any person or thing that is pleasant or attractive, e.g. it’s a real love.
|Letter-bag of the Great Western (1873) 32: She paddled like a duck, and hissed like a swan. She ran a race with mother Carey’s chickens, and beat them by a neck. O she is a dear love of a smoke-jack.|
|Life and Recollections of Yankee Hill 190: Oh, thuch a love of a dreth. I am going to appear ath a Highland Thotch Lath. Than’t I look a divinity?|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 16 Feb. 2/5: Ann leaned over Mrs Mulligan’s shoulder to look at a ‘love of a print’ .|
|Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act III: What loves of gloves.|
|My Secret Life (1966) X 2160: They would get me a love of an Italian boy to bugger.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 19 Oct. 1/4: We have found what some of our lady readers would describe as a love of a spanner.|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 26: ‘Ain’t he a bute?’ said Annie. ‘A little love!’ said Kitty Conroy.|
|Ulysses 335: She wore a coquettish little love of a hat.|
|Joyful Condemned 260: There was a gypsy in last night [...] with a little baby. Gee! it was a love.|
|Villain’s Tale 48: She nodded. There’s a love. C’mon, give us a kiss or you’ll be the biggest dunce in the class.|
|London Bridges (2001) 220: I just didn’t make time to go and see the old love, which I perfectly well could’ve.|
SE in slang uses
Pertaining to sex
(Aus.) a young woman who is free with her sexual favours.
|Truth (Melbourne) 9 Sept. 7/6: In a few words, what we said was that the great number of the girls called ‘love-birds,’ whose existence this war had made manifest, constituted a most serious menace to our soldiers and other members of society.|
|Truth (Perth) 3 Mar. 5/1: Any woman of ill fame, street stroller, feculent flapper, or ‘love-bird’ should undoubtedly be publicly exposed and held up as a danger.|
|Truth (Brisbane) 12 Oct. 11/7: [T]he principal source of infection is not the professional prostitute, but the ostensibly respectable girl or woman popularly known as a ‘privateer,’ ‘love bird,’ or ‘half square tart’.|
(US black) the penis.
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 386: Ya make me nervous with that death talk and my love bone goes down.|
|‘Gun Love’ [lyrics] She’s kinda shy but make no mistake, / She’ll shoot you full of love till your love bone aches.|
(US) the female genitals.
|Maledicta X 56: Vulva...love-tunnel...love-box.|
1. an imaginary virus, the symptons of which are being in love; thus the disease itself.
|TAD Lex. 55: (The Little Love Microbe That Does The Mischief) Oh I do wish at one o dem love bugs would spear him.in|
|Perrysburg Jrnl (Wood Co., OH) 22 May 2/1: I got the love-bug, kid!|
|Shapeshifter [album] ‘Love Bug’ [lyrics] Here is love bug / Found in heaven / Yeah, love bug is blind / And one of a kind / It is growing / It’s all knowing / It is glowing bright / Bright red / And so, I’m in love / Yeah, love bug, his kind / Will forever shine / So open up your heart and let it in / Or, or check inside.|
2. (US gay) a pubic louse.
|Queens’ Vernacular 55: crab lice infecting the pubic areas [...] love bugs.|
3. a person who is in love with being in love.
|(con. 1930s) High Times Hard Times 52: Trilby was a lovebug, in and out of love every week.|
|A-Team 2 (1984) 27: ‘Mornin’, love bug,’ he greeted her.|
(orig. US) the clitoris.
|White Boy Shuffle 82: Grinding her crotch oon my thigh [...] and begging to tickle her love button with my big toe.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 98 Oct. 25: skipper n. A lady’s clematis; a love button. From ‘man in a boat’.|
|Maureen’s Lusty Confessions [Internet] Push my love button like a game show contestant bound and determined to ring in first in a contest of love.|
|Planet Sex Stories [Internet] I dug my fingers between her labia until I found her clitoris. As I started rubbing on her love button she let out a long wail.‘Burning Down the House’,|
(US) the vagina.
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 185: You been sittin’ here cuttin’ some of the meanest farts from that fuckin’ sausage sandwich [...] You smell like the Love Canal at low tide.|
|Thes. Sl. 411/1: Vagina [...] bearded clam, [...] love canal.|
see crack n.3 (1)
|at www.asstr.org [Internet] Most of the time they wouldn’t actually fuck, because Harry usually spilled his love custard as soon as Cherry described how good his asshole looked all filled with cock.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 35: Love Dart Penis.|
(US gay) a condom.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
see passion gap under passion n.
1. a condom.
|Sex Education for Persons with Learning Disabilities 55: Erection safe raincoat love-glove hard-on stiff bone boner Can you think of some other words to top this list?|
|TV Guide 7 Nov. 6: But although their standards and practices permitted the words ‘prophylactic’ and ‘contraceptive’ [on a network TV program], and even a student who calls a condom a ‘love glove,’ the word ‘condom’ was not allowed [HDAS].|
|Sex Adviser 113: He’s an adult, and if he is determined to behave stupidly, then it’s his choice, not yours. You can’t make him put the love glove on.|
|in Porn Generation 96: Once you read our manual of racy roll-on maneuvers and saucy love-glove styles, no man will eschew safe sex with you again.|
2. a vagina.
|Playboy Feb. n.p.: The pet name for his yang (Enormous Heat-Seeking Moisture Missile, [etc.]) and for her love glove (Alice, Gertrude and One Size Fits All) [HDAS].|
|Indep. Rev. 1 Oct. 5: ‘You’re walking funny,’ he said. ‘What’s wrong? Pain in the old love grenades?’.|
(US) the penis.
|in Maledicta VI (1982) 23: Penis...love gun.|
|Penthouse Apr. 12: My love gun was aiming right at her face [HDAS].|
|Movieline May 58: He...whips out his jaw-dropping love gun [HDAS].|
see hammer n.1 (1)
the excess flesh around a portly stomach that may be seen in a kinder light by those who appreciate the Rubenesque figure (cf. bar handles under bar n.2 ).
|in Current Sl. IV:3–4 (1970).|
|Faggots 25: Years of a slight inner tube of fat amidships, ‘love handles’.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 61: A girl [...] grabbed a fistful of flab over each of my hips, and said ‘Love rungs, too much love rungs’.|
|Skin Tight 278: The object of their complaint was medically mundane [. . .] droopy buttocks, gelatinous hips, or old-fashioned ‘love handles’ at the waist.|
|Curvy Lovebox 182: Them’s my love handles innit.|
|Observer Mag. 13 June 62: If only we could [...] send our unwanted ‘spare tyres’ and ‘love handles’ to sub-Saharan Africa.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 35: He had retained some muscle definition [...] but there were love handles now he hadn’t noticed.|
|Yahoo 23 Apr. [Internet] What are some good exercises that will get rid of my love handles?|
|Decent Ride 117: That fill breakfast looks good, but ah gits a feel ay ma love handles and thinks: mibbe some porridge n berries.|
the female breasts.
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 61: The most enchanting love hillocks nature ever planted .|
(US) the vagina.
|oral testimony in HDAS II.|
|at www.asstr.org [Internet] By the time the bids took place, every man was chomping at the bit to get a crack at Cherry. And Cherry’s love hole was greased up with excitement.|
|‘Laurel and Hardy “Doing Things”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 83: Pump me full of love juice.|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 28: love juice (n.): Semen.|
|London Fields 328: Love juice. Ungovernable passions. The earth moved innit.|
|Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] love juice semen.|
|Adult Novelty Reviews [Internet] These silly devices seem to all carry the same Modus Operandus. That is; lube up, insert, stroke ’till your unit pukes up it’s love juices.‘Devinn Lane’s Succulent Blossom’|
2. vaginal secretions.
|Boudoir 88: Every drop of [...] love juice.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|in Letter from My Father (1978) 135: In a minute or two her love juice came.|
|Mad Cows 66: The chicks in this nick are so horny, you can ski on all that love-juice.|
|Birthday 7: His fingers always closed on the vital spot, which led to the soaking of camiknickers in love juice (the embarrassing term came back to him).|
(US) the labia.
|Permanent Midnight 38: We’d kick around, say, the best words for vagina [...] ‘lovelips’.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 77: Letting his fingers linger over that shaved slope down to her no-doubt chubby lovelips.|
(US) a sexually virile man, a womanizer .
|Love Machine 1: Robin Stone was a handsome man. He could smile with his lips. He could think without emotion. He could make love to her with his body. Robin Stone was the Love Machine.|
|City of Angels [album] ‘Love Machine part I’ [lyrics] I’m just a love machine / And I won’t work for nobody but you / I’m just a love machine / A hugging kissing fiend.|
|Peacekeepers 71: ‘Long schlong!’ Archie whooped. [...] ‘I ain’t nothin’ but a love machine,’ Ross began to sing. ‘Pull my thing and watch me sing!’.|
(US) a sexually attractive person.
|Sports Illus. 28 Sept. n.p.: Cornell players are a bunch of love muffins [HDAS].|
|‘Upwardly Mobile Blues’ [lyrics] She used to call me ‘Studly Hung Low’ / And ‘Love Muffin’ all night long.|
|Factory Rat 128: One worker scrawled atop his machine’s front ‘I love you, love muffin.’.|
|Everyday, Ordinary, Insane Life 10: Well, it would be nice to have a love muffin to rush home to after a trying day at work.|
(US) the penis.
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 302: This weather could dry up a feller’s love muscle.|
|Sneaky People (1980) 142: ‘Squeeze,’ said he. ‘That’s my love muscle.’.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 663: Shall we dunk the old love-muscle / In the sweetest soup what am?|
|Mad Cows 114: Trying to locate the love muscle of an overweight man in the dark is a little like attempting to land on an aircraft carrier in a hurricane without radar.|
|‘On Line’ [lyrics] To the tip of my love muscle.|
see lover’s nuts under lover n.
(US) the penis.
|marty: What do you call this? nigel: Well, this piece is called ‘Lick My Love Pump’.This Is Spinal Tap [film script]|
|‘Postwar Paris: Chronicles of a Literary Life’ Paris Rev. Issue 150 Spring [Internet] The young couple was off their blanket by that time, writhing in the grass. The young lady had her hand in his pants and appeared to be applying manual administration to his love pump.|
see rod n.
the female pubic hair.
|Mad Cows 78: I’m about to be raped by a woman who has the words ‘Hoover My Love Rug’ tattood on her lower abdomen.|
see love handles
|Hudibras Redivivus II:4 17: Pray therefore let me truly know, / Whether Love’s cabinet below, / For which we have such Veneration, / Varies an Inch in Situation.|
|My Secret Life (1966) VIII 1526: Her love seat was that of a girl of full sixteen.|
1. a room or apartment that a man keeps for seductions and sex.
|Cosmic Thing [album] ‘Love Shack’ [lyrics] The Love Shack is a little old place where we can get together / Love Shack baby! Love Shack baby! Love Shack, that’s where it’s at! / Love Shack, that’s where it’s at! Huggin’ and a kissin’, dancin’ and a lovin’, wearin’ next to nothing.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 116: The cloud was a motel/love shack. It housed the Sexcapades of 1966.‘My Life as a Creep’ in|
|45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy 13: Treating the Office Like It’s Your Love Shack Dear Anita, I was recently caught by my boss with a coworker’s tongue in my mouth.|
2. a lover, an object of sexual desire (and conquest) [fig. use of sense 1 + ? shack-up n. (1)].
|Still Life 36: ‘Love Shack, baby, Love Shack.’ ‘You’re in a good mood,’ Mara laughed. Adam [...] kissed the top of her head.|
3. (US) the vagina.
|Atlanta Nights 90: As his hand has now slipped from my navel to my love shack, I’m in no position to do more than wiggle.|
|School of Venus 107: What they usually called Loves Paradise and the centre of delight they now in plain English call a Cunt.|
|My Secret Life in Mills (1983) 273: To the bed they went where side by side she fondled his love staff, then he mounted her.|
(US campus) the penis.
|Sl. U. n.p.: Playgirl always has men with big lovesteaks as their centerfolds.|
|Clueless [film script] I don’t see no lovesteak squeezed into your 501’s so I can’t call you ‘Man’.|
(US) the penis.
|(con. 1880–1924) Anecdota erótica 5: Negro came back from the war. Told his wife he brought back two love sticks, but he gave one of them to Jim Johnson. His wife was late coming home one day; she’d been to visit Jim Johnson. Asked where she had been she replied, ‘All I got to say, nigger, is you gave away the best stick.’.|
|Ghetto Sketches 236: It’s me, baby lady [...] Me, Mr. Bam Lovestick.|
|review of Man Academy 2 at www.gayvideodad.com 24 Apr. [Internet] Kelley proves more than able to take on Johnson’s 11x7-inch love stick.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: beef bayonet euph. Penis; cock, pork sword; love torpedo.|
|at www.asstr.org [Internet] The fact was, Cherry wanted that love torpedo inside her.|
|Guardian 7 Aug. [Internet] I have seen men do amazing things with their ‘love torpedoes’ but they were sadhus in India.|
|My Secret Life (1966) IX 1739: How soft and smooth, tho solid and stiff, yet semi-elastic is the male love truncheon.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: love torpedo n. boastful Penis. As in: ‘I sank her bacon battleship with my love torpedo’. Also love truncheon.|
|PS, I Scored the Bridesmaids 11: You wake up at ten oclock and your little love warrior’s already been up an hour.|
(US black) to stimulate sexually, to come to orgasm.
|Mules and Men (1995) 21: ‘What is coon dick?’ ‘Aw, Zora, jus’ somethin’ to make de drunk come. Made out uh grape fruit juice, corn meal mash, beef bones and a few mo’ things. Come on le’s git some together. It might make our love come down.’.|
|Really the Blues 35: A woman who really knows how to sing and means it can make your love come down.|
|Pinktoes (1989) 215: ‘Oh, so your love has come down,’ she said.|
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 121: Listen to the loverboy! When yo’ love come down last?|
|Chili 115: Her love was always down. It oozed, trickled, dripped, pulsed, throbbed.|
(drugs) a mixture of heroin and cocaine.
|‘affluent drug culture’ cited in Sl. and Jargon of Drugs and Drink (1986).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 14: Love affair — Cocaine.|
see under apples n.
a hairstyle in which the hair is cut short and worn low over the forehead.
|(con. 1843) White-Jacket (1990) 356: Many sailors, with naturally tendril locks, prided themselves upon what they call love-curls, worn at the side of the head, just before the ear.|
|divorce court report 9 Feb. in(1909) 171/2: For the defence the respondent, Mr Robert Nathaniel Latham, was called. He gave a positive denial to the charge of cruelty. He had objected to his wife wearing what she called ‘love curls’.|
|Epilogue to Secret Chief [Internet] This was in the pre- MDMA era, when MDA (the ‘Mellow Drug of America,’ sometimes called the ‘love drug’) was very much the favorite of the therapists and the psychedelic explorers of the time.|
|Community Counseling and Resource Center [Internet] ‘Designer Drugs’: MDA – love drug, speed for lovers, mellow drug of America.|
1. a bullet.
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
2. a stone or rock thrown at someone.
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
see under spud n.3
(US drugs) marijuana.
|‘Jargon of Marihuana Addicts’ in AS XV:3 Oct. 336/2: The drug, itself, is known as [...] love weed.|
|Drum (Johannesburg) Sept. 12: It is known in the slang as [...] ‘love weed’ [DSAE].|
|Crime in S. Afr. 102: Young men [...] as well as a number of young girls, were going in for the ‘love-weed’.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 14: Love weed — Marijuana.|
(black) to respect, to praise.
|Source Oct. 196: The Source giving us love, calling our albums classics.|
(W.I., Jam.) to make obvious sexual advances towards.
|cited in Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage (1996).|
(US black) popularity, respect.
|San Jose Mercury News 11 May n.p.: Late (n) – A form of saying goodbye, derived from ‘later.’ After five rings, a voice said, ‘You have reached Michelle’s voice mail pager. Leave me a message after the beep. Much love, late.’.in|
|Tuff 165: Mamí had me in the buck. I was the bitch, my knees all in my ears, her tongue showing a nigger’s anus much love.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 17: Pure love — LSD.|
(orig. US) a euph. excl. of exasperation or surprise, for goodness’ sake!
|Broad Arrow Jack 24: The work was beautifully done, and I wouldn’t have had a grip like it on me for the love of Polly Simpkins.|
|N.Y. Press Nov. in Stallman (1966) 106: Well, for the love of Mike! Holy smoke, ain’t we in it!in|
|Westerners 131: For the love of Peter the Hermit, shut up, you fellows!|
|Edinburgh Eve. News 10 Nov. 6/1: For de love of Moses gimme a word to rhyme with Maggie.|
|Odd Numbers 80: ‘For the love of Mike,’ says I, how do you stand it?’.|
|High Adventure 146: If you are going to be a military pilot, for the love of Pete and Alf be one!|
|Hand-made Fables 25: [They] had the instinctive Desire to give Eloise a Wallop between the Shoulder-Blades and beg her, for the love of Michael Angelo, to brace up.|
|Female of the Species (1961) 73: For the love of Mike don’t get behind the light.|
|Roman Hat Mystery 252: But, Mr. Queen, for the love of Pete – ceilings!|
|Battle Stories [Internet] For the love of Pete! [...] You here again?‘Gangster in Khaki’ in|
|Law Rides the Range 187: For the love of Jupiter, wash that smelly junk off your hair.|
|There Ain’t No Justice 78: You’re spoiling Tom’s chances. Have a bit of sense for the love of Mike.|
|Case of the Crooked Candle (1958) 50: But for the love of Mike, don’t call me after that unless it’s something damned important.|
|Loving (1978) 63: Don’t stand there like a stuck pig my lad. Get down to it for the love of Moses.|
|Shiralee 71: Hurry up, for the luvva Mike.|
|Police Headquarters (1956) 92: ‘For the love of Heaven,’ he said.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 9: For the love of Pete, woman, [...] take it easy.|
|Killer’s Wedge (1981) 119: Oh, for the love of holy Buddha!|
|Cotters’ England (1980) 66: Sit down, Mother, for the love of Mike: it’s enough to drive a body from home.|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 17: For the love of Mike, will you come on.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 99: Well, for the luvva Mike [...] he’s the damned warden, isn’t he?|
|Dying of the Light 99: For the love of ... !|
|Love Is a Racket 127: Aw, for the love of Pete, Jeffty. How long you been away that you got so stupid?|
|Mad mag. Aug. 9: For the love of Pete, can somebody feed me a clue here.|
|Stukk in the Burbs 262: ‘Come on, Mary, for the love of Mike—’ [...] ‘Its ‘For the love of Pete,’ Mr English Teacher.’.|