1. food; ‘this word is used by the lowest class all over the world; by the Wapping sailor, West India negro, or Chinese coolie’ (Hotten, 1867).
|Account Island Jamaica 49: They are as big as our magpies, and have bille like parrots. The negroes say, the black parroquets are good for yam, i.e. good to eat .|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
2. (US) a usu. derog. description of a man.
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 5 Aug. 2/1: That old yam John Duff, [...] isn’t ‘good enough to eat,’ but he's first class as a fertilizer.|
|Putting ’Em Over 30 May [synd. col.] There ain’t much left of the bashful yam’s speech except the commas and the period.|
|Fight Stories Feb. 🌐 Steve, this yam is challengin’ you to a duel.‘Bull Dog Breed’|
3. (US black) a West Indian.
|Ripping and Running 165: Yam – Negro.|
4. (US drugs) a balloon filled with a powdered narcotic, usu. heroin.
|genius.com 🌐 Big butts on healthy ladies and balloons filled with drugs (particularly heroin) are also colloquially known as ‘yams’.|