1. (orig. and chiefly US, also negro head, nigger-foot, nigger twist) cheap, dark tobacco designed for smoking and chewing.
|Hist. of N.Y. (1821) VI 255: He [...] thrust a prodigious quid of negro head tobacco into his left cheek.|
|Sydney Gaz. 3 mar. 3/1: Her cargo comprises 3500 lbs of negrohead tobacco.|
|London Mag. Feb. 48/1: The paper cigars [...] are made of the best Virginian negro-head cut small, and rolled up in a diminutive piece of white paper, very thin.|
|Amer. Memoranda 14: My next communication will probably contain full details of the methods adopted by the Virginian planters in the manufacturing of the nigger-head, ladies’-twist [DA].|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 21 Mar. 2/6: -The Blue Parlour - Bottled Beer - Gin and Brandy Nobblers - Pipes - Negrohead and Mrs. Raffles' best Cigars.|
|Our Antipodes I 326: Redolent of rum and ‘nigger-head.’.|
|Delhi Sketch Bk 1 Sept. 55/2: It will [...] be conceed that nigger-head is not so very far from pig-tail.|
|Great Expectations (1992) 313: Loose tobacco of the kind that it is called negro-head.|
|Thirty-three Years Tasmania and Victoria 125: Bodily enveloped in perfumed clouds from dudeens and nigger-head tobacco.|
|Rags and Hope in Lasswell (1961) 223: ‘Nigger-foot’ tobacco.|
|Sportsman 11 Nov. 2/1: Notes on News [...] A half-drunken sailor [...] with a few pounds of negrohead in the seat of his trousers.|
|Knocking About in N.Z. 76: Luckily I had two or three pieces of ‘nigger-head’ tobacco (Barrett’s Twist) in my pocket.|
|Worcs. Chron. 3 July 4/1: The reason vy I chews / My niggerhead an’ cavendish / Is for to get their juice!|
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 182: You borry’d store tobacker and paid back nigger-head.|
|‘Possum’ in Roderick (1967–9) I 82: An’ learnt to sling colonial and like the bushman’s way / An’ it did us good ter see ’im smoke ’is ‘nigger’ in a clay.|
|‘Bail Up!’ 103: Negro-head is not the best kind of tobacco to use while drinking port.|
|Outing (N.Y.) XXIV 355/1: These [cigarettes] are made of native grown tobacco or the rank cheap stuff called nigger-head twist [DA].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 25 Aug. 14/3: Some of the nigs. were first-rate shearers, averaging over 100 jumbucks a day [...], the pay at the end of the season being a jersey, pair of pants, half a pound of nigger twist, and a few pounds of flour.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Sept. 13/2: The many take up dog-fighting, or croquet, or Christian Endeavor, or smoking niggerhead.|
|Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld) 24 Dec. 5/3: The main ingredients were blue-stone, nigger-twist, and sulphuric acid.|
|Amer. Lang. Supplement I 528: In 1943 there was another [uproar] over the belated discovery that the American Tobacco Company was making a brand of tobacco called Nigger Head [DA].|
|Maledicta III:2 170: nigger-headn [...] 3: Dark lump of tobacco or inferior rubber, from an alleged resemblance.|
2. (US) any outcrop of dark, rough, rounded or lumpy rock, stones or boulders.
|Historical Colls. of Ohio 569: It was a saw mill, with a small pair of stones attached, made of boulders or ‘nigger heads,’ as they are commonly called .|
|Smithsonian Institute Reports II 523: Nigger head. (1) The black concretionary nodules found in granite; (2) Any hard, dark, colored rock weathering out with rounded nodules or bowlders; (3) Slaty rock associated with sandstone. A quarryman’s term .|
|St Paul Dly Globe (MN) 7 Apr. 11/3: Hail storms with hail stones as large as goose eggs or prairie ‘nigger-heads’.|
|Aegis (Oakland High School) 6 Sept. 1–2: At the bottom was a broad, open flat, quarter of a mile to timber and full of nigger-heads.‘Bald-face’ in|
|Smoke Bellew (1926) 227: The boundaries of the claim totalled nearly a mile, and most of it was over the uneven surface of a snow-covered, niggerhead flat.|
|Dixie Frontier 4: Bears rolled ‘nigger head’ stones over and ate the grubs and field mice [DA].|
|Maledicta III:2 170: nigger-head n [...] 11: Exceptionally hard rock.|
3. any clump or hummock of thick vegetation, swamp grass, ferns, grass etc.
|Dict. Americanisms (2nd edn) 292: Nigger Heads, the tussocks or knotted masses of the roots of sedges and ferns projecting above the wet surface of a swamp .|
|Americanisms 116: Niggerheads, again, are in the far South and Southwest the tussocks or tufts of grass and sedge standing out, of a swamp, and bearing a faint resemblance to the woolly head of an African.|
|Hist. Columbus, Ohio I 274: Hummocks, called in the borough dialect ‘nigger-heads,’ formed by tufts of swamp grass [DA].|
|Arizona Nights 32: We tore off long bundles of the nigger-head blades, lit the resinous ends at our fire, and with these torches started to make our way.|
|Cobbers 87: Those niggerheads, now. You remember I pointed them out – those twisted black masses some of the trees have, at the fork.|
|Outdoors Unlimited 314: The ptarmigan cackled in the manner of a Bronx cheer as it flew to a nearby nigger-head [DA].|
|Pagan Game (1969) 20: The pukeko scuttling into raupo and niggerhead.|
|Maledicta III:2 170: nigger-head n [...] 4: Dark mound of vegetation in far northern regions [...] 12: Knotted masses of roots projecting above a swamp’s surface.|
4. (US) a dark raincloud.
|‘Typhoon Off the Coast of Japan’ in Short Stories 3: A few light, fleecy ‘niggerheads’ [...] seemed abashed [...] and soon withdrew.|
|DN IV 110: Nigger-head [...] Dark cumulous clouds close to the horizon.|
5. peaks of coral that jut above the surface of the sea.
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 110: There’s constant danger from the dreaded ‘niggerheads’, tree-sized masses of stone-hard coral broken loose from the underground catacombs in times of storm.|
6. an ox-eye daisy (with a large black centre).
|DN III:ii 148: Ox-eye daisy, n. ‘Nigger-heads have a large black centre and yellow petals.’.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
7. (US campus) hard black candy.
|DN II:iii 144: niggerhead, n. A kind of hard, black candy made in both spheres and flat pieces.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
8. a piece of stone, a small boulder.
|St Paul Dly Globe (MN) 7 Apr. 10/3: Hail stones as large as goose eggs or prairie ‘nigger-heads’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Aug. 15/2: Then the selector sits him down on a charred niggerhead, and earnestly requests Providence to strike him in divers ways.|
|Chicago Poems 18: A boy passes and throws a niggerhead that chips off the end of the nose from the stone face.‘The Has-Been’|
9. (US) a shoe-nailing machine.
|in First-Person America (1980) 131: The old niggerhead* did prove practical (*A shoe-nailing machine, so named ‘because a man from Brazil invented it).|
10. (US Und.) a type of round wall safe.
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 9: I hadn’t sacked up no more than two thousand out of that nigger-head.|
|Homeboy 250: A niggerhead safe any moron could crack with a stethoscope.|
11. (W.I.) a black person’s naturally kinky hair.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
(US) strong, dark rum.
|One Man’s War (1929) 293: Two bottles nigger-head rum, large size.|
|inBallads of West 227: Too much nigger-head rum [HDAS].|