1. [late 19C] a small poker, with an iron tip; such a poker is actually used, as opposed to the elaborate brass fire-irons, displayed only for show.
2. [late 19C] a handkerchief that is actually used, rather than one that is worn for fashionable display.
3. [late 19C] the top half of a sliced teacake, which receives less butter.
4. [late 19C–1900s] (Anglo-Irish) a grocer’s assistant.
5. [late 19C–1940s] (Irish) an assistant barman.