Green’s Dictionary of Slang

white stuff n.

1. anything made of silver [white adj. (1)].

[UK] ‘Six Years in the Prisons of England’ in Temple Bar Mag. Nov. 534: If he can manage to begin every morning with the yellow stuff, he can make a couple of ‘quid’ a day; but if he can only muster white stuff, why, of course he can’t make so much.
[UK]D. Stewart Devil of Dartmoor in Illus. Police News 15 Oct. 12/1: ‘I’m wanted, wus luck, for doing some white stuff (passing bad money) and a confidence fake into the bargain’ .

2. (drugs) morphine or heroin [stuff n. (5)].

[US]F. Hutcheson Barkeep Stories 123: ‘[N]ottin’ ’ud do but dey must [...] drag me down t’ Saint Loois wid dem. Dey got me full o’ de white stuff er I’d ’a’ balked at dat’.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 271: ‘I ain’t had none of the old white stuff for two days.’ ‘So yer agin the dope? [...] The morphine gag’s worse.’.
[US]G. Bronson-Howard God’s Man 39: The ‘White Stuff’s’ on the up-and-up too.
[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 86: Veteran police officers estimate that two thirds of all the professional robbers are ‘chippy’-users, that is, they ‘play with the white stuff,’ which, in plain English, means that now and then they will ‘shoot’ either cocaine, heroin or morphine.
[US]J. Black You Can’t Win (2000) 135: They decided to ‘shoot up’ the small portion of white stuff they had left.
[US]‘Boxcar Bertha’ Sister of the Road (1975) 118: Lucille and Jimmie used ‘white stuff,’ heroin and morphine [...] ‘White stuff’ comes in small tablets, cubes, or in powder.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 248: They had a terrible contempt for the guys on the ‘white stuff’ – heroin, morphine and cocaine.
[US]W. Brown Monkey On My Back (1954) 193: If I don’t get a shot soon, I’ll have the meemies. You ever been on the white stuff, laddie?
[US]W. Brown Teen-Age Mafia 22: That was before he’d learned about the white stuff. Once you got hooked on horse pod didn’t do a thing for you.
[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970) 248: white stuff [...] cocaine, morphine, or (usually) heroin.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[Aus]V. Viidikas ‘Island of Gems’ in India Ink (1984) 42: Smoking white stuff makes you feel real good, you smile all night.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 69: China White A pure, snow white heroin in powder form […] (Archaic: white stuff).
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 22: White stuff — Heroin.
‘Worksheet 9: Self study of drug abuse’ St Alban’s College [Internet] Opiates e.g. opium (oupa, poppy); morphine (M, morph, Miss Emma, monkey dust, mooch, white stuff, dreamer).
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 54: Pills, the white stuff, whatever it is you shove down your throat or put up your nose.

3. (US) grain alcohol used for making illicit liquor.

[US]H.N. Rose Thes. Sl.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).

4. (drugs) cocaine [stuff n. (5)].

[US]S.F. Call 27 Nov. 3/1: Among fiends, the drug [...] might be called just ‘C’ [...] or ‘white stuff’.
[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 86: Veteran police officers estimate that two thirds of all the professional robbers are ‘chippy’-users, that is, they ‘play with the white stuff,’ which, in plain English, means that now and then they will ‘shoot’ either cocaine, heroin or morphine.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks n.p.: White stuff, morphine, heroin, or cocaine.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 248: They had a terrible contempt for the guys on the ‘white stuff’ – heroin, morphine and cocaine.
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics 316: white stuff. [...] cocaine.
[UK]‘Raymond Thorp’ Viper 70: He thought the spade was holding back some white stuff from him.
[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970) 248: white stuff [...] cocaine.
[US]L. Stringer Grand Central Winter (1999) 53: Perhaps a grateful Mr Waldorf might see his way clear to rewarding us with a toot or two of the white stuff.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 257: Pinky went mad for the white stuff.

5. (also white slufe) opium [stuff n. (5)].

[US]G. Milburn ‘The Dealer Gets It All’ in Hobo’s Hornbook 152: Then I sprung a rosy lay-out on my side-pen Alton Red, / And we blowed a toy o’ white slufe that knocked the willies dead.
[Aus]V. Viidikas ‘Island of Gems’ in India Ink (1984) 42: Smoking white stuff makes you feel real good.

6. diamonds.

[UK]V. Davis Phenomena in Crime 253: White stuff. Diamonds. Also referred to as glass, ice, beads.

7. large denomination notes [large ‘white’ £5 notes].

[UK]‘Charles Raven’ Und. Nights 173: A big wad of cash, most of it the white stuff. [Ibid.] 174: He spotted the young Duke of Salamanca drawing stacks of white from the bookies.

8. (drugs) Demerol [stuff n. (5)].

[US]L. Young et al. Recreational Drugs.
[US]D.E. Miller Bk of Jargon 326: Demerol. Also junk, white stuff, demis.

9. (US) any clear coloured alcohol.

[US](con. 1968) D.A. Dye Citadel (1989) 26: Need some white stuff. Gin or vodka is best.