Green’s Dictionary of Slang

gash n.1

[as simple anatomy in the 18C, e.g. Burns (see cit. c.1786); but 20C+ use is derog. thus poss. augmented by gash adj.]

1. the vagina.

[UK] ‘Green Grow the Rashes O’ in Burns Merry Muses of Caledonia (1965) 75: The lasses they hae wimble bores, [i.e. small holes] / The widows they hae gashes O.
[UK] ‘Toasts’ in Ri-tum Ti-tum Songster 46: The good doctor who is ever able and ready to stop a lady’s gash.
[UK]Romance of Lust 15: The pinky gash, with its fleecy hair.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 28: A big hairy gash, as it semed, under her arse.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 29: Balafre, f. The female pudendum; ‘the gash’.
[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl.
[US]‘J.M. Hall’ Anecdota Americana I 72: ‘Here’s where ah cuts de gash dat nevah heals,’ said the groom in an exultant voice.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 249: There is concealed the ugly gash, the wound that never heals.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 312: He can tell in a flash / But the scent of a gash / Who its previous tenant has been.
[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 239: She did as I told her, pulling her gash open with all her fingers.
[US]Kerouac letter 14 July in Charters I (1995) 499: A fucking veritable GASH – a great slit between the legs.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 246: Yes! Fate has taken her beauty, / And sin has left a sad scar – / (What a gash!, Gertie!).
[US]D. Goines Street Players 131: You shouldn’t mind me gettin’ a little gash in my moustache.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 152: So young men talk about the vagina as [...] a gash, a slit, a pole hole.
[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: gash n. Vagina. Conveniently rhymes with ‘Hoy, giz a flash of your...’.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 6: She skipped to the bathroom to wash her gash.
[Aus]L. Redhead Peepshow [ebook] You gotta hand over the cash if you wanna see some gash.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 439: He never shagged her eftir! Ran away fae her gash like it wis a black hole in space.
[Aus]me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at www.fakku.net [Internet] Come’n chuck it in me gash.

2. (US) the mouth.

[US]H.B. Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin 332: Shut your old black gash, and get along in with you.
[US]H.B. Stowe Poganuc People 122: Ef Zeph Higgins would jest shet up his gash in town-meetin’, that air school-house could be moved fast enough.
[US]A.J. Boyd Shellback 237: Shet your baboon’s gash.
[US]Number 1500 Life In Sing Sing 248: Gash. The mouth.
[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 419: Squealer – an informer [...] open big gash.
[US] (ref. to 1910) D. Maurer ‘Lingo of the Good People’ AS X:1 16/1: gash [...] The mouth.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 800: gash -The mouth.

3. a collective term for women as sex objects, i.e. offering the potential for sexual intercourse.

[US]Committee of Fourteen in K. White First Sexual Revolution (1993) 88: Twenty cunts hanging around here. I said last year there was always a chance of picking up a piece of gash in here.
[US]J.T. Farrell ‘Merry Clouters’ in Fellow Countrymen (1937) 395: Hennessey, you think of nothing but gash.
[US]H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 409: O’Toole don’ have to buy his gash.
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 296: The Killer will get you all the gash you want.
[US]B. Schulberg On the Waterfront (1964) 217: He had to pay for his gash because he wasn’t good-looking enough.
[US]M. Rumaker Exit 3 and Other Stories 38: Ja’ see the pigs crawling around this place. ’Nough ugly gash to make ole peter wrinkle up next to nothin’.
[UK](con. 1973) W. Sherman Times Square 166: Free gash [...] How can you turn it down?
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 36: [He] liked young gash [...] in bed with a fifteen-year-old redhead.
[UK]Dizzee Rascal ‘Girls’ [lyrics] So much gash no time to rest.
[US](con. 1960s) J. Ellroy Blood’s a Rover 28: All you kids know from is this college-girl gash.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 193: It’s not healthy a kid your age isn’t chasing gash.
[US]T. Black Ringer [ebook] n.p.: Got to hand it to the Boneyard. Pulled some gash in here.

4. any girl or woman, incl. a prostitute.

[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl. 37: Gash [...] An invidious term for woman; synonymous with flip.
[US]Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer 238: This guy who’s a wellknown lawyer down town was out in the hall bawlin out his gash about something.
[US] ‘Hotel Sl.’ in AS XIV:3 Oct. 239/2: gash Prostitute.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 59: I screw the old gash.
[US]N. Thornburg Cutter and Bone (2001) 119: This piece of poor spaced-out California child gash.
[NZ]K. Dunn Geek Love 115: They’ll wonder if I’m balling her, decide that I am, and think I must be a hell of a guy if this gorgeous gash puts out for me.
[Aus]B. Moore Lex. of Cadet Lang. 160: usage: ‘My gash likes me to smooth her up a bit first’.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 330: He’s shacked up with some gash.
Skins ser.1 ep.3 [TV script] Don’t be calling our sister no waste gash, nigga.
[US]H. Ellison Introduction in Pulling a Train’ [ebook] ‘Pulling a train’ [...] came from a period when men treated women like ‘broads’ or ‘gashes’. I’vew heard hobos and cons and street thugs in packs used it since the 1940s.

5. (US) an effeminate, passive homosexual.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 77/1: Gash. [...] a passive homosexual.
[US]T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 11: Fat chance catching me running after gash.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 60: Queen An extremely feminine, passive homosexual. (Archaic: candy, gash).
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 148: Three fags walked up. Dig their muscles and teased hair. They vibed chorus-line gash.

6. (US gay) the anus, in the context of sodomy.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 155: After he has been opened up (fucked), his ass is referred to as gash, nooky, pussy.

In compounds

gash-eater (n.) [SE eater but note eat v. (4)]

one who performs cunnilingus.

[US]G. Legman ‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry Sex Variants.
[US]Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 18: gash-eater (n.): A cunnilinctor.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 139: cunnilinctrice, [...] gash-eater (pej.).
[US]Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 147: From them she might pick up and more to startle than identify with her sisters use words and expressions such as [...] gash-eater.
gash-grinder (n.) [grind v. (1a)]

(US) a promiscuous woman; thus a general derog. term for a woman.

[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 34: That heliumheaded gashgrinder Bermuda Schwartze patting her back going it’s all right now baby.
gash guzzler (n.)

a cunnilinguist.

[UK]A.B. Gerber Lawyer 122: He could hear shrill voices shrieking, ‘Cunt lapper,’ ‘Cunt sucker,’ ‘Gash guzzler,’ and ‘Nookey nosher’ .
gash-hound (n.) (also gashman) [-hound sfx]

1. (US) a womanizer.

[US]H.N. Cary Sl. of Venery.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 482: Supplied [...] in 1931, by the hobo-song specialist, Godfrey Irwin, who stated he heard it ‘on a ranch near Boise, Idaho, between 1910–12’ [...] ‘A friend to Frankie said, / Your Johnny-boy’s a gash-hound, / Sportin’ on a whore-house bed.’.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]H. Simmons Corner Boy 28: Everybody knew his reputation as a gash hound.
[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 67: He was the biggest gash hound I’d ever met.
[US](con. 1946) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 58: You can’t complain about the women [...] Gash-hound like you.
zingmagazine 13 [Internet] You’re a gash hound on the prowl.
[US]Simon & Pelecanos ‘Amsterdam’ Wire ser. 3 ep. 4 [TV script] Bullshit, Tommy. Once a gash-hound. . .

2. (US prison) an older homosexual man with a taste for young men or boys.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 77/1: Gash-hound. One whose chief avocation is the pursuit of [...] homosexuals, and the like.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 58: Chicken Hawk A bisexual or homosexual who seeks relationships with young attractive men. (Archaic: uncle, gash hound).
gash-mag (n.)

a pornographic magazine.

[UK]Observer 12 Sept. 22: People for whom sex is The Number One Thing wouldn’t actually read us. They’d read the gash mags.

In phrases

flash one’s gash (v.)

(Aus.) of a woman, to expose her vagina as an incitement/invitation to intercourse.

[US]Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] flash your gash (phrase) Invitation for intercourse. Australian term.
rubber gash (n.)

1. a fake ‘vagina’ sold as a masturbation aid.

[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 98 Oct. 24: rubber gashn. Sailor’s favourite. A plastic fanny which the manufacturers claim is ‘better than the real thing’. £8.99.

2. (also rubber cunt) a term of abuse.

[NZ]H. Beaton Outside In Act II: sandy: CUNT! RUBBER CUNT! kate: BITCH! FUCKEN BITCH!