Green’s Dictionary of Slang

moon n.

1. the moon’s circularity.

(a) the buttocks, the anus, the rectum; thus full moon

[UK]Life and Memoirs E. T. Bates 31: But his Moon shall never be covered by me or Buck (which, O strange! was her Husband’s Name) ’till they put down the Ready — and no Brummagums .
[US]H.N. Cary Sl. of Venery.
[US]C. McKay Home to Harlem 47: They done jumped on me soon as I turned mah black moon on that li’l saloon.
‘Moon Mullins in “Theme Songs”’ [comic strip] [illus. of anal intercourse] In the Valley of the Moon.
[Aus]D. Niland Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 114: Isadora’s wealth of posterior faced the audience. It soon was labelled ‘Valley of the Moon’.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 80: Her ‘moon’ was winking at me.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 37: Her dress was hiked nearly to her moon.
[US]C. Hiaasen Tourist Season (1987) 187: It was a stupendous moon job.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 314: Two of the girls [...] flipped up their skirts and flashed twin moons.

(b) (US) a large, round biscuit.

[US]C. White Policy Players (1874) 3: Get me a buttered moon and a pickle [DA].
[US] in ‘Mark Twain’ Life on the Mississippi (1914) 460: [as spelt] ‘The afternoon of the 3rd day I spent my last 10 cts for moons’ (large, round sea-biscuit).

(c) (US) a silver dollar.

[US]Amer. Legion Weekly 11 Jan. 24: I’ve gota job waiting for me that pays thirty moons a week instead of thirty a month [...] Thirty discs. That’s sure beaucoup l’argent [HDAS].

(d) a sovereign, thus half-moon, half-a-sovereign.

[Aus]Advertiser (Adelaide) 20 Oct. 20/9: Not so familiar are the terms ‘moon’ and ‘half-moon’ for sovereign and half a sovereign.

(e) (also moonie) the purposeful exposure of the buttocks in a provocative way.

implied in shoot a moon
[US](con. 1970) S. Wright Meditations in Green (1985) 201: ‘Shoot for the moon,’ somebody yelled, dropping his shorts as he bounded off.
[UK]S. Bell If... 1 Mar. in If Files (1997) 62: You’re the only person I know who could do a moonie and nobody’d be able to tell.
[UK]Guardian G2 25 June 12: We turned our backs on the girls, and pulled down our trousers. It was just a lark, a two-second moon.
[UK]Observer Rev. 24 June 2: We should be organising mass moons in pedestrian precincts.

2. in senses of time, as defined by lunar passage.

(a) a month’s imprisonment, or multiples thereof, e.g. nine moon.

[UK]Egan Anecdotes of the Turf, the Chase etc. 288: Here I have been eleven years, just forty-four moons.
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Heart of London II i: He’s been working on the Mace – doing it up very blue, and so they’ve lumbered him for a few moons.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 56: One moon; thirty days’ imprisonment. ‘The poor cove was done for two stretches and six moons,’ the poor fellow was sentenced for two years and six months.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 55/2: It being his first charge, he got off with a ‘deuce o’ moons’ to the Downs (Tothill-fields prison).
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 28 Sept. n.p.: Wes Allen [...] was sentenced to four ‘moons’ [...] for attemtping to ‘dip’ a female .
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]‘Career of a Scapegrace’ in Leicester Chron. 10 May 12/1: The gin-loving traveler had ‘been all over Wales [...] five times in quod, and only eight moon since I left Bristol’.
[UK]W. Newton Secrets of Tramp Life Revealed 8: Moon ... One Month’s Imprisonment.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 16 Nov. 4/3: I got off moren once when I oughter gone up for a few moons.
[UK]Sporting Times 22 Feb. 2/2: Three months’ imprisonment was the proper dose for such an idiot, the three weeks already served on remand to be deducted from the said tray of moons.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 18 Mar. 4/8: ‘I give you a month’, says the old —. I was lumbered for a moon.
[UK]A. Morrison Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 151: Occasional misfortunes in the way of a moon, or another drag, or perhaps a sixer.
[Aus]E. Dyson Fact’ry ’Ands 151: Jist lined er John with er half-Brunswick, ’n’ got four moon.
[UK]Sporting Times 8 Jan. 10/1: You must remember that when he did those six moons he was having the ‘time’ of his life!
[Aus]Truth (Brisbane) 22 Jan. 10/4: To the prisoner [...] a sentence of one month is a ‘moon’; of three months a ‘drag’; of six months, a ‘sixer’ or ‘zack’; twelve months a ‘stretch’; and five years a ‘fin.’.
[UK]J. Curtis They Drive by Night 13: A twenty-one month sentence over. Twenty-one moon was five hundred and thirty-six nights in stir if you kept your nose clean and got your full remission, five hundred and forty-three if you went and lost seven days like a berk.
[Aus]K. Tennant Joyful Condemned 167: ‘What is it this time?’ [...] ‘I got a twelve moon.’.
[Aus]J. Walker No Sunlight Singing (1966) 196: If you get caught throwin’ a leg over one o’ them they’ll hit you with the book. Six moons in Fanny Bay first up.
[Ire]J. Morrow Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 2: Proinsias O’Toole got off with a six moon suspended and a twenty quid fine.
[UK](con. 1950s–60s) in G. Tremlett Little Legs 195: moon one month’s imprisonment.

(b) a month.

[UK]J. Taylor ‘Farewell to the Tower-bottles’ in Works (1869) III 127: A gross of moons, and twice twelve beside.
[UK]R. Herrick ‘Epitaph on a sober Matron’ Hesperides 43: One onely daughter [...] which was made a happy Bride, / But thrice three Moones before she dy’d.
[UK]N. Ward Wooden World 85: He is shav’d once a Moon, to be sure.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) I 120: One hundred moons and seventeen / Upon this cursed coast we’ve been.
[UK] T. Chatterton ‘Memoirs of a Sad Dog’ in Misc. (1778) 204: I instantly dispatched a messenger of love to her: and ’ere another moon had gilded up her horns, married her.
[US]J.F. Cooper Pilot (1824) II 66: If you wait, sir, till the land-breeze fills your sails, you will wait another moon.
[UK]H. Crow Memoirs 281: Every month or ‘moon’ [...] a personage, who is known by the name of ‘Great Egbo’ [...] parades the streets.
[US]G.F. Ruxton Life in the Far West (1849) 30: They would return to their village, and spend a moon relating their achievements.
[UK]Kendal Mercury 17 Apr. 6/1: It’s six moons since I heard you chaunt.
[UK]‘Ducange Anglicus’ Vulgar Tongue 22: Moon n. Month. One moon, one month at the treadmill; 6 moons, six months.
[UK] ‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 501: I went on all straight the first few moons at costering.
[UK]Dundee Courier 12 Feb. 7/6: Why, Joe [...] Didn’t think you’d have a ticket for another six moon yet.
[UK]P.H. Emerson Signor Lippo 48: The quilts have to be changed once a moon.
[US]‘Number 1500’ Life In Sing Sing 263: Plant me for a few moons till the smoke rolls away. It is better to keep under cover while the collars are warm.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 5 Feb. 4/8: I wouldn’t be surprised me boy if I get an opportunity of shaking you up before many moons go by .
[US] Denton (MD) Journal 7 Mar. 4/1: ‘Everybody that’s been in or out for the last two moons will be wanted particular.’.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Human Touch 167: It was in England – many moons ago, when I was on leave.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 134: Back in Fodderville, a neat frame Dwelling [...] would set you back about $15 per Moon.
[US]J.H. O’Hara Pal Joey 33: I am the smoothest and most urbane singer [...] this town has seen in many a moon.
[UK]F. Norman Guntz 23: So five moon went by and I didn’t hear a dicky-bird.
[US]L. Bangs in Psychotic Reactions (1988) 8: The Yardbirds didn’t hold together for many moons.
[US]L. Rosten Dear ‘Herm’ 159: We have all been expecting this for many moons.
[UK](con. 1951) A. Wheatle Island Songs (2006) 84: Some old white-top lady inna church who is two fat moons away from de grave.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 16: A series of events that went down many moons ago.

(c) (US tramp) a night; thus cover with the moon v., sleep in the open air.

[US]G.W. Peck Peck’s Boss Book 111: After a few moons the plaster [...] got in its work.
[US]J. Flynt Tramping with Tramps 24: I was batterin’ [...] one moon (night).
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 55: Cover with the Moon. To sleep in the open.

3. (US, also mooney) illicitly distilled liquor, abbr. moonshine n.

[US]Collier’s 29 Dec. 8/2: Mister, this is good stuff. It’s Leadville ‘moon.’ [...] The art of producing sugar ‘moon’ and aging it in charred casks [...] is becoming famous again [DA].
[US] ‘Wet Words in Kansas’ AS IV:5 385: Some of the common names for whiskey — moonshine, moon, mooney [etc.].
[US]J.T. Farrell Gas-House McGinty 224: They killed the moon they had, and stopped at Scotty’s for another bottle.
[US]‘Boxcar Bertha’ Sister of the Road (1975) 73: After Earl Ford downed a pint of ‘moon,’ he recited part of The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 12: Fellow out in the western part of the state was using it to transport moon.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 103: I’ll bring him a pint of moon.

4. (drugs, also full moon) a piece of peyote cactus, eaten for the mescaline it contains [? its half-moon shape].

[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970) 99: full moon (1) a large peyote chunk about 4 inches in diameter. (2) the entire top of the peyote cactus (as opposed to the buttons or slices). [Ibid.] 180: moon (1) peyote; the circle of lumps, or buttons, making up the top of the peyote cactus.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 15: Moon — Mescaline.

In compounds

moon pie (n.) [fig. use of pie n. (1a)]

(US) anal intercourse.

[US]P. Gent North Dallas Forty 254: ‘All I need now is moon pie,’ he said, grinning.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 214: I knew there was no way I wasn’t going to go upstairs for a slice of moon pie.

In phrases

full moon (n.)

the bared buttocks, deliberately exhibited in public.

Indy Windsurfing Photo Gallery [Internet] Here’s a photo of OJ (the windsurfer, not the murderer or the breakfast drink), doing a full moon during a sesh on Hatteras.
on the moon (adj.)

(US) secured to a punishment frame, known as a ‘horse’, with the head down and buttocks raised.

[US]Women in Command 16 in Murray & Murrell Lang. Sadomasochism (1989) 100: Another slave spent her day on the moon as it was called. She was strapped over a device that stood her ass in the air and was treated to a long dildo into her ass.
shoot a moon (v.) (also shoot moon, shoot the moon)

to bare one’s buttocks in public.

Sex and the College Student 65: The exposure of buttocks or genitals to innocent bystanders as a kind of ribald prank or vulgar insult has provided many a lusty joke in the annals of literature [...] College students today identify this activity as ‘shooting the moon.’.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 98: I bent down, whirled around and shot everybody a fast 360-degree moon.
[US](con. c.1967) J. Ferrandino Firefight 23: They’d say Johnny got it while shooting a moon at them Congs.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 39: Related expressions include [...] shooting beaver (female exhibitionism, similar to mooning or shooting moon which is — or was, in the 1960s — the public display of naked buttocks, also known as, when placed firmly against car windows, pressed ham).
shoot the moon (v.)

1. to have sexual intercourse; thus of a man, to ejaculate.

[UK](con. 1943) A. Myrer Big War 150: I have never shot the moon with Lorraine. Never.

2. see shoot a moon

3. see also SE phrs. below.

In exclamations

my moon!

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

[US]C. McKay Home to Harlem 48: ‘But it ain’t decent to scab,’ said Jake. ‘Decent mah black moon!’ shouted Zeddy.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

moon cricket (n.) [ety. unknown; ? a cricket that emerges at night will appear to be black]

(US) a black person.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 55: Moon Cricket A black person.
moon-curser (n.) [dial. moon-curser, a ship-wrecker. Urban moon-cursers specialized in working the area near Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London]

(UK Und.) a link-boy who either robs those for whom he provides a light, or who guides his charges towards some villainous confederates who do the job for him.

[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn) 77: The Moon-Curser [...] waits at some Corner of Lincolns-Inn-Fields with a Link in his hand, who under the pretence of lighting you over the Fields, being late and few stirring, shall light you into a pack of Rogues [...] and so they will all joyn in the Robbery.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Moon-curser c. a Link-boy, or one that under Colour of lighting Men, Robs, them or leads them to a gang of Rogues, that will do it for them.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) II.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 18: Link boy – Moon-curser or Glim-jack.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Moon curser, a link boy, (cant) link boys are said to curse the moon, because it renders their assistance unnecessary: these gentry frequently under colour of lighting passengers over kennels, or through dark passages, assist in robbing them.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1785].
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
moon-eyed (adj.) [the drunkard’s seeing double, and thus two moons]

drunk.

[UK]Mercurius Democritus 20-27 July 74: A notable Tooper [...] was elevated or Alevated [...] These Moon-ey’d Culls in this out latter Age, / More than the skies their madness do Presage.
[US]B. Franklin ‘Drinkers Dictionary’ in Pennsylvania Gazette 6 Jan. in AS XII:2 91: They come to be well understood to signify plainly that A MAN IS DRUNK. [...] Moon-eye’d.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 70: Sink me, says he, you moon-ey’d loon.
[US] ‘More Tennessee Expressions’ in AS XVI:1 Feb. 447/2: moon-eyed. Intoxicated. ‘Sid gits mooneyed every Saturday night.’.
moon-eyed hen (n.) [SE moon-eyed, squinting, orig. used of horses]

‘a squinting wench’ (Grose).

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]B. Bradshaw Hist. of Billy Bradshaw 10: In Black-boy alley I’d a ken, / A dog and fighting-cock, / Beside a saucy mooney’d hen, / Well known at Bridewell-dock.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK] in Egan Bk of Sports 146: A saucy, tip-slang, moon-eyed, hen, / Who oft’ mills doll at block.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 56: moon-eyed hen A squinting prostitute.
moon-face (n.)

(US) an Asian person; thus moon-faced, moon-eyed, having Japanese or Asian features.

[UK]E. Greey Queen’s Sailors I 302: ‘Most illustrious sir!’ exclaimed the foremost moon-face.
[UK]Edinburgh Eve. News 21 Sept. 3/6: [from S.F. Bulletin] Miss Chung Fu, a noted moon-eyed belle.
[UK]Dundee Courier (Scot.) 15 Apr. 3/5: The Asiatics [...] are setting on him, one moon-face with a hatchet, the second moon-face with a knife.
[US]M. West Pleasure Man (1997) Act I: What’s the idea of sending this moon-faced kimono over to me? Is he your interpreter?
[US]W.R. Burnett Little Men, Big World 77: Moon-face has been here about three weeks. He’s a garter-snapper.
moonlight/-lighter/-lights

see separate entries.

moonman (n.)

see separate entry.

moon-raker/-raking (n.)

see separate entries.

moon rock (n.) [rock n. (4c)]

(drugs) a mixture of crack cocaine and heroin.

Hartford Courant (CT) 1 Sept. A10/1: [M]oon rock or speedball [is] a combination of crack and heroin.
[US]T. Williams Crackhouse 74: She is talking with Headache about a freebase and heroin mixture called ‘moon rock’ or the new ‘bazuca’.
[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 155: Wee Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Tical. Freebase. Maryjane. Moonrock.
moonshine/-shiner

see separate entries.

moon stick (n.) [SE moon, i.e. the ‘yellow’ colour + stick n.]

(US black) a white man’s penis.

[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] moon stick Definition: caucasian’s penis. Example: I still can’t believe Shalanda rode his moon stick, damn oreo!
moontan (v.)

see separate entriy.

moon time (n.)

(US black) night-time.

[US]Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 26 Feb. 11/1: Dot Harris, whom he introduced [...] the other moon time as his new heart turner.
[US]Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 5 July 7/3: You should have seen pretty Bennie Williams’ face light up the other moon time.
moontrotter (n.)

a prostitute.

[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 4 July 3/1: Margaret Blakeney, a measley faced moontrotter, charged Miss J Johnstone, another free-hearted damsel, with an unprovoked assault.

In phrases

go between the moon and the milkman (v.) [i.e. to leave the house at or just prior to dawn]

to abscond from a house or flat, taking one’s furniture and possessions, but avoiding payment of any outstanding rent, utility bills etc.

[UK]Barrère & Leland Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.
over the moon (adj.) [DSUE adds a single mid-19C citation, in a private letter; OED cites earlier 19C examples of phr. jump over the moon]

extremely cheerful, delighted, esp. as a clichéd response attributed to sportspeople, particularly professional football players, when interviewed about a successful game or competition.

Cambrian (Swansea) 24 Apr. 7/6: [Gladstone’s] contributions to this important department of our language are contained in a certain ‘Glynne Glossary,’ [...] a copy of which was recently discovered at an obscure bookstall, with the favourite initials W. E. G. upon the title page. We gather therefrom that Over the Moon means in tremendously or excessively high spirits, and no doubt had its origin in the famous cow which jumped over the moon.
M. Kennedy Together and Apart 180: She didn’t know she had a brother and she’s over the moon .
[UK]H. Ranfurly diary 22 Oct. in To War With Whitaker (1994) 290: The missus will be over the moon.
[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 148: Well done, Terry. Congratulations [...] Needless to say, the ACC’s over the moon.
[Ire]H. Leonard A Life (1981) Act II: You were over the moon: yes, you were.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 311: I’m just thrilled he persuaded Barry, ’cos I’m over the moon.
[UK]P. Theroux Kowloon Tong 198: She’s chuffed [...] She’s over the moon.
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 172: They gave the kid a grand for his whack and he was over the fucking moon.
shoot the moon (v.) (also bolt the moon) [it is done during the night]

1. (also bolt the moon) to abscond from a house or flat, taking one’s furniture and possessions but avoiding payment of any outstanding rent, utility bills etc; thus moon-shooter, one who absconds with their possessions but without paying the rent.

[UK]Universal Songster I 70: She wished to gammon her landlord, and likewise bolt the moon, / With his goods and chattels .
[UK]Comic Almanack Sept. 63: So we by night must take our flight, / For we must shoot the moon!
[UK]J. Labern ‘I Don’t Like to See’ Comic Songs 9: I don’t like to see people Shooting the Moon.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 99: Bolt the moon, to cheat the landlord by taking the goods away in the night, without paying the rent.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 29 Sept. 3/2: [headline] Bolting the Moon.
[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 10: The light spring-van, which at other times is used for enabling the neighbours to indulge in that exciting lunatic sport known as ‘shooting the moon’.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[US] ‘I Am A Downy Bird’ in My Young Wife and I Songster 43: I’ve owed five quarters rent, / And wouldn’t ‘shoot the moon’.
[UK]Sl. Dict. 288: Shoot the moon to remove furniture from a house in the night without paying the landlord.
[UK]C. Osborne ‘Later On’ [lyrics] The Landlord informs me he’s just ‘shot the moon’.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues IV 351/1: Moon-shooter.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Shooting the Moon’ in Roderick (1972) 149: Did you ever notice that people always shoot the moon when there’s no moon?
[UK]Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 4 Apr. 3/3: The man had ‘shot the moon,’ owing a quarter’s rent.
[UK]E.W. Rogers [perf. Vesta Tilley] The Latest Chap on Earth [lyrics] So fond of newness is he that he shifts his diggings once a week / He shoots the Moon? tut tut not true, ’tis merely love of things quite new.
[UK]B. Pain De Omnibus 37: ’E shot the moon feerly successful, ’e did, and nutthink ter pye.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Sept. 39/2: ‘Great heavens! they’ve gone! Look at the windows!’ / A small urchin sidled up. / ‘They shot ther moon larst night, boss! [...] Yer done in!’ / ‘What for; we’re not the landlord’s men?’.
H. Champion ‘Never Let Your Braces Dangle’ [lyrics] On a foggy afternoon once, we had to shoot the moon, / On the barrow I had got, bedstead, chairs and all the lot.
[UK]‘George Orwell’ Down and Out in Complete Works I (1986) 37: If the Jew shoots the moon I shall be left without a roof.
[UK]J. MacLaren-Ross ‘A Bit of a Smash in Madras’ in Memoirs of the Forties (1984) 290: He’s shot the moon. Blown off to Bangalore.
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 211–2: Half-way there I met Copper Baldwin, who asked: ‘Shooting the moon, cocko? Doing a flit?’.
[UK](con. 1880) P. Ackroyd Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem 135: Mrs Irving was afraid that they would, in the phrase of the period, ‘shoot the moon’ and cheat her by absconding after dark.

2. (US) to take a major gamble [ext. of sense 1 above].

[US](con. 1920s) Dos Passos Big Money in USA (1966) 759: Well, we’ve got a couple of tricks up our sleeve . . . . We’re shootin’ the moon.
[US]S. King Dead Zone (1980) 372: He wanted to shoot the moon. But as Stillson set the Wheel in motion [...] Every number was a house number.
[Aus]Hackforth & Sherman About Face (1991) 120: He thought he was going to ‘shoot the moon’ [and] get all excited.

3. see also sl. phrs. above.