1. [17C] a fool [one who is foolish enough to serve another].
2. [17C–1900s] a general title used ironically in a number of contexts, e.g. apple squire under apple n.1 ; see also phrs. below.
3. [early 19C+] a general term of address, no particular rank or intimacy indicated.
4. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a successful criminal.
5. [mid-19C] (US) a magistrate.
[late 18C–early 19C] foolish.
1. [late 17C] a gentleman who has been drawn to the criminal world and there found himself fleeced, robbed and generally rendered destitute by its denizens.
2. [late 17C] an overly generous man.
3. [late 17C–early 19C] a rich fool.
[17C–early 18C] a pimp, or a term of abuse.
[late 18C] one who treats the rest of the company.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a thief.
[late 17C–late 18C] a publican, a tapster.
see brother of the gusset under brother (of the)... n.
[early 18C] a highwayman.
[late 17C] a pimp; as a term of abuse.
[17C] a pimp.
[late 18C–early 19C] to treat the company.