1. three, whether as a digit or a set of three; as v., to throw a three in dice.
|Pardoner’s Tale line 651: Seven is my chaunce, and thyn is cink and treye; By goddes armes, if thou falsly pleye, This dagger shal thurgh-out thyn herte go – This fruyt cometh of the bicched bones two, Forswering, ire, falsnesse, homicyde.|
|Bowge of Courte line 346: And on the borde he whyrld a payre of bones, ‘Quater treye dews’ he clatered as he wente.|
|Why Come Ye Nat to Courte? line 878: With, ‘trey duse ase’ And, ‘ase in the face.’.|
|Detection of Vyle and Detestable Use of Dice Play 28: I cogg and keep alway an ace, deuce, or tray.|
|Appius and Virginia in (1908) 11: With hey-trick, ho-troll, trey-trip and trey-trace.|
|Martin-Marprelate Tractes in Works I (1883–4) 161: They maie in the end with a tripsie Tray, carrie all awaie smoothe.|
|Love’s Labour’s Lost V ii: prin.: Honey, and milk, and sugar; there are three. ber.: Nay then, two treys, an if you grow so nice, Metheglin, wort, and malmsey: well run, dice!|
|Your Five Gallants III ii: Why was not I as often haunted with two tras and a quarter.|
|Woman never Vext 18: iack: Two Quarters and a Tray. step.: I hope we shall have good cheere, when two Caters, and a Tray goe toth’ market.|
|Hey for Honesty II v: Tre and cater, there’s but an ace difference.|
|‘The Riddle’ Rump Poems and Songs (1662) I 49: T-rey comes like Quater, to pull down the Buck.|
|Love In A Tub II iii: Two of a sort; two Cinques, two Tre’s.|
|Eng. Rogue I 375: He gave me two Trays and an Ace.|
|Compleat Gamester 170: Four and Five to Seven is judged to have the worst on’t, because Four (called by the Tribe of Nickers little Dick-Fisher) and Five have but two chances, Trey Ace and two Deuces, or Trey Deuce and Quarter Ace.|
|Poems 118: And in the stead of every Trey that’s thrown, So many Tryals may we call our own.‘The Sword’s Farewell’ in|
|Gamester Act IV: Four, Trey-Ace.|
|Only Sure Guide 181: Trey, the three at cards.|
|‘Tom the Drover’ No. 30 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: At the broads I can palm with the queerest, slip [...] a duce or a tray.|
|Bk of Sports (1832) 15: For if a tray of trades won’t win, / I think the deuce is in it.‘Daniel Dab’ in Egan|
|Shabby Genteel Story (1853) 112: They [...] had scarcely spoken a word the whole way except ‘deuce-ace,’ ‘quater-tray.’.|
|Adelaide Obs. (SA) 20 June 4/1: An expression used by the prisoner Whitehouse on his receiving sentence has rather puzzled the knowing ones [...] It was ‘Two tres and an ace,’ and was supposed to refer to himself and Williams as the small cards, and to White as the larger.|
|Vocabulum 27: dray Three.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor III 140/1: Tray soldi, quatro soldi.|
|Chicago Trib. 7 Aug. in Reminiscences (1879) 205: I wager thee, / That I can pick the Trey from out / The shuffled paste-boards there.|
|Log of Commodore Rollingpin 199: Bill staid in the game with his deuces and trays.‘Fightin’ Bill’|
|Newcastle Courant 2 Dec. 6/6: ‘How much is it?’ ‘Tray beong say saltee’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 25 Apr. 20/1: I drew two aces and two ‘treys,’ / I raised before the draw; / But everybody stood the raise – / I ’gan to feel a flaw. / I drew a card – oh! kindly grace – / I drew another ace!|
|Sporting Times 22 Feb. 2/2: Three months’ imprisonment was the proper dose for such an idiot, the three weeks already served on remand to be deducted from the said tray of moons.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 195: There’s a tray of ’em — two privates an’ a corporal.|
|Sun (NY) 10 July 29/4: Here is a genuine letter written in thieves’ slang, recently found by the English police [...] The noise of the milling the glass brought tray flies. She chucked a reeler and was lugged before the beak and fine[d] a bull.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Sept. 38/2: And ‘Salvation’s’ in the filling of a hat / When it’s clerical of cut, and handed round / With a deftness which takes in the tray and sprat.|
|Warracknabeal Herald (Vic.) 10 Aug. 4/6: The first two parts of the great serial story, ‘The Trey o’ Hearts,’ were shown, and were full of sensational and exciting features from beginning to end.|
|Gullible’s Travels 7: If you hadn’t of had a regular epidemic o’ discardin’ deuces and treys Hatch would of treated us to groceries for a week.‘Carmen’|
|Wildcat 82: On seven, ’leven an’ my point I wins. If I dooce, trays or twelves I loses.|
|Pulps (1970) 61/2: I ain’t a guy to bet a measly pair of treys against a full house.‘The Ghost’ in Goodstone|
|Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld) 16 Nov. 4/4: The officials of various organisations who appeal direct to the public tell with monotonous persistence the story of the preponderance of ‘treys’ in their ‘hauls’ since the depression stalks the land.|
|Dead End Act II: Two pair. Deuces and trays.|
|Mules and Men (1995) 173: Deuce means there was nobody there but us two, / Trey means the third party, Charlie was his name.|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 12: Ole man, it’s about a tray of haircuts on the backbeat when I nixes my pad.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 405: One had the seven of spades, the trey of hearts, the six of clubs, the nine of diamonds, and the queen of spades.‘The Something in a Colored Man’ in|
|Book of Negro Folklore 203: Trey means the third party, Charlie was his name.|
|Deep Down In The Jungle 101: I’ma hold my deuces, lay down my treys.|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 116: $7,700 of the Peter’s Pence Collection [...] riding on a pair of treys.|
|Do or Die (1992) 97: My favorite [gun] was a trey-five-seven. Used to call it my three hunded and fifty-seven homeboys.|
|Mr Blue 129: My cards that evening were an ace, deuce, trey and five – with a face card.|
2. the male genitals, i.e. one penis plus two testicles.
|‘The Female Gamester’ in Facetious Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 272: Though fair to play, I shew my tray, / Her deuce will get the game.|
|‘The Female Gamester’ in Facetious Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 272: If I look fierce, and shew my tierce, / A quart she alwa[y]s had.|
3. (also treemoon, treyer) a three-month or three-year prison sentence.
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 413: I got a charge of small shot in my legs and a treemoon o’ reesbin for bluey-crackin, and when I come out ’er steel I padded the hoof to Start.|
|Sporting Times 13 Oct. 1/4: I can read it in your chevy, I can read it like a clock, / That for me you’ve got a moon or two, perhaps a ‘tray’ in stock. / What, a brace with ‘hard’?‘Belinda to the Bench’|
|Sporting Times 15 Apr. 2/4: Mr. Mills is now doing his tray.|
|DAUL 226/2: Treyer. 1. Three dollars. 2. (P) Three years.et al.|
|Scene (1996) 211: What’ll happen after I do that trey?|
|Doctor Is Sick (1972) 114: ‘What have you done?’ ‘A tray on the moor’.|
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 201: cop a deuce, trey, or ace, v. – to be sentenced to two, three, or one years.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
|Airtight Willie and Me 206: I heisted a bank once [...] did a trey in the joint.|
|Homeboy 151: Hear you pulled a trey.|
|Norman’s London (1969) 61: three pounds – Tray (but not used much).in Encounter n.d. in|
5. (also treyer) $3.
|see sense 2.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 85: I clipped a dance moll for a swab, it paid a trey or a fin.|
|‘Strong Island’ [lyrics] A dome, not a five or a tray.|
6. (US black/drugs, also trey bag) a $3 packet of heroin.
|Real Bohemia xx: The purchases are made in cash: an ace ($1), deuce, trey.|
|‘Jones Comin Down’ [lyrics] Two small treys – that’s enough to take my gorilla jones away.|
|Collura (1978) 61: He succeeded in making a buy of two ‘treys.’.|
|Buppies, B-Boys, Baps and Bohos (1994) 69: Before the sale of trey bags gave way to red caps.‘Cool vs. Chilly’ in|
7. (also trey bag) a $3 packet of marijuana.
|Vulture (1996) 12: ‘You got trey bags?’ I asked. ‘Treys an’ nickels.’.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 21: Tray — $3 bag of marijuana.|
8. (UK Black/gang) a .357 revolver.
|‘Today’ [lyrics] 25 in the Mac, 2 in the dotty, 6 in the trey.|
(US Und.) a .32 pistol.
|‘Party & Bullshit’ [lyrics] I used to have the trey deuce & the deuce deuce in my bubblegoose.|
|‘Is That Yo Chick?’ [lyrics] Keep it snug, tre deuce in the boot.|
|‘Get It In Ohio’ [lyrics] White coke, tan dope, black gun, trey deuce.|
see thirty-eight n.
(US black) a pawnbroker’s shop.
|Really the Blues 216: I’m gonna lay a drape under the trey of knockers for Tenth Street.|