Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Dutch n.1

[Ger. Deutsch]

1. (US) the German language.

R. Higden Polychronicon VI in Trevisa (trans.) ver. II Ch. 18 line 23: This worde adelyng is componed in Duche & in Saxon of adel, [...] ‘noble’.
Wyclif Sel. Works III 100: Wheþer it be tolde to him or wryten in Latyn, or in Englyssche, or in Frensche or Duchyssche.
[UK]R. Brome A Novella V i: Hee could not weare those Cloaths and speake no Dutch else.
[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 24 Nov. 106/3: ‘You know the child will disover all when it begins to speak Dutch’.
[UK]Thackeray Vanity Fair III 211: Georgy made prodigious advance in the knowledge of High Dutch.
[US]C.G. Leland ‘Breitmann in Kansas’ Hans Breitmann’s Party 22: For efery vordt der crisly growled / Vas goot Bavarian Dutch.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 9 Dec. 3/2: Janauschek [...] is firing at the boys in the Bowery in red hot invective of mixed Dutch and English.
[US]C.L. Cullen More Ex-Tank Tales 93: Doppelganger is fish-market Dutch for double.
[US](con. 1900s) S. Lewis Elmer Gantry 21: I’ll get another hour of this Dutch while you’re stealing the ten from him.
[US]‘R. Scully’ Scarlet Pansy 307: There she had as a child picked up ‘Pennsylvanian dutch’.
[US]K. Vonnegut ‘Souvenir’ in Bagombo Snuff Box (1999) 93: Let’s hear you sprecken some Dutch to this man here.

2. (US) a German.

[US]S. Smith Major Downing (1834) 119: There’s the Dutch trying to eat up Holland, and the Belgiums are trying to eat up the Dutch.
[US]N.Y. Clipper 30 July 2/4: Sour Krout.—Talk as we may abou the Dutch, they are the most persevering people among us.
[US]‘Artemus Ward’ ‘A Mayoralty Election’ 🌐 Don’t go for Coffinberry. He’s down on all the Dutch, and swears he’ll have all their heads chopped off and run into sausages if he’s elected.
[US]C.G. Leland ‘Breitmann at a Picnic’ Hans Breitmann in Europe 283: De Dootch vas all gone roarin mad, / Und trinked mit Spraker all dey had.
[US]F.P. Dunne Mr Dooley in Peace and War 214: ‘Th’ Dutch is with us,’ he says. ‘I mane the Germans is our frinds.’.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ You Should Worry cap. 7: The old Dutch had her eye on Herman Schulz, and finally married him.
[US] letter in K.F. Cowing Dear Folks at Home (1919) 85: A few of the ‘Dutch’ got away by beating it across the fields.
[US]M. Levin Reporter 325: The old dutch peers through his glasses. ‘Dot? Dot’s his vife!’.
[US]Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 156: Dutch, Dutchman, Dutchie Anyone from the Netherlands, Germany, or other countries speaking German and German dialects.

3. (also Dutchie) a nickname for a German.

Wkly Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI) 25 May 2/3: ‘Dutch Henry’ was a thief and a murder.
[US]O. Kildare Good of the Wicked 17: ‘Italian’ Joe, ‘Dutch’ Oscar, and ‘Sheeney’ Ike, a cosmopolitan trio of shoe-string gamblers.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 2 Sept. 4/7: I have met Bosun Bill, Mr. Ernie Locke, Doctor Boardman, Dutchy Perlstein.
[US]Van Loan ‘Loosening Up of Hogan’ in Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 156: Dutch Orendorff feared they would all be thrown into the street.
[US]J. Callahan Man’s Grim Justice 124: ‘Dutch’ and I did the blasting.
[US]J.T. Farrell Gas-House McGinty 195: You like it best on a rainy mornin’, huh, Dutch? [...] You’re damn right, said Heinie.
[US]J. Mitchell McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 127: He says he has been called Dutch for as long as he can remember, but that he doesn’t know whether his parents came from Germany or Holland.
[UK]I, Mobster 46: The wops were having trouble with a squarehead who called himself Dutch Schultz.

4. (Aus., also Dutchie) a Central European.

[UK]Observer 28 Aug. 8/5: The Australian knows only one name for central Europeans [...] and that name is: Dutchie.

5. (US drugs) constr. with the, a marijuana cigarette rolled with the wrapping of a Dutch Master cigar.

Chief Keef ‘Hate Bein’ Sober’ 🎵 My bitches love drinking, some love smoking / Let my alcoholic bitch hit the dutch, she start choking.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

do a Dutch (v.) (orig. US)

to remove one’s possessions (and oneself) from a rented apartment or house without paying one’s rent.

[UK] press cutting in J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 111/2: The Spitkinses did a Dutch with all their stock just before quarter-day.
in Dutch [one who has fig. succumbed to the Dutch act n.]

(US) in trouble, out of favour .

[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 48: Looks to us as the Kaiser was ‘in Dutch’.
[US]H.G. van Campen ‘Our Theatrical Boarding House’ in L.A. Herald 10 Dec. 10/4: ‘Believe a old pal, Imogen, they’s some places where but one of yer slams would put yuh in awful Dutch, but I’m one who kin an’ does make allowances’.
[US]S. Ford Torchy, Private Sec. 209: Listened like you was in Dutch for a minute or so there.
[US]J. Lait ‘If a Party Meet a Party’ Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 96: Ed had told her that he came to pound the suburban flagstones because he was in Dutch at headquarters.
[US]T. Gordon Born to Be (1975) 116: Intuition told me I was in dutch.
[US]J.M. Cain Postman Always Rings Twice (1985) 92: I’m in dutch all right.
[US]C. Himes ‘Lunching at the Ritzmore’ Coll. Stories (1990) 19: If they refuse to serve me, they might get in dutch with you.
[US]G. Metalious Peyton Place (1959) 141: ‘A girl in trouble.’ ‘She’s got in Dutch.’ ‘She’s knocked up.’.
[US]J. Kirkwood There Must Be a Pony! 237: I’d really be in Dutch if I got everybody excited.
[US]L. Rosten Dear ‘Herm’ 154: For G---sake don’t even drop 1 word about this to Flo [...] I will get in terribel Duch – and be up the creek, with no paddel.
[US]S. King It (1987) 348: Stan was in dutch with his folks for breaking their picture window.
[US]J. Stahl I, Fatty 178: What could she say that would possibly put me in Dutch?
[US]‘Jack Tunney’ Split Decision [ebook] Who was I to get him in Dutch with Cardone over my problem?