Green’s Dictionary of Slang

’Arry/’Arriet n.

[popular proper name]

1. the generic Cockney man or woman .

[UK]Punch 11 May 205/2: [title] ’Arry on Politics.
[UK]Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 3 May 2/3: ‘There’s a Johnny say quoi [...] ’ said ‘Arry the other day.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 4 Nov. 7/2: ‘’Arry’ or ‘’Arriet,’ are here dressed in the extreme of fashion. Both are loud in manner, loud in speech and loud in the colours they affect [...] he is the typical young rough from a suburban boot factory, and she is a sewing machinist.
[UK]Western Dly Press 8 Apr. 3/.1: The small distinction which ’Arry and ’Arriet make between fast days and feast days.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Angling’ in Punch 30 July 45/1: You’ll find that in potting the puntist they’re ’Arries right down to the ground.
Aberdeen Free Press 27 Dec. 5/5: The East End ‘’Arry’ and ‘’Arriet’ amusing themselves on merry-go0rounds and swings.
[UK]J.K. Jerome Three Men in a Boat 225: ’Arry and Lord Fitznoodle have been left behind at Henley.
[UK]Pall Mall Gazette 27 Sept. 2/2: £750 which it abstracts every year from the public funds to go a-’arry-and-arrietting on the river [F&H].
[UK]J. Payn Notes from ‘News’ 85: The preference of our ’Arries for making love in public, on Bank holidays [...] has lately been severely and justly commented upon.
[UK]Punch 26 Aug. 88/1: [title] ’Arriet on Labour.
[UK]T. & G. LeBrunn [perf. Marie Lloyd] Come Along, Let’s Make Up [lyrics] Going down to Chingford, ’Arry and his 'Arriett [sic] / Merrily will jog in donkey cart.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Aug. 34/4: [T]here are at least three distinct stages in the courtship of ’Arry and ’Arriet and their kind. ‘Walkin’-out’ comes first – the initial nibbling of the fish at the bait.
[UK]Hull Dly Mail 22 Sept. 3/1: ‘Arriet on the Switchback. My ’eart’s in my boots! / My ’at’s on one side! / ’E calls this a spree!
[UK]E. Pugh City Of The World 154: They will, on high days and holidays, do their best to make the name of ’Arry a byword, with painted horns and Kruger-tiddlers. [Ibid.] 191: The days of the ’Arry are numbered. The ’Arry of a banal convention: the ’Arry of Punch, of the music-halls, of Cockney rhymesters, is already extinct. For it is the essence of ’Arry that he should be young. An ’Arry of more than forty years is an inconceivable monstrosity.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘The Lily of St Leonards’ in Roderick (1972) 801: A long brownish jacket of the style [...] affected by the English servant-girl of ten or twelve years ago, or ’Arriet of East End and London North at an earlier date.
[UK]J. Manchon Le Slang 54: Arry [...] sobriquet de l’homme du peuple londonien. Le fém. est Arrie.
[US]‘J.M. Hall’ Anecdota Americana II 10: Two cockneys were chatting on diverse subjects, when Alf turns to ’Arry and says [etc.].

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Mar. 9/3: Anyone who has ever been in a London music hall will remember how few women were to be seen there. The attendance was mainly composed, in the better places, of men about town – in the lower ones, of men about town also, but more of the ’Arry stamp.
[UK]Sth Wales Echo 25 Jan. 2/7: Among the ‘drunks and disorderlies’ cxharged at Marylebone Police Court [...] was a young woman of the ‘’Arriet’ type.

In derivatives

’Arrydom (n.)

the world of the typical Cockney costermonger.

[UK]Kent & Sussex Courier 13 June 3/5: An ornamental man, one who by some means crept out of ‘’Arrydom’ into the ranks of the Fourth estate.
[UK]Sat. Rev. (London) 26 Mar. in Ware (1909) 10/1: It seems a pity that the Whitehall Review did not confine itself to saying, in the speech of ’Arrydom, ‘You’re another’ instead of appealing to a special jury.
[UK]Graphic (London) 24 June 17/2: The honeymoon in ’Arrydom is [...] at once passionate and picturesque.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
’Arryism (n.) (also ’Arrietism)

vulgar behaviour.

‘Sir Ali Baba’ 21 Days in India 186: It is strange that one who is modest and inoffensive in his own country should immediately on leaving it exhibit some of the worst features of ’Arryism.
[UK]Essex Newsman 8 July 2/6: Last Sunday every bush and bosky ferntree was surrounded, and ’Arryism and ’Arrietism reigned supreme.
[UK]Bristol Mercury 12 June 5/5: Another instance of ’Arryism in the hupper sucles.
[UK]Graphic (London) 22 Sept. 11/2: The blatant ’Arryism which now pervades [...] during the season was not universal.
’Arryish (adj.)

typical of a coster.

[UK]Wallace in Academy 28 Feb. 156/I: He has a fair stock of somewhat ’arryish animal spirits, but no real humour [F&H].
[UK]Derbyshire Advertiser 12 Jan. 7/7: If I possessed any latent spark of ’Arryish ambition [...] it was needless.
[UK]Yorks. Post 26 Nov. 6/3: Mr Mottram’s translation of ‘The Misted Mirror’ has its rather unnecessary vulgarities [...] a little ’Arryish for the class involved.

In compounds

’Arry’s worrier (n.)

a concertina.

[US]People 19 Feb. in Ware (1909) 10/1: If our readers are inclined to be curious, they may, on further investigation, discover the player of ‘’Arry’s’ favourite ‘worrier’ in the form of a patient-looking little lady, who sits on the stonework of the railings which guard the select piece of grass and trees.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.