Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ring n.

1. as a ‘circular’ part of the body.

(a) [late 16C–18C] the vagina.

(b) [late 19C+] the anus, the buttocks; thus ring-snatcher, a sodomite, ring-snatching, sodomy.

(c) [1940s] anal intercourse, sodomy.

(d) [1990s] (Irish) in the context of vomiting, the stomach and/or its contents .

(e) [2000s] the mouth.

2. (UK Und.) with ref. to money [? SE ring, thus an object worth money, or the ringing noise the cash makes as it is thrown from the coach/into the begging bowl].

(a) [17C] the money that is stolen by a highwayman.

(b) [late 17C–early 19C] money that is procured by begging.

3. [1910s+] (Aus.) the site of a two-up game.

4. [1990s+] (W.I.) in pl., firearms [? the circular barrels].

5. see ringer n. (2b)

In compounds

ringbark (v.)

see separate entry.

ringburner (n.) [sense 1b + SE burner]

[1960s+] (UK society) diarrhoea, or very painful defecation.

ring master (n.)

[1990s+] a male homosexual.

ringpiece (n.) [sense 1b]

1. [1930s+] the anus; thus (1990s+) ringpiece licker, an anilinguist.

2. [2000s] a general term of abuse.

ring raider (n.)

[1990s+] a male homosexual, a sodomite.

ring snatcher (n.)

[1960s–70s] a sodomite; thus ring-snatching, sodomy.

ring-sting (n.) (also ring-stinger)

[1990s+] a painful act of defecation, attributed to a meal with an excess of hot spices.

In phrases

ask for the ring (v.)

[1950s+] to perform anal intercourse.

bit of ring (n.)

[1930s+] anal intercourse.

black ring (n.)

[19C] the vagina.

bring one’s ring up (v.)

[1970s+] to vomit violently.

buy the ring (v.)

[1980s+] to perform anal intercourse.

lose one’s ring (v.)

[late 19C–1900s] of a woman, to lose one’s virginity.

put a ring around (v.) [image of ringing important dates on a calendar]

[1950s+] (N.Z.) to be sure of, to be certain of, esp. in phr, you can put a ring around that one.

ring-dang-do (n.) [sense 1a]

1. [1930s+] (also ringadangdoo, ring-a-rang-roo) the vagina.

2. [1940s+] (Aus.) a spree, a party.

3. [1950s+] (US) a complicated affair, a rigmarole.

running at the ring (n.) [SE run at the ring, to compete for a circlet of metal suspended from a post which each of a number of riders endeavoured to carry off on the point of his lance]

[late 16C–17C] (adulterous) sexual intercourse.

spew one’s ring (v.) (also puke one’s ring, throw up one’s ring) [1940s+]

1. to be violently sick.

2. in fig. use, to talk openly, candidly.

3. to back down, to be a coward.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

ring chopper (n.)

[mid-16C] (UK Und.) a swindler who sells counterfeit gold rings.

ring dropping (n.)

see separate entry.

ring faller (n.)

see separate entry.

ringman (n.)

[1930s] (Aus.) a bookmaker.

ring pigger (n.) [ety. unknown]

[mid–late 16C] a drunkard.

In phrases

have a ring through one’s nose (v.)

1. [1960s] (US gambling) to bet heavily when losing badly, hoping to get even.

2. [1960s+] (US black/campus) to be obsessed, to the point of foolishness, with one other person, usu. a lover, by whom one can be led.