1. [late 16C–late 19C] (also buzzard-head) a weak foolish person, a gullible dupe; thus buzzardly adj.; buzzardism n.
2. [mid-17C+] an old and unattractive person; often as old buzzard.
3. [mid-19C+] (US) a native of the state of Georgia.
4. [late 19C] (US) a silver dollar [the eagle inscribed on it].
5. [1900s] (US, also turkey buzzard) a filthy child.
6. [1900s] (US milit.) an honourable discharge.
7. [1900s–40s] (US) a worthless horse.
8. [1910s] (US Und.) a police officer.
9. [1910s–30s] (US tramp) a second-rate thief; one who preys on women.
10. [1920s] an unpleasant person.
11. [1920s–30s] (US Und.) a beggar, the lowest form of tramp.
12. [1930s] (US) an aviator.
13. [1940s] (US army/campus) chicken.
14. [1950s–60s] an animal, a creature.
15. [1980s] an unattractive woman.
SE in slang uses
1. a corpse abandoned in the open; by ext. a person fated for death or otherwise doomed, a general term of abuse.
2. a scraggy old horse.
1. a corpse abandoned in the open.
2. a person fated for death or otherwise doomed.
1. [late 19C–1940s] (US) a run-down or disreputable place.
2. [1910s–40s] (US, Southern) the top gallery in a theatre, usu. reserved for blacks.
[1920s] (US tramp) a thief who robs seasonal workers.
[1930s–40s] (US black) a homeless or unemployed person, a beggar.