Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dome n.

1. (orig. US) the head.

[UK]Laugh and Be Fat 107: The Prince then enters on the Stage [...] He shakes the Dome, and tears his Lungs with Verse.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues II.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 41: I had not known my husband a week before I was convinced that he was daffy in the dome.
[US]Wash. Herald (DC) 28 May 33/3: I’ll crimp his dome.
[US]F. Packard Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) I iv: He’s got jingles in his dome factory!
[NZ]N.Z. Truth 29 Apr. 1/8: I’ve a pain in my dome when I toddle off home.
[US](con. 1918) J.W. Thomason Red Pants 111: Say, one guy was all set to massage your dome wit’ a table leg.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Sept. 40/3: ‘When a grappler’s got too many brains he’s frightened to land on his dome for fear of getting a headache’.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood in Studs Lonigan (1936) 181: A fellow clamped him on the dome with a banana stalk.
[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Falling Star’ in Spicy Detective Sept. 🌐 A masked bozo rubbed her out and slugged me on the dome.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 28 Sept. 1s/1: I’ve got a bump on my dome like an egg.
[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 384: ‘It was a wonderful performance,’ she said, stroking my dome.
[UK]J. Curtis Look Long Upon a Monkey 90: The sooner you get it into your thick Irish dome that this is my house, where I give the orders and invitations, the better.
[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 10: crib – [...] the pad where you rest, hide or rattle your bones and crown so you can come up with a clear dome.
[US](con. 1940s) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 21: Arthur had more brains in his weird dome than those two pigs put together.
[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 77: The guy must have something on the dome, because he took all the shit.
[US]Dr Dre ‘187’ 🎵 Fo’-fo’ Desert Eagle to your motherfuckin’ dome.
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 126: He had a large bald spot on top of his dome.
[US]‘Dutch’ ? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Egypt dropped him with two in the dome.
410 ‘Crash’ 🎵 Smoke bare loud to the dome (flavours).
[Scot]G. Armstrong Young Team 68: A’m [...] ready tae take it aff somecunt’s dome.

2. (US) a hat.

[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 16: I might as well show a flash of class and grab one of those domes.

In derivatives

domehead (n.)

(N.Z. prison) a skinhead.

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 59/2: domehead n. a skinhead.

In compounds

domelights (n.)

(US) the eyes.

[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 111: When I ask him what his method is for safe sex, he tells me to shut my sideways mouth before he puts out my domelights.
domepiece (n.)

1. (US) the head.

[US]N.Y. Times Mag. 28 Aug. 64: I just been hit across the dome piece with a baseball bat.
[US]Ultramagnetic MCs ‘Funky’ 🎵 I make your domepiece spin like a windmill.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr.
[US]T. Fontana ‘Plan B’ Oz ser. 1 ep. 7 [TV script] I put the steel to her grill [...] ‘I’m gonna let two shots off in your dome-piece’.
[US]Source Nov. 129: Beads of sweat forming small colonies on his shaved dome piece. 14 May 🌐 On the right-hand side was Cream, a pink rabbit with an umbrella hat sprouting from her dome piece, and maracas strapped to her back.
‘Crazy Surfer Sl.’ 🌐 busted ass dome piece – when someone is really stupid.
[US]Mad mag. Dec. 60: Our tanks have the capacity to ‘bust’ a 88-milimeter ‘cap’ into the opposing forces’ ‘domepiece’.
Killah Priest ‘Numbers’ 🎵 The police’ chrome heat blow your dome piece.

2. (US black) a hat.

[US]G. Smitherman Black Talk.
dome-shot (n.) [play on head n. (2c)]

(US black) fellatio.

[US]Ebonics Primer at 🌐 dome-shot Definition: 1. to solicit one for oral sex. 2. to have your dick sucked. Example: Damn baby, what’s up with that dome-shot?

In phrases

blow domes (v.)

(US) to amaze, to astound.

[US]House of Pain ‘Come And Get Some O’ This’ 🎵 That how it goes, homes / I blow domes when I rock microphones.
double dome (n.) (also big dome)

an intellectual, a scholar, esp. one who seems to hold eccentric or impractical opinions.

[US]N. Kimball Amer. Madam (1981) 154: I’ve never much read the professors or the doubledomes who write books about it.
[US]H.A. Smith Life in a Putty Knife Factory (1948) 141: Old Double Dome Brisbane.
[US]Lait & Mortimer USA Confidential 51: No college big-dome will approve this book.
double-domed (adj.) (also big-dome)


[US]B. Rose 2 Aug. [synd. col.] The newspapers would have [...] called him a double-domed phony [W&F].
[US]Lait & Mortimer USA Confidential 45: In many circles, especially the military and the more advanced, big-dome set, it is considered weak and decadent to engage in normal sex.
[US]S. Longstreet Flesh Peddlers (1964) 315: I leave that to Dr. Kurcipski, my double-domed head-shrinker.
[US]A. Pearl Dict. of Popular Sl. 41: Double-domed – intelligent.
off the top of the dome

(US black) of rap lyrics, spontaneous, composing lyrics as you go along; usu. as coming... or going...

Pete Rock & CL Smooth featuring Grap Lover ‘Interlude after T.R.O.Y.’ 🎵 on Mecca and the Soul Brother [Album] I am the one they call the G, the R, the A, the P and / I didn’t write this, it’s coming off the top of the dome.
Fade ‘Year in Rev’ at 🌐 I never battled anyone or stepped onstage with a microphone, but I always had fun going off the top of the dome when I was with my boys or hanging out at a party.