Green’s Dictionary of Slang

member n.1

[prior use is SE, Lat. membrum virile, ‘the virile member’, i.e. the penis]

the penis.

[US]J. Mandeville Travels 197: Thei gon all naked, saf a litylle Clout, that thei coveren with here knees and hire membres [F&H].
[UK]Skelton Why Come Ye Nat to Courte? line 209: And Asmodeus of hell Maketh his membres swell With Dalyda to mell, That wanton damosell.
[UK]T. Kyd Soliman and Perseda G2: They lopt a collop of my tendrest member.
[UK]Florio Worlde of Wordes n.p.: Priapo, [...] Also a mans priuy member or yard.
[UK]Jonson Silent Woman I i: When wee come to haue gray hair, and weake hammes, moist eyes, and shrunke members.
[UK]Bible Deut. XXIII I [Authorised Version] n.p.: He that hath his privy member cut off [F&H].
[UK]H. Glapthorne Argalus I ii: The Nymphs are all stark and mad for it, Because they think the rest of my members proportionable.
[UK]T. Killigrew Parson’s Wedding (1664) I iii: She converses with naked men, and handles all their members.
Cryes of Westminster n.p.: May the pox eate up your bones, consume your rotten Members.
[UK] ‘On the Goldsmiths Committee’ Rump Poems and Songs (1662) I 236: Pox keep ’um in bed / Until they are dead, / And repent for the losse of their Members.
[UK]Rochester ‘A Satyr on Charles II’ in Works (1999) 86: While she employs Hands, Fingers, Mouth, and Thighs, / Ere she can raise the Member she enjoys.
[UK]M. Stevenson Wits Paraphras’d 24: But I shall strive to blow the Embers, / And study to rub up your Members.
[UK]Proceedings against Capt. Edward Rigby for intending to commit the Abominable Sin of Sodomy, on the Body of one William Minton 7 Dec. 1: Rigby [...] took him by the hand, and squeez’d it; put his Privy Member Erected into Minton’s Hand; kist him, and put his Tongue into Minton’s Mouth.
[UK]B. Mandeville An Essay upon Whoring iv: The Gods [...] have given us one disobedient and unruly Member, which, [...] grows wild and furious, till [...] he has plentifully besprinkled and bedewed the Bottom of the Womb.
[UK]Dialogue between a Married Lady and a Maid II: That which embraces the Man’s Member, when it is in, is called the Sheath.
[UK]Friar and Boy Pt I 15: A woeful pickle he was in, With dancing thro’ and thro’, His cloaths he tore, and then his Skin, His privy members too.
[UK]Belle’s Stratagem 13: Mrs Racket: Here’s to every upright member that enters the House of Commons!
[UK]Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 127: Each portal lip, which pouting out with uncontroulable sensibility, encloses the member of all its joys.
[UK]Burns Answer to a Poetical Epistle in Works (1842) 60/2: You should remember To cut if aff, an’ what for no Your dearest member.
[UK] ‘The Rakish Gentleman’ Knowing Chaunter 44: I’m called the randy gentleman, [...] I’m a standing member of the house, / And the ladies all so free, Declare they like no member, sires, / Upon the w-hole like me.
[UK] ‘O Dear What Can The Matter Be’ Nobby Songster 8: He show’d me a thing he call’d a stiff member.
M. Gauthier Blind Lust 30: What could this unknown member be, the rosy head and length and thickness of which seemed so monstrous to me.
[UK]Cythera’s Hymnal 29: Chaste in September keep your member.
[UK]Sins of the Cities of the Plain 37: He began to frig my stiff member.
[UK]‘Neaniskos’ Priapeia Ep. xxv 26: Either lop off my seminal member, which the neighbouring women, ever itching with desire, exhaust the whole night through [...] or I shall be ruptured.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 3 Feb. 3/3: This craze for reduction of members is only an old Jewish custom, dating from the time of Moses.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 247: A nudist by name Roger Peet, / Loved to dance in the snow and the sleet, / But one chilly December / He froze every member.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 92: A whimsical Arab from Aden, / His masculine member well laden.
[US]Southern & Hoffenberg Candy (1970) 93: She pointed an accusing finger at Uncle Jack’s member.
[US]Trimble 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.
[US]L. Kramer Faggots 99: [He] stood now in a cubicle in the empty boys’ room, wiping his own wet member off with toilet paper.
[Ire]D. Healy Sudden Times 36: He told me once that he had such a huge member that when he got an erection the blood would drain from his face.
[US]J. McCourt ‘Vilja de Tanquay Exults’ in Queer Street 298: What a memorable member!
[WI]Jamaica Obs. 19 Aug. [Internet] Laughing at the size of his member will hurt him.

In compounds

member mug (n.)

a chamberpot.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Member-mug a Chamber-pot.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 207: [...] Tip me the jockum-gage, i.e., hand me the member-mug.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Progress of a Rake 29: She took the Member-mug, and slop / Comes all on Richard, Juice and Sop.
Rake’s Progress 29: She took the member-mug and slop / Comes all on Richard, juice and sop.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Dying Groans of Sir John Barleycorn 4: In company with good wife’s member-mugs, where I must stand in the stink until starved as dead as a doornail.
[UK]E.S. Barrett Tarantula 75: Any poor, crazy, fool, now-a-days, any half-starved journeyman baker, brewer, shoe, blanket, or member-mug maker.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[Ire]‘A Real Paddy’ Real Life in Ireland 60: The Harbour_ of Howth was as open as the Bay of Dublin, and as empty as a member mug when it is half full of slops.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[Aus]Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas.) 26 Jan. 7/3: Dinah had thrown the contents of a ‘Member Mug’ over her, and scratched her and tore a few bunches of hair from her head.
[UK]‘I’d Be a Member Mug’ in Flash Olio in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 203: I’d be a member-mug, up in a chamber, / [...] / Spying so clever, where no eye may clamber, / And kissing all bums, though not over sweet.

In phrases

hot member (n.)

see separate entry.

member for horncastle (n.) [punning on SE member + horn n.1 ; thus double entendre in D’Urfey, Pills to Purge Melancholy (1719): ‘I am a cunning Constable, / And a Bag of Warrants I have here, / To Press sufficient Men and able, / At Horn-castle to appear / [...] / Where I miss the Man I’ll press the Wife’]

a cuckold.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 470/2: C.18–early 19.
unruly member (n.) [play on usu. sense of tongue, from General Epistle of James, 3:5–8: ‘Even so the tongue is a little member [...] But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison’]

1. the penis.

[UK]London Jilt pt 1 79: I fell into Labour [...] with such dreadful Pains [...] which made me curse the Hourse and Day that I suffer’d that unruly Member to rummage my belly .
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 143: We have an unruly Member, and that stubborn Piece of Flesh hath no Forecast at all.
[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 17 Aug. 273/2: [H]e was too much under the dominion of that unruly member, which, more or less influences us all.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 17: Ardillon, m. The penis; ‘the unruly member’.

2. the tongue.

[UK]‘Paul Pry’ Oddities of London Life II 294: Mrs. Merriman [...] afforded a practical exemplification of the fact that ladies from the northern part of the kingdom are, in the use of the ‘unruly member,’ not at all behind the ladies of the south.
[US]Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 1 Sept. n.p.: A very unruly member, which is continually wagging about other business than her own.

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