Green’s Dictionary of Slang

royal adj.

[SE royal, pertaining to a royal family]

(orig. US) a general intensifier, often used before so-called taboo terms, e.g. a royal screwing, a royal shafting.

[US]letter in C. Schultz Travels (1810) I 31 July 47: We made [...] what our captain called a ‘royal stew.’.
[US]J.C. Neal Charcoal Sketches (1865) 74: A man can’t rise after a royal hyst, without letting on he feels flat.
[US]T. Haliburton Sam Slick’s Wise Saws II 232: We had a royal meal.
[UK]Besant & Rice Golden Butterfly III 107: He saw that her face was white, and that she was in a royal rage.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Life on the Mississippi (1914) 162: Racing was royal fun.
[UK]Kipling ‘The Solid Muldoon’ in Soldiers Three (1907) 41: There had been a royal dog-fight in the ravine at the back of the rifle-butts.
[UK]Mirror of Life 11 Aug. 14/2: Jack, with a dozen vagabond mates about him, was Indulging in a royal booze.
[US]D. St John Memoirs of Madge Buford 121: My slit was feated [sic] with a royal prick giving it a royal fuck.
[UK]Gem 4 Nov. 5: A regular, ripping, royal jape!
[US]‘A-No. 1’ From Coast to Coast with Jack London 21: Let’s camp on the curb of the street and have a royal feast, pal!
[UK]P. Marks Plastic Age 242: Hugh blushed and shuffled his feet. He knew that he had laid himself open to a ‘royal razzing.’.
[US]S. Ornitz Haunch Paunch and Jowl 210: It became a battle royal.
[UK]M. Marshall Tramp-Royal on the Toby 7: The Jocks predominate and lead the cross-talk: tramps-royal all!
[US] ‘The Lonely Widow’ [comic strip] in B. Adelman Tijuana Bibles (1997) 55: Jack sure gave my friend Betty a royal fuck.
[UK]P. Cheyney Don’t Get Me Wrong (1956) 8: You get what is comin’ to you an’ that is usually a right royal raspberry.
[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 183: A royal bit of fucking, thought I to myself.
[US]J.D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye (1958) 32: He gave out a big yawn while he said that. Which is something that gives me a royal pain in the ass.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 10 May in Proud Highway (1997) 336: The guy had made a royal ass of himself.
[WI]S. Selvon Housing Lark 48: If it wasn’t for this dilapidated sleeper, Gallows would of catch his royal arse, because he didn’t have no work.
[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 33: His sister was a royal skank who fucked for a dime.
[US]‘Joe Bob Briggs’ Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 67: By now I assume you can tell this guy Stack is a royal jerkola.
[Aus]J. Byrell Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 173: Baroda didn’t exactly have a stroke or even a small fit but he did give Edgar the royal flick.
[US]T. Dorsey Florida Roadkill 32: We’ve got bugs in Florida that can kick your royal butt.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 238: Them havin a royal laugh, a laugh a day, a minute.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] A terrific girl who was getting the right royal brush-off.
[US]D.R. Pollock ‘The Fights’ in Knockemstiff 194: [A]n old-time Big Book thumper who could sometimes be a royal pain in the ass.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 114: Nancy had been a royal bitch when he dropped off the money.
567 Cape Talk on Cape Radio 7 Mar. [radio] They’re a right royal bunch of idiots.
[Aus]C. Hammer Opal Country 260: ‘Your presence here is a right royal pain in the arse’.

In compounds

royal baby (n.)

(Irish) a bag of cans of beer left to cool in a canal.

P. O’Donnell in Twitter 23 Apr. 🌐 In Dublin, a ‘Royal baby’ is a bag of cans that’s been left in the canal to cool.
royal circle (n.)

(N.Z. gay) a public lavatory cubicle which offers a view of the urinals.

[NZ]W. Ings ‘Trolling the Beat to Working the Soob’ in Int’l Jrnl Lexicog. 23:1 65: If he was in a cubicle with viewing access to the urinal he was in the royal circle.
royal fucking (n.) [fucking n. (2)]

(US) harsh or very bad treatment.

E.R. Sheehan Governor 111: We’ll all give Frank a royal fucking!
[US]S. Chapple Don’t Mind Dying 162: We takin’ a royal fucking on this bullshit agreement!
[US]R.A. Spears Fobidden Amer. Eng. 155: The gang gave the mugger a royal fucking he’ll never forget.
Advisor 🌐 Those poor Enron employees who bought the line of bullshit Enron management fed them and made Enron 100% of their retirement portfolio received a royal fucking.
royal George (n.)

(Aus.) an outsize iron pot used in cookery.

[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 10 Sept. 2/3: They slang what they called a ‘royal George’ — or huge iron pot, over a fire, in which they made tea for all hands, but. it was fall of ‘posts and rails,’ or tea sticks, and altogether inferior to quart pot tea.
royal shaft (n.) (also king’s elevator) [shaft n. (2)/shafting n. (2)/pun on SE elevator shaft]

an act of extreme harshness or unfairness, as meted out on oneself or to another person.

[US](con. 1950s) Esquire Aug. 71: The Royal Screw, hence The Royal Shaft, hence The King’s Elevator .
[US](con. 1950s) H. Junker ‘The Fifties’ in Eisen Age of Rock 2 (1970) 100: The Royal Screw, hence The Royal Shaft, hence The King’s Elevator.
Daily Beacon (Univ. Tenn.) 31 July 4: The King’s Elevator...Roth got the royal shaft [HDAS].

SE in slang uses

In compounds

royal blues (n.) [the uniform/pills are blue]

1. the police force.

[UK] (ref. to mid-19C) C. Hindley Life and Times of James Catnach 203: The term ‘bobby’ — after Robert Peel, immediately became the cant word, together with [...] the ‘Royal Blues; or, the Cook’s Own,’ and other opprobrious terms.

2. (drugs) LSD.

[US]Illinois Legislative Investigating Committee Drug Crisis in Spears (1986).
[US]L. Young et al. Recreational Drugs.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 18: Royal blues — LSD.
royal order, the (n.) [abbr. royal order of the sack/boot]

(Aus.) dismissal from one’s job.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 993/1: since ca. 1925.

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