Green’s Dictionary of Slang

snow n.1

[the colour and consistency]

1. in senses of colour, i.e. whiteness.

(a) [19C] (UK Und., also snowdrop) (wet) linen [it ‘falls’ on the hedges where it is left to dry].

(b) [1910s+] money, silver coins, small silver change.

(c) [1940s+] (Aus., also snowy) a blond-haired person.

(d) [1950s–60s] (US black) a white woman.

(e) [1950s+] any white person.

(f) [1960s+] (Aus. juv.) a blond-haired weakling.

2. in drug uses.

(a) [1910s+] (also joyful snow, the snowy stuff) cocaine; thus snow party n., a party where the guests take cocaine.

(b) [1920s+] heroin; thus snowey n., a heroin addict.

(c) [1930s–80s] morphine.

(d) [1990s+] (also snow coke) crack cocaine.

(e) [2000s] amphetamine.

Pertaining to linen

In compounds

snow-birding (n.)

[1970s+] (Aus./N.Z.) stealing washing, usu. women’s underwear, from clothes-lines.


see separate entries.

snow-gatherer (n.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) one who who steals clean clothes off the hedges; thus snow-gathering, the stealing of washing from hedges.

snow lay (n.) [lay n.3 (1)]

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) the practice of stealing laundry that is hanging out to dry.

snow party (n.)

[1920s] (US drugs) a party where narcotics, usu. heroin, are consumed.

snow rig (n.) [rig n.2 (1)]

[late 18C] (US Und.) stealing clothes hanging in the open air.

Pertaining to drugs

In compounds

snowbank (n.)

[1920s–50s] (US drugs) a place where cocaine users gather to take their drug.

snowball (n.)

see separate entries.

snow bird (n.)

see separate entry.

snow-cap (n.) [SE cap]

[1980s] (drugs) cocaine sprinkled onto a pipe of marijuana and smoked.

snow coke (n.)

see sense 2d above.

snowcones (n.) [play on US ice-cream brand]

[1980s+] (drugs) cocaine.

snowflake (n.)

see separate entry.

snow flower (n.) [literary synon. for woman]

[1920s–50s] (US drugs) a female cocaine addict.

snowman (n.)

see separate entry.

snow merchant (n.)

a narcotics dealer.

snow pallets (n.)

[1980s+] (drugs) amphetamine.

snow party (n.)

[1920s] (Aus. drugs) a party where the primary aim is taking cocaine.

snow peddler (n.)

a narcotics dealer.

snow seals (n.)

1. [1980s] a kind of waterproof packet used to package cocaine.

2. [2000s] (drugs) a mix of cocaine and amphetamine.

snowstorm (n.)

see separate entry.

snow toke (n.) [toke n.2 (1)]

[1980s+] (drugs) crack cocaine.

snow white (n.)

[1950s+] (drugs) cocaine.

In phrases

blow snow (v.) [blow v.1 (3c)]

[1950s–70s] (drugs) to inhale cocaine.

in a (snow) drift

under the influence of cocaine.

snowed under (adj.)

intoxicated by cocaine.

snow powder and rocks (n.)

[1980s+] (Aus. prison) a specific grade of heroin.

Based on colour

In compounds


see separate entries.

snowdrop (n.)

see separate entry.

snowflake (n.)

see separate entry.

snow job (n.)

see separate entry.

snow queen (n.) (also snow shoveller) [queen n. (2)]

[1970s+] (US black/gay) a black homosexual man who prefers white partners.

snow storm (n.)

[1970s+] (US gay) a heavy ejaculation of semen.

snow top (n.)

[1950s] (US) a white-haired person.

In phrases

put snow in one’s game (v.) [game n. (6)]

[1960s+] (US black) to ensnare a white person for financial gain.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

snowball (v.)

see separate entry.

snow bird (n.)

see separate entry.

snow broth (n.) [SE snow-broth, water produced or obtained by the melting of snow, esp. from natural causes]

[late 19C–1910s] cold tea.

snow bunny (n.) [bunny n.1 (1b)]

1. [1950s+] (orig. US) a woman who frequents the ski slopes as much for the sex as for the sport [note WWII US milit. snow bunny, a novice skier].

2. [2000s] (US black) a white woman.

snow job

see separate entries.

snowman (n.)

see separate entry.

snow shoe (n.)

[1930s] (US tramp) hot chocolate.

In phrases

roast snow in a furnace (v.)

[18C+] to attempt the impossible.

snow again [pun]

[1930s–50s] a phr. used to request someone to repeat an ill-heard statement; often ext. as snow again, I didn’t catch your drift.