Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blown (out) adj.

also blew out, blown away
[SE blow, to explode]

1. shocked, exhausted, overcome.

[UK]G.J. Whyte-Melville General Bounce (1891) 15: ‘Blown, Master Charles?’ said the good-humoured seaman [...] ‘Blown? Not a bit of it; nor yet tired.’.
[US]W.H. Thomes Slaver’s Adventures 47: The captain, completely blown by the amount of sail which he had carried, was incapable of proceeding farther, and was making desperate attempts to climb a tree.
[Aus]K. Mackay Out Back 127: Why, you are clean pumped! I mean blown!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Dec. 27/1: His aged moke / Was white with foam, / And clearly blown. / (I did fall in, / I fairly own.).
[UK]J. Masefield Everlasting Mercy 12: What’s making Billy fight so dead? / He’s all to pieces. Is he blown?
[Aus]‘Henry Handel Richardson’ Aus. Felix (1971) 12: There they both sat [...] one gripping the other’s collar, both too blown to speak.
[Aus]K.S. Prichard Working Bullocks 62: When the Boss was blown, Red stretched out the stick [...] the brumby snorted and turned away.
[UK] (ref. to 1910s) F.D. Sharpe Sharpe of the Flying Squad 175: At last Johnny got very blown and I caught hold of him.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 83: Blown Very tired.
[US](con. 1969) M. Herr Dispatches 60: Coming through a year of that [i.e. Vietnam] without becoming totally blown out indicated as much heart as you’d need.
J. Elllroy Brown’s Requiem 144: I hadn't been blown away on weed since my Hollywood Vice days.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 2: blown out – tired.
[US]B. Coleman Rakim Told Me 226: ‘I was blown away. I was humbled and embarrassed’.

2. bankrupt.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 11 Feb. 1/1: A formerly blown-out bounder must have struck it rich somewhere [...] he startled his many acquaintances by his new appearance.

3. (US campus, also blowed) drunk, under the influence of a drug.

[UK]‘William Juniper’ True Drunkard’s Delight 226: He is [...] blowed.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 83: Blown Drunk.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 1: blown out – drunk.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 1: blown away – drunk.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 40: blown drunk, intoxicated; high or wired on drugs.
[US]T. Williams Crackhouse 95: He wants to get fucked; he wants to get blown.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 45: Overindulgers in alcohol or drugs are pictured as the objects of various kinds of destructive processes: explosion (blasted, blown out, blown up, bombed).
[US]College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) 🌐 Blew out (adj.) 1. Very drunk or high off marijuana.
[US]T. Dorsey Triggerfish Twist (2002) 87: ‘How do you feel?’ asked Bernie. Coleman looked slowly around the room. ‘[...] blotto, blitzed, blasted, blown, bombed, [...].’.

4. dishevelled.

[US]College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) 🌐 Blew out (adj.) [...] 2. Rough, like you didn’t sleep or hadn’t groomed yourself.

5. (Aus.) delighted.

[Aus] in M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 4 (2005) 272: I bet you’re blown out with excitement.

6. (US) of an area, poor, run-down.

[US]Woods & Soderburg I Got a Monster 91: [H]e used the poorer, blown-out neighborhoods of East and West Baltimore for street rips.