Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bucket n.

1. [early 19C] in pl., boots or shoes.

2. [mid–late 19C–1910s] (UK Und./Aus.) a glass.

3. [late 19C; 1930s+] (Can./US Und.) a county or local prison; later uses underpinned by bucket and pail n.

4. an automobile.

5. in sexual contexts.

(a) [late 19C; 1990s+] the vagina, esp. when large or loose.

(b) [1930s+] (US, also brown bucket) the anus, the buttocks; thus bucket queen, a male homosexual who takes the active role in anal intercourse.

6. [1910s] any form of motor vehicle, boat or airplane that has become run down and dilapidated.

7. [1950s–60s] (US) a plump woman, an unattractive woman.

8. [1990s+] (US campus) an incompetent, clumsy person.

9. [1990s+] (US) in basketball, a scoring shot.

10. see bucket bong

In compounds

bucket boy (n.)

[1970s+] (US gay) a passive partner in anal intercourse.

bucket broad (n.) [broad n.2 (2)]

[1940s–70s] (US Und.) a prostitute who permits anal intercourse.

bucket cunt (n.) (also bucket fanny) [coarsely joc. use of SE/sense 4a above + cunt n. (1)/fanny n.1 (1)]

[1990s+] a large vagina.

In phrases

dropped in the bucket (adj.)

[1990s+] (US prison) in prison.

paint the bucket (v.)

[1950s+] (US gay) to have anal intercourse.

In exclamations

up your bucket!

[1960s] (US) a general excl. of dismissal.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

bucket bong (n.) (also bucket) [bong n.1 ]

[1990s+] (Aus./US drugs) a form of gravity pipe for smoking marijuana, made with a 2-litre (3½-pint) plastic bottle and a bucket.

bucket chat (n.) [? the feeding of lambs from buckets; cheat n. (1)]

[mid–late 18C] (UK Und.) a sheep.

buckethead (n.) [-head sfx]

1. [20C+] (US) a fool, a simpleton; thus bucket-headed adj., stupid.

2. (US black) a woman, esp. a fellatrix.

bucketmouth (n.) [1970s] (US)

1. a chatterer.

2. one who habitually uses ‘bad language’.

In phrases

bucket about (v.) (also bucket up, go buckety) [? image of a bucket floating on water]

[1920s] to move backwards/forwards/from side to side, to oscillate; thus adv. buckety-blam, of movement, abruptly, sharply.

bucket (down) (v.) [as if poured from a bucket]

[1920s+] to rain very heavily.

cop a bucket (v.)

[2010s] to be attacked (hysterically).

get off the bucket (v.)

[1970s] a phr. of general dismissal.

give someone the bucket (v.) [var. on sack v. (2a)]

[mid-19C] to jilt, to reject as a lover .

tip a bucket (v.)

(Aus.) to speak openly, without restraint.