1. [mid-19C] constr. with the, the right thing, the apposite thing; usu. as quite the potato; thus negative, not quite the potato.
2. [mid-19C+] (also spud) a large hole in a sock or stocking through which the flesh shows [? the shape + the dirt that accrues to the bare flesh].
3. [late 19C+] a person, often as an insult with a negative adj.
4. senses based on the shape.
(a) [late 19C-1950s] (US) the head; cite 1892 is fig. use, the mind.
(b) [1930s] (US) a bump, a swelling.
5. [1920s+] (also potato chip) a dollar; money; usu. in pl. [on the ‘vegetable’ pattern of cabbage n.2 (3a), kale n., lettuce n.1 etc. although unlike them not green].
6. [1950s] (Can.) a native of New Brunswick [the province grows many potatoes; the implication is one of rural stolidness and stupidity].
7. [1970s] (US) a severely disabled person.
8. [2000s] (N.Z.) a Polynesian (regarded as being brown on the outside but white on the inside).
SE in slang uses
[early 19C] (Anglo-Irish) the stomach.
[late 19C] the mouth.
see sense 5 above.
[19C+] (mainly US) an Irishman.
[mid-18-mid-9C; 1980s] (US) a mild term of abuse; thus potato-faced adj.
1. the penis.
2. a dildo.
[20C+] a clumsy person.
[mid-late 19C] (US) a finger, a hand.
[mid-19C] (US) the hand.
see separate entry.
[1920s+] (US) illicit liquor distilled from potatoes.
[late 18C] the mouth.
[1920s] a drum stick.
[2010s] an Irishman.
[1980s+] (US gay) an East Asian gay man who prefers Western partners.
[mid-19C] (US) a hand.
[late 18C–1900s] the mouth (cf. tater-trap under tater n.).
[2000s] (N.Z.) to be ruined.
[1940s] (US teen) an attractive female.
see sweet potato pie under sweet adj.1
see under sweet adj.1
see eggs are cooked!, the under egg n.1