Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Mr n.

also Don, Dr, Earl, Lord, Major, Master, Monsieur, Professor, Sir

[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

In compounds

Mr Anybody (n.)

[mid-18C+] a generic name for an anonymous member of the public.

Mr Average (n.) (also Mr Averageman)

[1910s+] the average member of the public.

Mr Bates (n.) (also Bates, Johnnie Bates, Johnny Bates) [? pun on Mr. Bates/SE masturbates, thus the individual is a jerk n.1 ]

[1920s–40s] (US Und.) a potential victim, a confidence man’s dupe.

Mr Big (n.) (also Mistah Big, Mister Big)

[1930s+] (orig. US) an important, influential person, esp. a ‘criminal mastermind’; also attrib.

Mr Block (n.)

[1930s] (US tramp) a gullible person.

Mr Blue (n.) [? a blue elixir of morphine sulphate]

[1970s] (drugs) hydromorphone, the basis of the synthetic opiate Dilaudid.

Mr Boob (n.)

[1910s] (US Und.) a victim, a gullible fool.

Mr Boss Hoss (n.)

[1980s] (US) a slightly mocking ref. to a leader.

Mr Charlie (n.)

see separate entry.

Mr Clean (n.) [the character ‘Mr Clean’ in advertisements for a brand of household cleaner of the same name, first marketed in late 1950s]

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.

Mr Cracker (n.) [cracker n.3 ]

[1950s+] (US black) a white person.

Mr Cut (n.)

[early 19C] a tailor.

Mr Do-you-wrong (n.)

[1970s–80s] (US black) a man who mistreats women.

Mr Eddie (n.) [generic use]

[1920s–50s] (US black) a white man.

Mr Fat (n.)

[1900s] (N.Z.) a fat person.

Mr Ferguson (n.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a phr. used to announce that a policeman is present.

Mr Fish (n.)

[1930s–50s] (US drugs) an addict who volunteers to undergo a Federal cure in prison.

Mr Five-by-Five (n.) [title of a 1942 pop song by Don Raye and Gene de Paul]

[1940s] (US) a very short, fat man.

Mr Fixit (n.) [a series of short religious films in 1950s featured ‘Mr Fixit’, a carpenter who combined the mending of furniture with delivering pious homilies to the attendant children]

1. [1950s+] a general facilitator.

2. [1980s+] a DIY expert.

Mr Green (n.)

[early 19C] a gullible man, a ‘sucker’.

Mr Happy (n.)

[1980s+] (orig. US) the penis.

Mr Harding (n.) (also Mister Harding) [SE hard]

[20C+] (W.I.) a hard task-master, a strict superior.

Mr Hickenbothom (n.)

[late 18C–19C] any nameless object.

Mr Hombug (n.)

[1980s] (US black) a security policeman, e.g. at a school.

Mr Hopkins (n.) (also Hopkins) [pun on SE hop; note Notes and Queries, March 13, 1858: ‘It originated from the ease of one Hopkins, who, having given one of his creditors a promissory note in regular form, added to it this extraordinary memorandum: It is expressly agreed, that the said Hopkins is not to be hurried in paying the above note’]

[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’.

Mr Horner (n.) [horn n.1 ]

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)].

Mr Lushington (n.)

[19C] a state of drunkenness.

Mr Maiden (n.)

[early 18C] an effeminate man, who wears female clothing.

Mr Mention (n.)

[1980s+] (W.I./UK black teen) a person known as a popular figure or as a successful womanizer.

Mr Money (n.)

1. [1950s] a rich person.

2. [1960s+] (US black) a derog. name for a Jew.

Mr Moto (n.) [the fictional Jap. detective created by novelist J.P. Marquand (1893–1960)]

[1940s–70s] (US) a Japanese or Asian man; also attrib.

Mr Much (n.) [rhy. sl. = SE crutch = crotch]

[20C+] (Aus.) the groin.

Mr Muscles (n.)

[1950s] (US) a well-built man.

Mr Nawpost (n.) [one who, if hungry enough, would ‘gnaw a post’]

[late 17C–18C] a fool, a simpleton.

Mr Nice Guy (n.) (also Mr Nice)

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.

Mr Patel (n.) (also Mr Patel’s) [generic use of Patel, the most common Ind. surname in the UK and one borne by many of the Ugandan Asians who arrived in the early 1970s and began running such shops]

[1980s+] the local corner newspaper/sweet shop or small grocery.

Mr Peanut (n.) [‘Mr Peanut’ the dandified logo of Planter’s Peanuts (created 1916)]

[1960s–80s] (US black) a white man.

Mr Peaslin (n.) [the initial letter p of penis + SE in]

[mid–late 19C] the penis.

Mr Peter (n.)

[late 19C] a black man.

Mr Prunella (n.) (also Parson Prunello) [SE prunella, a strong textile, orig. silk, commonly used for gowns worn by clergymen, barristers and graduates]

[late 18C–early 19C] a parson.

Mr Right (n.)

see separate entry.

Mr Roper (n.) [his primary tool]

[mid-17C–mid-18C] the hangman.

Mr Sex Appeal (n.)

[1990s] a sexually appealling male, thus Miss Sex Appeal.

Mr Sin (n.)

[1970s–80s] (US black/L.A.) a member of the vice squad.

Mr Six-by-six (n.)

[1950s] (US) a very large man.

Mr Smoke-a-Bowl (n.)

[2000s] (US drugs/teen) a regular smoker of marijuana.

Mr Snyder (n.)

[1900s] (US) a knock-out drop.

Mr Speaker (n.) (also Mister Speaker) [its noise + the political office of the Speaker, who ‘lays down the law’ in the US House of Representatives or the British Parliament; 1940s+ use is US black]

[mid–late 19C; 1940s] (US) a revolver, a pistol.

Mr Stitch (n.)

[early 18C] a tailor.

Mr Strong-eye (n.)

[mid-19C] (W.I./Jam.) a determined individual.

Mr Switch (n.) [SE switch, a whip]

[early 18C] a coachman.

Mr T (n.) [ety. unknown; ? anecdotal]

[1950s+] (W.I., Rasta) the boss.

Mr Ten Per Cent (n.) [1920s+] (orig. US)

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.

Mr Thingstable (n.)

[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).

Mr Tom (n.)

[1970s] (US black) the penis.

Mr Twenty-six (n.)

[1960s–70s] (drugs) a 26-gauge hypodermic syringe.

Mr Two-to-one (n.)

[early 19C] (UK Und.) a pawnbroker.

Mr Warner (n.) [var. on mary warner n.]

[1950s–70s] (drugs) a marijuana smoker.

Mr Whipple (n.)

[1990s+] (US black/drugs) phencyclidine mixed with formaldehyde.

Mr Whiskers (n.) [the trad. portrait of a be-whiskered Uncle Sam]

[1930s–60s] (US) the American government or its law enforcement agencies.

Mr Wiggins (n.)

[early 19C] a fool, a simpleton.

Mr Wigsby (n.) (also wigsby, wigster)

1. [late 18C–early 19C] a man wearing a wig.

2. (UK Und.) a judge.

Mr Wind (n.)

[1930s+] (US black) chilly winter winds, esp. as experienced in northern cities.

Mr Wood (n.) (also Charlie Wood)

[1930s+] a police truncheon.

Mr Zip-Zip (n.) [title of a 1918 pop song]

[1910s–40s] (US) a barber.

In phrases

Mr Knap is concerned (also Mr Knap has been there)

[19C] of a woman, pregnant [knapped adj.].

Mr Palmer and his five sons (n.)

[1950s+] (orig. gay) the hand, used for masturbation.

Mr Palmer is concerned

see under palm v.

Mr Pullen is concerned

see under pull v.