Green’s Dictionary of Slang

home n.

[abbr. homeboy n.]

1. [1940s+] (orig. US black) a friend, often used in direct address.

2. [1970s+] (US campus) a person from the same home town, a friend.

SE in slang uses

In compounds


see separate entries.

home biscuit (n.)

[1980s+] (US campus) a friend.

homeboy (n.)

see separate entry.

home chicken (n.)

[1980s] (US campus) a male or female homosexual.

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

[1980s+] (US campus) a friend, usu. of the opposite sex.

home cooking (n.)

see separate entry.

homegirl (n.)

see separate entry.

homegrown (n.)

see separate entry.

home guard (n.)

see separate entry.

homeland (n.)

[1960s–70s] (US black) the black area of a city.

home-made (n.)

[1940s–60s] (US) a home-made pistol, a ‘zip gun’.

homemade shit (n.) [SE homemade + shit n. (3b)]

[1970s] (US campus) unpleasant, depressing feelings.

home rule/ruler

see separate entries.

home run (n.)

see separate entry.

home slice (n.) [var. on homeboy n. (2)]

1. [1980s+] (US campus/prison, also home dirt) someone from one’s town, area, state; ext. to any friend.

2. [1990s+] (US campus) a dull person who rarely goes out.

3. [1990s+] (US black teen) a fellow black person.

homestone (n.) [stoned adj. (2)]

[1980s+] (US drugs) marijuana grown on private premises.

homework (n.) [1930s+] (orig. US)

1. petting, necking, sexual intercourse.

2. a girlfriend.

In phrases

home away from home (n.)

[1980s] (US prison) minimum security prison.

get home on (v.)

1. [1900s–10s] (Aus.) to take advantage of; to steal from.

2. [1900s] to hit, lit. or fig.

get home to (v.) [orig. boxing use, but latterly an emotional impression too]

[early 19C+] to make an impression on.

go home (v.) [note SE phr. go to one’s last home, to die]

1. [1900s–30s] to die.

2. [20C+] (W.I., Gren.) to defame a member of one’s own or someone else’s family.

go home by Woodcock’s cross (v.) [ety. unknown; ? anecdotal]

[17C] to regret one’s actions, to fail badly; thus go crossless home by Woodcock’s cross, to repent and then to be hanged.

home and fried (adj.) [play on colloq. home and dried]

[1910s] (Aus.) safe and sound.

home and hosed (adj.) [1930s+] (Aus./N.Z.)

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

2. safe and sound.

home of rest (n.)

[1910s] a prison.

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?)

[late 19C+] a deliberate misunderstanding of a word or statement, which the speaker is implying to be too ‘clever’ for them to understand.

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]

[late 19C+] a general excl. of contempt or dismissal.