Green’s Dictionary of Slang

grape n.1

1. [late 16C+] (also grapes, the grape, the grapes) wine, thus cut into the grape, to drink wine.

2. [late 19C+] any form of liquor.

3. [1950s–70s] (Aus./US black) in pl., haemorrhoids.

4. [1970s+] (US prison) an alcoholic.

5. [1980s] in pl., the female breasts.

6. [1990s+] in pl., the testicles.

In compounds

grape-cat (n.) [cat n.5 (2b)/chick n.1 (3)]

[1940s] (US black) an alcoholic who prefers wine to other drinks; thus the female version, grape-chick.

grapehead (n.)

[1990s+] an alcoholic, a wino.

In phrases

grapes of wrath (n.) [sense 1 above + pun on the biblical use + the then-recent publication of John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939)]

[1940s] (US black) wine.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

grape-juice (n.) (also grape’s juice, juice of the grape)

[early 18C+] wine; also attrib.

grape-nut (n.) [the healthiness of the breakfast cereal, Grape-Nuts]

[1980s+] (US campus) one who identifies with the styles and concerns of the Sixties.

grape parfait (n.) [when packaged in purple pills]

[1970s+] (drugs) LSD.

grape-stomper (n.) (also grape-squasher) [the viticulture practised in these countries]

[1940s+] any person of Mediterranean origin, e.g. Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek.

grapevine (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

grape on the business (n.) [? SE phr. sour grapes] [1940s+] (Aus.)

1. a puritan, a ‘kill-joy’.

2. a bore, one who depresses or irritates the company by their presence.

grape up (v.)

[1960s] (US) to be sycophantic.

have a grape on (v.) (also be a grape on) [? SE sour grapes]

[1920s+] (Aus.) to feel hostile towards someone or something.

In exclamations