Green’s Dictionary of Slang

smelling-cheat n.

also smelling-chete
[SE smell + cheat n. (1)]

1. the nose.

[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 82: smelling chete a nose.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching A2: [as cit. c.1566].
[UK]Dekker Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 1: A Smelling chete, signifies a Nose.
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (8th edn).
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (9th edn).
see sense 2.

2. a garden, an orchard.

[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 84: a smellinge chete a garden or orchard.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching [as cit. c.1566].
[UK]Dekker Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 1: The Canters Dictionary Smelling chete, an Orchard or Garden.
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (8th edn).
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (9th edn).
[UK]Head Eng. Rogue I 52: Smellling cheat, A Garden.
[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn).
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Smelling Cheat, an Orchard, or a Garden, a Nose.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Smelling-cheat [...] an Orchard or Garden.
[UK]J. Shirley Triumph of Wit.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]B.M. Carew Life and Adventures.
see sense 3.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

3. a nosegay, a posy.

[UK]Rowlands Martin Mark-all 41: Smelling cheate, for thats a nosegay.
[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn).
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Smelling-cheat c. a Nose-gay.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 116: A Nose-gay A smelling Cheat.
[UK]B.M. Carew Life and Adventures.
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 17: Garden or Nosegay – Smelling cheat.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum.