Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bean n.1

1. as units of money.

(a) [mid-17C; mid-19C+] money, irrespective of the coin (cf. beans n.1 ).

(b) [19C] a sovereign, a guinea.

(c) a $5 gold piece.

(d) [20C+] (also beano, green bean) a dollar.

(e) [1900s] (US) a dollar bill – any denomination.

(f) [1960s] a small or derisory amount of money.

(g) [1960s+] a poker chip.

2. (Aus.) the epitome of fashion.

3. the genitals.

(a) [late 19C+] the penis.

(b) [1940s–50s] (US) the hymen; thus cop a bean, to deflower, to have sexual intercourse.

(c) [1990s+] the clitoris; in combs.; see bean flicker ; flick the bean

4. [20C+] (also beanie, beano) the head.

5. (US black/drugs) a drug or tablet.

(a) [1920s] a package of a drug.

(b) [1960s+] usu. in pl.; any form of tablet, esp. Benzedrine; thus beaned up, under the influence of Benzedrine [resemblance].

6. [1940s+] (US) a Mexican, any Spanish-American; occas. as adj. [stereotyping of the Mexican diet].

7. [1940s–70s] (US black, also big bean) the sun [note comment at beam n.2 ].

8. [1950s] (US) a minuscule or insignificant amount, nothing.

In compounds

bean flicker (n.) [sense 2c above]

[1990s+] a lesbian.

bean man (n.) [sense 4b above]

[1960s] (drugs) a seller of any type of drugs in pill form.

beanraker (n.) [rake (it) in v.]

[1900s] (Aus.) one who is good at amassing money.

bean ranch (n.)

[late 19C] (US und.) San Quentin prison, California.

In phrases

flick the bean (v.) [sense 2c above]

[1990s+] of a woman, to masturbate.

flip one’s bean (v.) (also flip one’s beanie) [SE flip/ flip v.4 (2)]

[1960s] (US) to go crazy, to lose emotional control.

for beans (adv.) [sense 1 above]

[1950s+] (orig. US) in no way whatsoever.

half-a-bean (n.) (also half-bean)

[late 18C–1930s] a half-sovereign, a half-dollar.

loose in the bean (adj.) (also loose in the attic, …canoodle, …head, …tiles) [SE loose + attic n. (1)SE head/ ? noodle n.1 (1)/SE tiles]

[1910s+] (US) eccentric, crazy.

lose one’s bean (v.) (also lose one’s bap)

1. [1910s+] to lose one’s temper.

2. [1950s] (US) to become obsessed with.

not a bean (n.)

[20C+] nothing at all, esp. of money.

off one’s bean (adj.) [20C+]

insane, eccentric.

use one’s bean (v.)

[1930s+] to think, to act intelligently, to work things out.

Uses based on SE/sense 5 above, pertaining to Mexicans or Hispanics

In derivatives

beanmobile (n.) [SE/sense 5 above + -mobile sfx]

[1980s+] (US) a ‘lowrider’ automobile, as customized and driven by Mexican/Puerto Rican teenagers and gang members.

In compounds

beanbag (n.)

[1970s] (US) a Mexican.

bean bandit (n.)

[1960s] (US) a Mexican.

bean choker (n.)

[1980s+] (US) a Spanish-American.

bean dip (n.)

[1990s+] (US) a derog. term for a Mexican.

bean-eater (n.)

[1910s+] (US, also bean and chili eater) a derog. term for a Mexican; occas. other Latin Americans (see cite 1922).

beantown (n.)

1. [20C+] (US) that part of a town in which the poor or the immigrants live; such immigrants are stereotypically, but not invariably, Hispanics.

2. see also Bean Town

SE in slang uses

[see also compounds and phrases under beans n.3 ]

In compounds

beanbelly (n.)

see separate entries.

beanbrain (n.) [the implication is of minimal size]

[1950s+] (US) a fool; thus beanbrained adj., foolish.

bean-count (v.) [? erect nipples]

[1990s+] (US campus) to stare at breasts.

bean counter (n.)

[1970s+] (orig. US) anyone who deals with financial matters, esp. an accountant or statistician; thus bean-counting n. and adj.

bean-eater (n.) [the supposed preference of Bostonians for beans (cf. Bean Town )]

1. [late 19C+] (US) an inhabitant of Boston, Massachusetts; thus bean-eating adj., Bostonian in manner.

2. see also bean-eater

beanfeast (n.) (also bean feed) [SE beanfeast, an annual dinner given by employers to their workers; in its original form beans were a featured dish]

[mid-19C+] any form of festivity or celebration; thus bean-feaster n.; as v., to make merry.

bean-head (n.) [-head sfx (1)/SE head]

1. [1910s+] (US) a fool; as adj., stupid.

2. [1950s] someone with a crew-cut hairstyle.

bean house (n.)

[1970s+] (US) a cheap restaurant; as in phr. bean house bull, extravagant stories, ‘tall tales’.

bean juice (n.) [the stereotypical result of eating beans]

[1970s+] (US gay) oily sweat exuded from the anus or liquid found around the anus of one who constantly breaks wind.

bean money (n.) [just enough to buy a meal of beans]

[1950s-60s] (US) subsistence; money earned for odd jobs.

bean oil (n.) [SE (hair) oil]

[1970s+] (US gay) hair oil, esp. when used to lubricate the penis before sex.

beanpole (n.)

see separate entry.

bean-shooter (n.)

see separate entries.

beanstalk (n.)

see separate entry.

bean-tosser (n.)

see separate entry.

Bean Town (n.) (also Beanville) [the supposed local staple]

1. [late 19C+] (US) Boston, Massachusetts; also attrib.

2. see also beantown

bean wagon (n.)

[1940s–50s] (US) a cheap restaurant, esp. one that has been converted from a disused railway car.

In phrases

as a bean (adv.)

[1990s] (Aus.) very well.

not worth a bean (adj.) [SE/sense 1 above]

[15C+] worthless, useless.