1. in sexual contexts.
(a) (also old root) the penis.
|Play of Love in Farmer (1905) 176: What pleasures have we in coming together! / Each tap on the ground toward me with her foot / Doth bath in delight my very heart root.|
|Merry Wives of Windsor IV i: eva: Remember, William; focative is caret. quick: And that’s a good root.|
|Shakespeare, Pericles IV vi: Why, your herb-woman [i.e. a bawd]; she that sets seeds and roots of shame and iniquity.|
|Psyche Debauch’d Act I: Adzboars Prince Nick, chain yours. If None-zo-vair zay do’t, chill buss thy root.|
|Supplement to the Profund 15: The Ducke sore tickleth his Erse Roote.|
|Ladies Delight 1: A Tuft of Moss keeps warm the Root.|
|Teague-Root Display’d 10: At the Bottom of the Root issue two round Globes, that are pendulous in a Bag.|
|Gentleman’s Bottle-Companion 16: Here’s the wonderful root, fit for ladies to span, / That grows ’twixt two stones in the fam’d Isle of Man.|
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 93: The pleasing Mount of Venus [...] which twining round the ruby portals of Cupid’s grotto forms a delightful bed for the root of the tree of life.|
|‘Johnny’s Lump’ Frisky Vocalist 9: The root he planted in his wife.|
|‘The Sick Lady Cured’ in Facetious Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 254: ’Tis a famed root which ladies use, / [...] / Between two precious stones it grows, / Upon the famous Isle of Man.|
|Sam Sly 3 Mar. 2/1: Sam saw you the other night teaching Miss E—a L—t the use of the cube root; leave off those ways.|
|Pearl 1 July in (1979) 169: But when Mrs Eve did taste of the fruit / It was then that her eyes first beheld Adam’s root.|
|Randiana 114: ‘Then you’ve had the root before, Zoe.’ ‘Yes,’ she said, ‘once, with a young captain in my Pa’s regiment.’.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: The old man grabbed his root in his hand.|
|in Letter from My Father (1978) 135: I slipped my root into her small cunt.|
|‘Root Man Blues’ [lyrics] There is one thing baby: you want the root all by yourself [...] the root I’m selling: from it you get lots of juice.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 185: I got a gal at the forks of Sandy, / Hi di di di, diddle all-a day, / Grabbed my root, she says it’s dandy, / Hi di di di, diddle all-a day.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 635: I’ve fucked and I’ve fucked / Till my root it is raw.|
|‘The Platonic Blow’ in Mills (1983) 325: I grasped his root between left forefinger and thumb.|
|Cunning Linguist (1973) 74: His whole body strained forward, his attitude was one living root.|
|‘Abdul Abul Bul Amir’ in(1979) 1: And the spray from his root spattered on the left boot / Of Abdul Abul Bul Amir.|
|It (1987) 34: Nobody suggested he sucked the root. Nobody.|
|Ozark Folksongs and Folklore I 428: jackass root, a very large penis (root), since the donkey or jackass has a much larger penis, proportional to its size, than does a horse.|
|Kill Your Friends (2009) 67: ‘You fluky cunt,’ I say. ‘Suck my root,’ he says.|
(b) the female genitals.
|Teague-Root Display’d 10: There are two Kinds of this Root, the Male and Female [...] the Female is not so beautiful a Root; it’s a broad Root with a Hole perforated thro’ it.|
(c) an erection; thus the phr. get/have the root, to get an erection.
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 292: So come all you young lovers, and listen to me, / Don’t waste your erection on a long-winded she. / For your root will just wither and your passion will die.|
|Trainspotting 311: Ah hud some root oan us the other day thair.|
|Glue 47: It wisnae easy tae git oot ay bed in the mornin but, the root ah’ve goat oan.|
|Decent Ride 71: Gittin another fuckin root oan awready . . . could gie you another fuckin seein-tae.|
(d) (Aus.) the act of sexual intercourse.
|inStuart Affair (1973) 11: He heard Moir ask Stuart, ‘Did you have a root?’ and Stuart reply, ‘I had a tight one.’.|
|Rooted I iii: Do you remember the time he got pissed out of his mind and fronted up to this old duck and asked her for a root?|
|(con. 1930s) ‘Keep Moving’ 44: I’m hoggin’ for a root.|
|Puberty Blues 24: After a few weeks, he’d ask you for a root, and if you wanted to keep him, you’d do it.|
|Traveller’s Tool 8: The old credit card has revolutionised the extra-marital root.|
|Penguin Bk of Aus. Jokes 331: You’re not only a great root, you’re also a good sport!|
|Chopper 4 77: By the time I get out of here, a good root [...] would probably kill me.|
|me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at www.fakku.net [Internet] I’ll give ya’ a root whenever y’want.|
(e) (orig. Aus.) the person with whom one has intercourse, usu. the woman; thus a weekend root, a casual sexual partner.
|Norm and Ahmed (1973) 24: Find yourself a good woman, something more than just a weekend root.|
|Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 202: You’re not only the best root in Foolgarah but good-natured as well.|
|Puberty Blues 5: She walked everywhere in her bikini. That meant she was showing off her body and was an easy root.|
|White Shoes 5: Being a dud root didn’t help her much [...] she was probably the worst root Les had ever had.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 174: root Sex, the doing verb or the done noun, eg, [...] ‘He/She was a good root.’ ANZ from early C20.|
|Peepshow [ebook] Why’d you call me? [...] Was I the root that got away?|
|Thrill City [ebook] ‘You’ve had about five boyfriends since you broke up.’ [...] ‘Not boyfriends. Roots. Big difference’.|
(f) (Aus. teen) a good-looking (and thus sexually attractive) male.
|Lingo 104: An attractive boy might be referred to as cute, a root or, reflecting the gender-bending creeping into Lingo, a babe.|
2. a person, a man.
|Hist. of My Own Times (1995) 106: Mr. Ickes [...] a tavern-keeper in Abbotstown, and a very inquisitive kind of an old root.|
3. money. [the ‘root of all evil’].
|Daily Tel. 7 Apr. 8/3: All the week they do their little bit o’ graft... an’ take home the root on Sat’days to the missus or the mam [F&H].|
|Bluefield Daily Tel. (WV) 11 Mar. 4/2: In addition [...] the following [names for money] are given: [...] Root.|
4. a kick [root v. (1a)].
|Public School Word-Bk 169: Root-about [...] (The Leys), promiscuous football practice.|
|Winds of Heaven 46: Matt gave him ‘a root in the gear’ and told him not to talk like a stable boy [OED].|
|Yellow Tapers for Paris 114: Caught him a great root with his boot on the backside.|
|DAUL 180/2: Root in the keister. A kick in the pants.et al.|
|Annals of Ballykilferret 39: ‘Under me shaggin’ feet all day, ye little snot ye,’ and ‘root in the arse if I trip over ye again.’.|
|Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery 144: If some jack from Thame came clumping into our manor [...] he’d get a root up the sump.|
5. (US) a nose.
|DN IV:iii 245: root, n. Nose. ‘Jane, how came that scale on your root?’.‘A Word List From Montana’ in|
(Aus.) a promiscuous male.
|(con. 1950s) in Get Rich Quick (2004) 25: ‘But he was a root rat?’ ‘That’s right. He used to force the tarts he was extorting to come across.’.|
see under dry adj.1
see separate entry.