Green’s Dictionary of Slang

mot n.

also mott, motte
[prob. Du. mot, a woman; less likely is Fr. amourette, a girlfriend; note OED classifies mot as alt. sp. of mort n.1 ]
(orig. UK/US/Irish)

1. a prostitute.

[UK] ‘Flashman of St. Giles’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (2007) 63: The first time I saw the flaming mot, Was at the sign of the Porter Pot .
[UK] ‘Birmingham Sal’ in Lover’s Jubilee 4: From Manchester to London town, / The Bagnios I frequented, / And there I flash’t a Mot of renown, / With powder and perfume scented.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[Aus]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang.
[Ire]Tom and Jerry; A Musical Extravaganza 54: Leery flash Mot, a knowing Cyprian.
[UK] ‘Pickpocket’s Chaunt’ trans. of ‘En roulant de vergne en vergne’ in Vidocq (1829) IV 262: And we shall caper a-heel-and-toeing, A Newgate hornpipe some fine day; With the mots their ogles throwing.
[UK] ‘The Spring Bedstead’ in Knowing Chaunter 17: So, says my leary mot, / I’ll go and have a flare-up! / So to a crib we sped, / To do as she requested.
[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 20 Apr. 127/3: When Charley Mott a wooing went / A pretty wife he got; / But really he should not resent, / Her being called a Mott .
[US]Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 8 Oct. n.p.: All the oils, pommades, rouges, powders [...] are nearly ‘used up’ by the motts.
[Scot]Coal Hole Companion in Bold (1979) 91: If desire your mind doth tease / And you will pay the usual fees / You very quickly can get ease / from the frisky mots of London.
[UK]Yokel’s Preceptor 31: Donner, Woman, either Mot or not.
[US]Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 14 Apr. n.p.: If another of those railway station mots stops there, names will be published.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) 175: MOTT, a girl of indifferent character.
[US]N.E. Police Gaz. (Boston, MA) 18 Aug. 7/4: This hag has got two mots in her den [...] ever ready to accommodate greenies and land sharks.
[UK]Cythera’s Hymnal 56: He’s been with some mot, / And the glue he has got, / And guv it to us, the whole biling.
[UK]Derbyshire Courier 12 Dec. 7/1: Local Flash language [...] A mott, a woman.
[Aus]Sydney Sl. Dict. (2 edn) 10: A bludger and his mot ‘ticed a cully into the ‘Deadhouse’ / A man who robs in company with a prostitute and his woman enticed a victim into the ‘Deadhouse’.
[UK]Cremorne I 27: As a flash mot she’d be a gold mine.
[UK]W.E. Henley ‘Villon’s Good-Night’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 174: With fawneys on your dexter famm – / A mot’s good-night to one and all!
[Aus]C. Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict. 50: Mot, a girl of suspicious character.

2. a woman, a wife.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Parker (attrib.) ‘The Sandman’s Wedding’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 65: No sneer from cully, mot, or froe / Dare then approach my Bess for Joe.
[UK] ‘Tom the Drover’ No. 30 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: Suk’ May, she’s a saucy blowen, and can [illegible] with any Mott in the Town.
[UK] ‘A Leary Mot’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 77: Rum ould mog was a leary flash mot.
[UK]J. Burrowes Life in St George’s Fields 18: Dick introduced his Pal to the prime bloods and swell mots.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 223: [He] was in close conversation with his mott in the corner.
[UK]Sussex Advertiser 14 Apr. 4/3: Pitmen, colliers, bog-trotters, black-legs, ken-cadgers with their king’s motts, knights of the road, and also a few knights of the brush and moon.
[UK] ‘Slashing Costermonger’ in Cuckold’s Nest 10: I’m called by all the mots around, / The slashing costermonger.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 59: Hang me high up! if it arn’t a Wild-street shickster – Owen’s mot! I’ll pallary to her.
[US]Ladies’ Repository (N.Y.) Oct. VIII:37 316/2: Mott, any decent female, generally a mother or a sister, or wife.
[UK]‘Ducange Anglicus’ Vulgar Tongue 39: The paper makers get the tats and never tip the motts a posh.
[UK] ‘The Catalogue’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 10: Till ‘The Mots of Old’ came on the stage / And taught them both to sodger.
[US]H.L. Williams Ticket-of-Leave Man 11: Jem Dalton had discovered by his mott [...] that the old gentleman had a habit of keeping valuable diamonds.
[Aus]Sydney Sl. Dict. 9/2: The paper makers get the tats, and never tip the mots a posh, but fence the milky ones with some swag chovey bloak. The men who pretend they are from a paper mill obtain the rags, and never pay the women (of the houses they call at) anything, and then sell the white rags to some marine store dealer.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] MOT OR MOTSY: a girl, sweetheart.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 241: One of them mots that do be in the packets of fags Stoer smokes that his old fellow welted hell out of him for one time he found out.
[Ire](con. 1890s) S. O’Casey Pictures in the Hallway 141: Yes, a pretty mot, right enough, with her mop o’ curly red hair.
[Ire]B. Behan Quare Fellow (1960) Act I: If we did our wing first, we’d miss the mots hanging out the laundry.
[UK]L. Dunne Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 15: I’d never seen one of them kiss the mot.
[Ire]J. Morrow Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 28: If you’re feeling guilty about throwing a leg over his mot, you needn’t.
[Ire](con. 1930s) P. Crosbie Your Dinner’s Poured Out! 117: He became her ‘fella’ and she became his ‘mot’.
[UK]W. Trevor Fools of Fortune 120: Did you have a fancy for the mott yourself?
[Ire](con. 1930s) K.C. Kearns Dublin Tenement Life 153: This particular woman that led the animal gang up Pimlico she was what we called a ‘mot’, a girlfriend, you know, of one of the animal gang fellas.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Salesman 287: And how d’y’know when a Northside mott has an orgasm, Homer?
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 124: Ah remembur this mot blabbin on abou’ fuckin Noraid an shite.

3. a criminal’s accomplice; a female criminal.

[UK]Vidocq Memoirs (trans. W. McGinn) III 78: Here [...] is what you may call a mot, and nothing but a good one.

4. a public or lodging-house landlady.

[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 256: We can sell ’em to the ‘mot’ (landlady) of the ‘libb-ken’ (lodging-house) for a good deal.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 217/2: After some altercation with the ‘mot’ of the ‘ken’ (mistress of the lodging-house) about the cleanliness of a knife or fork.

5. the mons veneris; thus the vagina.

[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 88: It was her naked belly and motte which struck me as she fell on me.
[UK]C. Deveureux Venus in India I 50: That glorious hair, which formed the forest-like bush growing on that voluptuous motte, and shading a cunt.
[UK]‘Suzan Aked’ The Simple Tale of Suzan Aked 43: Her hand, having no obstacle to oppose it, took possession of my fleshy motte and throbbing cunnie [...] ‘How nice! what a sweet, sweet little cunt!’.
[UK]‘Ramrod’ Nocturnal Meeting 10: She [...] squeezed her daughter’s motte.
[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: mott n. Minge; mapatasi.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 23: This bunch of mott slinging, fannyfarting, spunk burpers.

6. pubic hair, whether male or female; also attrib.

[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 89: It was about the longest and thickest motte thatch I have yet felt. [Ibid.] 1973 X: I found to my annoyance [...] that crabs had assailed me, had lodged in motte, bum furrow, anus, and the wrinkles of my scrotum.
[UK]C. Deveureux Venus in India I 37: Inch by inch I buried Johnnie in it, until my motte jammed against hers, and my balls hanging or rather squeezed, against her lovely white bottom, I could get in no further.
[UK]‘Suzan Aked’ The Simple Tale of Suzan Aked 168: The way his hips sink between her thighs, as he presses his motte to hers.
[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 38: A compact shadow of mott — I thought she was going to be bald!

In derivatives

mottism (n.)


[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 40: This sanctum-sanctorum is only to be approached by the first-rate blunted swell, and is the number one of cribberies, and the pinnacle of mott-ism.

In compounds

In phrases

mott of the ken (n.)

the landlady of a criminal lodging-house.

[UK]Kendal Mercury 24 Jan. 6/1: This record is lodged with the ‘mott of the ken’ who is the keeper of the seals for the ‘kids’ of the craft.