Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stick n.

1. pertaining to the shape.

(a) [18C+] the penis; thus (US gay) bent stick, dead stick, an impotent penis.

(b) (UK Und.) a pistol.

(c) [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a breast-pin.

(d) [mid-19C+] (US) a baseball bat.

(e) [late 19C–1960s] (UK Und.) a crowbar, a jemmy.

(f) [late 19C+] a police truncheon.

(g) [1920s–40s] (US Und./prison) a blackjack.

(h) [1930s–40s] a clarinet.

(i) [1930s+] (US gambling) the croupier’s rake; thus used to mean the croupier and the croupier’s booth; thus on the stick, working as a croupier .

(j) [1940s+] (US) a billiard or pool cue; thus stick hall n., a poolroom.

(k) [1970s+] (Aus./US) a surfboard.

(l) [1980s+] (US black) a knife.

(m) (US) an act of sexual intercourse.

(n) [2000s] (US) a car with a manual gear lever.

2. in senses of solidity, of being ‘wooden’ or ‘cross–grained’.

(a) [mid–late 18C] a sermon [? the ‘wooden’ delivery of some sermons or the wooden pulpit].

(b) [19C+] an awkward or dull person.

(c) an affectionate term for a person, e.g. not a bad old stick.

(d) [2000s] (N.Z./US Black) a friend; esp. as a term of address.

3. [late 18C+] (UK Und., also candy stick) a pistol; usu. pl.; thus flash one’s sticks v., to draw but not (yet) fire one’s pistols [abbr. shooting stick].

4. in context of alcohol.

(a) [19C–1950s] a shot of spirits, usu. rum or brandy added to coffee or tea; usu. in phr. with a stick in it [? Ger. schtuck, a piece].

(b) [1930s] (US) one who deals in illicit liquor.

(c) [1940s] (US black) a drunkard.

5. [19C+] a piece of furniture; usu. in pl.

6. pertaining to shape, in senses of smoking/drugs.

(a) [late 19C+] a cigarette.

(b) [1910s] a quantity of opium.

(c) [1930s–40s] an opium pipe.

(d) [1930s+] a marijuana cigarette.

(e) [1940s] (US drugs) a very thinly rolled marijuana cigarette.

(f) [1990s+] (US drugs) an injection of heroin.

(g) see sherm stick under sherm n.

7. a decoy or accomplice.

(a) [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a man who, working with the woman, violently robs a prostitute’s client.

(b) [1920s+] (US Und.) a criminal’s accomplice who poses as an ordinary person to distract or influence the victims of an intended crime or swindle.

(c) [1920s+] (US Und./gambling) an accomplice who loses deliberately so as to encourage the victim to continue playing.

(d) [2000s] (US prison) a close friend.

8. [1940s+] (US, also plank) a bar; thus behind the stick/plank, working as a bartender; stick man, a bartender.

9. [1960s–70s] (UK/US black) a prostitute [her role as a stick, i.e. tool, who solves a pimp’s financial problems].

10. [1960s+] a reprimand, a criticism; verbal aggression in general; usu. as get stick v., to be on the receiving end of these attacks.

11. [1960s+] violence.

12. [1990s+] (US prison, also long stick, sharp stick) influence, ‘clout’.

13. [1990s+] (US black) an act of sexual intercourse.

14. see schtick n.

Pertaining to drugs

In phrases

blast a stick (v.)

[1950s+] (drugs) to smoke marijuana.

blow a stick (v.)

[1950s+] (drugs) to smoke cannabis.

break a stick (v.)

[1950s+] to smoke a marijuana cigarette.

hot stick (n.) [hot adj. (5)]

[1950s+] (drugs) a marijuana cigarette; also attrib.

Pertaining to the penis

In compounds

stick book (n.)

[1980s] (Aus.) a pornographic book or magazine.

stickman (n.)

see separate entry.

stick pussy (n.) [pussy n. (1)] [1970s+] (US gay/prison)

1. the penis, in a homosexual context.

2. a young inmate, forced into homosexuality.

sticksman (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

bash the stick (v.)

[1950s+] (Aus.) to masturbate.

beat the stick (v.)

[1990s+] to masturbate.

blow stick (n.) [blow v.2 ]

[1960s+] the penis.

dip one’s stick (v.)

[1970s+] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

play with one’s stick (v.)

[1970s] to masturbate.

General uses

In phrases

dry stick (n.) [SE dry]

[mid-19C+] an unpleasant, humourless person.

give someone (some) stick (v.)

[1960s+] to threaten, to criticize roughly; occas. to beat up.

give something (some) stick (v.)

[1960s+] to exert effort on, to use something heartily, usu. of something mechanical .

SE in slang uses

In compounds

stick and bangers (n.) [SE banger, that which bangs together] [late 19C]

1. a billiard cue and the balls with which one plays.

2. the penis and testes.

stickman (n.)

see separate entry.

stick slinger (n.) [mid-19C]

a violent thief.

In phrases

big stick (n.) [? their real or fig. truncheon or similar badge of office/chastisement. Note Theodore Roosevelt’s dictum: ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick’] [20C+] (orig. US)

1. an important person.

2. fig., authority, violence.

3. [1930s] (US) dynamite.

beat them off with a shitty stick (v.) (also fight them off...)

(Aus.) of any gender, to reject sexual dvances.

have the stick (v.)

[1950s+] (Aus.) to be finished, to be permanently damaged.

keep at the stick’s end (v.)

[late 19C–1920s] to snub, to keep ‘at arm’s length’.

off one’s stick (adj.)

[1960s] mad, crazy.

on the stick [the gearstick of a car or joystick of an aircraft, both of which exert control]

[1950s+] efficient, aware, in control; thus get on the stick v., to get down to work.

put the stick about (v.) (also put some stick about)

[1960s+] to use violence, usu. in a criminal context.

short end (of the stick) (n.) (also crap end of the stick, crappy end..., dirty end..., raw end..., shit end..., shitty end..., short end of the funnel, ...of the shitstick, shitten end of a brick) [crap adj./crappy adj. (5)/shit adj. (1)/shitty adj.1 (2)/shitten adj. (2); the funnel is that which feeds meat into a mincing machine]

[mid-19C+] (orig. US) unfair treatment, deliberately engineered bad luck.

stick of wood (n.)

a fool.

sticks and stones (n.)

see separate entry.

swinging the stick (n.)

see under swing v.

In exclamations