Green’s Dictionary of Slang

skull n.1

also scull

1. [early 18C–mid-19C] the head, principal or master of a university college.

2. by metonymy, an individual.

(a) [1910s] (US) a fellow soldier, with derog. implication.

(b) [1940s] (Aus.) a person in authority, e.g. in armed forces.

3. [1910s–40s] (US) a free ticket.

4. [1920s] a share, a portion, a ‘go’; in phr. denoting price, so much a skull.

5. [1940s] (US black) a star, an outstanding performer. [i.e. what is within the skull: brains, talent, ability].

6. [early 19C; 1940s+] (mainly Aus.) in the game of two-up, a ‘head’.

7. [1960s] (Aus.) a bottle top.

8. [1970s+] (orig. US black) in senses of oral sex.

(a) (also skully) fellatio.

(b) cunnilingus.

In compounds

skull job (n.) [job n.2 (2)]

[1950s+] oral sex, whether fellatio or cunnilingus.

skull pussy (n.) [pussy n. (1)]

[1970s+] (US gay) a fellator.

In phrases

get some skull (v.)

[1990s+] to receive oral intercourse.

give skull (v.)

[1980s+] to fellate.

whip some skull on (v.)

[1970s+] to fellate.

SE in slang uses

In derivatives

skulled (adj.) [out of one’s skull ] [1950s+]

(also skulled out) intoxicated by a drug or by an excess of alcohol.

In compounds

skull book (n.)

[1960s] (US black) anything committed to memory; oral tradition.

skullbust (v.)

[1950s] (US black) to talk in a convincing and excessive manner.

skull-buster (n.) [bust v.1 (5b)]

1. [1920s+] (US) anything seen as especially intellectually challenging, esp. a hard college course.

2. [1930s+] (US black) a police officer.

3. [1940s-80s] (also skullbust) a strong drink.

4. [1940s-50s] (US) a hangover, a severe headache.

skullbusting (adj.) [bust v.1 (5b)]

[1940s+] (US) intellectually challenging.

skull-cracker (n.)

1. [mid-19C] a cosh, a bludgeon.

2. [late 19C–1930s] (US) very strong alcohol.

3. [1910s–50s] (US) a large thuggish person.

skull-cracking (n.)

1. [1920s] (US) hard physical work.

2. [1930s] (US) fighting.

skull doctor (n.)

(US) a psychiatrist, a psychologist.

skull drag (v.) [note late 19C N.Z. gang, the Skulldraggers; Lincoln U. (Oxford, Penn.) use c.1934: ‘skull-drag. To play hard’]

1. [mid-19C+] (usu. Aus.) to haul along, to drag by force.

2. [1920s–40s] (US Und.) to demand a free drink in a bar.

3. [1940s-60s] (US teen) to study hard.

skull drive (v.) [i.e. to drive knowledge into reluctant skulls]

[late 19C–1920s] (Aus.) to work as a schoolteacher.

skull file (n.)

[1960s] (US black) one’s mind, esp. in context of thoughts/memories that are stored there.

skull-filler (n.)

[1900s] (Aus.) a schoolteacher.

skull fuck (n.) [fuck n. (1a)]

[1990s+] (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.

skull fuck (v.) [fuck v.]

1. [1990s+] of a man, to have intercourse with a woman, using her mouth rather than her vagina.

2. used as an expression of extreme physical aggression .

skull game (n.)

[1970s] an intellectual pursuit.

skullneck (v.) [one removes the skull from the neck]

[20C+] to decapitate.

skull note (n.)

[1960s] (US black) a mental note.

skull note (v.)

[1960s] (US black) to memorize.

skull orchard (n.)

1. [1920s–50s] (US black) a cemetery.

2. [1940s] (US) the brains, the intellect.

3. a rough bar or nightclub.

skull-popper (n.)

1. [1950s+] (US) a very strong drink, also used as a generic brand name of a mythical strong liquor.

2. [1950s-60s] (US) a major problem, an intellectual challenge.

3. [1960s] (US) a major defeat.

4. [1980s] (US drugs) a strong drug, poss. marijuana.

skull session (n.)

[1920s+] (US) a discussion, a conference.

skull-thatcher (n.)

1. [late 18C–19C] a wig-maker.

2. [mid-19C] a hat.

3. [mid-19C-1970s] a maker of straw bonnets.

skull trouble (n.)

[late 19C-1930s] (US) a blow on the head.

In phrases

get one’s skull swelled (v.)

[late 19C–1950s] to be arrogant, conceited.

out of one’s skull (adj.)

1. [1950s+] crazy.

2. [1960s+] an intensifer, meaning extremely bored.

3. [1960s+] intoxicated, either through drink or, later, drugs.

pad someone’s skull (v.)

[1950s] (US black) to pass on information; to render pleasure.

In exclamations