1. (orig. US) an appointment or engagement with someone, usu. for social/sexual purposes.
|DA].Mystery of Locks 187: If he’ll make a date with me, I’ll exchange stories with him [|
|Vandover and the Brute (1914) 75: On a certain evening about four months later Ellis and Vandover had a ‘date’ with Ida Wade and Bessie Laguna.|
|Fables in Sl. (1902) 138: Her Date Book had to be kept on the Double Entry System.|
|Powers That Prey 211: ‘Keep ’em up now, young man, keep ’em up,’ commanded the knight of the road. ‘I got some more dates to-night, an’ I can’t linger with you long.’.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 266: The domesticated grimalkin [...] who had gone in search of a lady friend who had broken the date.|
|Hand-made Fables 196: [He] had made a Date with a slippery Go-Between for Friday.|
|Broadway Melody 62: He abandoned the group of date diggers.|
|Red Wind (1946) 17: Waldo just dropped in to ask about a dame he had a date with.‘Red Wind’ in|
|in Limerick (1953) 103: When out on a date / He hardly could wait / To say, ‘Turn over, bud; my turn next’.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 15: Been having any dates?|
|Lonely Londoners 91: The time when he had a date with Daisy he tell her to meet him there.|
|Jeeves in the Offing 10: She’s got a lunch date.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 30: We made a date to meet in the same place at ten o’clock the next morning.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 52: ‘Stop it I’m not like that!’ . . . Oh just for now which doth ensure a second date.East in|
|London Fields 56: Keith was always late for his dates, especially for the first one.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 35: Dud, are you asking me to get the future L.A. D.A. a fucking date?|
|Powder 16: It’d mainly be the Sloaney dames, young and old and indeterminate, any one of whom would dig out one of their gold fillings for a date with Guy.|
2. (orig. US) a person with whom one makes or has made such an appointment.
|in DAS (1975) 140/2: The development of the word date from the meaning ‘point of time’ to [...] ‘social engagement’ and now into an agent-noun ‘escort’ .|
|Penguin Dorothy Parker (1982) 185: She’s probably got about a million dates.‘The Last Tea’ in|
|Pal Joey 83: She tho’t perhaps I was waiting for a date.|
|Courtship of Uncle Henry 71: I drifted out with the blonde but didn’t do much good for myself because she had a date for that night.|
|Go, Man, Go! 66: I got a date and she’s waiting for me.|
|Big Rumble 124: He’s got no date because his steady’s gonna be there.|
|Current Sl. III–IV (Cumulation Issue).|
|Faggots 28: Dates interesting enough to want to see again: 2.|
|Picture Palace 62: You’re a cheap date, Maude.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 196: So you’ve brought a date?|
|Indep. Rev. 17 July 9: Unlike most of her colleagues [...] Rosenal has a steady date.|
3. (US) a prostitute’s client.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 116/1: date. A customer.‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in|
|USA Confidential 162: They take the dates to handy assignation hotels in the block.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 72: So one night she had a date, so she told me to come back later, in an hour or something like that.|
4. (US) a paid encounter with a prostitute.
|USA Confidential 41: They [prostitutes] go out on ‘dates’ and the man ‘seduces’ them. [Ibid.] 179: We saw youngsters here—about fifteen and sixteen—trying to make dates.|
|Thief’s Primer 186: At a hotel, if it’s a straight date it’s usually $10, and French date, a blow job, is $20.|
|Jones Men 111: You want a date, honey?|
|On the Stroll 146: Depends on what you want to do [...] Basically forty for the date and ten for the room.|
|Crack War (1991) 36: Moore never got more than $20 for any one date.|
|Hell to Pay 141: Some white boy just went in. I axed him for a date, but he said he already had a girl.|
|Pulp Ink [ebook] Come on, stud muffin, forty for a date.‘Slicers’ Serenade of Steel’ in|
1. something that will persuade a member of the opposite sex to accept the offer of a date.
|Good Housekeeping 113 126/3: On dates we are as feminine as pink ribbon [...] perfume, veils and red accessories for date bait.|
|Campus Voice Sept. 58: He [...] sold [cocaine] to moneyed fraternity men who used coke as ‘date bait.’ [HDAS].|
|USA Today 16 Feb. [Internet] Consider it fair warning. November is when we eat turkey, and Sweet November is pretty much a fat, juicy gobbler passed off as Valentine’s Day date bait.|
2. (US campus) someone with whom one would like to form a relationship.
|Slanguage Dict. 59: Date bait – an ‘alreet’ girl.|
|[title] Date Bait: The Younger Set’s Picture Cookbook.|
|in DAS (1975).|
|Today’s Teen-agers 55: There are many teen-agers in high school today who do not struggle to rate high as ‘date-bait’ and are not wearing themselves out in efforts to be popular.|
|Lessons 107: Teen Talk, the frank discussion of the traumas and triumphs of the twelve-to- twenty set, including ‘Can I Be Date Bait?’ and ‘How Far Is Too Far?’.|
|‘Date Bait’ [lyrics] Out of all the girls around here baby, you’re my choice / I get the heebie jeebies when I hear your voice / You’re date bait.|
|Dead Connection 23: ‘My friends just call me Date Bait.’ She threw a look to the younger detective at the next desk.|
3. (US black) a boy- or girlfriend.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 7: Honey, I want you to pick up on the new date bait I’m carrying around, he’s alrooty.|
|W&F].Art of Courtship 157: A whole library of books has been written on ‘How to Be Date Bait’ [|
see under dry adj.1