1. [20C+] light blond hair.
2. [1900s–60s] (US black) a hat, although not necessarily a straw hat [note 19C SE use, a straw hat].
3. in drug uses [senses a and b from the shape, sense c from the colour].
(a) [1940s–50s] an opium pipe.
(b) [1960s] a marijuana cigarette or marijuana.
(c) [1960s] rolling papers.
4. see straw boss
a nickname for one who has light blonde hair.
SE in slang uses
1. [late 19C+] (US) a person who is second-in-command, assistant to the boss.
2. [1920s+] (US tramp) the foreman of a work crew.
1. [early–mid-19C] a barber.
2. [mid-19C] a straw bonnet maker.
[early 19C] (Anglo-Irish) a debtor’s prison.
1. [early 18C] a Billingsgate fish-wife.
2. [1900s–30s] (Aus., also straw-hatter) a dandy, a fashionable person; thus straw hat push, the social élite.
[1950s–60s] (US) a derog. term for an immigrant, lit. one with straw in their hair, i.e. a peasant.
[late 19C] (US) a home for destitute seamen.
[mid-19C] a night-shelter or casual ward, occupied by the impoverished street-dwellers.
[late 18C] a farm-worker, esp. a thresher.
[mid-18C–mid-19C] to show signs of sleep; esp. as one’s eyes draw straw(s).
1. [mid-17C+] pregnant, in labour, giving birth.
2. having sexual intercourse.
[1910s–20s] of a woman, to seek a new husband.
[mid–late 19C] a countryman, a peasant.