Green’s Dictionary of Slang

whid n.

also whidd, wid
[SE word and OE cwide, a statement]

1. (UK Und.) a word, usu. in pl.

implied in cut bene whids under cut v.1
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Whiddes, Words, Language.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Whids, c. Words.
[UK]Defoe Street Robberies Considered 30: Bien Whids, good Words.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 115: Speak well Tip Rum Whids.
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 21: Plant your Whids, and stow them well.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Whids, words (cant).
[Scot]Burns Death and Dr. Hornbook in Works (1842) 14: Ev’n Ministers, they ha’e been kenn’d In holy rapture / A rousing whid at times to vend, An’ nail ’t wi’ Scripture.
[Aus]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 634: Shell out the nonsense; half a quid ¶ / Will speak more truth than all your whid.** [* Whid — Words or talk].
[UK]H.M. Milner Turpin’s Ride to York II vi: Cut out your blarney whids.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 68: Vell then, ve vill hook it. Sertinly, scarper’s the whid.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sportsman (London) 8 Oct. 4/1: [A] statement which Robert Burns would have called ’a rousin’ whid,’ but which people ‘in the know’ can simply say is neither grammatical nor true.
[Aus]Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict. 94: Whids, words.

2. a salesman’s patter.

[UK]C. Hindley Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 8: The ‘whids,’ as the words and phrases used by Cheap Johns in disposing of their articles are called, are very much alike, as one copies from another.

3. a lie.

[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[Scot]Falkirk Herald 17 Dec. 2/6: ‘A Rousin’ Whid’ ‘I do love a good lie,’ says one of Captain Marryat’s heroes.
[UK]Sl. Dict.

In phrases

crack a whid (v.) (also crack a wid)

to speak; thus crack some queer whids, to speak badly, to use coarse expressions.

[Aus]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 234: crack a whid: to speak or utter: as, he crack’d some queer whids, he dropt some bad or ugly expressions: crack a whid for me, intercede, or put in a word for me.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 59: ‘To crack a whid,’ to give a prisoner a character — good.
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Heart of London II i: A word in your ear Stone; let me just crack a private whid to you.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 50: Your doss gorger cracked a wid about you to me, and said she must give you the shoot. [Ibid.] 66: Oh! thunder me flat! mangle my brain box! if I’m cracking a cross whid.
[UK]Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: Mother Willit, of Gerrard Street, who could turn out forty dress mots; and, to crack her own wids, ‘So help her kidnies, she al’us turned her gals out with a clean a—e and a good tog’.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor III 192/1: And then ‘crack a wid,’ as we say, that is, tell an anecdote.
[UK]C. Hindley Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 254: The ‘whids’ we used to crack over them were – Observe, there is enough stuff in the fore part of this waistcoat to make a bull a bedgown.
[Aus] (ref. to early 19C) ‘Price Warung’ Tales of the Early Days 274: [note] ‘Crack a whid in prime twig’ — Making a speech in a stylish or masterly manner.
stow one’s whid(s) (v.) (also stow one’s wid, stow the whids) [stow v. (1) ]

(UK Und.) to be quiet, to stop talking, to be careful.

[UK]Rowlands Martin Mark-all 43: Stow your whids & plant, and whid no more of that.
[Ire]Head Eng. Rogue I 52: Stow your whids, Be wary.
[Ire]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn).
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]J. Shirley Triumph of Wit n.p.: Stow the Whids To speak cunningly.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 209: Stow your Whids, that’s to be wary.
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 115: Say little or nothing, for the Man of the House can understand you, or his Wife, or his Child Stow your Whids and plant them; the Cove of the Ken can cant ’em; if the Cove can’t, the Mort can; if the Mort can’t, the Kinchen can.
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 15: Be careful of what you say – Sto the whids and plant ’em.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Stow your whidds and plant ’em, for the cove of the ken can cant ’em; you have said enough, the man of the house understands you.
[UK]H.T. Potter New Dict. Cant (1795).
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]Sussex Advertiser 14 Apr. 4/3: Our friend was completely ‘stow whidded’ and cut his stick.
[UK] ‘The Slap-Up Cracksman’ in Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 42: Coves that have as cracksmen plied, / Coves that have by beaks been tried [...] Hush and stow your whid.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[US] ‘Scene in a London Flash-Panny’ Matsell Vocabulum 99: ‘Why, you joskin,’ retorted Jim; ‘if you don’t stow your whids I’ll put your bowsprit in parenthesis.’.
[UK]Vanity Fair (N.Y.) 9 Nov. 216: BEAUREGARD. Then I’ll stow my wid, / Button my bone-box and do as FLOYD did.