Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bouncer n.1

[bounce v.1 ]

1. [late 16C; mid-19C] (US) something or someone exceptionally large of its kind.

2. [late 17C–early 19C] (UK Und.) a swaggerer, a blusterer, a bully.

3. [mid-18C–mid-19C] a liar.

4. [late 18C–1900s] an unashamed lie.

5. [mid-19C] a surprise.

6. [mid–late 19C] (UK Und.) a thief who steals from shops, often while distracting the merchant’s attention with his argumentative bargaining.

7. [mid–late 19C] an energetic person.

8. [mid–late 19C] (US) a social climber.

9. [mid-19C+] (orig. US) a large, tough man employed to keep order in premises, often a pub, club, concert hall etc.

10. [late 19C] (UK Und.) a sharp, a cheat.

11. [late 19C] (UK Und.) a pimp, esp. one who practises the Murphy (Game), the n. (1)

12. [1950s+] usu. in pl., female breasts.