1. fine, splendid, jolly.
|‘The Chickaleary Cove’ [lyrics] I have a rorty gal, also a knowing pal, / And merrily together we jog on.|
|Sheffield Dly Teleg. 9 Nov. 3/2: To his ‘firm pal,’ Jack, he bequeaths his favourite jemmy; to his ‘Rotty [sic] Cully,’ Bill, his ‘ticker,’ which he ‘bunged from the old cove on Denmark-hill; and to his ‘Leary Bloke,’ Bob, his unexpired ticket-of-leave.|
|Era (London) 3 Mar. 4: ‘Ginger Sal,’ who knows a ‘Rorty Coster,’ as she puts it.|
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 178: For in such rorty wise doth Love express / His blooming views, and asks for your address.‘Culture in the Slums’ in Farmer|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 16 Nov. 3/2: The Dead Bird is the liveliest, crispest, rortiest, freshest, flyest paper ever published.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 26 July 3/2: ‘Just to get a taste of her own ridiculous, rorty old Rooster’.|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] The Barmaid [lyrics] ‘Ror-ty bit o’ crackling don’t you think so?’.|
|Child of the Jago (1982) 147: The gonophs down our alley they calls ’er Rorty Sal.|
|Five Notions 23: Let’s ’ave a drink at the Savage. Here’s to the rorty M.C.!‘M.C.’ in|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 19 May 2nd sect. 9/1: They Say [...] That the honor of being the belle of the rink is claimed by three Starlings. That each is positively certain she is the rortiest roller on the rink.|
2. (also roarty, rorty-torty) boisterous, rowdy, noisy; also as a nickname; also as adv. (see cit. 1878), and rortily.
|London & Provincial Entr’acte 1 Oct. 6/2: ‘Ikey Bill’ and ‘Rorty Tom’ both turned up and put down their thrums.|
|‘’Arry at the Play’ in Punch 2 Nov. in (2006) 39: I’ve bin going the rounds rare and rorty. [Ibid.] 40: So o river, Yours rortily, ’ARRY.|
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 8 May 7/2: [title] The Bloomin’ Flower of Rorty Gulch.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Jan. 5/1: You say, in one of these contributions, ‘Squinny-eyed Liz is nuts on the Rorty Snob from Miller’s flat.’ [Ibid.] 28 Mar. 11/3: ‘Now, Dubbo Kate, you shall be let alone if you tell me what has become of Rorty Johnson. We want him for a super and slang!’ This is when they are ‘on the track.’ When they’ve got a clue, they sit in a pub. all day, and gaze attentively up at the wrong house.|
|‘Fanny Flukem’s Ball’ in Bird o’ Freedom (Sydney) in Larrikins (1973) 39: Now listen, rorty bummers, / And line up where I stand.|
|[perf. Vesta Tilley] The Smile [lyrics] See ’em down at Piccadilly, there’s Marie and rorty Ted.|
|‘My Name It Is McCarty’ in(1999) 41: My name it is McCarty and I’m a rorty party / I’m rough and tough as an old man kangaroo.|
|Burra Record (SA) 18 Apr. 5/5: They Say [...] That Hanson people had a rorty-torty time on Good Friday [Ibid.] 30 May 5/1: They Say [...] That the lads and lassies are in high hopes of having a rorty-torty tip-toe on Monday night.|
|N.Z. Truth 30 Jan. 5/1: Rangers reckon the pair were rorty.|
|Arrow (Sydney) 4 May 8/3: The black, velvet-faced, light tweed coat, and the huge plate-sized buttons and ‘roarty’ air of the stage London hawker.|
|Naval Occasions 144: And I’ve heard her talking like a Mother to a rorty Midshipman – a silly young ass who was drinking like a fish and wasting his money and health pub-crawling.‘Farewell and Adieu!’ in|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 245: Rorty: Used of a man always in trouble.|
|Flynn of the Inland 280: Joe had relapsed to camels and his opinion of those beasts was as ‘rorty’ as a local dust-storm.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 19 Jan. 28/2: The haughty girl, the rorty girl, Don’t kiss me ’cos it’s naughty’ girl.|
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 89: Now don’t get all rorty, don’t go up in the air.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 2: If somebody gets rorty and mucks up the show [...] chuck ’im into the Alley.|
|(con. 1940s) Andy 47: If you are feeling rorty and passionate [...] then you can loop it and roll it and fly it so low the prop cuts grass.|
|Traveller’s Tool 26: The bucks night had been a pretty rorty affair.|
3. of behaviour, speech etc, coarse, earthy, crudely comic; sexually aggressive.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Aug. 12/1: Lord St. Leonards, the ‘rorty’ haughty noble who recently got into trouble for forcing his titled attentions upon a servant-maid, when ‘master was out,’ announces his intention of honouring Australia with a visit.|
|No. 5 John Street 95: A right-down ‘raughty gal’ leading her alley to battle against the Roman ‘slops.’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 17 July 1/1: The amorous propensities of a seaside lawmaker are earning him an unenviable reputation [...] no maiden meandering about after dark is safe from his gloatsome glances and ‘Good Night, Gerties’.|
|Moods of Ginger Mick ix: Jist to intrajuice me cobber, an’ ’is name is Ginger Mick – / A rorty boy, a naughty boy, wiv rude ixpressions thick.‘Introduction’ in|
a good fellow, an engaging companion, a fashionable upper-class gentleman.
|Lucky Bargee 40: Ordering his apprentice to obtain writing materials, he said: ‘Now, my rorty toff, fake a letter to ole Molly, and I’ll give yer that five bob what I said yer should have’.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 201/2: Proper donas and rorty blokes (L. Peoples’, 1880). Good and true men and women. [Ibid.] 210/2: Rorty toff (Costers’). Variation of rorty bloke – an inferior rorty bloke.|
to enjoy oneself.
|‘’Arry on a ’ouseboat’ in Punch 15 Aug. 77/1: Lots of toppers [...] / Was a doin’ the rorty and rosy as lively as ’Opkins’s lot.|