hot tamale n.
1. (US, also hot tomale) a clever person, often used ironically.
|High School Aegis X (15 Feb.) 2–3: Yer ants ter ast me a few questions? Den fire away. I’se yer red hot tamale.‘’Frisco Kid’s Story’ in|
|Nottingham Eve. Post 30 Oct. 2/5: A comrade said of him [i.e. a policeman] ‘Oh he’s a hot tamale he is! He’d arrest anything’.|
|John Henry 42: I had to get gabby and make Clara Jane believe I associated only with Torrid Tamales.|
|Roads of Destiny 102: [name of a horse] Lonny mounted Hot Tamales, the accomplished little beast prancing with fire and intelligence.|
|Yes Man’s Land 26: Trying to find that tamale in Hollywood was like trying to find prohibition there!|
|Under Cover Man 114: You’ll have to make an example, quick, of any of these hot tomales.|
2. (US, also hot tomolley) an attractive, sexy, young woman.
|Pink Marsh (1963) 197: ’At Belle’s a hot tomolley.|
|Down the Line 56: Every once in a while he’d stop trying to whistle ‘Sallie, My Hot Tamale’ and he’d look over at Clara Jane.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 310: A dago from I-taly / Was walking down the streets of Rome / A-selling hot tamales.|
|‘They’re Red Hot’ [lyrics] Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got ’em for sale.|
|advert for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film Look 18 Sept. 4: Lina Romay, a hot tamale.|
|Pimp 119: The memory of that four-slat tip out of the fin sent the ‘tamale’ skidding to me.|
|(con. 1916) Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 25: They could get [...] a hot tamale in a white blouse for a song.|
|Maledicta VII 24: The ‘Anglo’ boys in the Southwest in the 1920s and the 1930s drooled over young Mexican-American women with the witless puns hot tamale and Mexican dish.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood Brothers 90: She was hotter than a Mexican tamale.|
|Pulp Ink [ebook] That’s just [...] what a man would do with a hot tamale like you.‘Slicers’ Serenade of Steel’ in|
3. (US gay, also hot enchilada) a Hispanic homosexual man.
|‘Molly Man’ [lyrics] Molly man’s coming / I hear his voice / He’s got hot tamales.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 29: hot enchilada [tamale].|