1. in sexual senses, playing on ride v. (1a)
(a) a prostitute.
|Henry IV Pt 2 II ii: This Doll Tearsheet should be some road.|
(b) the vagina.
|Parson’s Wedding (1664) II vii: It is a dull sin to travel, like a Carrier’s-horse, always one Road.|
|‘Prodigal Son’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1880) III 188: [My] chief delight was in vice all-a-mode, / And I often was riding in that pleasant Road.|
|Whores Rhetorick 135: One honest Whore [...] Who refused the Son entrance because the Father had already travelled that Road.|
|You Bright and Risen Angels (1988) 71: She would sure [...] strike at you if you didn’t pay her toll after riding her road.|
2. (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.].
|Scholar 40: Soon you won’t even wanna be seen on road with me, innit!|
|Hyperdub.com [Internet] There’s just so many talented people but road gets a hold of them, bare people I know could have made it. [...] But road got us, road got all of us. We’d start doing anything, smoking, jacking pizzas from a pizza delivery man. [...] But at the same time they had to realise that I was from road. [...] I know things are different, definitely different: road wasn’t as grimey when we were younger.in Vice Mag. at|
|Dirty South 84: I didn’t do dates. No self-respecting road brother did dates.|
|Hood Rat 108: You’re in prison, I’m on road, you’re on road, I’m in prison.|
|Independent 5 Jan. [Internet] Gangs and cliques are often territorial, so terms such as endz, bitz, yard (meaning neighborhood), or road and roadboy (someone accepted as local), are especially important.|
|Eve. Standard 4 July 8/4: ‘If you wanna understand blade culture, you got to get into the head of how people on road think’.|
SE in slang uses
(Aus.) a tramp, someone who has no fixed abode.
|Vigilante Days (1912) 315: Henry Plummer was chief of the band: [...] Cyrus Skinner, fence, spy, and roadster .|
|Bird o’ Freedom 22 Jan. 3: He [began] wondering if his old friends, Shorty, and Puddin’ Foot, and Beaut, and other well-known roadsters, were shivering over a fire of old rails.|
|Tramping with Tramps 99: I do not know of a town or village in the Keystone State where a decently clad roadster cannot get all that he cares to eat without doing a stroke of work in payment.|
|Derbys. Advertiser 2 Dec. 25/4: On reaching the ‘big house’ I found [...] a crowd of about a dozen roadsters.|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 135: Pessimism is rare on the Toby [...] Roadsters, in the main, must of necessity be incorrigible optimists.|
|Half a Million Tramps 128: When I got to the wash-house I found six other men there. They were all of the ‘Old Roadster’ type.|
|Und. Nights 198: The other had spike (casual ward) written all over him, a real roadster.|
|Apprentices (1970) I iv: Boy, we’re roadsters. I’d even pick peas.|
1. (US, Western) a highway robber; also attrib.
|New America 122: Road-agent is the name applied in the mountains to a ruffian who has given up honest work in the store, in the mine, in the ranch, for the perils and profits of the highway.|
|All the Year Round 27 Jan. 61/2: Road Agent is the polite name in the Rocky Mountains for a highwayman.|
|Nashville Union & American (TN) 18 Nov. 1/6: Fellows who have committed murders [...] ‘road agents’ (i.e. highway robbers) [...] and desperados.|
|Deadwood Dick in Beadle’s Half Dime Library I:1 89/3: Deadwood, the road-agent chief rode out of the chaparral [...] He was still masked, well armed, and looking every inch the Prince of the Road.|
|[bk title] Midnight Jack, Or the Road-Agent.|
|Sun (NY) 10 July 2/1: The matured road agent of the highway of State, proud in the impunity with which he has carried off his booty.|
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 28 Feb. 4/3: Men are liable to turn road agents and highway-men to get even after they have staked and lost at faro.|
|Diary of a Forty-Niner (1906) 193: [footnote] He associated himself with Rattlesnake Dick and three others and started out as a full-fledged ‘road agent.’ The band held together until 1853.|
|Girl of Golden West 59: He was an outlaw, a road agent going from one robbery to another, likely at any time to stain his hand with the life-blood of a fellow man.|
|(con. 1788)Allegheny Episodes 252: He turned ‘road agent.’ He evidently had a low grade of morals at that time, for he robbed old as well as young.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. [title] ‘Old Mother Osborne’: ‘the Female Road Agent’: Dies Destitute in a Lonely Cabin in the Yellowstone Country, After a Stirring Life of Outlawry in the Black Hills.|
2. (Aus.) a bushranger.
|Truth (Sydney) 8 July 2/3: The road agents are still gathered together at the picture gallery in the basement of the Strand [...] all who take an interest in [...] Australia’s bushrangers [...] should call round and see them.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Sept. 40/1: Next day she come to where I was workin’ ’n’ starts abusin’ me like ’ell for not settlin’ Podgie with a road apple.|
|joke cited in Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 96: ‘What’s that?’ asks the little city girl. ‘That’s, er, road-apples,’ he explains. ‘Where I come from we call it horse-shit’.|
|One Lonely Night 71: Smart? Sure, just like road apples that happen behind horses.|
|Tattoo the Wicked Cross (1981) 74: I’ll put him to work shovelling road apples.|
|Great Santini (1977) 102: Horse turds, or as you civilized southerners call them ‘road apples’.|
a particularly crowded event.
|Killer Tune (2008) 34: It’s gonna be a roadblock, so make sure you’re there well before the clock strikes three.|
(US campus) beer.
|7 words for beer Beevos Brew Brewski Greenie (Heineken) Road brew Roadies Road sauce.Preppy Handbk 217:|
|Probert Encyc. [Internet] Road brew is American slang for beer. [...] Road sauce is American slang for beer.|
see bull n.5 (5)
(US black/prison) an extremely intimate friend.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
|Do or Die (1992) 47: Crazy Dee was known to be Monster Kody’s ‘tight,’ his ‘road dog.’.|
|Another Day in Paradise 113: Ben and Jimbo are road dogs.|
|Snitch Jacket 127: All my old road dogs are dead or locked up.|
|‘Lay Down Your Weapons’ [lyrics] My bro died, he got hit up like lighting / My road dawg killing me in prison with the lifers.|
|Dict. Drug Abuse Terms.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 18: Road dope — Amphetamine.|
1. (US tramp) a tramp who is perpetually riding the trains.
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 435: The roadhog has a veritable mania for riding fast trains.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 159: road hog.–A tramp who is always on the move, riding fast trains and seemingly unable to get enough of train riding.|
2. a girl or young woman who follows rock bands and offers herself for sex.
|Get Your Cock Out 52: There had been the odd blowjob and group fisting sessions with the more persistent roadhogs.|
3. (US) a large and ostentatious automobile.
|Hilliker Curse 10: The new Buick was a full-dress road hog. It had wide whites and more chrome than the Plunder Road death sled.|
(US) a young tramp; the (catamitic) companion of an older jocker n.1 (2)
|Jack London Reports (1970) 311–21: Boy tramps or ‘Road-kids’ abound in our land.‘The Road’ in|
|Road 161: No kid is a road-kid until he has gone over ‘the hill’ – such was the law of The Road.|
|Snare of the Road 24: The going down in defeat of a jocker at the hands of his road kid is considered in hobodom a conclusive proof that the kid has outlived his usefulness as a producer of alms.|
|Hobo 101: [From A No. 1, The Famous Tramp] 44. Jocker. Taught minors to beg and crook. 45. Road Kid or Preshun. Boy held in bondage by jocker.|
|Milk and Honey Route 34: Not all road kids become hobos but all hobos were once road kids.|
|Decade 252: Chris [...] sang Blow the Man Down with road kids and wobblies and hobos.|
|DAUL 179/2: Road kid. (Hobo) A youthful transient bum, occasionally passively pederastic.et al.|
|(con. 1930s–40s) Queens’ Vernacular 108: Hobo slang (kwn ’30s & ’40s) [...] The adolescent who usually doubled as cook/lover to a homosexual hobo was called a [...] road kid.|
|N.Y. Times 25 Jan. n.p.: When Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys started making their 1997 documentary film, ‘Riding the Rails,’ they solicited responses from the former ‘road kids.’.|
1. any form of creature (usu. small animals or birds) killed by a vehicle on the roads and used for food.
|Field & Stream May 30/3: The most sporting aspect of salvaging road kills is that your harvest is always unexpected.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 9: road pizza – any small animal which has been run over by a car.|
|Skin Tight 67: The thing on his head looked a lot like fresh road kill.|
|Guardian Editor 14 Sept. 3: Common victims include skunks, cats and URPs – ‘unidentified road pizzas’.|
|Beyond Black 237: Magpies toddle among the roadkill.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘Word on the street is that you were almost roadkill’.|
2. a person or object that is considered absolutely useless, i.e. ‘dead meat’.
|Wayne’s World II [film script] She dropped me like a bad habit and left me for roadkill.et al.|
|Dead Long Enough 101: You cross him, you’re dead. You cross him, you’re roadkill.|
3. attrib. use of sense 2.
|Chicken (2003) 176: The old roadkill door I found and transfomed into a desk by propping it up on plastic milk crates. [Ibid.] 177: I pick up my shitty granddad roadkill chair.|
4. a recently shaved vagina.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 98 Oct. 24: road-killn. A rather flat, dry, hedgehog (qv).|
see under -louse sfx
(US campus) a camper van or recreational vehicle.
|Campus Sl. Oct.|
used of a woman who is menstruating.
|Sl. and Its Analogues VI 37/1: road-making (or road up for repairs) = menstruation.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 14: Les anglais ont débarqué = the menstrual flux is on; ‘the road is up for repairs’.|
1. (US) an itinerant thief.
|PADS XXIV 84: Because of the stresses and strains of road work, he [i.e. the road man] is usually a sharp, alert thief.|
2. (UK black) a street-level drug dealer.
|Eve. Standard 4 July 8/4: ‘The public just see “gang member”, there there are different levels. The lowest is roadman. He’s the guy with the handbag, always on road, dealing drugs’.|
3. (UK black) a popular, fashionable male.
|hubpages.com ‘Roadman Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] Roadman - a popular guy who wears brands like Supreme, Adidas and Palace.|
(Aus.) the red lines within a bloodshot eye.
|How to Kiss a Crocodile 98: ‘How do me eyes look?’ Colin quizzed. ‘Dreadful! Road maps everywhere’.|
(US gay) a gay hitch-hiker, looking for sex with those who pick him up.
(orig. US) cuts, scratches and grazes resulting from a fall off a motor-cycle, bicycle or skateboard.
|N.Y. Times 2 Apr. 38: You pray that the board slows enough so you can get off [...] If you get off prematurely, you get a road rash.|
|Amer. Motorcyclist Oct. 4/2: They both crashed, and [...] the guy in the back got a pretty good case of road rash. He was bleeding from his arms and legs, and hollering about his foot being broken.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 99: Where’d you get the road rash?|
|et al. Fitness Cycling 66: Road rash refers to abrasions and wounds that occur when you crash and your skin scrapes along the ground.|
|Mastering Cycling 155: Eventually all cyclists will deal with road rash, or the flaying of flesh by asphalt, concrete, or dirt. Ouch!|
(UK black/teen) one who lives their life in the street, prob. as a gang member.
|Observer (London) New Rev. 19 Feb. 9/1: ‘I was a road rat’.|
(N.Z.) an unsophisticated country person, a bushman; an itinerant worker.
|in DSUE (1984).Bushman Burke in|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
see road brew
(US tramp) a female tramp.
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 461: Road sister, A female hobo.|
(UK Und.) a thief who works in the street, e.g. a pickpocket.
|Rambler’s Mag. Jan. 36/1: Though biddies and doxies may queer, / And roadsmen go out scamp and buz.|
(US tramp) experienced as a tramp.
|Legs 2: I’m not a brainy guy. I’m just road smart. I’ve been traveling enough to be able to tell the pisspot from the handle, and I know a jungle buzzard when I see one.|
(US tramp) money.
|Out West 22 207: A little job that I had just finished afforded me a ‘road stake’—— $8.00.|
|Parson of Panamint (1929) 32: Parson, be a good feller an’ give me a job slingin’ hash [...] till I can get a road stake together.|
|Gay-cat 54: We’ll go in and chow first [...] and then we’ll talk about earning that road-stake.|
|AS II:9 391: A road-stake is a small amount of money earned to enable one to live on the road without begging.‘Argot of the Vagabond’ in|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 159: Road Stake.–Money to live on while travelling, or with which to secure transportation. [Ibid.] 190: Trail Stake.–See ‘road stake.’.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 815: road stake – Money to live on while travelling, or with which to secure transportation.|
|Medicine Show 106: That kind of work was done only to get a road stake — traveling money.|
|There’s Something Happening Here 81: The money provided a road stake as well as furnishing their mode of transportation.|
|One More Train to Ride 136: As soon as I got a road stake, I wanted to bum my way out west again and jungle out.|
(UK tramp) a long coat made without pockets.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 210/1: Road-starver (Mendicants, 1881). Long coat made without pockets, especially without a fob for money. Road meaning generally the mass of beggars – the starver is that which deprives the road of food.|
(US campus) a promiscuous woman.
|Sl. U. 160: Laura is a total roadwhore; she slept with three different guys in one week.|
(US) of a tramp, ‘wise’ in the ways of travelling.
|Rough Stuff 57: He knew I was roadwise, and he wanted to get back home which was a few hundred miles away.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Kingdoms 254: He would turn back down to Raleigh [...] I would find him. I was roadwise, even at sixteen.|
(US) crimes committed by an itinerant thief.
|Flynn’s mag. cited in Partridge DU (1949) 572/1: Road work,...pocket picking, etc., done while traveling.‘Dict. Und.’ in|
|PADS XXIV 84: Because of the stresses and strains of road work, he [i.e. the road man] is usually a sharp, alert thief.|
1. stylish, fashionable.
|Household Words 24 Sept. 76/2: Lord Bobby Robbins’s great coat, which he admires, is ‘down the road’.‘Slang’ in|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|Living London (1883) June 208: Our whip (and genial host) ‘handled the ribbons’ (that must be correct) in the most approved and ‘down the road’ style.in|
2. vulgar, showy.
|Twice Round the Clock 191: A knot of medical students, who should properly [...] in this sporting locality, have a racing and ‘down-the-road’ look.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 116/2: Down the Road (E. London Streets). Showy, flashy. The road is the Mile End Road, which to frequent on a Sunday, in a good cart or ‘shay’, is the ambition of every costermonger and small trader in that district.|
(US/US black) to avoid, to ignore.
|Princeton Union (MN) 20 Feb. 10/1: M. Lionheart is the mail carrier and you want to give him the road when you meet him. He is loaded for bear.|
|Guthrie Dly Leader 21 Sept. 3/3: He fears neither man nor beast, and most of the animals of the forest give him the road.|
|Monroe City Democrat 31 Mar. 3/4: When you meet an old despised four footed hog now, take off your hat to him and give him the road.|
|Negro and His Songs (1964) 291: Stagolee was a bully man’ an ev’rybody knowed / When dey seed Stagolee a comin’ to give Stagolee de road.|
see separate entry.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
in prison, thus go over the road, to be imprisoned.
|Ledger (Noblesville, IN) 14 Aug. 6/2: ‘I traded the “dice” with an old chum who went “over the road” for Pete’s work’.|
|Worthington Advance (MN) 31 May 6/2: Some of the biggest criminals [...] nod and smile when they meet some man who helped send them over the road.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 196: They’ve nabbed me for a job of ship-swiping [...] I’ll do my little three or five trick over the road for it.|
|World of Graft 14: I get out and take my chances like a man an’ ’f I’m caught, I take my trip over the road.|
|Hobo News June n.p.: I’ll put you over the road if I have to frame you.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Marsh 230: Bird is quod, stir, clink, jug, up the road, in the country – well, prison.|
tobacco that is extracted from discarded ‘fag-ends’ and recycled in a pipe or ‘roll-up’.
|Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 90: We had to rely on ‘Kerbstone-Mixture’ and ‘Road-bums’ Coronas,’ names given to cast-away cigarette-ends retrieved from ash-bins [...] and on the roadside. [Ibid.] 92: Tailor-made Road-bums’ Coronas, as the lags term fags made from dross.|
the female anus as a hosting place for a penis.
|Harvard Indep. 14 Oct. [Internet] A widespread myth about taking the road less traveled by is that it’s simply unhygienic.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 63: Chemin du paradis, m. The female pudendum; ‘the way to heaven’ [Ibid.] 136: Fournaise, f. The female pudendum; ‘the road to a christening’.|
1. (UK Und.) committed for trial.
|Signs of Crime 206: Up the road Committed for trial before a judge and jury.|
2. elsewhere, e.g. Scotland viewed from London.
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 238: Apparently there’s still a bit of a drought up the road, skag-wise.|