Green’s Dictionary of Slang

gun n.1

1. [mid-17C; 1930s] the vagina [the gun’s hollow barrel].

2. [mid-17C+] the penis; thus shoot one’s gun, get one’s gun, to ejaculate, to masturbate [the gun as ‘weapon’].

3. [18C–early 19C; 1960s] a tobacco pipe [the gun’s shape and hollow barrel].

4. [mid-19C+] an influential or important person.

5. [late 19C+] (Aus./N.Z.) the fastest shearer in a shed (usu. 200+ sheep a day); also as adj.

6. [20C+] (US drugs) a hypodermic syringe; thus gun-toter, one who uses such a syringe.

7. [1910s–20s] a general pej. term, e.g. a ‘rascal’, a ‘terror’; thus great gun, a cheery scamp.

8. [1910s+] (US) throttle power; thus give her the (full) gun, to accelerate; cut the gun, to turn off the motor.

9. [1910s+] (US) by metonymy, a gunman, a gangster; esp. in phr. hired gun, a professional gunman who kills, wounds or merely intimidates as required by his employer.

10. [1980s+] (US prison) in pl., the fists.

11. [1980s+] (US campus) in pl., the biceps.

12. [1980s+] (US black) in pl., the female breasts.

13. [2000s] (US prison) any form of edged weapon.

In compounds

gunmaker (n.)

[1910s] (US Und.) a veteran thief who teaches his juniors.

gunman (n.)

[1930s] (Aus. Und.) a gang boss, a senior figure in the underworld.

gunstick (n.)

[mid-17C] a penis.

In phrases

big gun (n.) (also great gun)

1. [mid-19C+] (orig. US) an important person.

2. [1900s] (US Und.) a leading thief.

3. [1920s+] (Aus./N.Z.) the fastest sheep shearer; also attrib.

get one’s gun off (v.) (US)

1. [1910s+] (also get one’s gun) of a man, to ejaculate, to reach orgasm.

2. [1940s+] in fig. use, to excite, to invigorate, to stimulate, to satisfy.

get someone in the gun (v.)

[1950s–60s] to get someone into trouble.

get someone’s gun (off) (v.)

1. [1940s+] to delight someone.

2. [1960s] (US black) to give someone an orgasm.

get the gun (v.)

[1950s] (Aus.) to be dismissed from one’s job.

give it the gun (v.)

[1910s+] (orig. US) to accelerate, to drive a car or other vehicle fast.

gun it (v.)

[1990s+] (Aus./US drugs) to inject a large amount of a drug; to maintain a heroin addiction.

polish someone’s gun (v.)

[1990s+] (Aus.) to fellate.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

gun artist (n.) [artist n. (1)] (US)

1. [1920s] a Western gun-fighter.

2. [1940s] a gun expert.

gun baggage (n.)

[1990s+] underage gangsters who carry weapons for adults.

gunboat (n.)

see separate entries.

gun boss (n.)

[1940s] (US) the leader of a gang of Western gunmen.

gun bull (n.) [bull n.5 (3)]

[1920s–60s] (US prison) an armed guard who surveys the prison yard from a guntower.

gun dog (n.)

[1940s–50s] (US) a Western gun-fighter.

gun-fighter (n.) (US)

[1950s+] a wild, undisciplined fighter.

gun-flint (n.) [trad. nickname]

[late 19C] (US) a native of Rhode Island.

gun-foot (n.) [the narrow, tubular trousers are reminiscent of a shotgun barrel]

[1940s] (W.I.) long trousers, esp. narrow ones.

gun gang (n.) [they work ‘under the gun’]

[1970s+] (US Und.) the chain gang or any gang of workers who are taken outside the prison and are thus supervised by armed guards.

gun hand (n.) [on model of SE farm hand]

[1950s+] (US) a gun-fighter.

gunhawk (n.)

[1940s+] (US) an expert gun-fighter.

gun moll (n.)

see separate entry.

gun-mouth (pants) (n.)

[20C+] (W.I.) a (young) man’s trousers that are too short and narrow.

gunpoke (n.) (also gunpoker) [on model of SE cowpoke]

[1900s–30s] (US) a gun-fighter.

gunpowder (n.)

see separate entry.

gun-sharp (n.) [on model of SE cardsharp/shark n.]

1. [1900s] an artillery expert.

2. [1920s+] (US, also gun-shark) an expert gun-fighter.

gunshot (n.)

1. [1920s] (Irish, also gunshot whisky) a strong rough whisky.

2. [1980s+] reversing a cannabis cigarette, placing the lit end between one’s lips, then exhaling the smoke into another person’s mouth.

gunslick (n.) [slick adj. (1)]

[1930s–50s] (US) an expert gun-fighter; also adj.

gun-slinger (n.)

see separate entry.

gun-thrower (n.)

[1900s–50s] (US) a gun-fighter as found in the real/fictional ‘Wild West’.

gun-tosser (n.)

[mid-19C] (US) a gun-fighter as found in the real/fictional ‘Wild West’.

gun-toter (n.)

[1910s–60s] (US) a gun-fighter as found in the real/fictional ‘Wild West’.

gun-wadding (n.)

[1910s–50s] (US, also gun-wadding bread) soft white bread.

In phrases

gun in her baggy (n.) [baggy n.]

[1990s+] (W.I.) a woman with venereal disease.

gun up (v.)

1. [1980s+] (US prison) to get oneself ready for a fight (irrespective of the weapon used).

2. [2000s] in fig. use, to prepare oneself, to ‘buck up’.

in the gun [one is ‘under fire’] (Aus.)

1. [1910s–20s] facing dismissal from one’s job.

2. [1910s+] unpopular, of ill repute, in trouble, likely to attract criticism or punishment.

under the gun [chaingangs who work supervised by gun-carrying guards]

[1940s+] (orig. US) under great pressure, stress.