Green’s Dictionary of Slang

home n.

[abbr. homeboy n.]

1. (orig. US black) a friend, often used in direct address.

[US]D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 12: All the time I’m rolling it in my conk that he’s a Lane from Spokane, or at most, a Home from Rome.
[US]D. Burley N.Y. Amsterdam News 3 Mar. 14A: Keep the chin up, home.
[US]O. Hawkins Ghetto Sketches 171: Don’t tell me you voted for yourself, home?
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 4: home [...] – a good friend.
[US]G.P. Pelecanos Firing Offense 188: ‘All right, Home,’ the short one said to Malone, and they touched knuckles.

2. (US campus) a person from the same home town, a friend.

[US]Current Sl. V:2.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 36: The most frequent pattern of clipping is the loss of sounds from the ends of words: [...] home, from homeboy or home girl ‘person from the same hometown, good friend’.

SE in slang uses

In compounds


see separate entries.

home biscuit (n.)

(US campus) a friend.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 102: Homebiscuit [...] and sherlock are all developments of the notion of kinship between people from the same hometown.
homeboy (n.)

see separate entry.

home chop (n.) [? affectionate use of SE lambchop]

(US campus) a friend, usu. of the opposite sex.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 38: Although blends are fashionable in the marketplace, college slang makes little use of this process of word formation, with only about a dozen examples collected since 1972: [...] homechop (homeboy/homegirl + lambchop) ‘endearing term for a close friend, usually of the opposite sex’.
home cooking (n.)

see separate entry.

home folks (n.) (US)

1. one’s immediate or extended family.

Ironton Co. Register (MO) 30 Dec. 5/3: Charles and Ed Mathews are visting home folks this weekend.
Stanberry Owl-Headlight (MS) 27 Dec. 1/1: Elmer Shisler came up from St Joseph Thursday to visit home folks.
Argus-Leader (Sioux falls, SD) 1 Jan. 9/6: M.D. Oaks of Armour, S.D., spent several dauyys with the home folks this week.

2. people from the area in which one grew up, from one’s home community.

[US]B. Cormack Racket Act II: This ward’s full o’ respectable home-folks.
[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 172: We all homefolk.
[US]M. Rodgers Freaky Friday 111: Gulfport, Loosiana. We got a real nice little house—real homey-like [...] we’re just home folks.
homegirl (n.)

see separate entry.

homegrown (n.)

see separate entry.

home guard (n.)

see separate entry.

home invasion (n.)

(N.Z. prison) a canteen form authorising supplies.

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 89/2: home invasion n. a P119, canteen form.
home-made (n.)

(US) a home-made pistol, a ‘zip gun’.

Hal Ellson Duke 75: He can make as pretty a home-made as you want. His brains is in his fingers.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 35: I went up to Bucky’s house to show him a home-made that I had found.
home rule/ruler

see separate entries.

home run (n.)

see separate entry.

home skillet (n.) [skillet n. (2); var. on homeboy n.]

1. (US) a good friend.

Anniston Star (AL) 16 Jan. 8D/4: Hopefully, I’ll be remembered as a home skillet (a good friend, especially to Southerners).

2. (orig. US black) a fellow black person.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 5: home skillet – friend.
[US]J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 224: Next time you’re fittin’ to bust an omelet, you best be bringing an egg — Home Skillet!
home slice (n.) [var. on homeboy n. (2)]

1. (US campus/prison, also home dirt) someone from one’s town, area, state; ext. to any friend.

[US]Philadelphia Dly News (PA) 19 Feb. 20/1: Except Eva St Girard was no teenage ‘home slice,’ but a 41-year-old grandmother.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 5: puppy – friendly noun of address [...] Also homeslice.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 38: Home Slice also Home Dirt Someone from the same city, state or geographic region as another person.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 3: homeslice – a good friend.

2. (US black teen) a fellow black person.

[US]Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) 12 Aug. 20/2: ‘There were black guys he was friends with in school’ [...] ‘Home slice,’ they’d call him.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 102: Homeslice [...] and sherlock are all developments of the notion of kinship between people from the same hometown.
[US]Ebonics Primer at 🌐 rope Definition: good or amazing. Example: Yo homeslice you gots rope skillz.

3. (US campus) a dull person who rarely goes out.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 5: homeslice – someone who sticks close to home, never goes out, is boring.
homework (n.) (orig. US)

1. petting, necking, sexual intercourse.

[US]J.T. Farrell Gas-House McGinty 186: My wife and I want a kid, and we do plenty of homework, but goddamn it, Dutch, I just can’t connect.
[US](con. WWII) J.O. Killens And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 11: Ain’t nobody gon to do my homework.
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2. a girlfriend.

[Aus]J. O’Grady Aussie Eng. (1966) 79: Sheila. A young female. Also called [...] a ‘fabulous drop’, a ‘slashing line’, a ‘bit of homework’.
[[US]W.D. Myers It Ain’t All for Nothin 44: If a young person was looking out the window, then sometimes the people on the street would say something, especially if it was a girl. ‘Hey, Mama, I sure would like to be doing your homework’ ].

In phrases

get home on (v.)

1. (Aus.) to take advantage of; to steal from.

[Aus]W.A. Sun. Times (Perth) 16 Feb. 1/1: A well-known amorous detective has been ‘getting home on’ a lady for snubs received.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Dec. 16/3: Occasionally the niggers got home on him for sweet potatoes, and sugar cane, and things; but Smith discouraged them by potting a few and sticking their heads around on the garden fence.
[Aus]Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 June 19/1: I was often told that once a camel took a ‘set’ on a man, it would eventually get home on him.

2. to hit, lit. or fig.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Aug. 13/3: Purves Q.C., got home neatly on a Vic doctor during a recent abortion case.
get home to (v.) [orig. boxing use, but latterly an emotional impression too]

to make an impression on.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum 127: got home A telling blow.
[UK]C. Rook Hooligan Nights 147: Garn, yer young devils [...] You can get ’ome oftener than that.
go home (v.) [note SE phr. go to one’s last home, to die]

1. to die.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Oct. 36/2: But he went ‘home’ sooner than he expected. He did not have a blanket to be buried in, so mine was used.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
[UK](con. 1914–18) Brophy & Partridge Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier.
[UK]W.J. Blackledge Legion of Marching Madmen 204: The child drew a grubby finger across her throat and spat. [...] ‘Gone home, huh? Too bad!’ ‘Gonnome?’ ‘Yeah. Finished. Dead!’ ‘Oui. Dead, dead, dead!’ .

2. (W.I., Gren.) to defame a member of one’s own or someone else’s family.

Torchlight (Gren.) 14 May 1: The two female nurses began cursing each other [...] When one of them decided to ‘go home’ with her remarks, a fight broke out.
go home by Woodcock’s cross (v.) [ety. unknown; ? anecdotal]

to regret one’s actions, to fail badly; thus go crossless home by Woodcock’s cross, to repent and then to be hanged.

[UK]J. Taylor ‘Anagrams and Satyrs’ in Works (1869) II 256: Where man doth man within the Law betosse, / Till some go crossless home by Woodcocks Crosse.
home and fried (adj.) [play on colloq. home and dried]

(Aus.) safe and sound.

[Aus]W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 28: home-and-fried — Safe; correct.
home and hosed (adj.) (Aus./N.Z.)

1. of a task, accomplished without having to make any real effort, orig. of racehorses.

[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 9 Sept. 3/5: If confidence goes for anything then Pentheus is already home and hosed.
[Aus]New Call & Bailey’s Wkly (Perth) 19 Sept. 8/3: There won't be any clash. Francisco [...] has been scratched, and Royal Step (who incidentally has stud duties listed for him) seems ‘home and hosed’.
[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang. 89: Home and hosed and home on the pig’s back, said when a task is properly and easily completed.
Aus. Women’s Wkly (Sydney) 25 May 71/5: The warm personality, one that likes and trusts others, is home and hosed in the popularity race .
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 122: Yup. Reckoned we was home an’ hosed. Right through to Berlin.
[US]P. Singer A Companion to Ethics 428: Of course, once we have got such an analysis, naturalism is already home and hosed.
[Aus]Ozwords Oct. 🌐 A horse which is described as being home and hosed during a race is a certain winner — it will be back in its box before the rest of the field has finished.

2. safe and sound.

[NZ]G. Slatter Pagan Game (1969) 206: Pile on a coupla tries and you’ll be home and hosed.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 57/2: home and hosed successfully completed; from horse racing; eg ‘Looks already like John Walker’s home and hosed in the mile’.
[NZ]A. Duff One Night Out Stealing 80: Nah, man, no rush. Don’t want to be pulled over for speeding till we’re home and hosed, eh cuz?
[Aus]Fisher & Ramsay Faith and Reason 56: Even when better understood, we are still not home and hosed.
home away from home (n.)

(US prison) minimum security prison.

[US]Arizona Republican (Phoenix, AZ) 31 July B1/5: Home away from home; health resort; summer camp — A minimum security prison [...] where prisoners have more freedom.
home of rest (n.)

a prison.

[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘The Blokes Outside’ Sporting Times 6 Aug. 1/4: Those who show their skill / In the cracking of a likely crib, or emptying a till, / Were all lodged in Winston’s Homes of Rest, with nought charged on the bill.
home sweet home (n.)

see separate entry.

what’s that when it’s at home? (also who’s he/she when he/she’s at home?)

a deliberate misunderstanding of a word or statement, which the speaker is implying to be too ‘clever’ for them to understand.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 25 Jul. 22/1: ‘What’s her name when she’s at home?’ / ‘Her christened name was Alice Donovan, and she never acquired another by matrimonial means.’.
[UK]B.L. Farjeon Mystery of M. Felix I 6: And who’s Mr. Felix when he’s at home?
[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 118: And who is Popkins when he’s at home?
[UK]K.B. Poole ‘The Gift’ in Lehmann Penguin New Writing No. 33 154: Goums? Wot the ’ell are Goums when they’re at ’ome?
[Ire]B. Quinn Smokey Hollow 46: What’s that when it’s at home? asked Joe sourly.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 386: ‘Vinegar Strokes? What’s that when it’s at home?’.

In exclamations

go (home) and eat coke! (also coke!) [? punning on Marie Antoinette’s supposed (but fictional) dismissal of the starving Paris mob, Let them eat cake]

a general excl. of contempt or dismissal.

[UK] ‘’Arry at the Smoking Concert’ in Punch 13 Nov. in P. Marks (2006) 67: And if any juggins objecks to the shindy [...] / I should say, ‘O, go ’ome and eat coke!’.
[UK] ‘’Arry on His Critics’ in Punch 17 Dec. 280/1: Oh, you go ’ome and eat coke!
[UK]W. Pett Ridge Minor Dialogues 78: ‘Oh, go and eat coke,’ I says.
[UK]Magnet 20 June 2: ‘Oh, go and eat coke!’ said Nugent.
[UK]Gem 30 Sept. 21: Coke!
[UK]Marvel 8 May 17: ‘He can go and eat coke!’ growled Bill.
[UK]P. Pringle Boy’s Book of Cricket 106: ‘Go and eat coke!’ he snapped.
[UK]‘Frank Richards’ Billy Bunter at Butlins 104: What’s the good of a holiday if a fellow can’t have his sleep out. Go and eat coke.