Green’s Dictionary of Slang

taker n.

1. [mid-16C–18C] (also taker-up) the member of a criminal gang who keeps watch or entices a victim into a crooked gambling game; spec. part of a barnard’s law team see under barnard n.

2. [mid-19C+] (US) a person who accepts an offer or challenge.

3. [1940s+] (UK Und.) a receiver of stolen goods.

4. [1950s+] (US gay/prison) a passive prison homosexual.