1. [mid-17C–mid-19C] a mistress, a prostitute.
2. [18C] a female pet or favourite.
3. [late 18C+] (also dolly-girl) any girl or woman, esp. when attractive; also as a term of affection.
4. attrib. use of sense 3.
5. [mid-19C] the vagina.
6. [mid-19C] a slattern, a dull, unattractive woman.
7. [1960s+] a teenage girl or young woman, usu. associated with the 1960s and ‘swinging London’, usu. a young secretary or similar, dressed in the latest fashions, obsessed by the current ‘in’ rock group and other accoutrements of popular culture; post-1960s use usu. historic/ironic.
8. [1970s] (US) a term of address, synon. with SE darling.
9. [2000s] (N.Z. prison) the younger lover of a ‘butch’ lesbian.
[1960s] an attractive young woman, typically a secretary or shopgirl in her late teens or early twenties and found in such centres of ‘swinging London’ as Carnaby Street or the King’s Road.
[1970s+] (orig. gay) a homosexual, a young male prostitute.
see sense 3 above.
see separate entries.
[1940s] (US black campus) a hitherto unknown young woman.
[1960s] to behave in a effeminate provocative manner.
SE in slang uses
[1900s] (US) a woman, a housewife.
[1950s–70s] (US) a pair of patrolmen.
[late 19C–1900s] a derog. term for Roman Catholicism.
[1960s] (N.Z.) completely.
1. [1900s-40s] (Aus.) to the utmost extent.
2. [1940s+] (Aus.) absolutely full of food.