Green’s Dictionary of Slang

full adj.

1. (later use mainly Aus., also full of it) drunk.

[UK] ‘Old Simon the Kinge’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) III 2: I straight began [to say] / ‘if a man be ffull [o’ernight] / He cannott get d[runk to-day’].
[[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 101: After dining in the Town, with my Head so full, that I took Children for Men, and Blue for Black].
Woodforde Diary of a Country Parson 6 Dec. III (1927) 315: He came quite drunk and behaved very impudently. Stephen Andrews and Billy Bridewell rather full.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 7 Aug. 3/1: Edmund Salton, a full (in fact, a brimfull of liquor) private.
[US] ‘Tim Finigan’s Wake’ in I. Beadle Comic and Sentimental Song Bk 60: One morning Tim was rather full, / His head felt heavy, which made him shake.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 7 Dec. 3/3: Four or five young ‘bloods’ [...] getting ‘very full’ and rushing up to ‘Lou. Clark’s crib’.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Tom Sawyer 94: When pap’s full, you might take and belt him over the head with a church and you couldn’t phase him.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 25 Jul. 14/4: Ah! many a half-and-half, Poll Cott, / You’ve delicately drained; / And many a shandygaff, Poll Cott, / While yet your soul was chained; / Ah! often you’ve got ‘full’ Poll Cott, / On every sort of blend- / On Thistle Blend and Bull, Poll Cott, / But now you’ve made an end.
[UK]Cornishman 14 Nov. 7/1: A main feature [...] would be to get ‘sho jolly fullish (hic) that you don’t knowish a glassh beersh from (hic) cart-greash!’.
[US]S. Crane George’s Mother (2001) 105: Say, you get too full too soon. You oughter wait until later, me boy!
[US]T. Hammond On Board a Whaler 357: Tom, you ’re full [...] You ’re fuller ’n I be, Tom. Tha-thash whash she matter, y’r full, Tom.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Oct. 16/2: ‘Ay, he’s a clagger, they boy Ernie! He’s bin got hisself chock full up for nothin’.’ Ernest had been to a mine christening, and his shickered condition was a pure gift.
[Aus]Camperdown Chron. 4 Feb. 3/3: Defenmdent was also full; absolutely as full as the bottle.
[Ire]L. Doyle Dear Ducks 215: The ass fetched Lanty home one evenin’ by-ordinary full.
[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson Shearer’s Colt 25: You can always tell when I’m getting full, for I start to talk like my father used to.
[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 227: I get so full I don’t know if I’m Angus or Argus.
[Aus]‘Neville Shute’ On the Beach 35: You’ll probably be telling everyone about it later on this evening when you’re a bit full.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Cop This Lot 60: You get full on yer snake juice if ut’ll make yer feel better.
[Aus] in K. Gilbert Living Black 202: She’ll only get him full that night and do some stirring!
[NZ]G. Johnston Fish Factory 105: I suppose a man got a bit full and acted a bit crazy.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 85: Shane gets absolutely full, tries to con up his boss’s wife, and shits in his own nest.
[Aus]Smith & Noble Neddy (1998) 162: About two blocks on, Abo woke up and redirected the driver to the Star disco at Bondi. It was a bad mistake on Abo’s part as he was full of it and looking for trouble.
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) 16 Aug. [Internet] It really frightened my daughter when I threw my sixteenth tinny, half-full, as was the tinny, at the TV screen.

2. absolute, complete, total.

[US]E. Torres Q&A 156: A widower, childless, Zucker had one year to go for the full two bits and retirement.
[Ire](con. 1945) S. McAughtry Touch and Go 101: Judges are sudden death on working-class men getting full drunk.

3. drugged.

[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 62: Full – full of drugs.

4. good, amazing.

Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] full [...] adj 1. good. (Question: ‘How was the concert?’ Response: ‘Full.’).

In phrases

full as...

see separate entry.

full to the back teeth (adj.)

(Aus.) very drunk.

[Aus]Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld) 3 June 12/6: Rollin’ home to the camp full to the back teeth I lays where I falls in the ashes.
[Aus]G.S. Case Wits Are Out 146: Full to the back teeth, they were secretly relieved that they wouldn't have to drink any more.
[UK]‘Alexander Cordell’ Rape of Fair Country [ebook] iI [...] found Dafydd Phillips[...] standing outside a beerhouse, full to the back teeth by the look of him, and grinning like a dead sheep.
[SA]W. Smith Dark of the Sun [ebook] ‘How’s it for another beer, boss?’ ‘Enough.' Bruce held up his hand. 'I'm full to the back teeth’.
[US]J.I. Rodale Synonym Finder 106: Pickled, lathered, high, high as a kite, fried to one's tonsils, full to the back teeth.
full to the bow-tie (adj.)

very drunk, or having drunk a large quantity.

[Aus]D. Niland Big Smoke 14: ‘What about a drink?’ ‘No, thanks. I’m full to the bow-tie now.’ Mick laughed. ‘Only have to bend over, eh, and one’d tip out.’.
full to the bung (adj.) (also full to the brim)

1. very drunk.

Jamieson Ety. Dict. Scottish Lang. Supp. I 159/2: Bung-fu, adj. Quite intoxicated, a low word [...] full to the bung; in allusion to a barrel .
[UK]New Mthly Mag. June 220: I am aware he is usually as full of beer of his own brewing, as I was then of the article of my own writing; id est, ‘full to the bung’.
Jamieson Scottish Dict. I 178/2: Bung-fu, adj. Full to the bung; quite intoxicated.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Sept. 40/4: When Billo, full up to the brim, / An’ smellin’ all sweet from the spree, / A’ callin’ ’is ’Liza a limb / Lets loose on the kiddies an’ me.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 435/1: from ca. 1850.
[Ire]‘Myles na gCopaleen’ Best of Myles (1968) 338: Drunk; jarred; [...] mouldy; maggoty; full to the brim.
(con. WW1) S. Hillier (ed.) Long Way to Tipperary [ebook] They had escaped the eye of the provost sergeant, or had been able to have that soldier-like appearance when returning to barracks ‘full to the bung’!

2. (Aus.) e.g. of a vehicle, completely full.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 9 Apr. 9/3: A Pitt-street ’bus, which was filled to the bung with dripping lumps of chilled humanity.

3. emotionally overwhelmed.

[UK]Sporting Times 19 Feb. 3/1: With losses and worries he’s full to the bung.
full to the gills (adj.) [gills n.1 (1)]

(orig. US) very drunk.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Aug. 48/1: When Ninety Conway, who’s on the watch, / Still full to the sills with poisonous / ‘Scotch,’ starts using a trick he had!
[US]N. Algren Neon Wilderness (1986) 150: After that I kept him full to the gills.
[UK]F. Norman Guntz 180: [We] staggered along the road full to the gills with port.
(con. WW2) C. Smith One if by Land and Two if by Sea 204: One night somebody ‘full to the gills’ was walking up and down the company street hollering for his buddy.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

full bottom (n.) [his ‘full-bottomed’ wig]

(UK Und.) a judge.

[UK]Sporting Mag. 19 199/1: Stand the Bow-street racket; bother the full-bottoms; and then dance first-couple ina new black suit.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: queer full bottom To puzzle or confound. I have queered the old full bottom; i.e. I have puzzled the judge.
full bucket, the (n.)

(Aus.) a knowledgeable person.

[Aus]T. Winton Human Torpedo 15: He was the full bucket on sex (naturally).
full buf (adv.) [buf adj.]

(US teen) dressed up in one’s finery, ‘dressed to kill’.

‘Valley Girls’ on Paranoiafanzine [Internet] We’re the popular girls at school who are always into the mondo full buf and who everyone thinks are totally bitchen.
full enchilada (n.)

see whole enchilada under whole... n.

full hand (n.)

see separate entry.

full house (n.) [theatrical use]

1. a very busy time.

[UK] ‘Rory O’More Had A Hell Of A Bore’ in Rambler’s Flash Songster 13: No doubt some one has been there before, / Perhaps half a dozen, perhaps half a score; / But no matter for that, she likes a full house, / So I’ll take it quite easy, creep in like a mouse.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 91: full house public rest room with every urinal, toilet seat, sink and mirror occupied by a homosexual man.

2. penetrative sexual intercourse.

[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 67: Been fuckin well nailin it aw weekend. Fill hoose, the loat.

3. see full hand n. (3)

full jerry

see separate entries.

full quid, the (n.) (also full deener, ...pound) [quid n. (3)/SE pound; lit. the ‘whole pound’]

(Aus./N.Z.) sensible, intelligent, aware, trustworthy, ‘all there’; esp. in negative phr. not (quite) the full quid etc, not very intelligent, slightly eccentric, odd.

[Aus]Coast to Coast (1945) 106: ‘There’s some say Lizzie’s not the full quid either,’ he said .
[NZ]Parlty debates (NZ) 315 94: Mr SPEAKER— You said the Prime Minister was ‘not the full quid.’ Mr JACK — I said the Prime Minister was ‘not the full 100 quid’.
[Aus]Baker Drum 111: Full quid, in full possession of one’s faculties. A person who is said to be ten bob in the quid or any smaller sum down to tuppence in the quid, is held to be stupid.
[US](con. WWII) J.O. Killens And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 427: She’s aces, mytes, and she’s full quid all the way.
[UK](con. 1940s) G. Dutton Andy 93: Yer mad. I don’t think yer got the full quid.
[NZ]B. Crump ‘Bastards I Have Met’ in Best of Barry Crump (1974) 275: The Queer Bastard [...] as we know him today is one who is not quite the full quid, but more peculiar than mad.
[Aus]J. McNeil How Does Your Garden Grow Act III: Ahh! You’re not the full deener.
[UK]Viz Oct./Nov. 13: Oh, ’eez norra full quid like.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 77/1: not the full quid not sound in the head.
[Aus]Smith & Noble Neddy (1998) 307: Mate, you should hear the shit that Tom is going on about. He’s not a full quid.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 190: There is also the archaic, but still oft-heard, term the full quid, a reference to mental capability.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 166: quick quid [...] if you are not the full quid you are deemed to be mentally defective.
full stop (n.)

in boxing, a hard blow.

[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 189: Ned waltzed out o the way, administering a ‘full stop’ on Jack’s ‘head-lamps’.

In phrases

at full belt (adv.)

see under belt v.

full of...

see separate entries.

full on

see separate entries.

full two bob [lit. worth the two shillings that is charged]

(Aus.) worthwhile, as good as advertised.

[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 69: P’raps old Eric’s idea was the full two bob after all.
full up (adj.)

see separate entries.