1. smart, clever.
|Bartholomew Fair II v: Not a whit, these fellows were too fine to carry money.|
2. (orig. US) drunk.
|N.-Y. American 13 Jan. 2/2: By this time, to use the words of witness, he from the quantity of gin and whiskey punch they had drunk, was quite fine, and prisoner was very blue; as blue as a razor.|
|Punch 30 Mar. [cartoon of youth addressing a drayman] Now then, Swipey! Are you going to stop there till you get fine, afore you draw yourself off?|
3. (orig. US black) attractive, good-looking.
|[||Writings (1704) 88: Yet to a beau, I could my Heart resign, / He looks so Prim, so Pretty, and so Fine].‘The Insinuating Bawd’ in|
|[||Upper Ten Thousand 44: You could not call her a ‘fine’ or a ‘striking’ woman].|
|Three Negro Plays (1969) Act I: This here sewin’s really fine.Mulatto in|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 37: She’s strictly a fine queen, fine as wine.‘Let Me at the Enemy’ in|
|Cast the First Stone 20: ‘White folks [...] They’re always talking about how fine their white ladies is.’.|
|Howard Street 71: I hope it’s Gypsy Pearl, man, she’s a fine babe!|
|Inner City Hoodlum 80: A fine brown bitch, that’s what she said.|
|Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 104: Chuck Jackson is what you call fine.‘The GOP Throws a Mammy-Jammy’ in|
|Pimp’s Rap 132: [of a man] You are one fine nigger. Are you sure I haven’t seen you in the movies?|
|‘I Luv U’ [lyrics] She looks decent, she looks fine.|
|Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 2: Fredis and a bunch of the guys [...] had all the fine chicks in the Projects.|
|Sellout (2016) 120: Twenty-one and fine enough to make that ill-fitting seaweed brown RTD uniform look like haute-couture fashion.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 4: FINE — attractive, beautiful: ‘That girl is fine as hell’.|
4. (US black) first-rate, satisfactory.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 27 Aug. 11/1: If that cat didn’t have some fine togs draped on that body of his then there is no such thing as ‘Esquire.|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 79: Fine—All right, okay, excellent.|
|(con. 1940s) Autobiog. (1968) 143: We were out there lindying away and grinning at each other. It couldn’t have been finer.|
|Heroin in Perspective 201: Fine. An extravagant compliment; very good.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1980) in Huncke Reader (1998) 121: This is real fine, man. All New York right here before me.‘Johnnie II’ in|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 1: bangin’ – great, awesome [...] Also fine.|
(US Hisp.) beauty, sexiness.
|This Is How You Lose Her 101: Unlike your average hood hottie Pura seemed not to know what to do with her fineness.|
(US black) first-rate, excellent.
|(con. 1960s) Whoreson 275: Let’s talk about all the fine-ass black ones.|
|Jones Men 93: Her husband, he’s running around [...] with some little fine-ass young girl.|
|‘I’m So Bad’ [lyrics] Rollin down the street the other day / Saw this FINE ass bitch.|
|‘Some L.A. Shit’ [lyrics] One-time’s, sunshines, and fine-ass bitches.|
see under banana n.
(US black) (the figure of) an attractive black woman.
|[song title] Fine Brown Frame.|
|Laughing to Keep from Crying 52: What’s your name, Miss Fine Brown Frame?|
|[song title] Fine Brown Frame.|
(US black) a good-looking black woman.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 24 May 11/2: Fine Dinner — a good looking girl . . . Such fine finners as Ophelia brown, Frances Lewis, Kitty Coleman and Florence Proctor [...] are causing playboy Freddy Guinyard no end of trouble.|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 138: Fine fryers — Pretty young girls.|
(W.I., Guyn.) in infinite and thus irritating detail.
|Notes for Gloss. of Barbadian Dial. 48: The district where he lived has been hit hard by the hurricane. I asked him how he had fared [...] ‘Fine, chief. Everything mash up fine, fine, fine.’.|
1. arrogant, conceited.
|DA].Life Amongst the Modocs 38: You high-toned, fine-haired gamblers don’t play me—not much you don’t! [|
2. over-fastidious, pernickety.
|On Many Seas 305: They were a low down, ragged, drunken-looking lot of hoodlums, whom I declined to associate with. You may think that I was rather fine haired.(H.E. Hamblen)|
|Yarn of Bucko Mate 132: You ’re altogether too fine-haired for this business, my boy.|
|DN IV:ii 106: fine-haired, adj. Fastidious. ‘We can’t please these fine-haired gentry.’.‘A Word-List From Kansas’ in|
see good people under people n.
see scot n. (1)
|AS XXX:2 87: FINE STUFF, n.phr. Good marijuana.‘Narcotic Argot Along the Mexican Border’ in|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 9: Fine stuff — Marijuana.|
(Irish/US black) an attractive woman .
|Jive and Sl.|
|Last of the High Kings 115: He and Nelson and Hopper were planning a massive bonfire with loads of booze and joints as long as your arm; every fine thing on the hill would be invited.|
|Irish Times 30 May [Internet] He told her she was ‘a fine thing’ but later called her ‘a dry bitch’ because she would not accept a drink from him .|
(US black/Southern campus) an attractive woman.
|Jive and Sl. n.p.: Fine Weather ... Comely girl.|
see under wirer n.
see fine wirer under wirer n.
see dandy adj.
1. of an object or idea, satisfactory, pleasing; of a person, pleasant, amusing, decent.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 4 Sept. 20/1: I’m as fine as wine when I cross the line.|
|‘Manhattan Fable’ [lyrics] Everything was fine as wine until he cut into Hollywood eyes.|
|AS XXXII:4 276: Jazz Lingo abounds in [...] similes, e.g., [...] fine as wine.‘Vernacular of the Jazz World’ in|
|Jazz Lex. xxii: We should perhaps take note of the brief (c. 1935-c. 1940) vogue of rhyming slang in jazz which, unlike the British practice, was based generally on logical similes: e.g., mellow like a cello; fine as wine; like the bear, I ain’t nowhere (i.e., an extension of the lumbering physical qualifies of the animal to the immobilized spiritual state of a man).|
2. referring to any particularly attractive man or woman.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 65: They must’ve seen I’m fine as vines producing green wines.|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 3: And everytime your heart beat the lush little numbers are fine as wine in the summertime and everybody is threaded down just like P on Poly pop, both ends and in the middle.|
|(con. 1940s) Man Walking On Eggshells 157: Jetan was a knockout [...] Jetan had got as fine as wine and ripe for plucking.|
|After Hours 86: This blond chick, fine as wine.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 138: He was as fine as wine.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 75: That girl is naturally fine as wine.|
SE in slang uses
1. (US) feeling very well or very cheerful.
|DN III:i 79: fine as frog hair, adj. Extremely fine.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|Dark Hazard (1934) 143: He’s as fine as frog’s hair and his schooling’s been good. He’s only got one dog to beat.|
|Down in the Holler 179: I heard the following: [...] fine as frog hair.|
2. (US) of a person, very attractive; of a place, first-class.
|Another Day in Paradise 145: The room we’re in is finer than frog hairs.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] finer than frog hair adj 1. extremely attractive. (‘That girl is finer than frog hair.’).|
a nonsensical catchphrase of the 1830s.
|(con. 1830s)Glances Back 103: No end of unmeaning slang phrases [...] were in circulation liming the multitude and the ‘faster’ section of society. One’s ears were incessantly assailed with such cries as ‘What a shocking bad hat!’ ‘There he goes with his eye out!’ ‘How are you off for soap?’ ‘Flare up! and join the union,’ ‘Does your mother know you’re out?’ or ‘It’s all very fine, Mr. Fergusson, but you don’t lodge here.’.|