1. (orig. US) a wig, a toupee, a hairpiece, esp. in show business [it lies on/covers one’s head/bald patch].
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 106: ‘Where did you get the rug, Jones?’ ‘I bet it’s stuck on with gum.’.|
|Pal Joey 109: I even wear a little rug up front.|
|letter 18 Oct. in Leader (2000) 406: James Bartley had removed his shirt . . . ostensibly for greater coolness, actually I think to display the grey rug on his chest.|
|Return of the Hood 34: A makeup man from NBC dropped a curly headed rug over my short hair.|
|Instant Replay 208: He kept jiving up and down the aisle, showing off his rug and shades.|
|Duke of Deception (1990) 219: White dinner jacket, pencil-line mustache, and rug.|
|Breaks 168: I found myself scrutinising his wig. Usually I could spot a rug.|
|Guardian Guide 4–10 Sept. 13: Ron’s rug [...] remained completely untouched by the explosion.|
|Chicken (2003) 194: I reach down slow, grab his rug, rip it off his head, and shove it into his mouth.|
2. the hair.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 16 June 4/7: Imagine bashful Romeo, / And Juliet with her rug out.|
|Seeds of Man (1995) 389: My name’s [...] Bushy Head Woody. Fuzzy Rug, they call me. Ha hah.|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) n.p.: I’ve got to pick up on a barber because my rug needs much dusting.|
|Official and Doubtful 89: We’d have to dye the rug of course.|
|Decent Ride 115: She’s gaun mental, climbin oan toap ay us, jist aboot ripped the fuckin rug oaf ma chist.|
3. the pubic hair, usu. female.
|Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 229: I closed in on her and I reached up under her dress to get at that hand-woven rug.|
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 174: rug [...] 3. pubic hairs.|
|Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 131: Pubes […] moustache, rug, short and curlies and short hairs, velvet, wig, wool.|
4. (US prison) a black prisoner.
|Animal Factory 27: We’re the motherfuckers that be fightin’ when the rugs start wasting people around here.|
|Prison Sl. 56: Rug A black person.|
|Mr Blue 373: Some young rug stood up in the courtroom with an Uzi.|
5. see rughead
(orig. US campus) a lesbian; thus rugmunching, cunnilingus; rugmunch, to perform (lesbian) cunnilingus .
|Sl. U. 54: carpet-muncher/rug-muncher female homosexual.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: rug munchers n. See fanny noshers.|
|‘15 things not to say to a Lesbian’ on Daisy Realm on University of Wales [Internet] 14. Do you prefer being called a carpet biter or a rug muncher, I can use both.|
|Kristen Archive [Internet] Jade gets a teaching job at a local Academy for girls. Lots of ‘rugmunching’ and intrigue.|
|Muff Guide to London [Internet] No visiting lesbian should miss the opportunity to rub shoulders (and much more!) with London’s rug-munchers in this intimate petit boite.|
|thelondonpaper 4 Sept. 32: ‘Lesbians!’ he yells. ‘Dykes! Rug-Munchers!’.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] And all because of your chivalrous defence of a rug muncher.‘The Break’ in|
|Panopticon (2013) 209: I, Tash, will look after treasure and obey my teenage wifey, Isla, and I will never rug-munch another, as long as we both shall live, Amen.|
(US black) to have a haircut.
|Jive and Sl.|
a query as to whether a woman's hair is dyed or whether it matches the colour of her pubic hair.
|Decent Ride 196: A ginger burd an aw! [...] Cannae wait tae see if the rug matches the curtains.|
SE in slang uses
(US) a small child.
|CB Slanguage 34: Drape Ape: small child.|
|(ref. to 1967)posting 5 Feb. on ‘Wordorigins Org’ at Ezboard [Internet] ‘Rug-ape’ is from 1967 and ‘ankle-biter’ from 1963.|
(US black) a noisy, festive party where the dancing ‘beats the rug’.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
see separate entries.
a derog. name for a black person; also as adj.
|Lex. of Phila. Metropolitan Area n.p.: Jungle bunny, chocolate bunny, burrhead, hardhead, hammerhead, rughead, nightfighter, spearchucker, hatchethead, rooster.|
|(ref. to 1960s) Queens’ Vernacular 63: black man [...] rughead (pej, mid ’60s).|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 153: ‘Greaseball guinea honkywops.’ ‘Rug head.’.|
|[||Blood Brothers 115: They got these other dudes called the Rastafaries — you ever see them with those big rug heads].|
|Prison Sl. 56: Rug Head A black person.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 100: He’s with some rugheads came to make a buy from Larry.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 154: Charlie Bronson wreaking righteous havoc on a bunch of rugheads.|
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Rughead: African-American prisoner.|
|Right As Rain 262: It [i.e. methamphetamine] gives me an edge when I’m dealin’ with those rugheads.|
|Our Town 86: ‘He came all the way from Birmingham, Alabama,’ Larry went on, ‘just to hang those stupid big-lipped rughead wide-eyed bigmouth niggers.’.|
|What It Was 230: Damn if I know [...] And I bet none of these rugheads know either.(con. 1972)|
1. (US) an elegant, expensive restaurant, patronized by the wealthy.
|Wiseguy (2001) 50: We’d go to overpriced places with red walls and wall-to-wall carpets – rug joints, we’d call them.|
|(con. c.1900) City in Sl. (1995) 70: One mark of a fine place was carpeted floors, which gave rise to rug joint.|
2. (US) an upmarket, luxury casino.
|Complete Guide to Gambling 222: On December 26, 1946, Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel opened the Flamingo Casino, the first of Nevada’s plush rug joints.|
|Gambling Secrets of Nick The Greek 73: The first ‘rug joint’ in Washington, D.C., was launched by Ed Pendleton in 1832.|
|Generation of Victors 273: I have rug joints in Vegas.|
(US) an Arab.
|Big Town 70: The door was opened by a rug peddler.|
a small child who is still crawling on the carpet.
|in Current Sl. IV:3–4 (1970).|
|Tales of the City (1984) 179: Driving an Audi now and sending a couple of rug rats to the French-American school.|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 44: Rug rat: A small and obnoxious child under two years of age.|
|Mad Cows 53: Well, rug-rat [...] the silver spoon one was born with has somewhat tarnished.|
|Dreamcatcher 353: There’s a little girl out there, about four years old [...] this soldier gave her a candybar, just like she was some starving Kosovar rug-muncher?|
|(ref. to 1970)posting 5 Feb. on ‘Wordorigins Org’ at Ezboard [Internet] ‘Rugrat’ appears in 1970. It’s US in origin.|
|Acid Alex xiv: All the wives and rugrats.|
see rug cutter n.
asleep, in bed.
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: The whole gill is safe at rug; the people of the house are fast asleep.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Vocabulum 75: Rug Sleep.|
see separate entry.
everything is fine, all is safe.
|Dramatic Works (1720) I.i: Fear nothing, Sir; Rug’s the Word, all’s safe .Biter in|
|Swell’s Night Guide 130/1: Rugg, all right and safe.|
see separate entry.