an honorific title used (both pos. and neg.) in comb. with a n. to express the subject’s primary characteristic, e.g. Mr Grind, a very hard worker.
|Pryde and Abuse of Women line 81: What, shall the graye mayre be the better horse, And be wanton styll at home? Naye, then, welcome home, syr woodcocke, Ye shall be tamed anone.|
|‘Entertainments at the Temple’ in Progresses and Processions of Queen Elizabeth (1823) I 140: Sir Francis Flatterer [...] Sir Randle Rackabite, of Rascal-hall [...] Sir Morgan Mumchance, of Much Monkery [...] Sir Bartholomew Boldbreech, of Buttocks-bury.|
|Almond for a Parrat title page: Imprinted at a Place, not farre from a Place, by the Assignes of Signior Some-body, and are to be sold at his shoppe in Trouble-knaue Street.|
|Cobbler of Canterbury (1976) 12: Why how now sir sauce, quoth she [...] my husband is a wise man to send companions vp into the chamber where I am in bedde.|
|Pierce Pennilesse 20: You shall see a dapper Jacke [...] talke English through the teeth, like Jacques Scabd-hams, or Monsieur Mingo de Mousetrap.|
|Harleian Misc. II (1809) 305: Don Tyburne will invite thee to a liveles feast, and teach thee the crosse caper in a halfepennie halter.Bacchus’ Bountie in|
|Greene’s Ghost Haunting Coniecatchers F: There was one Monsieur Libidinoso dwelling at the signe of Incontinencie, hauing cast vp his accounts for the weeke past (for it was Saturday night) [...] Monsieur Libid. beat of lust [...] feeling his pocket [...] finds nothing but a Tester, or at least so little, that it was not sufficient to please dame Pleasure for her hire.|
|Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 3: Monsieur Gul-groper steales away of purpose to auoid the receipt of it.|
|Epigrams II No. 2: A learned Prelate late dispos’d to laffe, / Hearing me name the Bishop of Landaffe: / You should say, he aduising well hereon, / Call him Lord Ass: for all the land is gone.|
|Anatomy of Melancholy (1893) I 92: Therefore Nicholas Nemo, or Monsieur No-body shall go free.‘Democritus to Reader’|
|Love’s Cure II ii: What should you do in the Kitchin? [...] Don Lucio? Don Quotquean, Don Spinster, wear a petticoat still.|
|Ordinary II i: Stout Mr. Have-it-all, / Let’s be sworn brothers.|
|Two Knaves for a Penny title page: A Dialogue between Mr Hord the Meal-man & Mr Gripe the Broker.|
|Nugae Venales 58: Two notable Gamesters, Mr. Prick and Mr. Cunny.|
|Merry Maid of Islington 10: She in the Silk-Gown you shall have Mr. Lovechange, and the Milk-wench you shall have Mr. Wenchlove.|
|Bury Fair I i: I have been visited this Morning, by three most confounded Fops [...] Trim, Sir Humphrey Noddy, and Mr. Oldwit [...] How now, Monsieur Cutbeard? what makes you at Bury-Fair?|
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 548: Why, how now, Mr. Prate-apace? [...] Well, what have you got to say for yourself, Mr. Rogue-enough, hah?(trans.)|
|Priest-Craft I 23: But, good Mr. Trencher-Chaplain, good Mr. Say-grace, do not throw a Plate at my Head.|
|Double Gallant V i: I’ll cool your love, Mr. Dog!|
|Female Tatler (1992) (17) 42: Mr. Fribble, Mr Bisket and Mr Nincompoop.|
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c 362: Come, come, Mr. Blood sucker, open your Purse-strings.|
|Voyage to Lethe n.p.: Subscribers Names [...] Mr. Smallcock, 50 ditto. Mr. Badcock, 25 ditto. Mr. Nocock, 12 ditto.|
|Brave Irishman I iv: I left him last with Mr Cheatwell.|
|Hist. of the Two Orphans I 164: Marry come up, Mr. Sauce-box, I should not of thought of this assurance from you, cried Betty.|
|High Life Below Stairs II i: Harkyee, you Mr. Honesty, don’t be so saucy.|
|Midnight Spy 124: Behold a gang of right honourable pickpockets. The venerable company is composed of the Duke of Odds, the Earl of Bilk, Lord Viscount Cogem, Baron Jockey, Sir Samuel Snatchall, [...] and Mr. Live-by-wit.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 106: You’ll hear folks call him Earl of Cheat-him.|
|Evelina (1861) 462: I’ll be second to my friend Monsieur Clapperclaw here. Come, to it at once!|
|Northampton Mercury 1 Apr. 4/1: It appeared that honest Mr Moses [i.e a Jew] (to use a swindling phrase) had taken in the poor Irishman.|
|How to Grow Rich V ii: So, Mr. Pain-in-the-face, You and the young alderman here have done it.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 20: Nor shall I, Mr. Bluff, d’ye see, / resign my girl to pleasure thee.|
|‘Elder Brother’ in My Night-gown & Slippers (1839) 122: He work’d, with sinuosities, long, / Like Monsieur Corkscrew, worming through a cork; / Not straight, like Corkscrew’s proxy, stiff Don Prong, a Fork.|
|Adventures of Gil Blas (1822) I 132: Then master lazy-bones did not like sitting up!(trans.)|
|Poetical Works 117: Don Gold and Sir Selfish / Combining together, / The twisting their interests made them so strong.‘Alnwick Election’s Wedding’|
|‘Professional Dinner Parties’ Orange Boven Songster 2: Four-and-twenty tailors sat ’em down to dine [...] Mr. Snip, do you take turkey?|
|Morn. Post (London) 30 Oct. 4/1: The learned Dr Lushington [...] a Knight of the Thimble; a Black Diamond coal-shed keeper from Mount-street.|
|‘Chapter Of Cocks’ Luscious Songster 32: Mr. Badcock’s the man for the ladies [...] Mr. Bowcock is straight as an arrow [...] Mr. Longcock is small as a sparrow.|
|Paul Periwinkle 38: I say, Mr. Sauce-box, if you’re inclined for a fight.|
|Morn. Post (London) 20 May 5/6: The peculiar and distinctive characteristics of Messrs Bullyrag and Broadgrin are described.|
|Mary’s Birthday I i: Well, Mr. Impudence.|
|Little Ragamuffin 259: Mr Bobby [i.e. a policeman] [...] warn’t so much hurt as he was playing possum.|
|Sam Lawson’s Oldtown Fireside Stories (1881) 39: There was this ’ere Master Slick Tongue talkin’ this way to one side, and that way to t’other.|
|Cruel London II 36: One of ’em kept a-calling master Mr. Slyboots.|
|All Sorts and Conditions of Men II 97: Oh! Mr. Feeblemind! Oh! Mr. Facing-Both-Ways!|
|Louisiana Democrat 14 Feb. 1/6: Young Mr Nobody, / Living quite fast, / Boasting of Pedigree, / Rank in the past!|
|Texas Cow Boy (1950) 131: Mr. ‘Nig’ hadn’t gone but a few hundred yards when he was captured by the White Oak boys.|
|‘’Arry on Commercial Education’ in Punch 26 Sept. in (2006) 125: Lost a pot on Lord Muttonhead’s ‘moral,’ and now I ’ave got the clean chuck.|
|Gawktown Revival Club 33: I exchanged ideas with Professor Poppycock.|
|Jest of Fate (1903) 57: Mistah Rich Niggah [...] He wanted to dress his wife an’ chillen lak white folks.|
|Dover Exp. 6 May 8/2: ‘Master Nickum’ (thief).|
|‘Art of High Grading’ in Pittsburgh Post-Gaz. (PA) Sun. Mag. 2 Jan. 8/1: He raised old Mr Shotgun again and Bang! lets go another shot.|
|Torchy 132: But you mustn’t tear off the notion that Clifford’s a Mr. Lush, that goes and gets himself all lit up like a birthday cake and then begins to mix it.|
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 164: Think I’d open my guts to my Lord Bighead?|
|Madison Jrnl (LA) 30 Aug. 3/2: Mr Jackleg’s visit seemed [...] like a badly-drawn dream.|
|Taking the Count 291: Mr. Nobody from Nowhere waded through Tommy Derrick.‘Easy Picking’|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 240: What did Mr Robber look like?‘Tom, Dick, or Harry’|
|Harlem in Coll. Writings (2003) 333: Let me tell you som’pin, Mister Holier-Than-Me!|
|Black Roadways 68: If Mr. Go-’ no come, Mr. Deat’ come.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Mr. Cox and Mr. Box, a dual personality; a person concealing the truth.|
|(ref. to 1920s) Over the Wall 120: Ah wakes up in dis heah town with Mistah John Law a-shakin’me.|
|Bound for Glory (1969) 353: You’re not going to hurt anybody, Mister Blowoff!|
|in Profile of Youth 123: He himself was called ‘Mr. Tightwad.’ [...] A teacher who dyes her hair may be referred to as ‘Miss Peroxide’.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 54: Who are you to butt in anyway, Mr. Nobody?|
|Hills were Joyful Together (1966) 188: Try again, Mister Ass-hole.|
|Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 264: Mister Know-it-all Buster challenged me.‘A Coupla Scalped Indians’ in King|
|(con. 1943) Big War 124: An old army colonel debouched from a car [...] ‘Man, just look at that Mr. Brass.’.|
|Casey and Co. (1978) 18: Some woman whom I reckon is Mr Bible-Swinger’s illegally married wifey.‘Mattress’|
|Dr No (1960) 86: ‘All right, Mr Know-all,’ she said angrily.|
|Lonesome Monsters (1963) 26: Mr. Unhinged called room service.‘Talk to Me, Talk to Me’ in Algren|
|Gorilla, My Love (1972) 40: He’s gonna be Mister Basketball when he grows up.‘The Hammer Man’|
|Cannibals 379: The Mr. Trouble premiere.|
|Executioner (1973) 98: Let me tell you something, Mr. Hot Stuff.|
|Last Detail 4: Gee, Mr. Bad-Ass.|
|(con. 1900s) Shootist 132: So just you remember, Mister Blowhard.|
|Dry Hustle 47: Some Lord Goon Esquire who wants to take you shopping.|
|Angel Dust 104: I’m goin’ more straight than ‘Mr. Normal’.et al.|
|Talk Radio (1989) 16: Listen, you Mister Fuckin’ Big Shot.|
|Pretty in Pink 116: Give Mr. Perfecto a squeeze for me.|
|(con. 1960s) Tripmaster Monkey 317: Let me educate you, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, on what isn’t funny.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 6: Major geekster – a stereotypic geek or nerd: ‘Look at Major Geekster with his pocket protector’.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 3: Dr. Slide – professor known for easy classes.|
|One Night Out Stealing 90: It’s only grass, Mister Goody-goody.|
|Tasmanian Babes Fiasco (1998) 198: ‘Up we get Sir Stupidhead,’ I grunted.|
|Guardian Sport 31 July 16: Notice how Athers was able to get right up Donald’s pipe [...] generally provoking Mr 98 mph into behaving like a big girl’s blouse.|
|Midnight Lightning 97: This gangster [...] looking like Mister Pimpman, Mister Drug Man.|
|Davey Darling 231: Oh, it’s Mister Perfect, little Mister Tattle-tale.|
|IOL News (SA) 6 Apr. 🌐 A refusal to listen to criticism [...] earned him the moniker ‘Mr Know-it-All’.|
Used with specific or metonymic proper names
a generic name for an anonymous member of the public.
|Gentleman’s Mag. Apr. 228/2: This is a doctrine much inculcated by somebody ; bus, maugre his most earnest endeavours, it has not yet taken sufficient root in this country; nor do I suppose, that you, Mr. Anybody, are desirous that it ever should.|
|letter inExperiments & Remarks on Electricity (1789) 178: Would Dr. Anybody, or Mr. Anybody, at London, or any where, have supposed that the Smeatonian pump would do no more than any other good pump.|
|Young Manhood [ebook] STUDS LONIGAN was an iron man, and when anybody laughed at the iron man, well, the iron man would knock the laugh off the face of Mr. Anybody.|
|Really the Blues 7: We got a big kick out of joyriding in someone else’s car. We could take Mr. Anybody’s car any time we had a mind to.|
|Cosmological Eye 225: Mr. Anybody or Everybody in France is quite another species from Mr. Nobody in America or England.|
see arnold n.
see Astorbilt n.
the average member of the public.
|Wash. Post 11 Nov. Miscellany 3/4: It behooves Mr. Averageman to examine well into his pockets if he should hear such expressions as ‘let him through,’ ‘hold him back’ or ‘right breech.’.|
|Rotarian Apr. 137: CURIOUS was taking a meditative walk, met Mr. Average and askt quickly: ‘What is air?’ ‘What is air?’ Mr. Average repeated in surprise. ‘Air! Why air is — er— is air’.|
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 66: He was just little Mr Average, one of the faceless working herberts.|
|Fixx 45: The achiever is [...] obliged to be jostled by Mr Average, Mrs Normal, Ms Ordinary.|
|Amer. Motorcyclist Dec. 23: Mr. Average and his wife see you and your motorcycle on the road.|
|Chopper From The Inside 95: Mr and Mrs average Aussie doesn’t really believe it is all happening here.|
|Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent 114: Mr. Average does not always have a six-pack or always have 12 inches of swipe. He does not always have that chiseled body that you have fantasized about all your life.|
(US Und.) a potential victim, a confidence man’s dupe.
|Wash. Times (DC) 14 Sept. 10/4: Mr Bates — A mark.|
|Salt Lake Herald (UT) 19 Oct. 5/1: Mr Bates’ leather sticks out of his inside kick and Jimmy thinks it’s a shame. He cops and lams a couple of blocks.|
|How I Became a Detective 93: Mr. Bates – A mark.|
|Keys to Crookdom 409: Johnny Bates. Victim – sucker, sap, dupe, gull, come-on, greenhorn.|
|Big Con 189: When I bump into Mr. Bates I can hold my own with him on most any subject. [Ibid.] 210: I always avoid a hare-lipped Bates.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 134: johnnie bates A greenhorn; a sucker; a sap; a victim; a dope.|
(orig. US) an important, influential person, esp. a ‘criminal mastermind’; also attrib.
|On Broadway 15 Mar. [synd. col.] President Roosevelt was addressing that group’s representatives . . . . Mr. Big said in part [etc.].|
|Capt. Bulldog Drummond 70: If I can do anything [...] to convince our Mister Bigs to think the right way [...] then the risks on the way simply do not count.|
|Go, Man, Go! 30: Don’t gimme that Mr. Big stuff. I take enough of it at home.|
|Freeloaders 183: There is a Mr. Big. Sometimes I wish the sonofabitch would stop getting Mr. Bigger.|
|Great Aust. Gamble 129: [H]e had spent most of his share when he returned to England to become ‘Mister Big’ behind a sensational English greyhound doping scandal .|
|Awopbop. (1970) 41: From then on he was a natural Mister Big.|
|Tintin and the Picaros 41: And just where do you think you’ve been Mr Big?|
|Fixx 52: I became the recognised and even slightly feared Mr Big of the Melton hall underworld.|
|Happy Like Murderers 102: Her father was a Pakistani shopkeeper and a Mr. Big of the Gorbals.|
|Observer 18 July 33: For once, the Mistah Bigs were behind bars.|
|Camden New Journal (London) 13 Mar. 2: A gang of five charged with running a crack cocaine ring under a shadowy ‘Mr Big’.|
|Guardian Online 13 Oct. 🌐 The gangland murder of Paul Massey, known as Salford’s Mr Big.|
|Opal Country 98: ‘[T]hey wanted to leave it [i.e. a drug syndicate] operating while they chased down the Mr Bigs’.|
(US tramp) a gullible person.
|Milk and Honey Route 200: Block, Mr. — The original john Dubb. The man who believes that the police mean well and that sharks are good fellows.|
(drugs) hydromorphone, the basis of the synthetic opiate Dilaudid.
|Drug Education Hbk.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 15: Mister blue — Morphine.|
see po-po n.
(US Und.) a victim, a gullible fool.
|Sun (NY) 27 July 40/1: It’s the old wire with a new twist. They have a phony poolroom [...] Mr Boob comes alonmg and the booster steers him in.|
see booze n. / boozington n.
(US) a slightly mocking ref. to a leader.
|Muscle for the Wing 150: We been here before, Mr. Boss Hoss.|
|DAUL 35/1: Brown, Mr. [...] A passive pederast.et al.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 422: Thats what Chief Bulgler Houston was – a regular Mister Brown.|
1. (US drugs) heroin.
|🎵 I used ta do a little but a little wouldn't do / So the little got more and more / [...] / We been dancin' with Mr. Brownstone / He’s been knockin’ / He won't leave me alone.‘Mr Brownstone’|
|Dope Sick 105: The brownstone man was on 105th and Park. He ran a little bodega on the corner and sold stuff from Mexico right over the counter.|
|Blacktop Wasteland 62: [W]hat little in the way of brains the good Lord had given him was being eaten away by pills and on occasion Mr. Brownstone.|
2. (drugs) hashish.
|Legion of the Lost 226: I went back to Michaud and the gang but he got up with a chunk of hashish in his hand. ‘Excuse me a moment. Just going outside for a word with Monsieur Brownstone.’ .|
see Charlie n.
see separate entry.
see Chuck n.
1. (US) an obsessively neat and prudish man.
|Dict. Contemp. and Colloq. Usage 41/2: Mr. Clean, n. An obnoxiously neat or prudish fellow.|
2. (orig. US) someone who makes a point of portraying themselves (sincerely or otherwise) as free of corruption; esp. in politics, business, sport or other forms of public life in which a proclaimed moral stance is useful; ext. as Miss Clean, Mrs Clean.
|Maclean’s 9 Feb. 47: A tough, outspoken Texan who was dubbed ‘Mr. Clean’ by the Toronto Star.|
|Fixx 209: Now he’s the Mr Clean of the BBC.|
1. the penis.
|www.asstr.org 🌐 She’s very easy on the eye is that polo mint, and she looks even better as I help her slide her edinburgh fringe down onto the top of my mr cool.‘Dead Beard’ at|
2. see Joe Cool under joe n.1
(US black) a white person.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 208: Mr Cracker [...] any white male.|
see cunningham n.
|‘Nocturnal Sports’ in Universal Songster II 179/2: If that’s the case of it, Mister Cut, says Charley, you’re cutting yourself out for a watchhouse hit.|
see double tripe n.1
(US black) a man who mistreats women.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 148: A number of terms were used to characterize the young man who could not be trusted [...] Mr. Do-you-wrong, no-account, bad-ass, no-account nigger.|
(US black) a white man.
|Nigger Heaven 286: Mr. Eddie: a white man.|
|Born to Be (1975) 236: Miss Ann and Mister Eddie: Emancipated blue-bloods.|
see fake n.1 (1)
(N.Z.) a fat person.
|Truth (Wellington) 2 May 5/4: [headline] A Reprisal Raid on Mr Fat.|
(UK Und.) a phr. used to announce that a policeman is present.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 64/2: Looking them steadily in the ‘mug,’ asked ‘Who let you in here?’ — at the same time giving the ‘office’ through the open door that ‘Mr. Ferguson’s’ beer was ready for him. This Mr. Ferguson is a name used by first class ‘guns’ to intimate in the absence of any other opportunity that a ‘copper’ is present.|
(US drugs) an addict who volunteers to undergo a Federal cure in prison.
|AS XI:2 124/1: mr. fish. An addict who gives himself up to Federal officials voluntarily and goes to prison in an effort to break himself of the habit.‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 1 in|
|Traffic In Narcotics 312: Mister Fish. An addict who gives himself up to the law in order to break the habit.|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
(US) a very short, fat man.
|Thrilling Detective Dec. 🌐 The coffee magnate was as wide as he was tall. A light tan edition of Mr. Five-by-Five.‘Publicity for the Corpse’ in|
|(con. 1943)Helmet for My Pillow 122: Mr. Five-by-Five got his nickname from his build — a few inches over five feet in height and almost that much in breadth [HDAS].|
1. a general facilitator.
|Gumshoe (1998) 128: You are really Mr Fix-it, aren’t you, brother?|
|Stories (1985) 196: This Ross guy spent his time repairing things [...] I had his number, Mr Fixit.|
|Guardian Weekend 6 Nov. 39: He became Death Row’s Mr Fixit.|
2. a DIY expert.
|London Fields 46: Me? I’m Handy Andy. Mr Fixit innit.|
1. a euph. for motherfucker n. [initial letters].
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 258: Such variations on the unstated theme as M.F., Marshall Field, and Mister Franklin, the slurred mo’-fo’ and muh-fuh, the rococo triple-clutcher, popularized by black truck drivers in army construction battalions; and the clipped momma, mother, and muther.|
2. see Ben Franklin n.
see gotrocks n.
a gullible man, a ‘sucker’.
|Anecdotes of the Turf, the Chase etc. 201: The knowing cockney, the leary dog-merchant, and the cunning countryman, all upon the look out for a Mr. Green from the city.|
see old Mr Grim under old adj.
see grog n.1 (1)
(orig. US) the penis.
|Peacekeepers 89: Just keep saying hello to Mr. Happy.|
|Homeboy 296: You could always gag me with Mr. Happy there.|
|🌐 Flossing your ass with barbed wire. / Jumping off the Empire State Building and catching your eyelid on a nail. / Similarly, jumping naked off said building and catching the ridge of Mr. Happy’s Helmet on said nail.‘What’s Grosser Than Gross’ 7 Jan. at Dooce.com|
|Erotic Rev. Mar. 6: Nice for a person to know, but irrelevant while attempting a game of Mr Happy Hides His Helmet.|
(W.I.) a hard task-master, a strict superior.
|cited in Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage (1996).|
see Hawkins n.3
any nameless object.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: Mr. Hickenbothom; a ludicrous name for an unknown person, similar to that of Mr. Thingambob. Hickenbothom, i.e. a corruption of the German word ickenbaum, i.e. oak tree.|
(US black) a security policeman, e.g. at a school.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 247: Mr. Hombug 1. School security officer. 2. Security police in general.|
a lame or limping person; thus don’t hurry, Mr Hopkins, meaning in US ‘hurry up’, and in UK ‘don’t bother to go too fast’.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Mr. Hopkins; a ludicrous address to a lame or limping man, being a pun on the word hop.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Americanisms 610: In the West, on the contrary, they have a phrase, Don’t hurry, Hopkins! [...] used ironically in speaking to persons who are very slow in their work, or in meeting an obligation.|
1. a promiscuous man, esp. one who cuckolds others.
|Works (1760) I 58: Cries the bone of your side, thanks, dear Mr. Horner.Satire on Marriage in|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 165: He like a pointer rang’d about / [...] / In hopes to spy this Mr. Horner.|
2. the penis [the object that does the cuckolding but note also horn n.2 (1a)].
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 78: Corne, f. 1. The penis; ‘Mr. Horner’.|
see jones n.1 (1)
see Jack Ketch n.
|Baron’s Court All Change (2011) 45: I waited for Mr Law’s visit feeling very pleased with myself, as I’d have the laugh on them.|
see Lo n.1
a state of drunkenness.
|Life in London (1869) 321: The attention he displayed towards any of his party; when Mr Lushington had got ‘the best of them,’ showed his judgement.|
|Bk of Sports 27: Fond of a bit of life; a gay boy in principle; frequently meeting with Mr. Lushington.|
|Gal’s Gossip 134: She will have to make a personal application to the sitting magistrate at Bow Street — a Mr Lushington, I believe.|
see Joe McGee n. (3)
an effeminate man, who wears female clothing.
|Tunbridge Walks dramatis personae: Maiden, A Nice-Fellow, that values himself upon all Effeminancies. [Ibid.] I i: maiden: You have a fine daughter to dispose of here; I design to make some Overtures. woodc.: You — Thou Effeminate Coxcombe, Dost though think she’ll like one of her own Sex. [Ibid.] II i: Enter Mr. Maiden with Musick [...] (While the Song’s Performing, Maiden uses a Fan, a Pocket Lookinglass, &c.) [...] See, Nymphs, a Swain more soft than you: We Patch, and we Paint, [...] We play with a Fan, / We Squeak, and we Skream, / We’re Women, meer Women i’ th’ end. [...] hill: But pray Mr. Maiden, How d’you employ your self for want of an Office in London? maiden: Why, Madam, I never keep Company with lewd Rakes that go to nasty Taverns, talk Smuttily, and get Fuddl’d, but Visit the Ladies, and Drink Tea, and Chocolate. [...] I love mightily to go abroad in Women’s Clothes.|
see benny mason n.
(W.I./UK black teen) a person known as a popular figure or as a successful womanizer.
|Official Dancehall Dict. 34: Mr Mention someone who is very popular.|
see Caspar Milquetoast n.
1. a rich person.
|Playback 124: A big shot from the treasury Department [...] happened to see Mr. Money.|
2. (US black) a derog. name for a Jew.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 61: Other labels [...] three balls, and Mr. Money, characterized the Jew — particularly the Jewish merchant.|
(US) a Japanese or Asian man; also attrib.
|Time 9 Feb. 24: The Jap, who is variously ‘Mr. Moto,’ ‘Tojo,’ ‘Charlie,’ or ‘the Japanzy’ to U.S. troops, was beginning to show a heavy preference for night movement [HDAS].|
|Lonesome Monsters (1963) 133: Die like a dog, Mr. Moto! Take that, and that!‘Day of the Alligator’ in Algren|
|Farm (1968) 114: She was [...] wearing a stupid pair of Mr. Moto-type glasses.|
|M*A*S*H [CBS-TV] Get the message, Mr. Moto? [HDAS].|
(Aus.) the groin.
|Pete’s Aussie Sl. Home Page 🌐 Mister Mutch: the crutch (groin) .|
(US) a well-built man.
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 146: We meet Mr. Muscles coming up. His shoulders is too wide and he don’t give an inch.‘Wrong Way Home’ in|
a fool, a simpleton.
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
1. a pleasant, amenable person, although that status carries a certain conditionality; thus no more Mr Nice Guy, also used ironically.
|Front Room Boys Scene vii: I’ll be back to talk to you [...] because I’m ‘Mr Nice Guy’, and you like me a lot.|
|Hot to Trot 125: Aren’t there a few tears for dear old Mr. Nice Guy?|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] One of them pretends he really wants to beat you up bad, right, and the other one pretends to be Mr Nice!‘Wanted’|
|Gang Starr [song title] No More Mr Nice Guy.|
|Neddy (1998) 114: One of the guys tried to stab Dave with a fork. That was the end of being Mr Nice Guy.|
|No More Mr. Nice Guy [title].|
|Guardian G2 10 Feb. 5/1: Collins was pop’s Mr Nice Guy: not cool any more, but well-liked.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Gate Fever 32: He didn’t trust the comparatively liberal regime [...] and he didn’t want any part of ‘their mister-nice-guy games’.|
|🎵 No more Mr Nice stuff.‘This Tune Ain’t Shit’|
|(con. 1988) A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 330: I was suspicious when he started coming over with a Mr Nice Guy routine.|
|‘Oh! Come to Me and Let me Feel!!!’ in Gentleman’s Private Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 383: That I might take your hand, / To Mr P. in all his pride, / Who still for you will stand.|
|Peeping Tom (London) 22 86/2: I hope you are satisfied, Mister Particular.|
the local corner newspaper/sweet shop or small grocery.
|🌐 The weekend shopping get-together at Mr Patel’s grocery where vintage Bollywood hits played in the subdued background, kept visitors, from Goans to South Indians, connected with their inner identity.CONNECT 1 Aug.|
|BBC.co.uk 🌐 On the corner / Mr. Patel sells / samosas on Sundays / wine in plastic, / Woodbines in fives.‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the North East’|
(US black) a white man.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 208: Mr Peanut [...] any white male.|
|Phoebe Kissagen n.p.: Then the children, laughing and pushing, seized hold of Mr Peaslin and popped him in.|
|‘Three Chums’ in Boudoir III 93: Sarah would have him place the head of Mr. Peaslin just between the lips of her pussey.|
|Forbidden Fruit n.p.: She would [...] gently wag Mr. Peaslin, who was always in a state of erection.|
see peeler n.2
a black man.
|(con. late 19C) Wilder Shore 216: Mister Peters (Negroes, so called because of the legend of the size of their genitalia).|
see plod n.2
|Cozeners in Works (1799) II 162: Did I not tell you what Parson Prunello said.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
see Richard n. (2)
see separate entry.
|Eng. Poets VIII (1810) 345: The queen, overhearing what Betty did say, Would send Mr. Roper to take her away.‘Song’ in Chalmers|
a sexually appealling male, thus Miss Sex Appeal.
|Stage (London) 30 July 21/3: It is no longer necessary to be be trim, slim and Mr or Miss Sex Appeal to become a leading actor.|
(US black/L.A.) a member of the vice squad.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 67: You find expressions like [...] Mr. Sin for vice cops. [Ibid.] 247: Mr. Sin Vice squad officer.|
(US) a very large man.
|Lead With Your Left (1958) 45: He was a giant, a real mister six by six.|
see smarty n.
(US drugs/teen) a regular smoker of marijuana.
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. 🌐 smoke-a-boal (Mr... ) n. a person who uses a bong regularly.|
(US) a knock-out drop.
|Bowery Life [ebook] Peter? Dat’s a drink dey call Mr. Snyder. Say, is you gettin’ rats in de nut? [...] Why, it’s a knockout, see.|
(US) a revolver, a pistol.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 17: She flagged a kill joy who soon had Mister Speaker facing the skull. And that’s that.|
|Blood Posse 228: Brother man, you ain’t got to use that there speaker on me.|
|Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 71: His Taylor [...] who had lately arrested him for a Summ of four or five Pounds which he ow’d Mr. Stitch.|
(W.I./Jam.) a determined individual.
|Letters from Jamaica 87: A determined person is ‘Mr. Strong-eye’.|
|Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 151: He laid upon Mr. Switch like a D—l.|
(W.I., Rasta) the boss.
|‘Patois Dict.’ at www.dancehallareaz.com.|
1. an agent, usu. in show business, who takes 10% (at least) of their client’s earnings.
|Bobby Moore: The Life and Times of a Sporting Hero 224: Through it all, Turner was strictly Mr Ten Per Cent. He said: ‘Other agents expected fifteen or twenty per cent but I believed Bobby was something special.’.|
2. a middleman, esp. between interest groups and politicians, who arranges ‘favours’ and directs influence for some cut of the subsequent profits.
|Power in Africa 102: In one country after another, African politicians came to be known as Mr Ten Per Cent. Politicians extracted such a commission for services rendered.|
|🌐 He looked around to make sure none were listening to our English and said, ‘That’s Mr. Ten Percent.’ ‘What?’ I said, not certain I had heard him correctly. ‘Mr. Ten Percent,’ he repeated quietly. ‘That is how we call General Suharto. He takes ten percent of everything.’.‘A Vagabond World’ ThomasBachand.com|
see cit. 1785.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Mr. Thingstable, Mr. Constable, a ludicrous affectation of delicacy in avoiding the pronunciation of the first syllable in the title of that officer, which in sound has some similarity to an indecent monosyllable.|
|[||in Sporting Mag. June XII 160/1: ‘April 22th 1798. I Hear By giv Notius that all the Ship and cattel Sall Be kept Out [...] .......Cunstobble’].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
see Uncle Tom n.
see three balls n. (1)
(US black) the penis.
|Lex. Black Eng. 33: Other Black terms for the penis include arm [...] swipe, private, Jones, pecker, stallion, Mister Tom and Johnson.|
(drugs) a 26-gauge hypodermic syringe.
|Narcotics and Narcotic Addiction (3rd edn).|
|Drug Lang. and Lore.|
(UK Und.) a pawnbroker.
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 183: ‘Mister Two-to-one’ ― a pawn-broker; that being the advantage he takes of his customers’ necessities: the method of suspending his golden-balls ― two above one below, seems to tell this plainly.|
(drugs) a marijuana smoker.
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
(US black/drugs) phencyclidine mixed with formaldehyde.
|Prison Sl. 51: Mr. Whipple and Bomb Expressions used in reference to the drug PCP that has been mixed with embalming fluid.|
(US) the American government or its law enforcement agencies.
|On Broadway 23 Aug. [synd. col.] The divorce is being retarded over which of them will pay Mr. Whiskers the tax on his parting gift of $300,000.|
|N.Y. Herald Trib. 17 July 38/2: [advert] [...] So What?; Jallopy; Very spotty dealer situation; high hat; cut it out; Mr. Whiskers; Swing it!; c.o.d.; Hi ya, kid!|
|In for Life 234: But toward the minions of Mr. Whiskers’ justice machine I still had plenty of resentment.|
|Terrible Ten 81: Mr. Whiskers’s snoopers [couldn’t make you talk] [HDAS].|
a fool, a simpleton.
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 195: Wiggins ― Mr. any mannerist of small brains and showy feather . The ‘three Mr. Wigginses,’ portrayed by Dighton, were ‘habited alike from top to toe,’ and kept the step of the bird-cage walk, in their Sunday ambulations.|
1. a man wearing a wig.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Wigsby, Mr. Wigsby; a man wearing a wig.|
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Wigsby; a man wearing a wig.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
2. (UK Und.) a judge.
|‘Rolling Blossom’ in Festival of Anacreon in Wardroper Lovers, Rakers and Rogues (1995) 180: Wigsby has passed sentence.|
(US black) chilly winter winds, esp. as experienced in northern cities.
|🌐 I’ve discovered that I drive like a southerner. Let me elaborate on the driving conditions in Minnesota. I was driving 70 mph all through Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. Then in Minnesota it starts to snow. 70...60...50...40...30! [...] And then Mister Wind decided that my car should be in the left lane. And then my car decided to dance with some black ice, turning my vehicle about 15 degrees.Joshmercer.com 22 Dec.|
see play Mr Wobbly hides his helmet under play (at)... v.
see wong n.1
a police truncheon.
|(con. 1919) Inside the C.I.D. 17: We had some practice with the truncheon, a fifteen-inch length of hard wood known as ‘Mr. Wood’.|
|DU (3rd edn) 848/1: Mr. Wood. A truncheon [...] since ca. 1920.|
|Lowspeak 150: Charlie or Mr. Wood – a police truncheon. ‘If you don’t come quiet I’ll introduce you to my friend Charlie.’.|
(US) a barber.
|🎵 Good morning, Mister Zip-Zip-Zip, with your hair cut just as short as mine, / Good morning, Mister Zip-Zip-Zip, You’re surely looking fine!‘Good morning, Mister Zip-Zip’|
|in Calif. Folklore Quarterly V (1946) 383: Mr. Zip-Zip. Ship’s barber [HDAS].|
|[bk title] Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip. Movies, Memory, and World War II.|
of a woman, pregnant [knapped adj.].
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 248: Speaking of a woman supposed to be pregnant, it is common to say, I believe Mr Knap is concerned, meaning that she has knap’d.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues IV 118/1: Mr. Knap’s been there, is said of a pregnant woman.|
see under nash v.1
(orig. gay) the hand, used for masturbation.
|Urban Terrorist Empire 🌐 Who better than Mr. Palmer and his five sons to keep old granny warm on those cold nights, now that grandpa has gone to a better place?|
see under palm v.
see under pull v.