1. in senses pertaining to a woman.
(a) a prostitute [‘like that animal she covers her back with her tail’ (Grose, 1788)].
|Satiromastix IV ii: A Gentleman, or an honest Cittizen, shall not sit in your pennie-bench Theaters, with his Squirrell, by his side cracking nuttes.|
|Wits Bedlam 187: Of Flauias paynting; and playing the Squirell [...] she goes (like a Countess) in her Vaile; So, (Squirrell-like) she’s couer’d with her Taile.|
|Hollander I i: The three Squirrels in the towne.|
|Nugae Venales 85: She [a whore] was like a Squirel [...] for she covers her whole Body with her Tail.|
|Old Bachelor V iv: bell.: You have an opportunity now, madam, to revenge yourself upon Heartwell for affronting your squirrel. belin.: O, the filthy rude beast!|
|Writings (1704) 352: Many Inns of Court Squirrels will be seen walking, who cover their Backs with their Tails, and have no other Business there than to crack a penniworth of Nuts.‘The Infallible Predictor’ in|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: Squirrel. A prostitute: because she, like the animal, covers her back with her tail.|
|Banquet of Wit 22: A gentleman speaking of Nancy Parsons, the famous courtezan, who always had an abundance of fine cloaths, said she was like a squirrel, ‘for she covered her back with her tail’.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1788].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
(b) the vagina [the pubic ‘fur’; coined independently of sense 1a].
|Writings (1704) 76: Another Chaste Damsel turn’d into a Lawrel, / To hinder Apollo from handling her Squirrel.‘A Walk to Islington’ in|
|Contrast II 2: I know how to play hunt the squirrel, but I can’t play anything with the girls; I am as good as married.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 372: squirrel. A woman or her genitals.|
(c) a woman, usu. as a sex object [coined independently of sense 1a].
|implied in squirrel food|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 769: Chase that rabbit, chase that squirrel, / Pay that fiddler and diddle that girl.|
|AS L:1/2 67: squirrel n [...] 2: Girl (male use).‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 372: squirrel. A woman or her genitals.|
|‘The Cooter Monologues’ at www.pinkhairedgirl.com 20 Jan. [Internet] Squirrel. There’s this scene in Bring It On where a rival football player says, ‘While you’re out here losing, your male cheerleaders are out there stealing all your squirrel.’.|
(d) (US campus) the female pubic hair [coined independently of sense 1a].
|AS L:1/2 67: squirrel n 1: Vulva, female pubic hair (male use).‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
2. (US) used attrib. to describe a var. of illicitly distilled liquors [the woodland orgins].
|Witchita Dly Eagle (KS) 12 Sept. 4/4: There is a new name for the whiskey [...] ‘coyote milk’ [...] It has been known as ‘pizen,’ ‘sheep-dip,’ ‘squirrel whiskey,’ ‘white mule’ and ‘groundhog juice’.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 112: Within him [...] raged the half-pint of squirrel whisky (it makes you climb a tree).‘Omaha Slim’|
|Black Candle 21: Sleeping off the results of ‘squirrel’ whiskey.|
|Amer. Songbag 29: You may go out some night, get filled with squirrel rum.‘Alice B.’|
|AS VII:2 87: Terms used for intoxicating liquor: Squirrel dew.‘Volstead Eng.’ in|
|(ref. to 1870s) Pedlocks (1971) 58: Joseph had bought the broncs for forty dollars and a jug of squirrel whisky (‘two toots – stranger – and you climb trees’).|
3. in senses punning on nuts adj. (2)
(a) (US) an eccentric person.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 107: Half the world are squirrels and the other half are nuts.in Zwilling|
|Life in a Putty Knife Factory (1948) 46: I’ve seen some squirrels in my life, but you got ’em all beat.|
|Go, Man, Go! 49: He kept thinking of the wild ride and called himself a god-damned yo-yo, a squirrel, a nut, a shot-rodder.|
|(con. 1945) Goodbye to Some (1963) 71: He’s a real squirrel.|
|Serial 84: Safe from his total squirrel of secretary.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 372: A squirrel may be an odd person of either sex.|
(b) a psychoanalyst.
|AS VII:6 403: squirrel, n. A psychologist or psychiatrist.‘Argot of an Orphans’ Home’ in|
(c) (US) a stupid, shortsighted person.
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 73: He couldn’t bear to hear them jabbering at him, opaque to another reality more bitter than their own. They were enmeshed in their own tyranny of fact, insensitive to the dreadfulness of their own natures and to the position in which they happened to be – squirrels of fate in a slimy North African town, having the time of their lives.|
(d) mental illness.
|Popular Detective June [Internet] We’ll lock him up an’ let a dome expert examine him for squirrels, sister.‘Skip Tracer Bullets’ in|
(e) (US campus) one who is slow on the uptake.
|Current Sl. IV:2.|
(f) a mentally ill person, a psychopath.
|Blue Knight 285: That cat’s a squirrel [...] A lucky looney.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 152: All theirs because the squirrel is suddenly transformed into a dope dealer by an ‘anonymous informant’.|
|Homicide (1993) 584: Squirrel No. 1 [...] brain-dead and guilty.|
|Last Precinct 251: Some squirrel playing a sick joke.|
(g) (US prison) a mentally ill prisoner.
|Gloss. of Texas Prison Sl. 8 Feb.: Squirrel — A mentally ill inmate.[journal]|
4. (US drugs) a careful heroin user, who always hides away some drugs for an emergency [i.e. he ‘squirrels it away’].
|Naked Lunch (1968) 27: Provident junkies, known as squirrels, keep stashes against a bust.|
5. (drugs) a mixture of LSD and some other drug, or of cocaine, marijuana and phencyclidine [the effects are to make one squirrely adj.].
|AS LVII:4 290: When LSD is mixed with other drugs [...] [s]uch mixtures are today called [...] squirrels.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 20: Squirrel — Combination of PCP and marijuana, sprinkled with cocaine and smoked; marijuana, PCP, and crack combined and smoked; LSD.|
6. (US) a suspect, a criminal.
|Wire ser. 1 ep. 4 [TV script] Worked it for a couple of weeks, caught the name of two squirrels over in Curtis Bay.‘Old Cases’|
1. (US, also squirrel pen, squirrel tank) a psychiatric institution.
|Popular Detective June [Internet] Willie [...] wondered if the pate probers shouldn’t have kept him longer in the squirrel pen.‘Skip Tracer Bullets’|
|Popular Detective Aug. [Internet] He tol’ me Klump was a mail-order manhunter livin’ on borrowed time from a squirrel cage.‘Meat Bawl’ in|
|Choirboys (1976) 339: The perpetrator went nuts after the accident and is now in the squirrel tank getting his head shocked.|
|London Theatre Record VI:14–25 1273: If she doesn’t want to end up in the squirrel cage, she’d better stop playing nuts.|
|Lexicon of Lunacy 79: Squirrel cage Squirrel pen Squirrel ranch.|
2. (US) a hospital for the criminally insane; thus an institutional mental ward.
|Coll. Stories (1990) 163: He caught himself muttering curses aloud. Just like the nuts in the ‘squirrel ranch’ cutting out paper dolls, he thought with self derision.‘Prison Mass’|
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Squirrel Cage: Consultation room of army psychoanalyst.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 222: squirrel cage [...] squirrel ranch The hospital for the criminally insane.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 98 Oct. 26: squirrel covers n. A lady’s dung hampers (qv).|
(US) an eccentric.
|Argosy All-Story 11 Sept. [Internet] We got answers from every squirrel-dodger in the world, including Greenwich Village, where they tell you that a pretzel is human.‘Score Another One for Barnum’ in|
(US) one who is crazy or eccentric.
|Walls Of Jericho 90: Listen, squirrel-fodder. When you git a letter in yo’ mail what somebody write y’, it’s wrote, ain’t it?|
(US) one who appeals to women.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 77: (IS: Watching a movie star act for two hicks in the back room of a merry mucilage parlor) He’s squirrel food sure.in Zwilling|
|Flesh Peddlers (1964) 179: Egos, misfits, neurotics, fanatics, messiahs, squirrel food.|
see hunting n.
see squirrel cage
see separate entries.
see squirrel cage
SE in slang uses
grasping the victim’s/opponent’s testicles; also as v.
|Sydney Morning Herald 13 Oct. 45: ‘Hit him with yer handbag yer cream puff’ . . . ‘give him the squirrel grip’.|
|Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] Wooton tells me you put the squirrel grip on one of his commissioners.|
|Sydney Morning Herald 17 Sept. [Internet] The NRL boast the game is clean of [...] testicle grabs and the incidence is certainly less than in the AFL where [...] the Christmas hold is called the squirrel grip.|
|misssnark.blogspot.com 15 Jan. [Internet] There was nothing cute about the squirrel grip that the first one applied to my nether regions the moment I opened the door.|
|Brisbane Times 28 May [Internet] Titan denies using ‘squirrel grip’ Gold Coast centre Brett Delaney yesterday angrily rejected suggestions that he deliberately grabbed Jaiman Lowe’s testicles.|
|Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] It was like being squirrel-gripped by Richie McCaw during a charity fun run.|
(US campus) an environmentalist.
|Sl. and Sociability 13: Sometimes a new slang form either replaces an earlier one or provides another synonym for a notion already named in slang, like [...] squirrel kisser and tree nymph for ‘someone concerned with the environment’.|
(US) a farmer, a rustic; thus a novice or inexperienced person.
|DN III:iii 158: squirrel-shooter, n. An uncouth rustic.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|Put on the Spot 112: It’ll take more’n that bunch o’ squirrel poppers to—.|
|Amer. Thes. Sl. §391.4: backwoodsman, squirrel shooter.|
|(con. 1945) Tattoo (1977) 377: You know how to keep from mashing your thumb in one of these, squirrel hunter?|