1. (UK Und.) a word, usu. in pl.
|implied in cut bene whids under cut v.1|
|Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Whiddes, Words, Language.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Whids, c. Words.|
|Street Robberies Considered 30: Bien Whids, good Words.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 115: Speak well Tip Rum Whids.|
|Scoundrel’s Dict. 21: Plant your Whids, and stow them well.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Whids, words (cant).|
|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.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|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].|
|Turpin’s Ride to York II vi: Cut out your blarney whids.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 68: Vell then, ve vill hook it. Sertinly, scarper’s the whid.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|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. Sl. Dict. 94: Whids, words.|
2. a salesman’s patter.
|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.
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|Falkirk Herald 17 Dec. 2/6: ‘A Rousin’ Whid’ ‘I do love a good lie,’ says one of Captain Marryat’s heroes.|
to speak; thus crack some queer whids, to speak badly, to use coarse expressions.
|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.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 59: ‘To crack a whid,’ to give a prisoner a character — good.|
|Heart of London II i: A word in your ear Stone; let me just crack a private whid to you.|
|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.|
|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’.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor III 192/1: And then ‘crack a wid,’ as we say, that is, tell an anecdote.|
|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.|
|(ref. to early 19C) Tales of the Early Days 274: [note] ‘Crack a whid in prime twig’ — Making a speech in a stylish or masterly manner.|
to be quiet.
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase.|
(UK Und.) to be quiet, to stop talking, to be careful.
|Martin Mark-all 43: Stow your whids & plant, and whid no more of that.|
|Eng. Rogue I 52: Stow your whids, Be wary.|
|Canting Academy (2nd edn).|
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
|Triumph of Wit n.p.: Stow the Whids To speak cunningly.|
|Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 209: Stow your Whids, that’s to be wary.|
|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.|
|Scoundrel’s Dict. 15: Be careful of what you say – Sto the whids and plant ’em.|
|, ,||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.|
|New Dict. Cant (1795).|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Sussex Advertiser 14 Apr. 4/3: Our friend was completely ‘stow whidded’ and cut his stick.|
|‘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.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|‘Scene in a London Flash-Panny’ Vocabulum 99: ‘Why, you joskin,’ retorted Jim; ‘if you don’t stow your whids I’ll put your bowsprit in parenthesis.’.|
|Vanity Fair (N.Y.) 9 Nov. 216: BEAUREGARD. Then I’ll stow my wid, / Button my bone-box and do as FLOYD did.|
(UK Und.) to be quiet, to stop talking.
|Paul Clifford II 113: Stubble your whids, / You wants to trick I.|
|Delhi Sketch Bk 1 Oct. 127/1: ‘Stabble your whids,’ said Augustus.|