Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bun n.1

[? 16C north. dial. bun, the tail of a hare; also abbr. SE bunny, the stereotypically ‘sexy’ rabbit]

1. a squirrel.

[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Beggar’s Bush II i: What, ha’ you / Bells for my squirrel? I ha’ giv’n Bun meat.

2. a rabbit.

‘The Crafty Lass’ in Highland Laddie’s Garland 5: Poor Bun did there lye sleeping.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions .
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

3. referring to the stereotyped sexual appetites of sense 2.

(a) pubic hair; thus the vagina.

[UK] ‘A New Year’s Gift’ in Wardroper (1969) 215: If pretty bun the stalk devour / ’Twill up again in half an hour. / When once the bun it doth espy / ’Twill mop, ’twill mop, ’twill mop most prettily.
[UK] ‘New-years Gift’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 81: If pretty Bun the stalk devour, ’Twil up again in half an hour; When once the Bun it doth espy ’Twill mop most prettily.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy V 278: He swore by the jolly fat Nuns; / If Cards come no better than those that are past, /Oh! Oh! I shall lose all my Buns.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Bun [...] a ****.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: Bun. A common name for [...] the monosyllable.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[US]Lil Johnson ‘If You Can Dish It, (I Can Take It)’ [lyrics] You got the hotdog, I got the bun, / Let’s get together and have a little fun, / If you can dish it, I can take it.
[US]Lil Johnson ‘Press My Button, Ring My Bell’ [lyrics] Just put your hot dog in my bun, / And I’ll have that thing, / That thing-a-ling.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skinny Dip 127: Joey would catch Chaz with his weenie in the wrong bun.

(b) (Scot.) a prostitute.

[UK]K. Mackenzie Living Rough 169: She looked like some bun he had clicked on Hope Street.
[UK]B. McGhee Cut and Run (1963) 158: It’s no’ ma fau’t you’re runnin’ aboot wi’ an aul’ wine-moppin’ bun.
[UK](con. mid-1960s) J. Patrick Glasgow Gang Observed 106: Of the three ‘cows’ associated with Tim’s gang, I met only one [...] To the Young Team she was ‘a pure pump, a pure bun, a fuckin’ cow’.

4. an attractive female who is ‘good enough to eat’.

[US]Ade Fables in Sl. (1902) 59: She Allowed tht he was a Tooney-Wooney Iittle Bad Boy to hold his Itsy-Bitsy Bun of a Mabel so tight she could hardly breave.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 96: She’s a little bun, isn’t she? [...] A little bun. A honey bun. Little raisin eyes. Sweet icing lips.

In phrases

butter a bun (v.)

(US) to have sexual intercourse.

[US]O. Brand Bawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads III (LP) n.p.: This is number one / And I’m buttering her bun / Roll me over, lay me down, and do it again [HDAS].
[US]National Lampoon Apr. 56: The Farmer’s Daughter Butters Her Bun or ‘A Roll in the Hay Beats a Turkey in the Straw’ [HDAS].
touch the bun for luck (v.) [orig. a RN tradition]

to touch one’s wife’s or girlfriend’s genital area for luck before leaving on a journey.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Bun [...] To touch Bun for Luck; a practice in fashion among sailors going on a cruise.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: To touch bun for luck; a practice observed among sailors going on a cruise.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.