sweetback (man) n.
1. (US Und.) a pimp.
|Screening the Blues (1968) 206: Had a man, good old sweetback, said that I should know, / Said he didn’t do no loving ’lest he had some dough.‘All Around Mama’ in Oliver|
|Lang. Und. (1981) 117/1: box-coat. A pimp. Also [...] Latin lover, Louis, lover, mack, McGimp, salmon-man, star boarder, sweetback.‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in|
2. (US black, also pie-back) a womanizer, a ladies’ man.
|Home to Harlem 283–4: He’s a sweet-back, all right, but he ain’t a strong one.|
|Born to Be (1975) 77: Every niggah in St. Paul had a sweetie of some kind; sweetbacks had chains of them.|
|Black Manhattan 217: On February 2, 1929 a play was put on at the Apollo Theatre [...] called Harlem and it was a portrayal of life in a Harlem railroad flat, of rent parties, of the ‘sweetback,’ of the ‘hot stuff man,’ of the ‘number king’ and the number racket.|
|Mister Jelly Roll (1952) 18: They were sweetback men, I suppose you’d call them – always a bunch of women running after them.|
|(con. early 1930s) Harlem Glory (1990) 52: Stop kidding, sweet-back [...] Can’t I see you’re on easy street, you hot dog. [Ibid.] 63: I was becoming like a cheap sissified sweetback.|
|(con. 1920s–30s) Youngblood (1956) 411: If the New York women love him like the Georgia ones, he musta been a really sweet daddy up there. A pie-back from way back.|
|Free-Lance Pallbearers 33: I’m sick of dem sweetback-looking white mens on my wall.|
|Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song [film title].|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 154: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Sex machine. Sweetback. Skins.|