Green’s Dictionary of Slang

gourd n.

[the hollow centre of the plant; note OF gourd, a swindle]

1. (UK Und.) a crooked die, which has been hollowed out to affect the throw.

[UK]R. Ascham Toxophilus (1761) I 85: What false dyse use they? As dyse stopped with quick silver and heares, dyse of vauntage, flattes, gourdes to chop and change when they liste, to let the true dyse fall under the table, and so take up the false.
[UK]G. Walker Detection of Vyle and Detestable Use of Dice Play 27: A bale of gourdes with as many hyghe men as lowe men.
[UK]Greene Defence of Conny-Catching 6: I had cheates for the very sise, of the squariers, langrets, gourds, stoppe-dice, high-men, low-men, and dice barde for all aduantages.
[UK]Shakespeare Merry Wives of Windsor I iii: Let vultures gripe thy guts! for gourd and fullam holds, And high and low beguile the rich and poor.
Chapman Monsieur d’Olive IV ii: I have learned but three sorts; the gourd, the fulham, and the stop-cater-trey.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Scornful Lady IV i: And thy dry bones can reach at nothing now, But gords [sic] or nine-pins.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: The names of false dice: A bale of bard cinque deuces A bale of flat cinque deuces A bale of flat sice aces A bale of bard cater traes A bale of flat cater traes A bale of fulhams A bale of light graniers A bale of langrets contrary to the ventage A bale of gordes, with as many highmen as lowmen, for passage A bale of demies A bale of long dice for even and odd A bale of bristles A bale of direct contraries.
[UK] ‘Modern Dict.’ in Sporting Mag. May XVIII 100/1: [as cit. 1785].
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK](con. early 17C) W. Scott Fortunes of Nigel II 146: To eke out your living / By the wag of your elbow, / By fulham and gourd.

2. (esp. drugs) the head.

[US]A. Greene Glance at N.Y. I ii: If you don’t get off de hose I’ll hit you over de gourd wid my trumpet!
[US]Gallipolis Jrnl (OH) 28 Apr. 1/3: Both of them chaps got our bits of lead square in the top of their gourds - right through their brains.
[UK]J.H. Carter ‘Jim Kane’ Log of Commodore Rollingpin 188: With a movement of his feet he — / Litfted off the top of Patrick’s gourd.
[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 105: That lush’ll rot your gourd.
[US]T. Southern Blue Movie (1974) 155: What about the biggie? How’s that shaping up in your great gourd?
[US]W.T. Vollmann You Bright and Risen Angels (1988) 333: Who knows what forces the guy might have [...] ready to come to his rescue if Wayne punches his gourd.

3. (US campus) a stupid, empty-headed person.

[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 59: gourd n Person considered dull or stupid, hollow-headed person.

In compounds

gourd-head (n.) [-head sfx (1)]

(US) a blockhead, a fool; also as adj.; as phr. make gourds, make a fool of.

[US] ‘The Thimble Game’ in T.A. Burke Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 31: Durn it, they’ll never make gourds out o’ me.
[US]G.W. Harris ‘Letter from S---L, of Tennessee’ Nashville Union and American XXIX July in Inge (1967) 90: After softsoaping the two old spectacled gourd heads about their intelligence [...] he drew from his saddle bags a greasy copy of ‘Cobb’.
[US](con. 1918) J.W. Thomason Red Pants 12: They’s built like a destroyer – long an’ sharp [...] Haven’t got flat noses an’ gourd-heads like a cawn-fiel’ nigger down South.
[US](con. 1943–5) A. Murphy To Hell and Back (1950) 48: Okay, gourd-head. Get that cotton-picking butt off the ground.
Lib. Congress Catalog Entries 37: How to live with your insanity; or, Don’t be a gourd head.
[US]R.M. Stern Brood of Eagles (1976) 276: Just because you fly airplanes is no reason for you to sound like one of Johnny’s gourd-head mechanics.
R.R. McCammon Swan Song 594: ‘This is where they died,’ he told her, as if she was the dumbest old gourdhead in the whole world.

In phrases

blow one’s gourd (v.) (also flip one’s gourd, lose...) [blow v.2 (3c)/flip v.4 (2)]

(orig. US) to lose emotional control; to cause someone to do so.

[US]N. Spinrad Bug Jack Barron 52: Howards blew his gourd. He threatened to strong-arm the network, lean on the sponsors [etc.].
[US]C. Loken Come Monday Morning 99: Her hands rip-tearin’ away at his Levi’s [...] like she’d flipped her gourd.
Scrytch [Internet] You see this letter? If you read it, your whole day would be different. Your whole life, in fact. There’s another dimension where you did read it, and adventures that would blow your gourd took place.
ugandamissions.org [Internet] They write, ‘Researchers have found that an accumulation of 200 or more life change units in a single year is followed by a significant increase in psychiatric disorders’ (118). In other words, rack up too many stress points and you’re liable to flip your gourd.
Norton Records (catalog) [Internet] Wow! Killers galore from San Francisco’s wildest incognito surf instrumental combo! Sensational wet n’ wild echo swamped sound that’ll blow your gourd!
Twitter 24 Mar. [Internet] the kittens at the bodega last night made me lose my gourd.
out of one’s gourd (adj.) [backform. f. adv. below]

1. extremely affected by a given drug, usu. cannabis or a hallucinogen.

G. Hill Principia Discordia 81: It also helps if one is absolutely zonked out of his gourd.
[US]N. von Hoffman We are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against 174: ‘Did you get off?’ ‘Not like I usually do – outa my gourd.’.
Meyer & Ebert Beyond Valley of the Dolls [film script] The man’s out of his gourd.
[US]H. Harrison Bill [...] on the Planet of Robot Slaves (1991) 138: If you think I’m going to explain comparative religion to a metal life form [...] you are out of your gourd.
[US]J. Díaz This Is How You Lose Her 98: I might have been zooted out of my gourd most of the time.

2. extremely drunk.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 144: out of one’s bag [gourd, squash] very drunk, high or mad.

3. (also off one’s gourd) crazy, insane.

K. Kesey Sometime a Great Notion 61: Lee, what’s happened? [...] You out of your gourd?
[US]N. Spinrad Bug Jack Barron 25: You’re out of your gourd, Rastus!
[US]J. Bouton Ball Four (1981) 99: Bob Smith went out of his gourd.
[US]C. McFadden Serial 94: Have you gone totally off your gourd?
[US](con. 1966) P. Conroy Lords of Discipline 120: The knob was out of his gourd.
out of one’s gourd (adv.)

to an extreme degree, usu. of intoxication or craziness.

[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 31: Old slew-foot Nietzsche. Bombed out of his gourd by the nowhereness of it all.
[US]C. McFadden Serial 73: She was still stoned out of her gourd.
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 728: I’m crazy myself. Tripped right outta my fuckin gourd.
[UK]J. Briskin Too Much Too Soon (1986) 371: You’re stoned out of your fucking gourd.
[Can]Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen [Internet] 16 May Well, everyone was pissed out of their gore. It was funny.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 9: trashed out of one’s gourd – drunk.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 409: Dino’s bombed out of his gourd. He’s so blotto that he blunders behind the Viet Cong lines.
[UK]S. Maconie Pies and Prejudice (2008) 14: De Quincey [...] was whacked out of his gourd on opium most of the time.

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