Green’s Dictionary of Slang

worm n.

1. the penis.

[UK]Nashe Choise of Valentines (1899) 12: Perhaps the sillie worme is labour’d sore, And wearied that it can doe noe more.
[UK]Ford Fancies IV i: The young whelp is mad; I must slice the worm out of his breech.
[UK]T. Randolph Hey for Honesty IV i: When do the lecherous worms and thee begin To act adultery in the winding-sheets?
[UK]C. Cotton Valiant Knight 12: Must my dear Worm and I be parted?
[UK]T. Duffet Epilogue Spoken by Heccate and Three Witches 43: When little Worm is prais’d it will so brag o’t, That ’twill set Tail on end of bigger Maggot.
T. Wright Female Virtuoso’s Act III: I’m told she designs to keep Hospitality in another World, and Feast the Worms with her Maiden-Head.
[UK]N. Ward London Terraefilius III 39: He also Cuts finely for the Simples; and Destroys the Worm call’d Friskin, very troublesome to the Tails of most young Women.
Oxford Jests n.p.: A little slender Northern lass was ask’d, How she durst venture on so big a Man? Oh, says she, a little Worm may lie under a great Stone.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[US]R. McAlmon Companion Volume 50: It’s so christly cold out that my worm is frozen.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 295: An ingenious young fellow named Herman / Tied a bow on the end of his worm.
[US](con. 1910) Green & Laurie Show Biz from Vaude to Video 102: Chicago police stopped Sophie Tucker singing ‘Angle Worm Wiggle,’ and when the last of the red-hot mammas took it to court, the judge upheld the police.
[US]Trimble 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.
[Aus](con. 1940s–60s) Hogbotel & ffuckes ‘The Kindly Old Bishop of Birmingham’ in Snatches and Lays 101: He’d lower their drawers / And insert the episcopal worm in ’em.
[US]L. Kramer Faggots 321: Think schnitzel, schwantz, sewing machine, slug, spout, sword, tom-tom, wand, wang, water pistol, weener, wienie!, wheezer!, wishbone!, worm!, Ying-Yang!
P. Auster City of Glass (1988) 21: They are whores. I put my worm inside them, and they moan.
[US]‘Jennifer Blowdryer’ Modern English 73: genitalia: male (n): Worm.
[UK]C. Miller Salt and Honey 145: ‘I’ve bagged a focking lot of birds, Ouseun.’ He giggled like a hyena. ‘When your worm’s been in half the places my python has, then we can talk.’.

2. a policeman [? SE worm, an unpleasant, despicable person].

[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[UK]Newcastle Courant 25 Nov. 6/5: ‘I wonder if we’ve been squealed upon.’ ‘I should think not, or we’d a’ had a few worms to fight before we got away’.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.

3. (US Und.) silk; thus worm-worker, a thief who specializes in stealing silk [play on SE silkworm].

[Can] ‘Thieves’ Sl.’ Toronto Star 19 Jan. 2/5: SILK Worm.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 239/2: Worm. Silk cloth Worm-worker. A thief who specializes in stealing silk.

4. (US) in pl., spaghetti; thus worms in blood, spaghetti in tomato sauce.

[US]Danville (Va.) Bee 27 May 3/1: The U. S. Navy has a language or a ‘slanguage’ all its own. For instance [...] spaghetti [is] ‘worms.’.
[US]P. Kendall Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: worms . . . macaroni [...] spaghetti.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).

5. (US campus) a notably hard worker.

[US]in : Baker et al. CUSS.

6. (drugs) phencyclidine [ety. unknown].

[US]Abel Dict. Drug Abuse Terms.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 23: Worm — PCP.

In compounds

worm farm (n.)

(orig. US) an eccentric, one whose mind is ‘full of worms’; thus living on a worm farm, crazy, eccentric.

[US]C. McFadden Serial 99: Get yourself another secretary, Harv. I’m not gonna work for a worm farm.

In phrases

burp one’s/the worm (v.) (also burp the snake)

to masturbate.

[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: burp the worm See bash-the-bishop.
[UK]Guardian Editor 28 Apr. 11: Whether he has ever ‘burped his worm’ while watching Barbara Windsor in Carry On Camping.
Fat Dancer [Internet] Euphemisms Top 10: 10) One off the wrist. 9) Making baldie puke. 8) Jerkin the gherkin. [...] 3) Burp the snake.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

wormbait (n.) (also worm food, worm meat)

a corpse.

[US]B. Appel Power-House 13: He’d be worm meat in a few years.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 255: worm food A corpse.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 125: The late Dee-Dee Walker is lying on the ground, dead [...] she’s worm bait.
worm-crusher (n.)

(US) a foot soldier.

[US] in R.G. Carter Four Brothers in Blue (1978) 19 Sept. 119: Yes, you bummers, we do the fighting and leave the dead cavalrymen for the ‘dough boys’ to pick up. Go the rear, you ‘wormcrushers!’.

In phrases

are you saving it for the worms? (also are you keeping it for the worms?) [SE worm’s meat, a corpse]

(orig. US) addressed to a supposed virgin, this phr. is intended to shame or bluster her into intercourse.

[US] (ref. to 1940s) Neaman & Silver Euphemisms 224: A virgin has been saving it for the worms in Canada since the 1940s, and when the euphemism is posed as a question (are you saving it for the worms?), it is intended to seduce a girl.
Metro Times (Detroit) 22 Dec. n.p.: Virgins are more interesting when you know they were once considered to be ‘saving it for the worms.’.
Sex-Lexis [Internet].
take one for the worms (v.) [the assumption that drinking will, eventually, prove fatal]

to have a drink of alcohol.

[UK]Sporting Times 9 June 3/2: Say, come back into the bar an’ take one for the worms wi’ me.