Green’s Dictionary of Slang

backside n.

[backside has been SE in the UK since 1500 but is still considered improper in the W.I.]

the posterior, the buttocks, esp. as synon. with arse n. (1), as in kiss one’s backside, kick one’s backside etc.

[UK]J. Heywood Play of Weather in Farmer Dramatic Writings (1905) 119: merry report: No, but ye know how he may pass into you. gentlewoman: I pray you let me in at the back side. merry report: Yea, shall I so, and your fore side so wide?
[UK]Rowlands Diogenes Lanthorne 35: Yet we thou seest goe bare-arse all, For each man to deride: I tell thee brother Asse I blush, To see mine owne backe-side.
[UK]J. Cook Greenes Tu Quoque Scene xii: Bid the Kitchin-maide skowre the sincke, and make cleane her backe-side, for the wind lies just upon’t.
[UK]J. Shirley School of Complement III ii: Hee did abuse me in the presence of my sweet-heart, and did (sauing this good company) kisse my backside.
[UK]H. Glapthorne Lady Mother II i: You tooke up a Spitt [...] and broacht one of the wenches out [...] Oh, sir, you made such a hole in her backside.
[UK]E. Gayton Wil Bagnals Ghost 24: But then he had a way begun / To gropen / In the back side.
[UK]Dryden An Evening’s Love II i: They play’d most furiously at our Back-sides.
[UK]J. Wade Vinegar and Mustard A2: When you rise out of bed, you turn your backside towards me, as though I should kiss that.
[UK] ‘Satire on Whigs & Tories’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 124: How oft has Howe [...] found the art the surest way to glide / Not into’s heart but his well shaped backside. Not Nob’s bum more adoration found.
[UK]Cibber Womans Wit IV i: I’ll make him sley your Back-side for you!
[UK] ‘The Jolly Miller’ in Playford Pills to Purge Melancholy II 273: Oh Nelly, cry’d Celie, thy Cloaths are all mealy, / Both backside and belly are rumpled all o’er.
[Scot]J. Arbuthnot Hist. of John Bull 118: You may kiss my backside if you please.
[UK]Penkethman’s Jests 17: His Majesty ask’d him how his Wife did, who had just been cut for a Fistula in her Backside.
[UK]Proceedings at Sessions of Peace, and Oyer and Terminer (City of London) Dec. 8/2: Huggin’s breeches were down [...] and his Back-side was bare.
[UK]Smollett Peregrine Pickle (1964) 577: He began a song of imprecations upon his fare, who he swore had got a backside of block-tin.
[UK]Sterne Tristram Shandy (1949) 126: ‘My sister, mayhap,’ quoth my uncle Toby, ‘does not choose to let a man come so near her ****.’ Make this dash, – ’tis an Aposiopesis. – Take the dash away, and write Backside, – ’tis Bawdy. – Scratch Backside out, and put in Covered-way in, ’tis a Metaphor. [Ibid.] 44: She knew no more than her backside what my father meant.
Complete London Jester 11: Then says the Quaker, he [i.e. the devil] may kiss my Backside.
[UK]Lottery Jest-Book 13: It rubs my backside like a nutmeg-grater.
[US]Adventures of Jonathan Corncob 76: His backside was as raw and as smooth as a singed capon’s.
[US]H.H. Brackenridge Modern Chivalry (1937) Pt I Vol. I Bk IV 48: The Captain [...] dismissed him with a salutation of his foot on the backside.
[Scot]Merry Tricks of Leper the Taylor 3: He takes a great big pin and staps it straight up thro’ the cushion, with its head on the chair and the point to her back-side.
[UK] ‘Wellington’s Victory’ Wellington’s Laurels 3: Others try’d to bolt thro’ the passes, / So they were shot in the backside, / Tho’ the vulgar would say in their a---s.
[UK]Friar and Boy 11: With that cracker she let fly, / Which seemed to shake the ground. [...] The little boy replied, / My mother has a good report, / You hear from her b--ks--e.
[UK]‘The Face Without A Nose’ Secret Songster 113: At last the maiden teazed and vex’d, yet bent on frolick, too, / Pull’d up her petticoats and shew’d her backside to his view.
[UK]Odd Fellow (London) 18 Sept. 1/4: But if backsides, once soft as down, / Have tough as teak become.
[UK]G.F. Northall Folk-Phrases of Four Counties 34: You might as well rub your backside with a brickbat. Said of an action that would cause unnecessary hardship.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 315: He flogs the bloody backside off the poor lad till he yells meila murder.
[UK]E.A. Robertson Ordinary Families 74: One did not speak to pacifists or conchies, one merely kicked their backsides if possible.
[UK](con. 1919) R. Westerby Mad in Pursuit 44: You could kick his backside, couldn’t you?
[Ire]B. Behan Quare Fellow (1960) Act II: Aren’t they impudent pups? [...] I’d tan their pink backsides for them.
[UK]K. Waterhouse There is a Happy Land (1964) 80: Buttons tries to pull him out and gets his backside stuck in a drum.
[Aus]‘Geoffrey Tolhurst’ Flat 4 King’s Cross (1966) 93: Why, they’d probably fall over onto their black-clad backsides with surprise and fright.
[WI]S. Naipaul Fireflies 20: We sure to make a profit then with you shaking your backside.
[UK]S. Gee Never in My Lifetime in Best Radio Plays (1984) 65: Do you never get sick of sitting on your backside, doing nothing?
[Ire]J. O’Connor Secret World of the Irish Male (1995) 57: Keith shimmied up and down the stage, undulating his ball-alley of a backside.
[UK](con. c. 1945) A. Wheatle Island Songs (2006) 26: Yuh ’ave to discipline her an’ tek ah big hand to her backside.

In derivatives

backsiding (n.)

(W.I.) a severe thrashing.

[WI]L.E. Adams Jam. Patois 86: When mi go home di ooman gi mi one backsidin. A good backsidin for i.
[WI]Francis-Jackson Official Dancehall Dict. 2: Backsiding a thorough and severe thrashing: u. gi’ de yout’ a backsiding.

In compounds

backside artist (n.) [-artist sfx]

(US gay) a male homosexual who practises anal intercourse.

[US]R.O. Scott Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐 backside artist: a male homosexual who enjoys anal intercourse.

In phrases

backside of nowhere (n.)

(US) nowhere, a very out-of-the-way place.

[US] in DARE.
not know one’s backside from a hole in the ground (v.)

(US) to be particularly foolish.

[US]‘Jonathan Craig’ ‘Scrapbook’ in Best of Manhunt (2019) [ebook] ‘The guy we got to take your place didn’t know his backside from a hole in the ground’.

In exclamations

my backside!

a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.

[UK]C. Morris ‘The Virgin Minister’ Collection of Songs (1788) 60: Troth, in Ireland, we would / Be all apt to doubt him, / A man with virginity / Is all my backside.
[UK]R. Westerby Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 73: He hung up and winked at Jim. ‘Editor of the MotorCar, my backside!’ he said.
[US]F. Kohner Affairs of Gidget 62: Cozy? My backside!
[NZ]R. Morrieson Pallet on the Floor 74: ‘Rape her my backside,’ said Miriam crudely.
[Scot]V. McDermid Out of Bounds (2017) 397: ‘Health and safety, my backside!’.