(orig. US) a general intensifier, often used before so-called taboo terms, e.g. a royal screwing, a royal shafting.
|letter inTravels (1810) I 31 July 47: We made [...] what our captain called a ‘royal stew.’.|
|Charcoal Sketches (1865) 74: A man can’t rise after a royal hyst, without letting on he feels flat.|
|Sam Slick’s Wise Saws II 232: We had a royal meal.|
|Golden Butterfly III 107: He saw that her face was white, and that she was in a royal rage.|
|Life on the Mississippi (1914) 162: Racing was royal fun.|
|Soldiers Three (1907) 41: There had been a royal dog-fight in the ravine at the back of the rifle-butts.‘The Solid Muldoon’ in|
|Autobiog. of a Thief 59: I was Mamie’s first ‘fellow,’ and we had royal good times together.|
|Gem 4 Nov. 5: A regular, ripping, royal jape!|
|Plastic Age 242: Hugh blushed and shuffled his feet. He knew that he had laid himself open to a ‘royal razzing.’.|
|Haunch Paunch and Jowl 210: It became a battle royal.|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 7: The Jocks predominate and lead the cross-talk: tramps-royal all!|
|Don’t Get Me Wrong (1956) 8: You get what is comin’ to you an’ that is usually a right royal raspberry.|
|Sexus (1969) 183: A royal bit of fucking, thought I to myself.|
|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.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 336: The guy had made a royal ass of himself.letter 10 May in|
|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.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 38: His sister was a royal skank who fucked for a dime.|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 67: By now I assume you can tell this guy Stack is a royal jerkola.|
|Florida Roadkill 32: We’ve got bugs in Florida that can kick your royal butt.|
|Hooky Gear 238: Them havin a royal laugh, a laugh a day, a minute.|
|Rubdown [ebook] A terrific girl who was getting the right royal brush-off.|
|(con. 1973) 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.|
(Irish) a bag of cans of beer left to cool in a canal.
|in Twitter 23 Apr. [Internet] In Dublin, a ‘Royal baby’ is a bag of cans that’s been left in the canal to cool.|
(US) harsh or very bad treatment.
|Governor 111: We’ll all give Frank a royal fucking!|
|Don’t Mind Dying 162: We takin’ a royal fucking on this bullshit agreement!|
|Fobidden Amer. Eng. 155: The gang gave the mugger a royal fucking he’ll never forget.|
|TalentZoo.com [Internet] 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.|
(Aus.) an outsize iron pot used in cookery.
|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.|
see under screw n.1
an act of extreme harshness or unfairness, as meted out on oneself or to another person.
|(con. 1950s) Esquire Aug. 71: The Royal Screw, hence The Royal Shaft, hence The King’s Elevator .|
|(con. 1950s) Age of Rock 2 (1970) 100: The Royal Screw, hence The Royal Shaft, hence The King’s Elevator.‘The Fifties’ in Eisen|
|Daily Beacon (Univ. Tenn.) 31 July 4: The King’s Elevator...Roth got the royal shaft [HDAS].|
SE in slang uses
1. the police force.
|(ref. to mid-19C) 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.
|Drug Crisis in Spears (1986).|
|Recreational Drugs.et al.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 18: Royal blues — LSD.|
see under bob n.3
(S.Afr. gay) an underage boy.
(Aus.) dismissal from one’s job.
|DSUE (8th edn) 993/1: since ca. 1925.|
|Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.|
|Western Dly Press 17 Oct. 4/3: What did forefathers understand by the name Royal Poverty — Gin.|
|True Drunkard’s Delight 229: Perhaps, gin is your tipple; then you are for [...] royal poverty.|
see under scamp n.
see Holloway castle n.