1. in sexual contexts.
(a) [mid-16C+] (also old root) the penis.
(b) [mid-18C] the female genitals.
(c) [late 19C+] an erection; thus the phr. get/have the root, to get an erection.
(d) [1950s+] (Aus.) the act of sexual intercourse.
(e) [1970s+] (orig. Aus.) the person with whom one has intercourse, usu. the woman; thus a weekend root, a casual sexual partner.
(f) [1990s+] (Aus. teen) a good-looking (and thus sexually attractive) male.
2. [mid-19C] a person, a man.
3. [late 19C–1900s] money. [the ‘root of all evil’].
4. [20C+] a kick [root v. (1a)].
5. [1910s] (US) a nose.
(Aus.) a promiscuous male.
see under dry adj.1
see separate entry.