1. the head, principal or master of a university college.
|Terræ-Filius (1726) No. XI 132: The Sculls, lest they should be behind hand in gratitude, in as great haste, clapp’d a Degree upon his back.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|London Standard 13 Dec. 3/3: The slang words in use at Oxford and Cambridge [...] Scull, the head or master of a college.|
2. by metonymy, an individual.
(a) (US) a fellow soldier, with derog. implication.
|(con. 1918) Chevrons 105: Listen, skull! This stripe is on the right cuff. [Ibid.] 177: No, not gassed, you big skull.|
(b) (Aus.) a person in authority, e.g. in armed forces.
|(con. 1941) Gunner 135: The little man nodded towards Whiteside and the captain [...] ‘Them skulls with you?’ Gunner nodded.|
3. (US) a free ticket.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 74: Listening to the ticket moocher who got a pair of skulls from the dramatic editor tell him what a rotten show it was.in Zwilling|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|On Broadway 11 May [synd. col.] Eager-eyed playwriting pedagogues from the Midwest colleges scouting for cut-rate theater sculls.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
4. a share, a portion, a ‘go’; in phr. denoting price, so much a skull.
|Ulysses 99: Martin is going to get up a whip for the youngsters [...] A few bob a skull. Just to keep them going till the insurance is cleared up. [Ibid.] 291: And he was telling us there’s two fellows waiting below to pull his heels down when he gets the drop and choke him properly and then they chop up the rope and sell the bits for a few bob a skull.|
5. (US black) a star, an outstanding performer. [i.e. what is within the skull: brains, talent, ability].
|Anecdotes of the Turf, the Chase etc. 214: Those skulls whose talents ‘were wont to set the table in a roar’ and who had shed such brilliant lustre upon the stage.|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 15: The skull was coming on like I’ve Just Gone with a beg act on the hen’s glory roll.|
6. (mainly Aus.) in the game of two-up, a ‘head’.
|Essays on Irish Bulls 129: ‘Skull!’ says I – and down come three brown mazzards.|
|Lucky Palmer 101: I’ll back his skull.|
|Lingo 150: Bets are won or lost on whether the result is two heads (skulls, nuts, neds); two tails (two micks), or one of each (ones).|
7. (Aus.) a bottle top.
|He who Shoots Last 48: Make yaseIves at home—I’ll reef the sculls orf a couple of bottles.|
8. (orig. US black) in senses of oral sex.
(a) (also skully) fellatio.
|Choirboys (1976) 112: Spermwhale would occasionally pick up a streetwalking prostitute [...] saying ‘It’s time for a little skull.’.|
|Central Sl. 48: skully Fellatio.|
|Homeboy 25: The Manager gave him all the free bourbon he could guzzle and, if he could still get it up, some Oblivious backbooth skull.|
|Purple Potato 115: Lips curl; worlds unfurl; gives skull with skill — dicks spilt pearls for thick girls.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
|Want Some, Get Some 42: Charles [...] gives skull like a pro, once I showed his ass how.|
oral sex, whether fellatio or cunnilingus.
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Queens’ Vernacular 34: act of sucking the penis until ejaculation [...] skull job.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 540–41: [...] since ca. 1950.|
|Tony’s Justice 130: Hell, a time or two in prison, Milt had given up a pack of smokes for a quick skull job.|
(US gay) a fellator.
to receive oral intercourse.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] skull Definition: when a woman gives you oral sex. Example: I ’bout to go to the flat and get some skull.|
|Mother and Daughter in Bondage i: Man, oh, man, ain’t had head like this for a long time [...] And you’re tellin’ me you ain’t never given some skull?|
|Hard-Boiled (1995) 502: She’s smart, tender, funny and gives great skull.‘Gravy Train’ in Pronzini & Adrian|
|Llama Parlour 194: Yo. Whip some skull on me, bitch [...] Put a lip-lock on ma hoagie.|
SE in slang uses
(also skulled out) intoxicated by a drug or by an excess of alcohol.
|AS XXX:4 305: skulled out of his head [...] v.phr. Intoxicated to an intense degree.‘Wayne University Sl.’|
|Nam (1982) 182: They thought I was skulled out on something.|
|Grass Arena (1990) 57: The message, it seemed, hadn’t exactly got through to the drunks in the place. Lulled, dulled, skulled out of their heads.|
(US black) anything committed to memory; oral tradition.
|Pimp 190: They wrote that skull book on pimping.|
(US black) to talk in a convincing and excessive manner.
|Who Live In Shadow (1960) 53: Well, at my trial them pounders snapped their caps and skullbusted the judges.|
1. (US) anything seen as especially intellectually challenging, esp. a hard college course.
|Virginia Spectator (Univ. VA) Oct. 17: Skull-buster, a particularly hard course .|
|Really the Blues 18: Most of my skullbusters got solved at The School.|
2. (US black) a police officer.
|AS IX:1 27: skull-buster. A detective.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
|Nightmare Alley (1947) 277: That skull buster was known all the way up and down the line.|
|Sl. and Sociability 83: There are 8 terms for ‘policeman’; including bluebird, Irvin, and skull-buster.|
3. (also skullbust) a strong drink.
|Ten Detective Aces Apr. [Internet] Wait here an’ I’ll mix up a pair of skull-busters for ya.‘Short Order Crook’ in|
|Corsicana Dly Sun (TX) 1 Mar. 8/2: .|
|Nez Perce Legend 271: We got whiskey, rum and wine [...] and skull-bust being cooked by moonshiners from the hills.|
|Little Red Rooster 56: Cheap wine and skull-bust tequila and dope by the handful.|
4. (US) a hangover, a severe headache.
|Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 28 Dec. 13/3: Our custom to treat [...] the hangover or skullbuster [etc].|
|Abilene Reporter-News (TX) 29 Sept. 54/1: First we louse up the Department Store job...an’ then you get this skull-buster.|
(US) intellectually challenging.
|Really the Blues 157: Needling some of them with his skullbusting classical jive.|
1. a cosh, a bludgeon.
|Belfast News-Letter 24 Oct. 4/1: He produced [...] one of these desperate weapons denominated ‘skull-crackers’.|
|Caledonian Mercury 15 Jan. 2/5: [He] struck Delany on the head with a ‘skullcracker.’ [...] The instrument is stated [...] to be formed of ‘whale bone with a lump of iron’ and resembled [...] a life preserver.|
|Dly News (London) 31 July 3/2: Saw Magrath struck by two men with skull-crackers [...] I found the skull-crackers or life preservers in the carraige.|
|Glasgow Herald 5 May 5/1: A man [...] called for any Scotch b— or Orange b— to fight [...] and I saw a skull-cracker in the hands of James Gavin [...] William then said — ‘I’m murdered with a skull-cracker’.|
|Belfast News-Letter 16 Sept. 4/3: Constable Sullivan summoned John Shiels [...] for having in his possession [...] four skull-crackers weighted at the head.|
|Intermountain Catholic (Salt Lake City, UT) 8 Oct. 4/2: Billy Peterson was struck by [...] a club, a billy, a skull-cracker or night stick.|
2. (US) very strong alcohol.
|Reidsville Rev. (NC) 10 Jan. 1/3: Under the hallway [...] was found a number of gallons of skullcracker.|
|(ref. to late 19C) Amer. Madam (1981) 36: Drifting harvest stiffs [...] wagon freighters went there for skull-cracker whisky.|
|DARE].Moonshine 28: ‘After that they’d serve you South Carolina Corn.’ It is called [...] skull cracker [|
3. (US) a large thuggish person.
|(con. 1917) Mattock 234: There behind him was the big skull-cracker of a Novak, looming up like a mountain in the dark. [Ibid.] 268: Keep your ears open, you big skull-cracker.|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 285: The boy came out and in his rear — perhaps twenty feet behind — the skull-cracker rolled.‘The Big Knockover’|
|Rally Round the Flag, Boys! (1959) 59: He was hired as a skull-cracker by the circulation department of a New York tabloid.|
|Star Trib. (Minneapolis, MN) 8 Feb. 10/1: Success [...] will require attending to the social misery that turns kids knto skullcrackers.|
1. (US) hard physical work.
|(con. 1918) Mattock 285: It’s me for hard labour, toot sweet. Skull-crackin’ is payin’ its twenty-five bucks a day.|
2. (US) fighting.
|Idiot’s Delight 114: We can’t have any skull-cracking in this club.|
(US) a psychiatrist, a psychologist.
|One Night Stands (2008) 196: It’s psychological. Men are [...] afraid of some skull doctor who never saw them before and will never see them again.‘You Can’t Lose’ in|
|Teenagers and Teenpics 128: During sessions with ‘the skull doctor’ [...] Dino gradually reveals the source of his anger and violence.|
|Star Trib. (Minneapolis, MN) 26 may 43/2: Cubs coach Billy Williams went ballistic. then ther was the Cubs’ ‘skull doctor’ [etc].|
1. (usu. Aus.) to haul along, to drag by force.
|Sydney Morn. Herald 3 Sept. 3/1: If you are in want of a few voters set the bullies to ‘skull-drag’ them in.|
|Fast Man 3:1 n.p.: Lord, how did you hit ’em up? Who was that cove that you scull-dragged off the butt.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 12 Apr. 3/2: Look at my wrists and that’ll tell you how they’ve skulldragged me here.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 39/2: I’ve seen the marks on her head where he ‘skull-dragged’ her a few nights ago for speaking to an officer over the bar.|
|Sydney Morn. Herald 6 Aug. 3/2: The managr [...] hopes [...] to work in a systematic manner and not have to skulldrag the quartz out.|
|Truth (Sydney) 11 Feb. 1/3: People of that kind are [...] ‘skull-dragged’ out of the Chamber by their friends.|
|Benno and Some of the Push 52: ‘You look who yer skull-dragging, see,’ said Nipper, and he sparred at Feathers. [Ibid.] 76: A splenetic man chased him up the lane, captured him, and skull-dragged him all the way back.‘The Truculent Boy’ in|
|Eve. World (NY) 30 Sept. 38/4: A tarantrula sat on a centipede’s chest, / And he laughed in ghoulish glee, / I’ll skulldrag that pestilent son of a gun, / If I don’t he’ll skulldrag me.|
|Edgar Wallace Race Special 165: If only I’d got at him with a — with my hands, I’d have skull-dragged him !|
|Territory 445: Skulldrag, to: To haul along willy-nilly.|
|Only a Short Walk 144: It ain’t going to pay anybody to skull-drag me back for a lousy hundred and forty quid.|
|Sydney Morn. Herald 30 Dec. 23/4: You cannot mistake a strike by these powerful fish and it was essential that you did not try to skulldrag them in.|
2. (US Und.) to demand a free drink in a bar.
|in ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 171: Skull Dragging. – Begging for drinks in a saloon.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
3. (US teen) to study hard.
|Eugene Guard (OR) 7 July 4/1: Skulldragging through dreary texts.|
|Bristol Dly Courier PA) 31 Oct. 23/4: We really have to skull-drag this year. I guess by the time you read this we will have our ‘Death Certificates’ (report cards).|
|Long Beach Press-Telegram 14 Dec. 8: Skull drag is to study.|
(Aus.) to work as a schoolteacher.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 May 15/1: When skull-driving in the Backblocks once I got a bad back which I couldn’t account for, till I discovered that my bed was stuffed with dirty wool, in lumps the size of one’s fist.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Nov. 13/3: When I was skull-driving, I never reckoned on any good results from R.C. children, because they were continually being shifted from my school to the convent-school and vice-versa.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 9 Apr. 22/3: The best damper ever I had was made by a woman in whose house I lodged when skulldriving handy to Gundagai.|
(US black) one’s mind, esp. in context of thoughts/memories that are stored there.
|Pimp 99: I peeped into my skull file and saw that ‘Roost’ note.|
(Aus.) a schoolteacher.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 Nov. 11/2: But then ‘Bung’ is a political force, and the poor skull-filler doesn’t count!|
see fry n.
(US) heterosexual male-female intercourse whereby the male substitutes the mouth for the vagina; this differs from fellatio in that the man is active rather than passive; also used of man-to-man oral intercourse.
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 151: usage: ‘You may call it fellatio in this Lexicon, but I call it a skull fuck.’.|
|Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] skull fuck fellatio, blow job, gummer, hummer.|
|Dark Duets 97: She tiptoed to whisper in my ear, ‘You look like you'd be interested in a skull-fuck’.|
|Taken by Force 71: Grab that whore’s pretty white hair and skull fuck him [...] Faster! Stick it all the way down. He's a whore and you're in control. Fuck his mouth!|
|Strawberries & Other Erotic Fruits 83: I shot a huge load down the boy's throat [...] he settled back on his haunches and smiled widely, wiping his mouth. ‘Hottest skull fuck ever, dude.’.|
|in hazlitt.net 31 Mar. [Internet] ‘Milkshake,’ ‘skull-fuck,’ ‘hummer,’ or ‘head’ all name it; likewise, you might suck a dick—or you might enjoy getting your cock sucked, or both.|
1. of a man, to have intercourse with a woman, using her mouth rather than her vagina.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] skull fuck Definition: the act of pennilingus. Example: Yo, then I grabbed da bitch by da ears and I skull-fucked her.|
|Central Time Zone 7: I would pistol grip her ears and skull fuck her baldheaded if I thought it would help.|
2. used as an expression of extreme physical aggression .
|Sand in the Wind 108: Fag, if I ever catch you eyeballing me again, I'm gonna gouge your eye out and skull fuck you!|
|Full Metal Jacket [movie script] Wipe that stupid-looking grin off your face, or I will gouge out your eyes and skull-fuck you.|
|We Were Brothers 131: I’ll skull fuck you next time you drink too much of the Beam.|
an intellectual pursuit.
|Black Players 64: Pimping isn’t a sex game it’s a skull game.|
|Down and Out 157: You ought to be fucking skullnecked.|
(US black) a mental note.
|Pimp 90: I made a skull note to pop into the ‘Roost’.|
(US black) to memorize.
|Pimp 134: I skull noted her.|
1. (US black) a cemetery.
|Miami News (FL) Mag. 23 Aug. 2/5: A large burial ground or ‘skull orchard’ as people sometimes refer to it.|
|[blackface dialogue] in Tosches (2001) n.p.: I ain’t gonna mess around inside no skull orchard.|
|Anchor to Windward 118: On the shore of one of the coves at Ragged Island is a tiny skull orchard where lie buried five unidentified seamen.|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 1: Your wig might be tighten but I want you to most know it can be parted. And if the wagon have to roll, you’ll be skull orchard bound.|
|inBlow My Blues Away 183: If it wasn’t for them stamps, one-half of us would be over yonder in the skull orchard. Be dead somewhere.|
2. (US) the brains, the intellect.
|Index Jrnl (Greenwood, SC) 26 Jan. 8/5: ‘I beat the books and really dug my skull...English is a pushover if a guy just cops a squat and works the skull orchard’.|
3. a rough bar or nightclub.
|Tennessean (Nashville, TX) 11 Oct. 128/1: They had been playing what Wagoner refers to grinningly as ‘skull orchards — little clubs where you dive in and sing wearing a football helmet, with some chance of getting out without getting your head knocked in’.|
|Eve. Sun (Baltimore, MD) 5 Oct. 11/6: One giant hit would change everything. He could play bigger halls than the modest ‘skull orchards’ he plays now.|
|Autobiog. 356: Gilley’s is a fucking skull orchard [...] People throwing shit. They could shoot each other without us even knowing.|
|Age (Melbourne) 16 Feb. 47/3: His fame and fortune hasn’t always flowed as freely as booze in a Dixie skull orchard.|
1. (US) a very strong drink, also used as a generic brand name of a mythical strong liquor.
|Honest Rainmaker (1991) 45: Some revengeful Hildy Johnson who had overindulged in our Pisco punch, a skull-popper.|
|Lincoln Star (NE) 29 Dec. 6/4: Clusters of flops were known as ‘Skid Row.’ These neighborhoods [had] liquor stores that sold moderately priced pints of skull-popper.|
|Star trib. (Minneapolis, MN) 7 Nov. F17/1: Her dad — a swiller of ‘Old Skull Popper’.|
2. (US) a major problem, an intellectual challenge.
|Miami News (FL) 6 Oct. 16/1: This philosophy paid off [...] but now it’s really a skull-popper of a problem.|
|Dly News (NY) 3 Nov. 4/3: Revolts may continue to disrupt the public school system [...] and maybe a dozen other skull poppers to round out the mayor’s four-year term.|
3. (US) a major defeat.
|Dly Herald Press (Provo, UT) 24 Oct. 9/2: The Mountain Cats came out on the short end of a real skullpopper last weekend [...] 36-8.|
4. (US drugs) a strong drug, poss. marijuana.
|Chicago Trib. 7 June 3/1: Good sportsmanship requires that they catch you in the act of [...] selling an ounce of skull-popper to a kid in a schoolyard.|
(US) a discussion, a conference.
|Jrnl & Courier (Lafayette, IN) 4 May11/1: The skull session was devoted to a review of the work of the team in the DePauw contest.|
|: Nat. Waltonian 1-3 n.p.: A special ‘skull session’ is being set aside during the convention for developing the practical abilities of Walton officials.|
|Boy’s Life Oct. 47/3: A new type of chemical fire-extinguisher has come in, and Captain Yates holds a ‘skull session’ to explain how it operates.|
|Billboard 23 Jan. 5/1: Friendly bull session or crucial skull session? That was the Question asked around the trade this week about the meeting.|
|Clash of Cymbals 97: Web and Estelle [...] had become accepted silent partners at such skull-sessions.|
|Affairs of Gidget 61: When I get back from the skull session.|
|Oshkosh Northwestern (WI) 26 Jan. 12/4: The Winnebago Guidance Clinic discussed the effect of divorce during a [...] skull session.|
|Rivethead (1992) 69: No more dimwit skull sessions about Sparky Anderson and the weather.|
|Skull Session 358: A skull session is when you let whatever’s in there – he tapped his head – rattle around, recombine, come out in whatever form it takes. If an idea rings bells in somebody else’s head, jibes with something in their files, then you toss it around.|
|Harley-Davidson Motor Co. 115: During a long skull session with Harley's ad agency, Fessler took a hard look at the differences between Harley-Davidson and the Japanese companies.|
|News-Messenger (Fremont, OH) 21 Sept. A4/2: The ‘skull sessions’ [...] are free to the public.|
1. a wig-maker.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Scull thatcher, a peruke-maker.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
2. a hat.
|Caledonian Mercury 13 June 3/4: Robsinson was again grassed [...] Crosbie’s second said he should fight no more. Reynolds instantly threw up the skull-thatch [...] and Robsinson [...] kindly shook hands .|
|Ben Brace (1840) 303: ‘I don’t remember you.’ ‘Nor I you in that three-cornered Portuguese man-of- war-looking skull-thatcher’.|
|Arethusa 2 52: Mr. Chips, knock off that fellow’s skull-thatcher — that roof of straw he has jammed over his head!|
|Aurora Floyd II 270: ‘I’ll find my skull-thatcher if I can,’ said Captain Prodder, groping for his hat amongst the brambles and long grass.|
3. a maker of straw bonnets.
|Autobiog. of Jack Ketch 100: I’ll introduce you to my sister; she’s a skull-thatcher [...] a straw bonnet maker.|
|Freeman’s Jrnl (Cork) 9 Jan. 4/2: ‘Pray, ma’am, what is a skull thatcher?’ ‘It’s a person, Sir, that makes sthraw hats and sthraw bonnets for boys and girls’.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|Letters by an Odd Boy 161: I can understand that a strawbonnet-maker may, with some sort of sense, be called a ‘skull-thatcher’.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|North Wales Chron. (Bangor) 10 Sept. 4/4: Peace to the manes of the [...] artificers of human hair — the true skull thatchers — the architects of towering toupees.|
|(con. 1776) Times & Democrat (Orangeburg, SC) 4 July 85/3: Skull Thatcher — A wigmaker.|
(US) a blow on the head.
|Tonganoxie Mirror (KS) 28 Feb. 8/2: He fell off a wagon [...] and injured his skull [...] He never entirely rallied from his skull trouble.|
|(con. 1900s) Behind The Green Lights 84: The next time I find you on this corner there’ll be skull trouble, plenty of it.|
|Cop Remembers 135: If any roughnecks or undesirable characters dared to pass through [that place] there would be skull trouble.|
to be arrogant, conceited.
|Lantern (N.O.) 15 Sept. 3: Strange how some men get their skulls swelled when they get on the force.|
|Bop Fables 9: You’re out of your skull.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 41: ‘Robbery!’ I said to them. ‘[...] Man, you’ve got to be out of your skull. I’m not a robber, I’m a prostitute.’.|
|Carlito’s Way 127: I was out of my skull.|
|Thinner (1986) 96: I’m going out of my skull this morning.|
2. an intensifer, meaning extremely bored.
|Among Thieves 32: He was bored out of his skull.|
|Stage (London) 8 Dec. 5/3: Help! Entrepreneur/polymath, bored out of his skull with making money, invites sensible proposals.|
|Salesman 329: Yeah, well I was bored out of me skull anyway.|
|Guardian Rev. 8 Jan. 12: My guess is that on January 2 we’ll be bored out of our skulls.|
3. intoxicated, either through drink or, later, drugs.
|Connection 69: He’s out of his skull. Look at him. Hey, man, how do you feel?|
|Norman’s London 231: English hippies sit around in the Arab cafés kiffed out of their skulls.|
|Caldo Largo (1980) 207: Bob Crumbie is out of his skull.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 267: Got some mates down there who say they’re out of their skulls twenty-four hours a day.|
|Muzukuru 6: I was smashed out of my skull at the time.|
|Guardian Weekend 9 Oct. 24: He heard the voice of an old drinking friend [...] he shouted into the phone ‘are you out of your skull? What do you mean calling at 3am?’.|
|Soho 237: After a morning on the free whisky, [...] Len was what Alex would have called totally out of his skull.|
(US black) to pass on information; to render pleasure.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 1: In spinning a platter of some very popular band leader, I would come on something like this: ‘Jackson, here’s that man again, cool, calm and a solid wig, he is laying a frantic scream that will strictly pad your skull, fall in and dig the happenings.’ Which is to say, the orchestra leader is a real classy singer and has a voice that most people would like.|
see use one’s head under use v.2
see pull your head in! under head n.