1. (orig. boxing jargon) a solid, hard blow [? it sends the victim to the floor].
|Paul Pry 12 Feb. n.p.: Paul Advises [...] Two young milliners [...] when taking their nocturnal perambulations, to study a little more decorum, and not make such frequent use of ‘I gave him sich a sender’ [or] ‘Oh, that's stunning!’.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 115/2: At this moment, Artful, who had recovered from the ‘sender’ Joe had dealt him, was in the act of dealing my ‘pal’ a ‘stunner’ with an empty wine bottle.|
|New Song and Dialogue on Bloomerism 1: Take that, said she, and she gave me such a sender under the mug, which sent me sprawling.|
2. (US black) a person (usu. a musician) or thing (usu. a record) who or which is emotionally arousing [send v.].
|Vanity Fair (N.Y.) Nov. 71: Hot artists that can put across their licks successfully are ‘senders’.|
|This Is New York 3 May [synd. col.] That cocktail soiree at the Danceland [...] was a ‘sender’.|
|N.Y. Age 18 Jan. 7/1: Mac Jones is another sender at the spot...His comedy skits are mellow.‘Truckin ’round Brooklyn’ in|
|AS XIII:2 152/1: Sender: anything that gives an emotional thrill.‘Some Negro Terms’|
|🎵 You’re a sender, honey! / Everybody knows that I’m wild about you!‘Hep Cat’s Love Song’|
|Novels and Stories (1995) 1010: Sender: he or she who can get you to go, i.e., has what it takes Used often as a compliment: ‘He’s a solid sender’.‘Story in Harlem Sl.’|
|Waiters 76: He looked at her dress [...] ‘It’s a sender,’ Asher said admiringly.|
see solid sender under solid adj.