1. the female breasts [the rounded shape; the term has survived but became more a euph. than sl. by 20C].
|(trans.) Montreux V5: [Cupid] was wont to respose himselfe betwixt those two beutifull Apples, they being farre more pretious, then that golden fruite of the Hesperides.|
|A Rapture (1927) 7: O’re all the Garden, taste the ripened Cherry, / The warme, firme Apple, tipt with corall berry.|
|‘Fragment’ II 276: Vpon her brest two aples round did grow, / Vith tops of strawberries more white than snow.|
|Street in Suburbia 11: She was wot I call an apply-dumply sort o’ woman, wi’ the apples artside.|
|‘Squabbling Blues’ [lyrics] I got peaches in my pantry, / Apples hanging on my shelf, / I got peaches in my pantry, / Apples hanging on my shelf, / I’m getting doggone tired of sleeping by myself!|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 375: Apples be ripe, and nuts be brown, / Petticoats up and trousers down!|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Maledicta III:1+2 25: A woman has bosoms, a bust, or a breast, / [...] / They are towers of ivory, sheaves of new wheat; / In a moment of passion, ripe apples to eat.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 141: There are a number of vernacular terms that refer to a woman’s breasts as big, tasty, touchable, and formidable – grapes, apples.|
2. the testicles.
|‘Adam’s Root’ in Bang-Up Songster 8: Two pretty apples hung from it below!|
|‘He Did It Before My Face’ in Ri-tum Ti-tum Songster 33: Then down he pulled his buckskins new [...] And dangled two large apples.|
|Priapeia Ep. lxxiv 71: Thief [...] If thou shalt steal my large apples, I will give thee the apples* of the breeches (*Apples meaning testicles).|
|Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 195: [Testicles] are commonly called balls or ballocks, stones or dusters, apples or nuts.|
see separate entry.
(orig. US) a ref. to well-formed buttocks, irrespective of sex.
|Mersey Talk [Internet] Similes. like two apples in a bag: a woman with a lovely rump.|
|Rambler’s Mag. June 227/2: Besides the common name of Arbor Vitae [...] the very name of Poma Veneris [i.e. apples of love] [is] frequently given by authors to the fruits of this tree.|
|‘The Tree of Life’ in Fake Away Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 293: Some late virtuoso this tree to improve, / Have cut off its fruit, called the apples of love.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 29: Balloches (les), f. The testes; ‘love-apples’.|
|Crazy Kill 8: Anoint The Love Apples With Father Cupid’s Original adam ointment.|