1. (US teen, also cheeserine, cheeze) money [? play on bread n.1 (2) or ? the yellow colour].
|G’hals of N.Y. 135: As to the way in which yer emptied my pockets – yes; but not as to the time nor manner when you will restore the cheese!|
|Biglow Papers 2nd series (1880) 20: Confed’rit bonds warn’t jest the cheese I needed.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 256: Well, if it’s too much on the cheeserine, we can vamp out easy.|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 26: [said to a man with his hand in another’s pocket] Get away from the cheese .in Zwilling|
|Go, Man, Go! 61: [He] thought of that assistant’s job Dick hinted at. Or is it cheese bait—for a rat?|
|‘Friends’ [lyrics] Couldn’t trust her with cheese, let alone your keys.|
|‘Murder’ [lyrics] We with playa’z from the South stack gee’z man / Like Ball I got to stack big cheeze man .|
|Guardian Rev. 20 Aug. 11: He’s going to kill everyone who gets in his way or messes with his ‘cheese’ (that’s money to you non-hood dwellers).|
|‘Face’ [lyrics] [She’s] blatantly after your cheese.|
|Wire ser. 5 ep. 3 [TV script] Where my cheese at?‘Not for Attribution’|
|‘Hate Bein’ Sober’ [lyrics] My weed so strong, my cheese so long.|
2. as bodily fluids and secretions [underpinned by the smell of over-ripe cheese].
(a) the smegma that accumulates around the uncircumcised penis, occas. the unwashed labia.
|Snowdrops from a Curate’s Garden 22: This truly formidable weapon is worth a moment’s digression [...] In erection the noble owner can lick the cheese from under the prepuce.|
|Mint (1955) 115: There’s more fucking cheese on your knob than hair on your block.|
|in Limerick (1953) 160: There was a young fellow from Leith / Who used to skin cocks with his teeth. / It wasn’t for pleasure / He adopted this measure, / But to get at the cheese underneath.|
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 7: cheese (n.): Smegma, which accumulates under the foreskin of an uncircumcised, unclean man; derived from its whitish color.|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 187: You’re like your old man, only worse, and for a farmer he couldn’t raise cheese in the end of his dick!|
|Queens’ Vernacular 43: cheese: smegma; cheezy ooze caked beneath an unclean foreskin, or about the unwashed labia minora of a woman.|
|After The Ball 305: Hung, filthy, uncut loaded with cheese.|
|Ozark Folksongs and Folklore I 176: Willie Smith favored me by belting out at the piano this one and only stanza – concerning preputial smegma, or ‘cheese’ [...] ‘Lift up your skirt, gal, an’ gimme a breeze, / What am I gonna do with all this cheese?’.|
|Gayle 61/2: cheese n. smegma.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz Apr. 47: clamembert n. Female equivalent of helmetdale. Fanny cheese.|
(b) (US, also body cheese) secretions found between the toes.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 2: body cheese – any natural buildup of body cells. e.g. ear wax [...] I just cleaned my feet. They had large amounts of body (here, also toe) cheese.|
3. in fig. uses, usu. negative.
(a) an unpleasant, incompetent, stupid person; usu. ext. as big cheese, old cheese, piece of cheese, plate of cheese, poor cheese etc.
|Eton School Days 67: You are such a cheese.|
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 17: cheese n. 1. An ignorant, stupid person.|
|I’m from Missouri 90: Who is Peter Grant’s opponent? A piece of cheese!|
|Jim Hickey 36: Didn't I pipe him helping her up the steps the plate of cheese!|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 5: One day they’ll be tellin’ everybody what a hunk o’ cheese the other guy is, an’ the next time you see ’em they're thicker’n Rubes around a big six wheel.|
|Beat It 62: I found him entertaining a German nobleman — the Count Cheese von Cheese.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 46: Any time a party can make you make a cheese out of yourself, you may be sure said party has your goat.|
|Silk Hat Harry’s Divorce Suit 18 July [synd. cartoon strip] You piece of cheese. Why don’t you trade that dome of yours for a nice Brussels sprout.|
|Rabid Rudolph 4 Dec. [synd. col.] Heeza Cheese, who has the scenter job wished on him, received his goatskin at Jale.|
|Score by Innings (2004) 410: I may turn out to be quite a pitcher – and then again I may be a piece of cheese.‘Nine Assists and Two Errors’ in|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 207: Well, you are an old cheese! To make me dance alone!‘The Love Nest’ in|
|Enter the Saint 45: Any time any of you bad cheeses want any more lessons in rough-housing [...] drop me a postcard.|
|There Ain’t No Justice 259: I ought to have known better. Taking up with a piece of cheese like you.|
|Popular Detective June [Internet] Why you should be cut up in chunks to bait mouse-traps with, [...] you big hunk of cheese.‘Knife Thrower’ in|
|Go, Man, Go! 142: 3-B it said in the lobby. That your hole? You take us up the back way, you piece of cheese.|
|Big Smoke 172: What can he do, the silly old cheese?|
|Mott the Hoople 41: He was a great cheese of a man.|
|Shaft 13: He was a big piece of cheese.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 9: weenie cheese – an insult. ‘Stop being such a weenie cheese.’.|
|Rent Boy 37: Even with all his debts, Stagpole must be one of the richest cheeses in New York.|
(b) as sense 3a but used joc./affectionately.
|Mysterious Beggar 270: I smiled an abnegatin’ Curb-Stone-Chapel smile on him, and then handed out Takemein’s letter. The old cheese! He took it in, sure ’nough! He read it all through; v-e-r-r-y slow.|
|Lucky Seventh (2004) 243: You’re a fine piece of cheese, I must say! Where’ve you been?‘“Butterfly” Boggs: Pitcher’ in|
|Main Street (1921) 42: The old cheese there is Luke Dawson, the richest man in town.|
|Manhattan Transfer 174: Didn’t I graduate from Columbia you big cheese, that’s more than you could do.|
|Hope College ‘Dict. of New Terms’ [Internet] cheese n. Synonym for dork or nerd, only used affectionately. ‘I can’t believe you did that for me, you cheese!’.|
(c) (US) nonsense; thus phr. no cheese, no bad thing, something ‘not to be sniffed at’.
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 135: In these times 50 bucks is no cheese and it behooves every wife to take a slam at that 50. [Ibid.] 151: ‘But officer, let me explain.’ ‘Aw, cheese, cheese.’.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 23: ‘If you win this game, I’ll give you — ’ ‘Cheese! Cheese! [...] You’ll give me nothing.’.‘Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm’ in|
|Babbitt (1974) 70: I just wanted to show how many different kinds of correspondence-courses there are, instead of all the camembert they teach us in the High.|
|W&F].Stretch on River 10: What a line of cheese! [|
|IOL News 9 Nov. [Internet] OK, all cheese aside.|
(d) (US campus) something out-of-date.
|Sl. U. 56: That dress you’re wearing is total cheese.|
(e) (US campus) someone or something unattractive, unappealing, undesirable.
|Sl. and Sociability 70: Cheese became a metaphor for ‘something unattractive or undesirable’.|
4. (US) one’s affair, one’s concern.
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 50: Why, it was none of my ‘cheese’.|
5. uses based on the colour.
(a) (US) a light-skinned black person.
(b) (drugs) crack cocaine.
|‘Heaven’ [lyrics] I wonder if it’s a heaven up there for real G’s / For all the niggaz in the game that be sellin cheese.|
|‘2+2x2 [lyrics] Light up the cheese, inhale, exhale, then I’m screaming fuck these niggas.|
|‘5am Vamping’ [lyrics] Had am you were smoking on cheese.|
(c) (US drugs) a combination of heroin and cold medication crushed into a powder.
|Wikipedia [Internet] Cheese is a recreational drug that [...] is formed by combining heroin and crushed over-the-counter common cold medication (such as Tylenol PM). [...] Cheese may contain up to 8% heroin. The powder is snorted instead of being injected.|
6. see big cheese n.
(US campus) someone or something unattractive, unappealing, undesirable or not attuned to group standards.
|Vic Reeves Big Night Out n.p.: Your wife’s playin’ midnight skittles with a cheeseball.|
|Guardian Rev. 2 July 16: I’m a cheeseball sometimes.|
a particularly useless or second-rate person.
|N.Z. Truth 10 Feb. 11: American scribes mostly think so little of Darcy's prospective antagonist as a boxer that they usually refer to him as ‘the cheese champion.’ ‘Cheese,’ In Yankee slang, means poor of cheap.|
|Fighting Blood 313: ‘Cheese champion,’ ‘false alarm,’ and ‘yellow’ is just a few of the labels they tacked after my name.|
|Shearer’s Colt 183: ‘He’s a cheese champion dis Australian hoss,’ he said. ‘Why worry about heem? Even if we gave heem de fast stuff he wouldn’t beat de clerk o’ de course.’.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 31: I [...] picked up dirt [...] Floyd Patterson – cheese champ.‘Where I Get My Weird Shit’ in|
(US) an obnoxious person.
|Platoon [movie script] All right, you cheesedicks, welcome to the Nam. Follow me.|
|Names of Dead 125: You know you still a cheesedick dumbfuck know-nothing cherry.|
|Happy Mutant Baby Pills 193: The cheesedick bastard who banged my head off the marble floor of a Four Seasons bathroom.|
(US campus) a stupid, unpleasant person.
|Sl. U. 56: If that cheese dong makes another stupid comment I will hit him.|
|Glamour 89 76: cheese dong: incredibly stupid person.|
see separate entry.
(S.Afr.) a bald person.
|Pace n.d. 19/1: My bald head is nothing new. My partents insisted that we all shaved our heads — I’m glad they did because now the cheesekop style is the in thing.|
|Drum n.d. 12/1: When we formed Abashante we decided to do something extreme, so we went for the ‘cheesekop’ look.|
|IOL News (Western Cape) 12 Aug. [Internet] I used to be known as cheesekop because of my bald head.|
1. (US campus) a socially inept person.
|Campus Sl. Fall.|
|Sl. and Sociability 31: As in the general vocabulary of English, slang permits the compounding of words of various grammatical classes, with the exact relationship between the parts unspecified. noun + noun is the dominant pattern: [...] cheeseman ‘socially inept person’ (man [subject] is cheezy [adjective]).|
2. a womanizer [cheese n.2 (2)].
|Campus Sl. Mar. 2: cheese man – male always preoccupied with attracting women.|
the part of the penis between the glans and the shaft.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: cheese ridge n. The fertile area of the penis where knob cheese (qv) is cultivated. Also banjo (qv).|
|Amatory Ink [Internet].|
see cheez whiz n.
a penis that has not been cleansed of smegma.
|‘Rod of Might’ on ‘Absolute Beastiality Stories’ at nude-sex-fantasy.com [Internet] I looked at his cock, fantastically hard, the head drooling precum like piss. His foreskin was drawn back, the cheesy head stood revealed, a helmeted warrior.|
see separate entry.
see big cheese n.
(US) unsatisfactory, in a bad way.
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 79: Mista Johnson, don’t let ’em put this here place on the cheese. For Gawd’s sake, save us!|
|Maison De Shine 296: An’ then the best I draw is to be bit up and put on the cheeserine until I prob’ly won’t be able to work fur a year!|
|Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. xi: The other two acts may be on the cheese, but the first act is good.|
|in Sidewalks of America (1954) 553: [song title] I Put Him on the Cheese.|
(US) to make money.
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014.|
SE in slang uses
1. (US) a run-down, dilapidated vehicle.
|Old Bunch (1946) 566: Why don’t you trade in that cheesebox. I trade in my chevvy every year.|
|‘Kaddish’ II (1961) 13: And was the driver of the cheesebox Public Service bus a member of the gang?|
|Wire ser. 3 ep. 4 [TV script] What the fuck’s up with that cheesebox? [i.e. a school bus].‘Amsterdam’|
2. a mass-produced suburban house; also attrib.
|Mad mag. Jan. 23: A tree that takes up so much space / Where cheesebox homes could stand in place.|
3. (US campus) a computer; thus cheese, software.
|College Sl. Dict. [Internet] cheese [CMU] software. [Ibid.] cheesebox [CMU] computer.|
4. the head, the mind.
|Observer Mag. 12 Sept. 24: Use your cheesebox and say no, never.|
see separate entry.
1. an aquiline nose.
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 192: There are also, according to juvenile observers, people with ‘ferret’ noses [...] ‘cheese cutters’, and ‘Rudolphs’.|
2. in pl., bandy legs.
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Mirror 9: Your legs would make an excellent pair of cheese-cutters.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
3. a large, square peak on a cap; thus a flat cloth cap.
|Dundee Courier (Scot.) 13 Oct. 6/6: I carried the two hats [...] the latter a cloth one with a straight ‘cheese-cutter’.|
|Belfast Wkly News 21 Dec. 3/1: That young fellow with the cheese-cutter cap is ‘dodging Tommy’.|
|(con. WW2) Heart of Oak [ebook] I was dressed in a too-big sea-jersey knitted by my mother [...] a striped Welsh linen shirt, a cheese-cutter cap and shiny black moleskin trousers.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 100: The clobber of that mob / cheese-cutters and football boots.West in|
|‘On Broadway’ in N.Y. mag. 6 Jan. 22/1: A tangled mop of hair spilling out from under a cheese-cutter cap.|
|in Spitalfields Life 1 Oct. [Internet] The villains [...] wore traditional gear, coat and scarf and a cheese cutter, and no-one paid any attention.|
4. a (large) knife.
|Illus. Police News 20 July 12/3: He plunged his hand in his vest, drawing out an American bowie knife [...] ‘All right, old hoss, your cheese-cutter agin my six-shooter,’ and the one-eyed giant [...] held forth a revolver.Shadows of the Night in|
|Illus. Police News 22 Oct. 12/2: ‘Drink up that wine, or by holy Moses I’ll put this cheese-cutter between your ribs!’.Devil of Dartmoor in|
5. the penis.
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
(US) a knife.
|Four Million (1915) 80: Chuck that cheese slicer out of the window.‘The Coming-Out of Maggie’ in|
|Deer-smellers of Haunted Mountain 204: Give your Emperor a cheese-dagger and see if he has nerve enough for harri-karri .|
|Adventuring with Twelve Year Olds 74: When Jack got down he calmly took out his cheese dagger and was about to rip me open.|
|Best that Ever Did It (1957) 81: He took a switch blade out of his pocket. [...] ‘Cliff, put that cheese sticker away,’ Louise said.|
|(ref. to mid-1960s) Queens’ Vernacular 105: cheese-scraper (kwn San Diego, mid ’60s) knife or razor carried for protection.|
1. (US) a toady, a sycophant.
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 287: Wa-al now, if Kline and me can’t clean out them cheeseeaters, I’ll never show my mug to the Pints again.|
2. (US) an informer.
|DAUL 42/2: Cheese-eater. (N. Y. State prisons) An informer.et al.|
|Joint (1972) 27: The joint is full of cheese-eaters.letter 23 Dec. in|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 15: I worked too hard for what I got to frig around with a cheese-eater.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 794: cheese eater – An informer.|
|Ringolevio 149: I never want to see you again, you cheese-eatin’ motherfucker!|
|Prison Sl. 35: Cheese Eater also Cheese Pride and Cheesey Rider Expressions used sarcastically in reference to a ‘snitch’ or ‘rat.’.|
|Da Bomb Summer Supplement 3: Cheese-eater (n.) Someone who gives out information.|
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Cheese Eater: An informer.|
3. (US black) a subservient black person who courts white affection.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] cheese-eater Definition: a white mans’s nigga. a nigga whose one goal in life is to please the white man. Example: Yo, Jerome is one cheese-eating nigga. He was the one who dropped dime on Terrell to the big boss.|
1. a sword.
|Peregrine Pickle (1964) 278: He did not value their cheese-toasters a pinch of oakum.|
|Humphrey Clinker (1925) I 142: But i’fackins, Mr. Clinker wa’n’t long in his debt – with a good oaken sapling he dusted his doublet, for all his golden cheese toaster.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 112: Hector sha’n’t cease o’ th’ bum to kick ’em, / Or with his old cheese-toaster stick ’em.|
|Peter’s Letters 30: The powdered young puppies of plebeian pages, with their cheese- toasters bruising each others shins ever and anon.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.|
|Spitfire 215: They are a gallant set of fellows in the boats [...] there’s young Philadelphia flourishing his cheese-toaster, as if he would spit us all.|
|Virginians II Ch. 10 82: I’ll drive my cheese-toaster through his body.|
|Rob of the Bowl 251: He must needs, for a fancy, put on the red coat again, and buckle his cheese-toaster to his thigh.|
|Dundee Courier 31 Jan. 3/3: Flourishing the ‘cheese-toaster’ in a warlike manner he raised his voice.|
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
2. a bayonet.
|Andrew Jackson 99: Give it tu ’em my lads, six inches of your cheese-toasters! [Ibid.] 102: In a wink a solder pin’d him tu the ground with his cheese-toaster.|
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Cheese Toaster: Bayonet.|
3. (US) a large knife.
|Lancaster Gaz. 29 June 4/4: His flight might possibly be accelerated by the flash of a ‘revolver’ or the insertion under his fifth rib of an ‘Arkansas cheese-toaster’.|
(US) to intensify a situation, positively or negatively.
|Marines in China (1987) 98: Lt. H —, noting my misstep, [...] fell in atop of me, thus ‘making the cheese more binding’ as per Lt. B—.|
|Motion Picture Herald 106 82: To make the cheese more binding this editor and theatre owner is also the town mayor, which is another thing to take some more joy out of Eddie's life.|
|Nobody’s Fool 126: I asked for a check for one hundred thousand dollars. ‘Sure,’ he said, ‘if you think that’ll make the cheese more binding’.|
|Man Who Rocked Boat 235: To make the cheese more binding, Mike's brother, Joe, was reported [...] as having said, ‘I’ve thought from the beginning that he probably fell in the river’.|
|When All Is said & Done 19: Especially having thrown my knee in at the last minute to make the cheese more binding, as it were.|
|(con. 1916) Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 61: And to make the cheese more binding, he knew these things in his very guts.|
|Windhaven’s Triumph 312: Look, Milo [...] just to make the cheese more binding, I’m going to contribute a little something to the business at hand.|
|at tmeinert.emgt.umr.edu [Internet] On Super Bowl Sunday, the Green Bay Packers will make the cheese more binding for the Denver Broncos. I say Packers by 14.|
|Newsmax.com 21 Mar. [Internet] To make the cheese more binding, readers who opt for the free version will have to put up with even bigger commercial come-ons and those infuriating pop-up frames that drive Internet readers bonkers.|
|Letters from Hills 81: I thank that Delilah jist wants to git out of Hogwaller. Iffen she makes money to boot, well, that jist makes the cheese more binding, don’t you know.|