1. a state of drunkenness; esp. as have a bun, get/have/put/tie a bun on; occas. a drugged state.
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 8: The minute I got into that suit, I fell off the water wagon with an awful bump [...] Oh! But I got a lovely bun on.|
|Down the Line 66: It is Willie’s joy and delight to get a ginger ale bun on and recite ‘’Ostler Joe’.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 59: I’m supposed to have a bun on or I wouldn’t let you take it [i.e. a photo].|
|Maison De Shine 275: Oh, every gelmun gits a bun on onct in a while.|
|DN III:viii 572: bun(dle), n. A load of liquor. ‘He has a bun on to-night.’.‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in|
|Smile A Minute 147: You never could drink anyways, and used to get a bun on from readin’ a beer sign outside a saloon.|
|Fighting Blood 254: You got a bun on downstairs, and I couldn’t do nothin’ with you.|
|Beggars of Life 29: Her cousin was a drunkard in Cincy, / He died with a peach of a bun.|
|AS VII:2 87: Terms referring to the state of intoxication: Got a bun on.‘Volstead English’ in|
|AS IX:1 26: bun (to have a bun on). To be intoxicated or doped.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|Long Day’s Journey into Night Act I: And who do you think I met there, with a beautiful bun on, but Shaughnessy.|
|Iceman Cometh Act III: Aw, yuh got a fine bun on now!|
|On Broadway 12 Feb. [synd. col.] He doesn’t know what it means to have ‘a bun on.’.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|letter 8 Dec. in Charters II (1999) 387: I went to jail on Thanksgiving night for putting a bun on.|
|Remembering How We Stood 97: He was still a bit of a ‘bun man’.|
2. (US) a state of weeping.
|Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. xiii: One of the girls that dresses in the same room with me came in with one of those crying buns on.|
3. (US) a fit of laughter.
|Baseball to Boches 116: On the level, it was more like havin’ a laughin’ bun on than anything else!|
4. (US) whisky.
|Lockstep and Corridor 173: Bun—whisky.|