Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stud n.

[SE stud, a stallion or mare kept for breeding]

1. a collection of prostitutes employed in a brothel.

[UK]Correct List of the Sporting Ladies [broadsheet] She has, at a very considerable expence, procured a stud of fillies, endued with all the natural and acquired accomplishments to complete their characters as Ladies of easy virtue.

2. (US white) a sexually successful man.

[[UK]Sporting Mag. Aug. XVI 240/1: Beside the numerous studs which daily appear upon the ground, there is a constant display of Cyprian Fillies, ready to start for any purse that may be offered].
[US] letter in Duberman ‘Writhing Bedfellows’ in Journal Homosexuality (1980/81) VI Fall/Winter 88: With great respect I am the old Stud, Jeff.
[W. Rye Gloss. E. Anglia 217: Stud, a nickname given to a man from his love of venery (Wilton, 1877)].
[US] (ref. to late 19C) N. Kimball Amer. Madam (1981) 234: She was always looking for young studs.
Dan Burley ‘Back Door Stuff’ 29 Jan. [synd. col.] [C]ompared to the stalks of sugar cane a bayou stud will consume.
[US]Hal Ellson Golden Spike 39: Man, you’re a good stud.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn 244: This stud is gonna be the sharpest motherfucka that chick ever seed.
[US]A. Young Snakes (1971) 130: You still a young stud too, and you still got that certain thing.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 82: The standard assembly of slick Latin studs in lizard shoes.
[Aus](con. 1964-65) B. Thorpe Sex and Thugs and Rock ’n’ Roll 78: ‘With all the screwin’ you and yer moll’ve been doin’ lately you jmustr be quite a little stud’.
[Aus]P. Temple Dead Point (2008) [ebook] She usually lunches with yong men. Spunks, Studs. Studs in their ears. Studs elsewhere.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 313: Two niggers showed up. They vibed jungle stud. They vibed plantation buck.
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 232: They paid the aspirant [female] stars to perform [...] with these stud-type costars.

3. a general form of address, usu. congratulatory.

[US]Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 31 Dec. n.p.: the whip wants to know If the cove [...] does not make something by taking bed money. ‘Duz you, stud?’.
implied in old stud
[US]P. Marshall ‘Some Get Wasted’ in Clarke Harlem, USA (1971) 348: Dig, you studs, one thing, don’t ever let another club catch you in a sneak.
[US]J. Rechy Rushes (1981) 80: You look real hot, stud. Can you get heavy?
[US]D. Woodrell Muscle for the Wing 16: I’ll be glad to make the introductions for you, there, stud.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 350: Aint we got some convict ass to kick this morning, studs?

4. a man, irrespective of race or colour.

[US]M.A. Gill Und. Sl. 10/2: Stud, man.
[US]‘Digg Mee’ ‘Observation Post’ in N.Y. Age 2 Nov. 10/6: When a woman drops down into filth and mud...behind that, too, is some mean old stud.
[US]H. Simmons Corner Boy 40: He was fumbling around like a stud on his first date.
[US]C. Himes Imabelle 43: Those studs is wanted in Mississippi for killing a white man.
[US]C. Himes Rage in Harlem (1969) 44: [as 1957].
[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 161: Studs who used to be solid regulars are out there giving up their own mothers.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 9: I was heavy-handed, with a lot of snap in my shoulder, so when I tagged a stud, he was hurtin’.
[UK]Flame : a Life on the Game 44: He was a big, good-looking stud.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 90: You’re a young stud [...] but there’s a lot goes on you’re green about.

5. (US black) a sophisticated man, but with no sexual connotation.

[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Prison Parlance’ AS IX:1 27: stud. A man.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 103: The hard-cutting broadsides that two foxy studs named Mencken and Nathan were beginning to shoot at Joe Public in the pages of The Amer. Mercury.
[US]C. Himes ‘One More Way to Die’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 375: In the next booth a big snuff-dipping mama had her two slaving studs in overalls.
[US]A. King Mine Enemy Grows Older (1959) 142: He was a cool stud and really had something on the ball.
[US]Mad mag. Jan.–Feb. 48: Here, copacetic with Brutus and the studs.
[US]‘Lord Buckley’ Hiparama of the Classics 10: I’m gonna take all twelve of you Studs and Straighten You All at the same time.
[US]Rolling Stone 22 Sept. 45: Now it was ‘cool’ to play the guitar, now it was manly, something a stud did.
[US]J.L. Gwaltney Drylongso 233: I know she got some young stud going up beside huh head.
[US]M. Myers et al. Wayne’s World II [film script] wayne: I’ve been listening to Obnoxious Dan all my life. garth: I bet he’s a stud.

6. (US) a masculine lesbian.

[US]D. Burley N.Y. Amsterdam News 10 Mar. 14A: Why all you fellows so down on us studs? Are you jealous because you can’t hold your gals?
[US]D.W. Cory Homosexual in America 104: The cant argot includes such terms for the Lesbian as dike (or dyke), stud, and bull (more frequently bull-dagger).
[US]T.I. Rubin In the Life 68: You know, a stud: a dyke here, with a stable of chicks.
[US]R.D. Pharr S.R.O. (1998) 250: ‘There’s lots of square broads that go for jailhouse love while they’re locked up but won’t even speak to a stud once they’re back in the street’.
[US]A. Cornwell ‘Notes from a Gay Black Feminist’ in Jay & Young (1979) 472: She gave me a scornful look and declared, ‘You’re the most feminine stud I have ever seen!’.
[US]Kennedy & Davies Boots of Leather (2014) 258: ‘I’ve seen a lot of studs I liked. They got somebody and I said, “Well, maybe one of these days...”’.
[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 219: Tina was there and I could tell she was a stud.

7. (Aus.) a mixed-race Aboriginal woman, used for sexual pleasure.

[Aus]T. Ronan Vision Splendid 88: Lily had become in fact as well as in repute the ‘Storekeeper’s Stud’.
[Aus]J. Walker No Sunlight Singing (1966) 31: He had a half-caste stud who dropped a piccanninny [...] Ever since then he won’t allow any of his studs to drop one here.

8. a male prostitute catering to either sex.

[US]A. Anderson ‘Dance of the Infidels’ in Lover Man 157: You could stay at my pad, but I’m sharing it with a stud.
[US]J. Blake letter 3 June in Joint (1972) 181: I took a fabulously beautiful spade stud to the party.
[US]Maledicta IX 150: The original argot of prostitution includes some words and phrases which have gained wider currency and some which have not […] stud (male prostitute catering to women or male insertees).
[US]G. Indiana Rent Boy 31: It takes the pressure off when you’ve got two studs, because it’s like the john is outnumbered.

9. a man as a sexual performer.

[US]Rigney & Smith Real Bohemia 51: White girls go after Spades because they think they’re better lovers ... more stud there.
[US]N. Thornburg Cutter and Bone (2001) 10: She pictured him [...] as some sort of footloose swinging stud blithely moving from woman to woman, victim to victim.
[US]J. Krantz Scruples 152: He’s a bloody famous stud—you understand ‘stud’ [...] he fucks early and often.
[US]N. Eastwood Gardener Got Her n.p.: Jacking off, he panted loudly as he watched his wife and her two studs.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 33: An underinflated Stan the Man, Yes-He-Can blowup party stud.
[UK]Guardian Guide 29 May–4 June 10: It’s not like he’s some sort of stud doing it five times a night.
[UK]L. Theroux Call of the Weird (2006) 57: Since Viagra, everybody’s a stud.

10. a ‘masculine’ male homosexual.

[US]Lavender Lex. n.p.: stud:–A highly masculine appearing individual.
[US]Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 43: stud (n.): A rugged man with great sex appeal which he often uses.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Mama Black Widow 18: Queens and studs in the shadowy booths lining the long room.
[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 22: A lot of these wiseacres liked to play the role of studs and give the ‘sweet kids’ sly looks and remarks.
[US]Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 126: They object to […] Butch, French anything, Femme, Stud, Submissive, Dominant, Hermaphrodite, and Soixante-neuf – which is 69, in case you didn’t know; 68 is ‘you suck me and I’ll owe you one’.

11. (US prison) a ‘masculine’ jail homosexual (who usu. reverts to heterosexuality on release).

[US]B. Jackson Thief’s Primer 175: With the whites [...] they have more of a tendency to live off the punks, whereas the colored punks live off the studs.
[US]K. Scott Monster (1994) 141: On Able and Charlie rows [...] there were queens and a few studs.
[Aus]B. Matthews Intractable [ebook] ‘Peter keeps it Kamahl. He doesn’t like everyone to know that he’s got a stud on call whenever he wants it’.

12. (US gay) the penis.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 50: the penis [...] stud (kwn SF, SM sl, ’70: ‘He made me suck his stud dry, man’).

13. (US) a successful individual, irrespective of gender.

[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 58: In the world of modeling she’s a stud, is all she is. Probably everybody has seen her who has ever watched TV or driven a car [Ibid.] 89: Maybe if Shake wasn’t a ball player he’d be a stud in public relations because he’s handsome, a dude dresser, and has the gift of bullshit.

14. (US campus) a physically strong or athletically powerful man or woman.

[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 67: ‘[I]n the pros,’ he says, ‘there are studs on every team, and anybody can beat anybody else on a certain Sunday’.
[Aus]Hackworth & Sherman About Face (1991) 27: Our platoon medic, a stud of a guy who had as great a reputation as a fighter as he did as a doc.
[US]D. Winslow ‘Paradise’ in Broken 266: A former Special Forces stud captures four of my guys.
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 28: He’s the new pitching stud for the L.A. Angels.

In derivatives

studette (n.) [sfx -ette]

(US teen) a sexually and socially successful, physically attractive woman.

[US]Kairos (Calif. Lutheran U.) 28: [photo caption] Cal Lu studs (and studettes) give it all they’ve got.
[US] P. Munro Sl. U.
studly (adj.) (also studley)

(US campus) displaying the characteristics of a sexually successful man.

[US]Current Sl. I:3 7/2: Studley, adj. Admirable.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 190: studly masculine.
[US] P. Munro Sl. U.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 85: Where is the great studly one, anyway?
[UK]M. Dibdin Thanksgiving 28: This Scott was a real studly guy, some kind of work-out fanatic.
[US]J. Stahl Pain Killers 59: We split so she could free herself up for a studly convict.
[US]C. Hiaasen Squeeze Me 277: ‘Did she really get dumped by her studly Secret Service man?’.

In compounds

stud broad (n.) (also stud) [broad n.2 (3)]

(US) a masculine lesbian.

[US]Ward & Kassebaum Women’s Prison 142: She told of one stud broad who had sexual relationships with four different girls.
R.J. Arobateau Jailhouse Stud 27: ‘The only thing a man can do for me is show me the way to a stud broad.’ The Stripper was saying to two young black butches.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 60: Stud Broad Used in reference to ‘butch’ females.
[US]Kennedy & Davies Boots of Leather (2014) 7: In the African-American community ‘stud broad’ and ‘stud and her lady’ were common terms [for lesbians].
stud cakes (n.)

(US) used as a term of (flirting/teasing) address, implying manliness.

[US]T. Pluck ‘Story of O Street’ in Life During Wartime (2018) 57: ‘What’s the problem, stud cakes? Too big for ya?’.
stud dog (n.) (also stud duck)

(US) a male sexual predator.

H.O. Pruett Scandal High n.p.: She had tried to tell Sylvia that Willie-Joe was a stud dog.
[US]‘Tom Pendleton’ Iron Orchard (1967) 137: Didn’t ol’ stud-duck git tuck down a notch about the drinkin’ water!
stud (gin) (n.) [gin n.1 (1)]

(Aus.) an Aboriginal woman seen as an object of sexual pleasure for a white man.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Nov. 15/3: I have seen yellow gins bartered for and sold by white men to Mongolians. On the big stations I have seen half-caste children given away by their white fathers to a man on a neighboring cattle run. [...] I asked one half-caste child of eight or 10 what she was going to be. The reply came at once: ‘Stud gin.’.
[Aus]K.S. Prichard Coonardoo 79: ‘No stud gins for mine – no matter what happens,’ he swore to himself.
Red Star (Perth) 23 Mar. 2/3: The squatters cynically referred to the aboriginal women who had been forced to become objects for the gratification of their sexual desires as ‘stud gins’ [AND].
[Aus]T. Ronan Moleskin Midas 134: Don’t like putting on other people’s blacks, but this stud said she wouldn’t stay with you if the police took her back on the chain.
Sociol. Rev. (Keele) Mar. 40: It has been a common practice for a ‘small’ cattleman [...] to settle down with his ‘stud’ (aboriginal wife or mistress) with the express purpose of ‘breeding his own stockmen’, raising a family of half caste boys who can help him with droving and station work [AND].
Ngabidj & Shaw My Country of Pelican Dreaming 45: Billy Weaber helped another bloke put a station there [...] My sister came with me to be his stud.
stud horse (n.) (also stud hoss)

a man with sexual and/or athletic prowess; usu. as a term of address whether self-referentially or to a friend.

[US]D. Burley N.Y. Amsterdam News 15 Feb. 13: The jive larceny our Head Kicks are fumbling with is like the chair, stud hoss, it really ain’t there.
[US]D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 12: In fact, stud hoss, she’s as pretty as a speckled pup climbing a green hill under a country wagon on a summer afternoon in June.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 188: This hasn’t been too good a day for the stud hoss, unfortunately.
[US]P. Conroy Great Santini (1977) 300: We all know what you’re after, ya ol’ stud horse.
studhunk (n.) [hunk n.1 (6)]

a ‘masculine’ man, a ‘ladykiller’.

[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 65: He hauls Mr Studhunk outside and glues him buck naked to the hood of his Caddy.
stud hustler (n.) [hustler n. (7)]

(US gay) a male prostitute; taking a steroptypically macho pose.

[US]J. Rechy City of Night 96: And malehustlers (‘fruithustlers’/‘studhustlers’: the various names for all the masculine young vagrants).
[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 61: Young dirty stud hustlers jiggling their balls in their pockets and staring down old guys.
[US]A. Vachss Hard Candy (1990) 20: The stud hustler [...] thumbs hooked in a bicycle chain he used for a belt. Pretty boy.
stud-muffin (n.) [muffin n.1 (8)]

(orig. US campus) an exceptionally successful and attractive person; occas. of an animal.

D. Jenkins You Call It Sports 24: ‘I love Mr. Simpson. There’s no better friend of college football. ‘Stud Muffin’ Simpson was a great player here’.
[UK]K. Lette Mad Cows 58: Simon, an elegantly dressed stud-muffin in his mid-forties.
[UK]Observer 13 June 32: Gestured towards my 60-year-old father [...] and asked the alarming question: Isn’t he a studmuffin?’.
[UK]Guardian G2 9 July 22: Mario the would-be stud-muffin.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 20: The stud muffin here’s cracking on to be totally interested.
[US]G. Phillips ‘Slicers’ Serenade of Steel’ in Pulp Ink [ebook] Come on, stud muffin, forty for a date.
X 24 Mar. 🌐 [of dogs] Hank, doing Miss Tina justice, and showing off her bandana like the stud muffin he is!!
stud-up (n.)

(US prison) a homosexual male who tries to become heterosexual.

[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 216: stud up, n. – a homosexual who tries to change back to a heterosexual.

In phrases

old stud (n.)

(US) a familiar term of address.

[US]J.J. Hooper Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs (1851) 30: I’m off, old stud.
[US] ‘How Mike Hooter Came Very Near “Wolloping” Arch Coony’ in T.A. Burke Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 152: Look out for your bread-basket, old stud.
[US]G.W. Harris ‘Sut Lovingood Escapes Assassination’ N.Y. Atlas XXI July in Inge (1967) 129: I spied two ole studs a whisperin’ an’ p’intin’ at me.
[US] DN III 377: Stud (-horse), n., a stallion. Also used as a term of familiar address among men. ‘Hello, old stud, how are you?’.
[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 54: ‘That’s it, old stud,’ rejoined Hicks. ‘I shall do so, sir,’ said the Major, curtly, not much liking, I thought, the title of ‘old stud’ conferred on him by Mr. Hicks.
stud sauce (n.)

(US) semen.

Stevens Father n.p.: Now Matt was lucky if his dong shot seed more than once a week [and] he spewed less and less stud sauce.
stud with many fingers, the

(US black) J. Edgar Hoover, thus the FBI.

[US]D. Burley N.Y. Amsterdam News 15 Jan. 10A: The cats not in [i.e. the forces] [...] dodged trying to back track on the Stud With many Fingers.

In exclamations

stud horse! (also stud hoss!)

(US) a general form of greeting between men.

[US] DN III 377: Stud (-horse), n., a stallion. Also used as a term of familiar address among men. ‘Hello, old stud, how are you?’.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 197: Stud hoss, say hello to a hell of a guy.