Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bottom n.3

also bottom man
[metaphorically rather than always physically ‘on the bottom’; the anton. of top n. (5)]

1. in sado-masochistic sex, a passive or masochistic person.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.
[US]J. Rechy Rushes (1981) 26: The dark-print handkerchief displayed like a banner in his back pocket, the heavy ring of keys, the tiny silver earring — all worn on his left side — proclaim his role as a dominant man in ‘heavy sex,’ a good ‘top-man,’ one of the best. His ‘bottom-men’ must be equally masculine.
[US] in Delacoste & Alexander Sex Work (1988) 51: There are strict rules to B&D [...] No professional top pushes the limits of the bottom.
[US]H. Max Gay (S)language 4: Bottom man — passive partner in anal intercourse — as opposed to top man.
[UK]N. Foyle ‘Star Pitch’ in Home Suspect Device 80: Rivers of blood poured from the weals that now peppered the bird-brained bottom’s badly bruised back.
[UK]Guardian Guide 9 Dec. 9: Wonder Woman wasn’t just some leather SM ‘top’ seeking to make ‘bottoms’ of all mankind.
[Aus]L. Redhead Peepshow [ebook] Were you looking for work as a top or a bottom? [...] A dominant or a submissive?
Fleshbot 2 Sept. [Internet] Austin is a butch looking jock top, and Jason is the tattooed twink bottom.

2. see bottom woman

SE in slang uses

In compounds

bottom bandit (n.) (also botty burglar)

a male homosexual.

[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read How to Shoot Friends 61: We went off in search of bottom bandits.
[UK]Observer Sport Monthly 4 Mar. 56: This would represent quite a Pauline conversion for the man who, at the Sun, used to refer to gays as [...] botty burglars.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 4 100: Who gives a rat’s about a few bottom bandits.
bottom boy (n.)

(US gay) one who enjoys anal intercourse.

[UK]J. Hayes ‘Gayspeak’ Quarterly Journal Speech LXI 256–66: In the social setting people are not only typed by the usual distinctions [...] but by sexual preference (bottom boy: anal receptor, suck queen: fellator).
bottom burp (n.)

a fart; generally a children’s usage, but popularized on BBC TV’s 1980s comedy The Young Ones.

N. Wilkes ‘Big Brother’ on Digital Spy [Internet] As Elizabeth queried the strange smell in the room, Amma increased her reputation as the house’s number one farter with a bottom burp of biblical proportions.
bottom dealer (n.) [card imagery; lit. one who deals from the bottom of the pack]

(US) a swindler, a cheat.

[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks 12/1: Bottom dealer, a card cheater who deals off cards from the bottom of the deck.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) Décharné Straight from the Fridge Dad.
bottom feeder (n.) [SE bottom-feeder, a fish that feeds off the sea- or riverbed] (US teen)

a despicable, unpleasant person; thus bottom-feeding adj.

[US]T. Harris Silence of the Lambs (1991) 19: Hardly the best brains on the campus. Organized and disorganized — a real bottom-feeder thought of that.
[US]Mad mag. May 6: Alan says Larry is a lowlife, bottom-feeding, amoral kind of guy.
[UK]Guardian G2 16 Aug. 12: The fascination with lowlifes and bottom-feeders.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘I’ve Got the Goods’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 173: My dad was a Hollywood bottom-feeder. He used to work for Rita Hayworth.
[US]G. Pelecanos Drama City 169: She was looking for a [...] bottom-feeder named Tyrone Meadows.
bottom-knock (v.)

(US black) to have sexual intercourse.

[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 209: Bottom-knocking that thing on a bed of clean sheets.
bottom line

see separate entries.

bottom man (n.)

see main sense above.

bottom rib (n.) [supposedly the rib taken from Adam and used in the creation of woman]

(US black) a wife.

[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 39: I lost my bottom rib and our daughter in a car crash a month before I split the joint.
bottom road (n.) [the ‘bottom’ of the UK]

(UK tramp) a road leading from London to the South Coast.

[US]W.A. Gape Half a Million Tramps 199: We took what is known as the ‘bottom road’, in other words, we made straight for the south coast, then followed it west.
bottom-wetter (n.)

see separate entry.

bottom woman (n.) [SE bottom, a foundation] (US black)

1. (also bottom, bottom baby, …bitch, …ho, …lady) the most reliable and experienced of a pimp’s stable of prostitutes.

[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 210: There ain’t more than three or four good bottom women promised a pimp in his lifetime. [Ibid.] 225: I’m sure glad Chris is a boss bottom bitch.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 40: Many players have several ladies, who constitute their stable. Usually the player relies on one to help him recruit new additions, known as stable sisters. This, his key lady, is called the bottom woman. It is her responsibility to help instruct the new recruits, smooth over squabbles, and generally keep things running smoothly. Often the pimp has a special relationship with the bottom woman, and they stay together for years while transient additions come and go. [Ibid.] 77: Shannon, who is the ‘bottom bitch’ of Mitchell’s stable.
[US]J.L. Dillard Lex. Black Eng. 88: The most trusted one – often the oldest in his service and not necessarily the most beautiful or the favorite – is the bottom whore, bottom woman, bottom bitch, or main lady and is given a certain amount of authority over her ‘sisters.’ She is also sometimes called Mother.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 34: I ain’t gonna let you throw my bottom ’ho [...] in no cross with that crazy Nigger.
[US]A.K. Shulman On the Stroll 132: At twenty-eight she was the bottom lady of Sweet Rudy.
[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] bottom bitch Definition: a pimp’s best girl. Example: All them other ho’s don’t matta, ’cause you my bottom bitch.
[US]G. Pelecanos Hell to Pay 141: You my bottom baby. You know this, right?
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 228: Was Lacy his bottom?
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 260: Although referred to by the title ‘bottom bitch,’ she is the top prostitute on this team [...] the bottom bitch has brought in the biggest cash return.
J. Robinson Gospel of the Game 9: Bianca, my most reliable and bottom whore, sat at my side.

2. one’s (attractive) girlfriend.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 142: Terms for a sexually attractive woman are all shared with the pimp – bottom woman, star.

In phrases

deal off the bottom of the deck (v.) (also deal from the bottom of the deck/pack)

see under deal v.

wind up one’s bottom (v.)

to leave a mouthful of alcohol in the glass, considered rude to one’s fellow-drinkers.

[UK]‘Mary Tattle-well’ Womens sharpe revenge 179 Taverne frayes or brawls have hapned [...] sometimes for not drinking all out (which is term’d, winding up your bottom, footing off your Bowle).