Green’s Dictionary of Slang

road n.

1. in sexual senses, playing on ride v. (1a)

(a) [late 16C] a prostitute.

(b) [17C] the vagina.

2. [1990s+] (UK black) the ‘real world’, which exists on the streets, rather than in the protected environments of home, office, family etc.; thus roadboy, a friend or ally [var. on street, the n.].

SE in slang uses

In derivatives

roadster (n.)

[late 19C+] (Aus.) a tramp, someone who has no fixed abode.

In compounds

road-agent (n.)

1. [late 19C–1900s] (US, Western) a highway robber; also attrib.

2. [late 19C] (Aus.) a bushranger.

roadblock (n.)

[2000s] a particularly crowded event.

road dog (n.) (also roadie) [dog n.2 (2c)]

[1980s+] (US black/prison) an extremely intimate friend.

road dope (n.) [dope n.1 (7); the drug’s use during long-distance driving]

[1980s+] (drugs) amphetamines.

roadhog (n.) [SE roadhog, a careless, selfish driver]

1. [1920s–30s] (US tramp) a tramp who is perpetually riding the trains.

2. [2000s] a girl or young woman who follows rock bands and offers herself for sex.

3. (US) a large and ostentatious automobile.

road kid (n.)

[late 19C–1940s] (US) a young tramp; the (catamitic) companion of an older jocker n.1 (2)

roadkill (n.) (also road kill, road pizza)(orig. US)

1. [1970s+] any form of creature (usu. small animals or birds) killed by a vehicle on the roads and used for food.

2. [1970s+] a person or object that is considered absolutely useless, i.e. ‘dead meat’.

3. attrib. use of sense 2.

4. [1990s+] a recently shaved vagina.

road maggot (n.)

[1980s] (US campus) a camper van or recreational vehicle.

road making (adj.) (also road up for repairs)

[mid–late 19C] used of a woman who is menstruating.

road man (n.)

1. [1920s–50s] (US) an itinerant thief.

2. [2010s] (UK black) a street-level drug dealer.

3. [2010s] (UK black) a popular, fashionable male.

road queen (n.) [-queen sfx]

[1970s+] (US gay) a gay hitch-hiker, looking for sex with those who pick him up.

road rash (n.)

[1970s+] (orig. US) cuts, scratches and grazes resulting from a fall off a motor-cycle, bicycle or skateboard.

road rat (n.)

[2010s] (UK black/teen) one who lives their life in the street, prob. as a gang member.

road roller (n.)

[1900s–30s] (N.Z.) an unsophisticated country person, a bushman; an itinerant worker.

road sister (n.)

[1920s] (US tramp) a female tramp.

roadsman (n.)

[late 18C] (UK Und.) a thief who works in the street, e.g. a pickpocket.

road smart (adj.)

[1990s+] (US tramp) experienced as a tramp.

road stake (n.)

[20C+] (US tramp) money.

road starver (n.) [the pockets would be used to hold food for a journey]

[late 19C] (UK tramp) a long coat made without pockets.

road whore (n.)

[1980s+] (US campus) a promiscuous woman.

roadwise (n.) [-wise sfx]

[1930s–40s] (US) of a tramp, ‘wise’ in the ways of travelling.

road work (n.) [work n. (1)]

[1920s–50s] (US) crimes committed by an itinerant thief.

In phrases

down the road (adj.) [Mile End Road, London, a favoured costermongers’ market] [mid–late 19C]

1. stylish, fashionable.

2. vulgar, showy.

give someone the road (v.)

[late 19C+] (US/US black) to avoid, to ignore.

hit the road (v.)

see separate entry.

on the road

[2000s] (N.Z.) unemployed.

over the road

[late 19C–1930s] in prison, thus go over the road, to be imprisoned.

road-bums’ Coronas (n.) [a Corona is an expensive Cuban cigar]

[1930s] tobacco that is extracted from discarded ‘fag-ends’ and recycled in a pipe or ‘roll-up’.

road less travelled (n.) [play on new age book title The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck (1979)]

[1990s+] the female anus as a hosting place for a penis.

road to a christening (n.) (also road to heaven, way to heaven)

[19C] the vagina.

up the road

1. (UK Und.) committed for trial.

2. elsewhere, e.g. Scotland viewed from London.