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.

home folks (n.) [late 19C+] (US)

1. one’s immediate or extended family.

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

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

1. [1990s] (US) a good friend.

2. [1980s+] (orig. US black) a fellow black person.

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. [1980s+] (US black teen) a fellow black person.

3. [1990s+] (US campus) a dull person who rarely goes out.

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.