Green’s Dictionary of Slang

love n.

[19C+] any person or thing that is pleasant or attractive, e.g. it’s a real love.

SE in slang uses

Pertaining to sex

In compounds

lovebird (n.)

[1910s] (Aus.) a young woman who is free with her sexual favours.

love box (n.) [box n.1 (1a)/SE box]

[1980s+] (US) the female genitals.

love bug (n.) [bug n.4 (5b)]

1. [20C+] an imaginary virus, the symptons of which are being in love; thus the disease itself.

2. [1970s+] (US gay) a pubic louse.

3. [1980s] a person who is in love with being in love.

love button (n.)

[1990s+] (orig. US) the clitoris.

love canal (n.) [play on SE + pun on 1993 ecological abuse of the Love Canal, New York]

[1980s+] (US) the vagina.

love custard (n.) [note custard n.]

[1990s+] semen.

love dart (n.)

[late 19C+] the penis.

love envelope (n.)

[1970s+] (US gay) a condom.

love flesh (n.)

[19C] the vagina.

love glove (n.) [1970s+] (US)

1. a condom.

2. a vagina.

love grenades (n.)

[2000s] the testicles.

love gun (n.) [ext. of gun n.1 (2)]

[1970s+] (US) the penis.

love handles (n.) (also love rungs) [the idea being that one can hold on to them during sex]

[1960s+] 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 ).

love hillocks (n.)

[late 18C] the female breasts.

love hole (n.)

[1980s+] (US) the vagina.

love juice (n.) [ext. juice n.1 (2a)] [late 19C+]

1. semen.

2. vaginal secretions.

lovelips (n.)

[1990s+] (US) the labia.

love machine (n.)

[1960s+] (US) a sexually virile man, a womanizer .

love muffin (n.) [muffin n.1 (8)]

[1980s+] (US) a sexually attractive person.

love muscle (n.)

[1950s+] (US) the penis.

love pump (n.) [popularized by the film This is Spinal Tap (1984)]

[1980s+] (US) the penis.

love rug (n.)

[1990s+] the female pubic hair.

love’s cabinet (n.)

[18C] the vagina.

love seat (n.)

[late 19C] the vagina.

love shack (n.) [1960s+] (orig. US)

1. a room or apartment that a man keeps for seductions and sex.

2. a lover, an object of sexual desire (and conquest) [fig. use of sense 1 + ? shack-up n. (1)].

3. [2000s] (US) the vagina.

love’s paradise (n.)

[late 17C] the vagina.

love staff (n.)

[late 19C] the penis.

lovesteak (n.)

[1980s+] (US campus) the penis.

love torpedo (n.)

[1990s+] the penis.

love truncheon (n.)

[late 19C; 1990s+] the penis.

love warrior (n.)

[2000s] the penis.

In phrases

make (some)one’s love come down (v.)

[1930s–60s] (US black) to stimulate sexually, to come to orgasm.

General uses

In compounds

love curls (n.)

[mid–late 19C] a hairstyle in which the hair is cut short and worn low over the forehead.

love drug (n.) [among the drug’s primary effects is a sense of world-embracing benevolence]

[1980s+] (drugs) MDMA.

love letter (n.) [1940s] (US black)

1. a bullet.

2. a stone or rock thrown at someone.

love-pot (n.)

[19C] a drunkard.

love weed (n.) [weed n.1 (4)]

[1930s+] (US drugs) marijuana.

In phrases

give love (v.)

[1990s+] (black) to respect, to praise.

love off (v.)

[20C+] (W.I., Jam.) to make obvious sexual advances towards.

much love (n.)

[1990s+] (US black) popularity, respect.

pure love (n.) [LSD’s image as a creator of ‘love and peace’]

[1970s] (drugs) LSD.

In exclamations

for the love of Mike! (also for the love of Heaven! ...holy Buddha! …Jupiter! ...Michael Angelo! …Moses! …Pete (and Alf)! …Peter the hermit! …Polly Simpkins!) [Mike, like Pete, is irrelevant, other perhaps than as a euph. for Moses]

[mid-19C+] (orig. US) a euph. excl. of exasperation or surprise, for goodness’ sake!