE rolly, thus the shape/SE slimey, of the semen it ejaculates]

the penis.

[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I 44: Another [would call it] her sugar-plum, her kingo, her old rowley, her touch-trap, her flap dowdle.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
old settler (n.)

(US black) a woman in her thirties or older.

[US](con. 1940s) Malcolm X Autobiog. (1968) 202: I’d gues she was pushing thirty; an ‘old settler’ as we called them back in those days.
old shot (n.)

(Aus.) an old, crafty person.

[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Colonial Reformer III 86: I saw the old boy was down to every move I had made. Knowing old shot, too, in spite of his politeness and humbug.
old smokey (n.)

(US prison) the electric chair; thus ride old Smokey, to be electrocuted.

[US]C.G. Givens ‘Chatter of Guns’ in Sat. Eve. Post 13 Apr.; list extracted in AS VI:2 (1930) 133: Old Smoky, n. Electric chair. [Ibid.] 134: ride Old Smoky, v.phr. Be electrocuted.
[US]L. Pound ‘Amer. Euphemisms for Dying’ in AS XI:3 201: Ride Old Smoky.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 177/2: Ride old smoky. (Scattered; South) To die by electrocution in capital punishment.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 105: Old Smokey Electric chair in an execution chamber.
old socks (n.) (also old sock, old stock, old stockings )

(Aus./US) a term of address to a man.

[US]G.W. Harris Sut Lovingood’s Yarns 186: Thinks I, ole Sock, I know what fotch yu tu this frolic.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Sept. 9/3: The Australian [...] said: [...] ‘Tip us your flipper, old stocking.’ The Prince tipped it – but not quite in the manner expected.
[US]J. Flynt Tramping with Tramps 375: Well, Bud, old socks, how are you?
[US]S.E. White Arizona Nights 183: Old socks, goodbye.
[US]O. Johnson Varmint 310: I mean, old socks, [...] I mean there are some fellows here who are worth while and some who are not.
[US]S. Lewis Our Mr Wrenn (1936) 165: Yuh – sure, old socks.
[US]W. Edge Main Stem 173: Well, old socks, I think we’re saved.
[UK]R. Carr Rampant Age 98: Bill, old sock!
[US]P. Stevenson Gospel According to St Luke’s 110: Well, Chuck old socks, you’re rooming with an owl.
[US]R. Chandler ‘The King in Yellow’ Spanish Blood (1946) 82: I didn’t register Leopardi, old sock.
[US]M. Curtiss Letters Home (1944) 24 May 22: So long, ole sock, ole pal.
[WI]L. Bennett ‘Cunny’ in Jam. Humour 2: A bwoy coulds fool an’ holy / Like Parson Joe ole socks.
[UK]S. Murphy Stone Mad (1966) 159: You’re in great voice tonight, old stock.
[US](con. 1920s) ‘Harry Grey’ Hoods (1953) 178: The name of the joint is Ye Olde London Shoppe, old bean, old sock.
[US]S. Bellow Augie March (1996) 56: Goodbye, old socks, I’ll come and see you.
[US]‘Tom Pendleton’ Iron Orchard (1967) 377: So you got some hot leases, have you, Jim, old sock?
old sol (n.) [Sol, abbr. Solomon is a stereotypical Jewish name]

(US) a pawnbroker.

[US]Cincinnati Enquirer 7 Sept. 10/7: Uncle or Old Sol—The Pawnbroker.
old steve (n.) [ety. unknown; ? a well-known dealer]

(drugs) any form of narcotic in powder form.

[US]D. Maurer ‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 1 in AS XI:2 124/2: old steve. One of several terms which may refer to morphine, heroin, or cocaine.
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics 313: Old Steve. Any powdered drug.
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 16: Old Steve — Heroin.
old strike-a-light (n.) [his cry of strike a light! when asked for yet another ‘loan’]

one’s father.

[UK]Berks. Chron. 8 Nov. 4/1: Speaking to [one’s father] say, ‘Govnor’ or ‘Old Strike-a-light’; of him, — ‘The Old ’Un’.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
old stripes (n.) (also stripes)

a tiger.

[UK]Glasgow Herald 2 Dec. 3/6: A Tiger Hunt [...] The dogs were in full cry after him [...] but ‘stripes’ took no notice [...] Poor old ‘stripes’ fell off mortally wounded.
[UK] ‘My Tiger Watch’ Cornhill Mag. July [Internet] Catch old Stripes come near my bullock, if he thought a ‘shooting-iron’ was anywhere about. Even if there were another Stripes, he would not show himself that night.
Dly Morn. Jrnl & Courier (New Haven, CT) 12 Apr. 7/1: S. and I had many friendly arguments as to the courage of the lion, he holding the view that ‘stripes’ was more formidable.
Disney Jungle Book [film script] Buzzy: He’s got a tiger by the tail. [...] Fire! It’s the only thing old stripes is afraid of!
old trot (n.)

an old woman.

[UK]William of Palerne 4769: Þat þo tvo trattes þat William wold haue traysted [OED].
[UK]G. Douglas Virgil B iv 96 l 97: Out on the old trat agit wyffe or dame .
[UK]Udall Ralph Roister Doister I iii: But the devil cannot make old trot hold her tongue.
[UK]G. Gascoigne (trans.) Supposes III v: Go, that the gunpowder consume thee, old trot!
[UK]‘Mr. S’ Gammer Gurton’s Needle in Whitworth (1997) II ii: I will have the young whore by the head and the old trot by the throat!
[UK]Shakespeare Taming of the Shrew I ii: An old trot with ne’er a tooth in her head.
[UK]The Wandering Jew 24: An old trot, a Beldame, a Witch looking in my hand, told me [...] I should dye a beggar.
[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I vi: An ugly old trot in the company, who had the repute of being an expert she-physician.
[UK]C. Cotton Scoffer Scoff’d (1765) 217: Thus to make a poor old Trot / Fly raging up and down.
[UK]Character of a Town-Miss in C. Hindley (1873) 7: An Old Trot, that understands the Town, and goes between Party and Party.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: An old Trot, a sorry base old Woman.
[UK]W. King York Spy 49: I thought I saw an Old Trot bolt in at the Door, with ne’er a Tooth in her Head.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]W. Cowper Letters and Prose (1981) II 620: I suspect therefore that it stuck at Newport, the Old Trott of that Post House being past her business, and the occasion consequently of many delays.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Dundee Courier 28 Jan. 3/3: An old trot with ne’er a tooth in her head.
[UK]Notts. Guardian 3 July 6/5: She therefore called out, ‘You old trot, do you want to drown me,’ to which Widdowson replied ‘Yes’ and threw a bucketful of water at her.
[Ire]Dublin Eve. Mail 16 Oct. 2/4: Madame Eugenie and the General, it seems, ‘understood each other’ better than Peter Burroughs and the old trot did at Kilkenny.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Spring-Time & Sport’ Punch 18 Apr. 184/1: If Mrs. Grundy ’ad seen / Us downing that ’ill neck and neck, the old trot would ’a’ simply turned green.
[UK]E. Blair ‘Clink’ Aug. Complete Works X (1998) 259: In Dartmoor we used to fuck old women down on the allotments [...] old trots seventy year old.
old ’un (n.)

1. an old person, esp. a parent; a veteran.

[UK]Morn. Advertiser (London) 19 Feb. 3/2: He was down to a thing or two; was always fly, and not to had even by an old-un.
[UK]Mr Mathews’ Comic Annual 20: Vill you get out, though? but you von’t, old ’un.
[UK]Bell’s Life in London in Fights for the Championship (1855) 151: Burke, for an ‘old ’un’, who had contended in 17 prize battles [...] was remrkably well.
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. II 12: ’Ow’s the old ’un’s crib?
[UK]F.E. Smedley Frank Fairlegh (1878) 332: You want to be able to write to each other without the old ’un getting hold of your letters.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 417/1: It’s a great thing with the children; but no go with the old ’uns.
[UK]J. Greenwood Dick Temple III 102: You’re alluding to what the old ’un [...] said before he went out.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Feb. 7/1: For many years, the old ’un not only put up his cash to swell the racing funds of the colony, but he kept a string of flyers himself as well, and was no mean judge of a prancer, either.
[UK]Sporting Times 29 Mar. 1/1: From this we infer that the ‘old ’un’ means to go for it tooth and nail.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘A Dangerous Dad’ Sporting Times 3 Feb. 1/4: The gal took no notice o’ me, in the least, / But she soon with the old ’un got chummy.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Ah Dam’ in Roderick (1972) 798: The old ’un died of Chinese old age.
[UK]C. Harris Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 168: Make way f’r an old ’un, let the pore old --- get in.
[UK]C. Dexter Remorseful Day (2000) 358: Everybody called it a ‘radio’ these days – well, everybody except Morse and one or two of the old ’uns.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Birthday 136: People are watching the telly [...] The old ’uns, anyway.

2. (Aus.) a superior, a manager.

[Aus]Melbourne Punch 20 Nov. 3/2: Boss —Noun. A cove, a beak, a guvnor, a nob, an old ’un, a big-wig etc.
old whiskers (n.)

1. a working man with long, unkempt, greying whiskers, usu. shouted out by impudent children.

[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.

2. an old man.

[UK]R.B. Peake Bottle Imp II i: What has become of old whiskers?
[UK]D. Boucicault London Assurance in London Assurance Comedies (2001) Act II: courtly: (aside) Why, that’s is my governor, by Jupiter! dazzle: (aside) What, old whiskers! You don’t say that!
[UK]Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 13 Aug. 3/2: He had some of these old men tied up in horrible knots [at chess]. ‘Old Whiskers in the corner [...] I can mate him in three moves’.
old wigsby (n.) [such a man would still be likely to sport a wig, seen as an 18C affectation]

(middle class) an ill-tempered, narrow-minded, elderly man.

[UK]York Herald 24 Jan. 4/5: Old Wigsby cleared scores with him in grand style.
[UK]North. Liberator (Tyne & Wear) 26 Jan. 3/3: There was never a concerted blockhead in this world, from Crispinus [...] down to the old prosing wigsby, Doctor Parr, who did not sin in this way.
[UK]Leamington Spa Courier 10 Aug. 2/2: I am, Mr Editor, Your humble servant, Old Wigsby.
[UK]N. Wales Chron. 21 Dec. 8/5: Do you think I’m a-goin’ to bear your confounded old harrogance, you old wigsby!
[UK]Western Times 21 July 7/6: Mrs S. [...] was quickly waited upon by a vinegar cruet in the shape of a Gradener (the boys call him ‘Wigsby’).
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
old wives’ paternoster (n.) [SE paternoster, the Lord’s Prayer]

grumbling, nagging.

[UK] in H.G. Wright Arthur Hall of Grantham (1919) 63: Takyng leaue one of another, in the Palace, he plucking his hatte about his eares, mumbling the olde wiues Paternoster, departed.

In phrases

if they’re big enough, they’re old enough

a phr. used among men to suggest that, whatever actual age a girl is, if she has reached puberty biologically (menstruation, body shape etc), she is old enough for intercourse; occas. used of young boys.

[US]P. Reilly ‘If They’re Big Enough, They’re Old Enough’ Man At The Center series [CBC-TV].
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 591: since ca. 1910 (? earlier).
Eli-the-Bearded [Internet] “You’re still too young.” Blame it on the beer. I ran my hands up and cupped my tits. “‘If they’re big enough, they’re old enough.’ Isn’t that what they say? And aren’t these big enough?”.
D. Abby Sanders Family Book [Internet] Timmy and Tommy were as old as John had been then. ‘The hell with it, If they’re big enough, they’re old enough. It’s never to soon to learn.’ As horny as she was, she decided that she would initiate the boys that very night.
if they’re old enough to bleed, they’re old enough to butcher (also breed )

a phr. used among men to suggest that if a girl is old enough to menstruate she is old enough for intercourse; similarly used by homosexuals of young boys.

[[UK]Comical Observator 7-14 Nov. 2: I have often heard it said that they are never too Young, if they are but big enough; and never too little if Old enough]-.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 236: ‘If they’re old enough to bleed, they’re old enough to butcher,’ expounded the philosophers with a laugh.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 39: butcher (pej) to fuck, especially to deflower a young man ‘If they’re old enough to bleed, they’re old enough to butcher.’.
[US]C. Loken Come Monday Morning 54: If they’re old enough to bleed they’re old enough to butcher.
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Short Timers (1985) 91: ‘She was just a baby, sir. Thirteen or fourteen.’ Animal Mother grins, spits. ‘If she’s old enough to bleed she’s old enough to butcher.’.
[US]F. Sams Widow’s Mite 206: I’d told him women were like cows; if they’re old enough to bleed, they’re old enough to butcher.
[US]Prairie Schooner LXVII 105: Old enough to bleed, old enough to breed. That’s what Orwell said about Charlie’s little whores. We’d pass them around like candy all night long.
[UK]I. Welsh Filth 61: Bit young for me but. Mind you, if they’re auld enough tae bleed...
[US]‘Cougarjock’ ‘The Wrong Bus Stop’ [Internet] ‘Man, you can’t fuck her. She can’t be more than twelve years old! I can find you a better girl, man,’ he said. One of the other gang members piped up, ‘Hey, old enough to bleed, old enough to breed.’.
[US]C. Stella Jimmy Bench-Press 45: You know that old saying, old enough to bleed old enough to butcher? [...] That’s how I feel.
[US]N. Singer Prayer for Dawn 62: Remember the rhyme, ‘Old enough to bleed, old enough to breed?’ Well, she ain’t old enough to bleed, right! So leave her the hell alone!
old enough to sit at the table, old enough to eat [the implication of eat v. (4) is oral sex, but the larger usage is general]

(US) a phr. used to suggest that an underage girl is still a feasible target for seduction.

[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 96: You know what the Greaseman says, don’t ya? [...] Old enough to sit at the table, old enough to eat.
old friend and shamrock (n.)

(US) an order of corned beef and cabbage.

[US]N.Y. Herald 1 Apr. 9/6: During his stay in the restaurant the reporter learned several things he never knew [...] That ‘old friend and shamrock’ meant [corned?] beef and cabbage.
old in the tooth (adj.) (also up in the tooth) [the use of a horse’s teeth to ascertain its age, the older a horse, the more faded the distinguishing marks in their teeth]

aged, esp. of old women.

[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) 238: ‘Up in the tooth,’ far advanced in age, — said often of old maids.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.

In exclamations