keeping cully n.
1. ‘one that maintains a Mistress and parts with his money very generously to her’ (B.E.).
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
|Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 86: And on the luscious Tails of wanton Jades, / Tag Settlements before their Beauty fades: And lest the Keeping-Cully’s Mind should change.|
|New Canting Dict. n.p.: Keeping Cully, one that maintains a Mistress and parts with his money very generously to her.|
|Secret History of M--P-- 38: An old batchelor [...] made his addresses to me, not in what we call the honourable way, but with a view of gaining me on terms the men call Keeping.|
|Dict. of Love n.p.: cully Is one who gives much, and receives at most the appearances of love in return. Their tribe is very numerous: the chief divisions of them are, The marrying-cully, and the keeping-cully. The first is used as a cloak: the second, like an orange, squeezed of its juice, and thrown away.|
2. (also keeping-cit) ‘one who keeps a mistress, as he supposes, for his own use, but really for that of the public’ (Grose, 1785); thus keeping lady, a mistress/prostitute [cit n. (1)].
|Western Martyrology 289: The keeping Cully’s Jealousie and Care, / The slighted Lover’s Maggots and Despair .|
|Shortest-Way with Whores and Rogues 37: The Keeping Lady is at a yearly Expence for a Man that she would have Constant; but she is scarce so herself; for Keeping Ladies are doubly Impudent.|
|Works (1760) II 312: Away with them into fools paradise, below the keeping-cullies, as the more unpardonable monsters.Dialogues of the Dead in|
|Bumography 7: Keeping-Cits are surely Blind, That Doat on Women of their Kind; For Tails are Fireships behind. [Ibid.] 17: The Keeping-Ladys here I mean, Whose Goatish Tails are so unclean.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|