[mid-16C+] 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.
Used with specific or metonymic proper names
[mid-18C+] a generic name for an anonymous member of the public.
see arnold n.
see Astorbilt n.
[1910s+] the average member of the public.
[1920s–40s] (US Und.) a potential victim, a confidence man’s dupe.
[1930s+] (orig. US) an important, influential person, esp. a ‘criminal mastermind’; also attrib.
[1930s] (US tramp) a gullible person.
[1970s] (drugs) hydromorphone, the basis of the synthetic opiate Dilaudid.
see po-po n.
[1910s] (US Und.) a victim, a gullible fool.
see boozington n.
[1980s] (US) a slightly mocking ref. to a leader.
[1950s] a homosexual.
see Charlie n.
see separate entry.
see Chuck n.
1. [1960s+] (US) an obsessively neat and prudish man.
2. [1970s+] (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.
1. [2000s] the penis.
2. see Joe Cool under joe n.1
[1950s+] (US black) a white person.
see cunningham n.
[early 19C] a tailor.
see double tripe n.1
[1970s–80s] (US black) a man who mistreats women.
[1920s–50s] (US black) a white man.
see fake n.1 (1)
[1900s] (N.Z.) a fat person.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a phr. used to announce that a policeman is present.
[1930s–50s] (US drugs) an addict who volunteers to undergo a Federal cure in prison.
[1940s] (US) a very short, fat man.
1. [1950s+] a general facilitator.
2. [1980s+] a DIY expert.
1. [1950s+] a euph. for motherfucker n. [initial letters].
2. see Ben Franklin n.
see gotrocks n.
[early 19C] a gullible man, a ‘sucker’.
see old Mr Grim under old adj.
see grog n.1 (1)
[1980s+] (orig. US) the penis.
[20C+] (W.I.) a hard task-master, a strict superior.
see Hawkins n.3
[late 18C–19C] any nameless object.
[1980s] (US black) a security policeman, e.g. at a school.
[late 18C–19C] 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’.
1. [18C] a promiscuous man, esp. one who cuckolds others.
2. [late 19C] the penis [the object that does the cuckolding but note also horn n.2 (1a)].
see jones n.1 (1)
see Jack Ketch n.
see Lo n.1
[19C] a state of drunkenness.
see Joe McGee n. (2)
[early 18C] an effeminate man, who wears female clothing.
see benny mason n.
[1980s+] (W.I./UK black teen) a person known as a popular figure or as a successful womanizer.
see Caspar Milquetoast n.
1. [1950s] a rich person.
2. [1960s+] (US black) a derog. name for a Jew.
[1940s–70s] (US) a Japanese or Asian man; also attrib.
[20C+] (Aus.) the groin.
[1950s] (US) a well-built man.
[late 17C–18C] a fool, a simpleton.
1. [1960s+] a pleasant, amenable person, although that status carries a certain conditionality; thus no more Mr Nice Guy, also used ironically.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
[mid-19C] the penis.
[1980s+] the local corner newspaper/sweet shop or small grocery.
[1960s–80s] (US black) a white man.
[mid–late 19C] the penis.
see peeler n.2
[late 19C] a black man.
see plod n.2
[late 18C–early 19C] a parson.
see Richard n. (2)
see separate entry.
[mid-17C–mid-18C] the hangman.
[1990s] a sexually appealling male, thus Miss Sex Appeal.
[1970s–80s] (US black/L.A.) a member of the vice squad.
[1950s] (US) a very large man.
see smarty n.
[2000s] (US drugs/teen) a regular smoker of marijuana.
[1900s] (US) a knock-out drop.
[mid–late 19C; 1940s] (US) a revolver, a pistol.
[early 18C] a tailor.
[mid-19C] (W.I./Jam.) a determined individual.
[early 18C] a coachman.
[1950s+] (W.I., Rasta) the boss.
1. an agent, usu. in show business, who takes 10% (at least) of their client’s earnings.
2. a middleman, esp. between interest groups and politicians, who arranges ‘favours’ and directs influence for some cut of the subsequent profits.
[late 18C–early 19C] ‘Mr Constable, a ludicrous affectation of delicacy in the avoiding the pronunciation of the first syllable in the title of that officer, which in sound has some similarity to an indecent monosyllable’ (Grose, 1785).
see Uncle Tom n.
see three balls n. (1)
[1970s] (US black) the penis.
[1960s–70s] (drugs) a 26-gauge hypodermic syringe.
[early 19C] (UK Und.) a pawnbroker.
[1950s–70s] (drugs) a marijuana smoker.
[1990s+] (US black/drugs) phencyclidine mixed with formaldehyde.
[1930s–60s] (US) the American government or its law enforcement agencies.
[early 19C] a fool, a simpleton.
1. [late 18C–early 19C] a man wearing a wig.
2. (UK Und.) a judge.
[1930s+] (US black) chilly winter winds, esp. as experienced in northern cities.
see play Mr Wobbly hides his helmet under play (at)... v.
see wong n.1
[1930s+] a police truncheon.
[1910s–40s] (US) a barber.
[19C] of a woman, pregnant [knapped adj.].
see under nash v.1
[1950s+] (orig. gay) the hand, used for masturbation.
see under palm v.
see under pull v.