1. an inhabitant of Alabama [lizards are common in the state].
|St Louis (MO) Reveille 14 May 2/4: The inhabitants of [...] Alabama [are called] Lizards [DA].|
|Jeffersonian (Stroudsburg, PA) 14 Sept. 1/4: Alabama Lizards.|
|Somerset Herald (Somerset, PA) 12 July 1/7: The inhabitants of Alabama are Lizards.|
|North Amer. Rev. Nov. 433: Among the rank and file, both armies, it was very general to speak of the different States they came from by their slang names. Those from [...] Alabama, Lizzards.|
|Roanoke Times (VA) 18 June 3/2: Natives of Alabama are called ‘Lizards’ from the abundance of these creatures along the streams.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Daily Ardmoreite 11 July 21/5: The residents of Alabama have been called ‘Lizards’ [DA].|
2. (Aus./N.Z.) a shepherd, a musterer, a mender of boundary fences.
|Worker (Brisbane) 4 Sept. 8/4: By ‘lizards’ he means musterers, sometimes he calls them ‘snails’.|
|Bushmen All 127: One of the ‘lizards,’ [...] offered them the dregs of a pannikin. The term ‘lizard’ was one rather contemptuously applied to the shepherds by the horsemen.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 23 Jan. 2nd sect. 1/3: Did coy cocotte ever coo and cluck so sweetly in the hairy auricular organ of a well-silvered lizard down from the bush for a jag?|
|(ref. to 1890–1910) Early Canterbury Runs (1951) 385: Lizard – Slang for musterer.|
|Aus. Lang. 63: Shepherds have been known variously as lizards, crawlers, snails and motherers.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 70/1: lizard sheep musterer, by association with shearing handpiece of same name.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
3. (US) an old or useless racehorse, any horse.
|Arizona Nights 120: You want back that lizard you sold me. Well, wait.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 13 Sept. 1/1: The street bettors comment gloomily on the unprecedented lack of ‘lizards’.|
|Old Man Curry 102: Trying to horn his way into the Jungle Circuit with one lonely lizard.‘The Last Chance’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 592: It is some broken-down lizard that he buys.‘That Ever-Loving Wife of Hymie’s’ in|
|Runyon à la Carte 43: No owner with any brains wants such a lizard as old Em in his barn.|
4. a smooth and highly plausible fortune-hunter or womanizer who works his charms in the lounges of hotels, an adventurer.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 15 Apr. 4/8: No lizards come in to buy me wine / No suppers there are to scoff.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 28 Feb. 4s/9: He’s a lizard, he admits it [...] He flirts with maidens modest, maidens white and maidens brown.|
|Knocking the Neighbors 126: They effected the usual Compromise, falling gracefully into the awkward Embraces of two cornfed Lizards.|
|Hand-made Fables 16: She had played out her String with a certain Lizard.|
|letter Feb. in Paige (1971) 269: Alas, as you are writing English, you can’t call them there bloody gallants, ‘cake-eaters’ or ‘lizards,’ ‘dudes,’ ‘gigolos,’ ‘young scum’ (I suppose my native tongue is still more flexible than English: ‘good for nothing young sprigs,’ ‘fils à papa,’, ‘spooners,’ ‘saps’).|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 70/1: lizard [...] idler; short for ‘lounge lizard’, a lounge bar idler after women.|
|Golden Orange (1991) 67: Look at the lizards slithering in [...] Here to ferret out some lonely old broad.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
5. (US, also lizard-breath, lizard teeth) a contemptible or unlikeable person.
|Guy Rivers I 72: Answer to that, Jared Bunce, you white-livered lizard.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 17 May 4/7: The umpire’s still in the horspittle — good enough for the lizard.|
|God’s Man 52: ‘Cut it out, Arnold,’ he said; ‘call her mother a “lizard” and her friends “lizards,” but let her alone.’.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 44: ‘By Jove, Bertie,’ said the poor lizard devoutly.|
|(con. 1940s) Gun in My Hand 55: Those lizards in the bottom of the German slit trench at the gate. You don’t smash at each other with mortars. You lizards got more sense.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 1: blizzard – a female lizard (nerd) who is cold, not compassionate. [Ibid.] 2: lizard – a loser.|
|A-Team 2 (1984) 143: Take it easy, Lizard teeth. [Ibid.] 186: Catch me if you can, lizard-breath!|
|Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] Journalists swaerming [...] in a maze of TV cameras, sound crews and other media lizards.|
6. (US black) in pl., lizard-skin shoes.
|Teen-Age Gangs 166: Show me your best lizards.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 110: Some terms that talk primarily about specific clothing items, such as [...] lizards (lizard-skin shoes), leather pieces (leather jackets), and so on.|
|Straight Outta Compton 25: This man with black lizards looked at me and laughed as they went out the door.|
|Pimp’s Rap 90: He kicked it off with a pair of black lizards.|
7. (Aus./US) the penis.
|inNew Olympia Reader 794: It was almost as if I was adding a new coat of cadmium hue to Larry’s lovely lizard with each new thrust [HDAS].|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|God’s Pocket 222: ‘Can you smell it? It’s medicinal, like a hospital.’ [...] McKenna said, ‘It’s medicinal smell, like you cut off your fuckin’ lizard for a necklace.’.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 20: Slide shows of bright, toothy guys with lizards hanging down to their knees.|
8. (Aus. / US black) a young woman.
|N.Z. Truth 30 Nov. 2/3: ‘I see you with lizard o’ yours.’ ‘Lizard be damned [...] wish you’d hooked the cow instead o’ me’.|
|‘Freaky Tales’ [lyrics] Gave me a lizard, said her name was Laverne.|
see sense 5 above .
1. to urinate.
|Hellfire Club 221: Dandy, he’d go with her, fact was, he had to bleed the lizard.|
|Warm Up the Snake 195: Another coinage I often heard on Western locations was someone excusing themselves to ‘bleed the lizard,’ that is, leave the set briefly to urinate.|
2. to masturbate.
|AllAboutSex.org [Internet] ‘Words for Masturbation’ [...] 17. Bleed the lizard.|
|Nat. Lampoon Dec. 37: You know, whipping your lizard.|
|(con. c.1970) Phantom Blooper 13: Inside the only guard bunker still standing in our area, our New Guy is busy choking his lizard.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 68: drain the lizard to urinate, said of men.|
|CX Mag. Jun. [Internet] I need to drain the lizard upon arrival. When I’m in the toilet, flanked by guys with sleeveless white t-shirts and dodgy ’taches, I note that there can’t be a worse place to have your boxers on the wrong way round than in the Gents at a STEPS concert.|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 270: I storm out [...] stopping off on the way to drain the lizard.|
(Aus.) to urinate.
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 23: Do you reckon there’s time to flog the lizard before me item!|
|Age (Melbourne) 7 Dec. 130/5: Australia has much of which to be proud [...] sink the sausage, exercise the ferret and flog the lizard.|
|Traveller’s Tool 61: They’re lucky if they’ve got the energy to buy Playboy and gallop the lizard.|
(Aus.) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|Game They Play in Heaven 86: Most conversations are about women [...] ‘Did you give the lizard a run, mate.’.|
|Banana Skin Tango 9: ‘Well, if you’ll excuse me,’ he said, ‘I’m just going to milk the lizard.’.|
|Spankmag.com 22 Oct. [Internet] Petting the lizard.‘Male & Female Masturbation Terms’ at|
(Irish) to urinate.
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 61: I go to squeeze the lizard. I wash my hands [...] and then, like, take out my mobile.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
see choke one’s lizard
SE in slang uses
|Sun (Sydney) 16 May 13/2: He likes his golf and just lizarding in the sun [AND].|
(Aus.) moving or working at great speed.
|Free and Easy Land 227: Dirty Dora was as flat out as a drinking lizard.|
|Aus. Lang. 87: Here are a few more similes snatched from our environment: [...] flat out like a lizard drinking.|
|Mail (Adelaide) 1 Dec. 2s/5: Australians have bult up a vocabulary of some 7,000 slang words [...] ‘flat out like a lizard drinking’.|
|Sundowners 213: You’ve been flat out like a lizard drinking, but this cove is right with you all the time.|
|Holy Smoke 80: Away they go for their quoits – flat out like a lizard drinking.|
|Hartford Courant (CT) sect. D 5 Sept. 27/4: G’Day from Down Under [...] Learn Aussie Lingo Flat Out Like a Lizard Drinking.|
|personal communication 1 Aug. Yes all is well, though I am flat out like a lizard drinking. L2 phonology course is keeping me up at nights.|
(US black) what have you got to offer? esp. in the context of money, sexual favours and other exciting, if unrespectable, pleasures.
|Dust Tracks On a Road (1995) 600: Some woman or girl would come switching past the store porch and some man would call out to her, ‘Hey, Sugar! What’s on de rail for de lizard?’.|
|Novels and Stories (1995) 1005: ‘Baby,’ he crooned, ‘what’s on de rail for de lizard?’.‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in|
see shit! excl.