1. (20C use Aus./N.Z. only) a horse.
|Hell Upon Earth 6: Prad, a Horse.|
|Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 294: Snaffle Biters [...] who make it their principal Business to steal Horses, talk what rare Prads and Gallopers they had met with in their Time.|
|Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 112: Is there good Hay for the Horses, Is there rum Strummel for the Prads.|
|Discoveries (1774) 20: Burk will show you where you may buss a Couple of Prads, and fence them at Abingdon Gaff; that is, Burk, will show you a Couple of Horses that you may steal, and sell them at Abingdon Fair.|
|‘On Newgate Steps Jack Chance was Found’ [lyrics] To pad the hoof he [scorned] to tramp, / So he hired a prad and he went on the scamp.|
|‘Another Highway-man’s Song’ Confessions of Thomas Mount 20: I’ll sport as good a pred away / As any boy in town. [Ibid.] ‘Mount’s Flash Song upon himself’ 22: Of coves with praddles / Of kens with daddles.|
|Sporting Mag. Apr. XVI 26/1: Met Bob Blunderbuss and Bob Bounce, going about on their prads.|
|Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 8: And long before daylight gigs, rattlers, and prads, / Were in motion for Mousley, brimful of the Lads.|
|‘The Stage-Coachman’s Lament’ in James Catnach (1878) 201: Farewell to my four iron greys, / And the rest of the prads that I drive!|
|Oliver Twist (1966) 273: He’s in the gig, a-minding the prad.|
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 19 Mar. n.p.: Miss Ellen’s prad bolted.|
|Sixteen-String Jack 125: Over the water we’ll flare; / Coaches and prads, lasses and lads.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 16 Sept. 3/3: Having borrowed his prad, a spicy little animal of the cob kind, [...] returning it to its legitimate owner, minus the pig skin.|
|Paved with Gold 351: Lots of prads, Frenchy, if we want them.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 123/1: The ‘prad’ was secured, and his nose-bag put on, in which was a good feed of oats to keep him occupied.|
|Appleton’s Journal (N.Y.) 6 Sept. 308: To a vagrant, a horse is a prad; to a man of fashion, a spanker. The former is cant, the latter slang.‘Vagrants & Vagrancy’ in|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Oct. 8/4: Spud is possessed of more humorous eccentricities than any other prad his size and weight, and it pleases him more than he can tell to have people stand around and applaud while he shows off his accomplishments.|
|Out Back 118: Captain Scarlet stole my boss’s best prad, and the sooner he’s lagged the better.|
|Aus. Lang. (1945) 117: And a bosom friend’s a cobber, / And a horse a prad or moke.‘Great Aus. Slanguage’ in Baker|
|Bushman All 19: It was you as took the flamin’ prads.|
|Backblock Ballads 30: Boss, I’ve got a nag – / Risin’ four – good prad he’s counted. Better shove me in the mounted.‘Got-A-Fag’|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 2 Dec. 18/3: A prad that to all intents and purposes had as much chance as a hailstone in hell.|
|Shearer’s Colt 222: We have taken a house near Epsom with stables at the back, and we are going to get Bill the Gunner to train a few prads for us.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Anecdotes of the Turf, the Chase etc. 201: In the Prad department at Smithfield [...] you may pick and choose, please your eye and suit your pocket.|
(UK Und.) one who steals a horse, but (sometimes) returns him.
|View of Society II 88: A Horse being put to grass, the Prad-Borrowers came in the night, and gelt the horse. In about a month [...] one of them returned and stole him.|
|Londres et les Anglais 316/2: prad borrower, voleur de chevaux.|
(UK und.) a horse thief.
|Public Ledger 12 Nov. 3/3: Horse and cattle stealers Prad-chewers.|
|Era (London) 12 Nov. 8/3: [O]ur fighting contributor [...] has thus poetically classed them:- [...] grabbers (6), shop-bouncers (7), prad-chewers (8), bit-makers (9).|
(UK Und.) a horse dealer.
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|‘Jockey’s Sl. Vocab’ Farrier and Naturalist 91: Prad Cove. A horse dealer.|
|Autobiog. (1930) 292: Pradholder signifies a bridle.|
the stealing of bags from horses.
|Hell Upon Earth 3: Some are very sharp at the Prad-Lay.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions .|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Ladies’ Repository (N.Y.) Oct. VIII:37 316/2: Prad lay, see lay.|
one who steals baggage from horses, taking advantage of the darkness to cut the bindings.
|Memoirs (1714) 5: Prad-Layers, Such as cut bags from behind Horses as People ride along in the Dark.|
|‘Flash Lang.’ Confessions of Thomas Mount 10: A horse-stealer, a prednapper.|
|Autobiog. (1930) 293: Prad napping signifies horse stealing.|
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see prigger of prancers under prigger n.1
|Metropolitan Mag. XIV Sept. 333: We then cross the country into Surrey and were very soon prad’s backmen. My pal [...] bought himself an out-and-out filly.|