Green’s Dictionary of Slang

judy n.1

[Punch’s wife Judy in the puppet-show ‘Punch and Judy’; 20C+ use mainly in Liverpool dial. + Aus.]

1. (orig. UK Und.) a generic term for a woman.

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 247: judy a blowen, but sometimes used when speaking familiarly of any woman.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]‘Will You Come To My Crib?’ in Funny Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 42: Will you come to my crib? — let your Judy implore.
[Ire]S. Lover Handy Andy 331: A small affection I have certainly for Judy Mot – but my rale passion is the muses.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 30 Jan. 3/5: There were plenty Judy’s there, but none like you.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 37/1: With the exception of one, all the ‘flats’ in the room marched minus a Judy to the parlor.
[UK]W.E. Henley Unpublished Ballad n.p.: Then I downs my bleeding Judy, And puts a new head on her [F&H].
[UK]J. Runciman Chequers 80: There ain’t a bloke round here as has a judy wot’ll go where I goes and hand over the wongur.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 3 Feb. 3/6: ’E’s got a reglar slap-up donah, too — an A1 judy.
[US]J. Flynt Tramping with Tramps 249: She prided herself on being a fighting woman, as do a great many of the English Judies.
[US]Ogden Standard (UT) 2 May 9/3: The girls are known as ‘calicos, judies and jellybeans’.
[Ire]S. O’Casey Plough and the Stars Act I: She’s a pretty little Judy, all the same.
[UK]J. Curtis They Drive by Night 20: Judies like her had a good time.
[US]D. Runyon Runyon à la Carte 3: He is in love with Miss Dawn Astra, a very beautiful young Judy.
[UK]T. Hopkinson ‘The Matelot and the Piece of Cake‘ in Penguin New Writing 39 53: I picked the judies up in Aberdeen [...] Not floosies, chum, Real girls.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 148: My Judy’s ’aving a nipper.
[Aus]D. Niland Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 104: How’d you be playing around with dirty dishes, waitressing, you know, like these judies here?
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 24: Oh no. One of them bring your own judy dos.
[UK]A. Mitchell Half-gallon Quarter-acre Pavlova Paradise 183: Judy: Naughty sister of Sheila.
[UK]Flame : a Life on the Game 34: ‘You talk like a judy, doncha?’ said one of them. Judy is scouse for a girl.
[UK]M. Simpson ‘Prufrock Scoused’ Catching Up with Hist. 21: Ders diss posh do wid lah-di-dah judies.
[UK]K. Sampson Outlaws (ms.) 6: He’s a bit of a cad with the judies, bit of a rake and that.

2. (orig. UK Und.) a promiscuous woman or prostitute.

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
list of US Army Sl. 1870s–1880s [compiled by R. Bunting, San Diego CA, 2001] Judy A prostitute.
[UK]‘Charles Raven’ Und. Nights 45: They picked up a couple of judies who were attracted by their soldierly bearing, and lived caseo with them.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 83: Judy – a prostitute.

3. (orig. UK Und.) a girlfriend, or wife.

[UK]Mr Mathews’ Comic Annual 15: M’Cormac was mourn’d by his left behind Judy, / Who sat piping her eye wid an old broken dudee.
[Ire] ‘I Came From The Roar’ Dublin Comic Songster 65: If you maintain Judy at home on the plain.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 5/1: One of the ‘guns’ [...] not noticing his ‘judy,’ where he had left her at coming in among the other ‘picking-up molls,’ took a ‘granny’ at one of the private ‘lush’ boxes.
[UK]J. Runciman Chequers 80: I done the best as I knew for you, and there ain’t a bloke around as has a judy [F&H].
[US]J. Flynt Tramping with Tramps 241: I turned to listen to a very domestic confab between a Judy and her mate.
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 125: The address you’ve just told me is my judy’s gaff.
[UK] ‘Screwsman’s Lament’ in Encounter n.d. in Norman Norman’s London (1969) 67: We call around for Kate the Clock, that’s Drummer’s little Judy, / In case of a stoppo, she can bung them all the moody.
[UK]A. Bleasdale Scully 85: The feller what poisoned his judy years ago, and legged it to America.
[UK]J. McClure Spike Island (1981) 96: Billy Smith screwed Tesco’s last week, and the cigarettes are under the bed in his judy’s house.
[UK](con. 1934) W. Woodruff Beyond Nab End 79: He was the only one who had a regular ‘Judy’.

4. a ludicrous-looking woman.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 630: C.20.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 251: Judy, often denoting a foolish, stupid, or ridiculous woman.

5. (Aus.) a feminine lesbian.

[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxv 6/3: judy: A feminine lesbian.

6. (US campus) a fat woman.

[US] P. Munro Sl. U.
[US]K. Kainulainen ‘University Euphemisms in Calif. Today’ [Internet] Names can be used as euphemisms too. ‘Bertha’ and ‘judy’ are both used to describe overweight girls.

In compounds

In phrases

crack a judy’s teacup (v.)

to deflower a woman.

[US]D. Lypchuk ‘A dirty little story’ in eye mag. 8 July [Internet] They were both happy until she discovered that he was just on a fishing expedition and had been bragging about cracking Judy’s teacup to his friends.