Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pad v.1

[pad n.1 (1)]

1. to travel as a tramp, thief or vagrant.

[UK]Rowlands Martin Mark-all 42: O Ben mort will thou pad with me / One ben slate shall serue both thee & me.
‘The Run-away’s Answer’ in Carroll Fat King Lean Beggar (1996) 63: The ‘Runne-away [...] turns Roague, runnes into the Country a Padding, keeps company with Gipseys and strowling pedlars.
[UK]M. Atkins Cataplus 49: Where was a Gaol and in’t a Legion / Of younger brothers, who were glad / For want of quodlibets to pad / Which were asham'd to beg, yet feel / No bite in conscience to steal.
[UK]G. Stevens ‘A Cant Song’ Muses Delight 177: I’m a bowman that ne’er will deceive you; [...] And boldly will pad to relieve you.
[UK]G. Parker Life’s Painter 135: Padding Jack and diving Ned [...] Have made me drunk.
[UK]H. Brandon Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 168: The crocusses pad through every wild, to fence the gammy stuff.
[UK]W. Phillips Wild Tribes of London 84: He padded the country lanes – and, my eye! didn’t the narvous old ladies shell out when Jack dropped the patter.
[UK]W.E. Henley ‘Villon’s Straight Tip’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 176: Dead-lurk a crib, or do a crack; / Pad with a slang, or chuck a mag.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 9 June 14/3: Re teetotal swaggies. I met one once [...]. Scandinavian by nationality, Wandering Jew by nature – for 27 years he had ‘padded’.
[UK]M. Marshall Travels of Tramp-Royal 94: I padded onwards over the flatness.

2. to work as a highway robber on foot or on horseback.

[UK]Ford Lady’s Trial V i: A villanous poor banditti [...] Can man a quean, and cant, and pick a pocket, Pad for a cloak, or hat, in the dark.
[Ire]Head Eng. Rogue I 291: She would frequntly Pad or rob on foot in Womans apparel.
[Ire]Head Art of Wheedling 282: [They] such as padd on the Road, though the Robbery be not twenty shillings, shall be hanged.
[UK]Behn Lucky Chance VI i: I rather think he pads.
[UK]‘The Jovial Lover’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 10: All the Town is run mad, and the Hectors do pad, / Besides their false Die and slur boy.
[UK]Swift ‘To Mr. Congreve’ in Works (1843) 601/2: These pad on wit’s high-road, and suits maintain / With those they rob.
[UK]G. Stevens ‘A Cant Song’ Muses Delight 177: The darbies I dread not, death’s common to all / Those that rumble in rattlers or pad the Mall.
[UK]J. Walker Pronouncing Dict. 377/1: To Pad, [...] to rob on foot.
[UK](con. 1724) W.H. Ainsworth Jack Sheppard (1917) 222: A man has a mind to educate a hopeful child in the daring science of padding.

3. to walk, to wander.

Bradford letter 19 Nov. Writings (1853) 46: Though the weather be foul and storms grow apace, yet go not ye alone, but other your brothers and sisters pad the same path .
[Scot]Caledonian Mercury 8 Nov. 4/1: Rosenante was still at Don Quixoteth’s service, whenever he inclin’d to go a-padding again.
[UK]W. Somerville ‘The Fortune Hunter’ Canto II in Chalmers Eng. Poets (1810) XI 220/1: Two toasts, with all their trinkets gone / Padding the streets for half-a-crown.
[UK] ‘Come All You Buffers Gay’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 52: Come all you buffers gay, / That rumly do pad the city.
[UK]H. Howard Choice Spirits Museum 96: Each Match-Girl, that pads without Shoe.
[UK]G. Parker Life’s Painter 139: A flash of lightning next, / Bess tipt each cull and frow, sir, / Ere they to church did pad, / To have it christen’d Joe, sir.
[Ire]Both Sides of the Gutter part II 12: Pad it over, Lodge, your soul, to de Post-office.
[US] ‘A Song Made by a Flash Cove’ Confessions of Thomas Mount 21: For now she pads in the goal.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London II 281: We may as well pad (walk) it, as Sir Oliver (the moon) is not out to night.
[UK]Vidocq Memoirs (trans. W. McGinn) III 99: The hour of nocturnal seductions, or padding the pavé for the amorously disposed was nigh.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Yokel’s Preceptor 8: Mary Mitchell, the Black Mot [...] used to pad the Haymarket. She did a vast deal of business; but being too fond of the tape she oftened figured before the beak.
Browning Ring and Book in Complete Poetical Wks (1914) 884/2: The muzzled ox that treadeth out the corn / Gone blind in padding round and round one path .
[Aus]Sydney Sl. Dict. 10/2: Lame Jack is pattering. He pads Pitt and George streets and the Parks, and touches coves on the blob. He blew on Sam who frisked a lobb and the same day came it on Joe for fencing the prad got on the cross.
[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘Extradited from Bohemia’ Voice of the City (1915) 205: Nothing for you in the White Lane [...] Why don’t you pad?
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Dec. 39/1: Have you niver bin standin’ f’r half-an-hour or so pursuin’ airy badinage wid a noice-lookin’ nymph doo pave (as the French call ’em) whin you should have bin paddin’ round yure bate?
[Aus]I.L. Idriess One Wet Season 176: ‘Pad out on your own hooves and bring in those mules and horses!’ roared Bert.
[US]Mad mag. May–June 20: You’re you, pops, even though you pad with the Montagues.

In compounds

padding crib (n.) [crib n.1 (1)]

1. (Aus./UK Und., also padden crib, padding box) a lodging house.

[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]H. Brandon Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 164/1: Padden Crib – boys’ lodging houses.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 68: It is as square a padding box as ever vos dossed in.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 71: Padding kens, or CRIBS tramps’ lodging houses.
[Aus] glossary in Occurence Book of York River Lockup in Seal (1999) 38: I am at the old padding ken next door to the padding crib.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 73/2: Iv thaw’d a seen’s many ‘padding cribs’ as ’im an’ me, thau’d ne’ar ‘crack’ ’bout thau smiddy-lookin’ ‘shise’ for fixins.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Derbyshire Courier 7 Nov. 8/1: Cant language [...] Lodging house — padding-crib.
[Aus]Sydney Sl. Dict. (2 edn) 6: Padden Crib - Boys’ lodging-house.

2. (US Und.) a place to hide or to rest.

[US]R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].
padding ken (n.) (also pad, padden-can) [ken n.1 (1)]

(Aus./UK Und.) a lodging house frequented primarily by vagrants or thieves; thus padding-ken keeper, padding-ken ranger.

[UK]Worcester Herald 26 Dec. 4/3: A pad in can, a lodging house.
[UK]W.A. Miles Poverty, Mendicity and Crime; Report 156: He draws up fakements for the high-fly, at the padding kens.
[UK]Hereford Times 31 Aug. 2/9: Two men were apprehended by Newent police at ‘a padding-ken,’ on suspicion of robbing the house.
[UK]Kendal Mercury 3 Apr. 6/1: The Padding-ken, or cadger’s hotel [...] is situated in the most filthy and disreputable part of the town.
[UK]‘Ducange Anglicus’ Vulgar Tongue 39: The padding ken of Sally Ricks, called Tiger-face, of Wisbeach, is full of prigs and shallow chaps and fellows on the high-fly.
[Aus] glossary in Occurence Book of York River Lockup in Seal (1999) 38: I am at the old padding ken next door to the padding crib.
[UK]Birmingham Dly Post 26 Dec. 3/4: ‘We made our way to London and hung out at a pudding ken [sic] in the Mint (lived at a common lodging-house)’.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 8/1: ‘Prick the Garter’ [...] is rather a seedy game, and ‘seedy blokes’ in general they are who drive it — ‘romoneys,’ ‘chanters,’ ‘padding-ken keepers’ and low ‘fly-my-kites’.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 5 Oct. n.p.: [headliner] the ‘padding-kens’ of new york.
[US]G.A. Brine letter July 3 in Ribton-Turner (1887) n.p.: Again, Mr. Ribton-Turner and his colleagues will never deal effectually with vagrancy unless they begin at the right end. Let them, or the Legislature, suppress two-thirds of the common padding-kens, or low lodging-houses. These are the great receptacles of vice in its most repulsive aspect.
[UK]C. Hindley Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 101: They were a pair of the veriest padding-ken rangers it were possible to see.
[UK]Newcastle Courant 9 Sept. 6/5: She had been on tramp [...] and had clearly mistaken the house for an ordinary ‘padden ken’.
[Aus]Sydney Sl. Dict. (2 edn) 10: The padding ken of Sally Hicks [...] is full of bug-hunters, and shallow coves, and fellows on the high fly / The rendezvous of Sally Hicks [...] is full of fellows who rob drunken men and beggars who go half dressed to excite sympathy and those who beg as decayed gentlemen.
[UK]Clarkson & Richardson Police! 347: The [stolen] articles are generally sold at low public or beer houses, or ‘padding kens’.
[UK]P.H. Emerson Signor Lippo 27: I just went to one of my regular padding-kens to sell the mungarly to some of the needies there for nova soldi.
[Aus]C. Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict. 55: Padding Ken, a thief’s lodging-house.
[UK]Hartlepool Mail 4 June 2/4: They put up at the recognised hotel of their class — the ‘padding ken’.
[Aus]Argus (Melbourne) 20 Sept. 6/4: The haunt of such men is the padding-ken, a side pocket, a flash ken, or a flash panny.
[UK]Luton Times 8 Nov. 3/2: In the kitchens I found the character of the lodgers to be of the usual Doss-house or ‘paddng ken’ order.
[UK]Hull Dly Mail 12 July 5/2: They were all dirty, as they had stopped [...] in ‘the padding-ken’ (common lodging house).
[UK]M. Marshall Tramp-Royal on the Toby 125: I mean a flopping place [...] spikes and padding kens excepted, a tramp knows only two kinds of flopping places: skyppers and ruffers.
[UK]X. Petulengro Romany Life 238: They with the discomforts of the paddencan, as they call their humble hotel.

In phrases

pad it (v.) (also pad one’s beaters) [beaters n.]

to travel on foot, to walk, esp. as a vagrant or person seeking work, or a prostitute.

‘John Sheppard’s Last Epistle’ in Dly Jrnl (London) 16 Nov. 1: To the Hundreds of Drury I write, / And to all my Filching Companions / The Buttocks who pad it all night, / The Wh-res, the Thieves, and the Stallions.
[UK] ‘The Bowman Prigg’s Farewell’ in Wardroper (1995) 283: To the hundreds of Drury I write [...] To the buttocks that pad it all night, / Along with a crew of raskallions. [...] Now the bitch pads it in jail / And laughs at the culls she has bit.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London II 281: We may as well pad (walk) it, as Sir Oliver (the moon) is not out to night.
[UK]‘Pity the Sorrows of a Poor Old Mot’ in Flash Minstrel! in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) I 103: Pity the sorrows of a poor old mot, / Who can no longer pad it.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[US]Trumble ‘On the Trail’ Sl. Dict. (1890) 41: Flick me some panam and caffar, Bill, for I want to pad my beaters.
[Aus]J. Furphy Such is Life 226: I come on a moke. Think I padded it?
[UK]P. MacGill Moleskin Joe 51: ‘Paddin’ it, matey,’ was the man’s answer [...] ‘A bit of baccy to spare?’.
[Scot]I. Welsh Trainspotting 305: The toon seems sinister and alien as ah pad it doon fae Waverley.
pad the hoof (v.) (also pat the hoof) [hoof n. (1)]

1. to walk, to travel on foot; thus hoof-padder n., a pedestrian.

[UK] ‘On Newgate Steps Jack Chance was Found’ 🎵 To pad the hoof he [scorned] to tramp, / So he hired a prad and he went on the scamp.
[UK] ‘The Flash Man of St. Giles’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 74: I padded the hoof for many miles.
[UK] ‘Tom the Drover’ No. 30 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: She pads the hoof up and down, and with a beaver castor she goes, / With an India man about her squeeze.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK] ‘Boby & His Mary’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 94: For her he’d nightly pad the hoof, / And gravel tax collect.
[UK]Dickens Oliver Twist (1966) 111: At length, Charley Bates expressed his opinion that it was time to pad the hoof.
[UK]Bell’s Life in London in Fights for the Championship (1855) 199: Thousands had to ‘pad the hoof’ in weariness and alarm.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour 312: Oh! old Bugles! old Pad-the-Hoof! old Mr. Funker!
[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 254: It’s a short cut to the Satnell Hills, and we can pad the hoof (walk) easier on the turf.
[US]Criminal Life (NY) 19 Dec. n.p.: Em Briggs [...] ‘pads the hood o’er the midnight pave’.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 87/1: Sooner than degrade you [...] I would leave all the ‘pals’ and acquaintances of former years, and ‘pad the hoof’ with you alone.
[UK]D. Kirwan Palace & Hovel 66: Let us pad the hoof together [...] and we’ll do the best we can.
[US] ‘The Way They Emigrate’ in Lingenfelter et al. Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 205: Some pad the hoof with patience rare / Across the plains of sage.
[Aus]Sydney Sl. Dict. (2 edn) 6: Pad the Hoof - To go barefoot.
[UK] ‘’Arry at a Political Pic-Nic’ Punch 11 Oct. 180/1: Percessions I’ve got a bit tired of, hoof-padding and scrounging’s dry rot.
[UK]‘Tramps: Their Ways & Means’ in Wellington Jrnl 17 Sept. 2/6: [T]hey were all ‘skinners’ (out of cash) and would have to ‘pad the hoof’.
[UK]Bird o’ Freedom 22 Jan. 7: If it actually panned out into padding the hoof, the mileage was reasonable.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘The Songs They Used to Sing’ in Roderick (1972) 385: But Sam Holt makes a pile and goes home — leaving many a better and worse man to pad the hoof out back.
[UK]Marvel 12 Nov. 6: You’ll ’ave to pad the ’oof up the clinkers.
[NZ]H. Thompson ‘Ned Dunne’ Ballads About Business and Back-Block Life 63: He’d [...] ‘padded hoof’ to Albertown.
[Aus]E.S. Sorenson Dissertation of Travellers in Life in the Aus. Backblocks 68: The man with horses, the man on the bike, and the men who trek per medium of vehicles are just as much travellers as the person who ‘pads the hoof’; but the bush doesn’t recognise them in the same light at all.
[UK]J. Buchan Mr Standfast (1930) 528: I’ll have to do a bit of footslogging. Well, I’m used to padding the hoof.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Bulldog Drummond 166: You pad the hoof to Victoria and take the boat train.
[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 20 Aug. 11/2: Slanguage [...] Arithy. [...] A bloke pads the ’oof ’tween Melbin and Sydney and dips ’is lid [to] every third tabbie ’e dekkos, ’ow far would he be from, Bourke before he does ’is block? Answer to nearest ’arf tin o’ suds .
[US]‘Dean Stiff’ Milk and Honey Route 211: Padding the hoof – Going by foot.
[Aus]Western Mail (Perth) 7 Aug. 17s/1: While padding the hoof along the city streets [he] sought to conceal his doscomfiture by pulling the brim of his wideawake well down.
[Scot]I. Welsh Trainspotting 236: We padded the hoof doon Stokie High Street n Kingsland Road.
[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 136/2: pat the hoof v. to hurry up, to make haste.
[Scot](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 337: Ah get restless and decide to pad the hoof fae a bit.

2. to leave in a hurry.

[US]‘Ned Buntline’ Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. IV 46: ‘Pad the hoof,’ – to clear out in a hurry, thief’s slang. [Ibid.] 47: But I know when he spot me zat I must pad my hoof!