Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fine adj.

1. [early 17C] smart, clever.

2. [early–mid-19C] (orig. US) drunk.

3. [1930s+] (orig. US black) attractive, good-looking.

4. [1930s+] (US black) first-rate, satisfactory.

In derivatives

fineness (n.)

[2010s] (US Hisp.) beauty, sexiness.

In compounds

fine-ass (adj.) [-ass sfx]

[1960s+] (US black) first-rate, excellent.

fine brown frame (n.) [frame n.1 (2)]

[1930s–60s] (US black) (the figure of) an attractive black woman.

fine dinner (n.) (also fine fryer) [she is ‘good enough to eat’]

[1930s–40s] (US black) a good-looking black woman.

fine-fine (adv.) [redup.]

[20C+] (W.I., Guyn.) in infinite and thus irritating detail.

fine-haired (adj.) [late 19C–1910s] (US)

1. arrogant, conceited.

2. over-fastidious, pernickety.

fine thing (n.)

[1940s+] (Irish/US black) an attractive woman .

fine weather (n.)

[1940s] (US black/Southern campus) an attractive woman.

In phrases

fine as wine (adj.) [1940s+] (US black)

1. of an object or idea, satisfactory, pleasing; of a person, pleasant, amusing, decent.

2. referring to any particularly attractive man or woman.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

fine as frog hair (adj.) [pun on SE fine, thin/fine, well]

1. [20C+] (US) feeling very well or very cheerful.

2. [1990s+] (US) of a person, very attractive; of a place, first-class.

it’s all very fine, Mr Fergusson, but you don’t lodge here [ref. to Capt. Fergusson, friend of the scapegrace 3rd Marquess of Waterford]

a nonsensical catchphrase of the 1830s.