1. in senses suggesting a lit. or fig. additive.
(a) [19C+] of dice, in some way crooked.
(b) [1920s+] of anything other than dice, similarly crooked.
(c) [1920s+] (US) laced with alcohol, drugs or poison [note SE loaded, of wine, adulterated to appear full-bodied].
(d) [1950s] (US Und.) prepared to lie on oath.
(e) [1970s+] of boxers, to have the hands taped with heavy insulating tape, thus rendering his blows more lethal.
(f) [1980s] (Aus. Und., also loaded up) ‘planted’ with incriminating evidence.
2. [mid-19C+] (orig. US, also loaded up) drunk.
3. [late 19C+] (orig. US, also loaded up) intoxicated with a drug.
4. [late 19C+] (orig. US, also loaded down) rich, either in actual cash or simply, esp. in prison use, in possessions such as tobacco; of a place, filled with money or valuables.
5. [1920s+] in possession of a large amount of a given commodity, e.g. drugs.
6. [1950s+] of a female, well-built, big-breasted.
7. (Aus.) infected with a venereal disease.
8. [1970s] pregnant.
9. [2000s] of an automobile, customized [i.e. loaded with a variety of accessories].
10. see loaded for bear
see sense 4 above.
1. [late 19C–1950s] holding a good poker hand.
2. [late 19C+] fully prepared for all problems, esp. the hardest ones, thus also fully armed and equipped for conflict (cf. armed for bear phr.).
3. [1940s] drunk.
1. [late 19C+] in var. phrs. as synons. for drunk, incl. loaded to the barrel, ...the earlobes, ...the gills, ...the guards, ...the gunnels, ...the hat, ...the muzzle, ...the Plimsoll Mark, ...the tailgate.
2. [1940s+] (drugs) in var. phrs. as synons. for intoxicated by a drug.
1. see sense 1f above .
2. see sense 2 above .
3. see sense 3 above .