Green’s Dictionary of Slang

crack n.3

1. (also love crack) the vagina; thus crack-shop, a brothel.

[UK]M. Stevenson Wits Paraphras’d 13: Cry’d, Courage, Wench, holding my back, / My own dear Sister, and my Crack: / That very word brought forth the wonder [i.e. a newborn child], / And made my Haunches fall asunder.
[UK]News from Morefields n.p.: A Courtier [...] Whose hands to crack did know the right road.
[UK]Poor Robin in R. Thompson Pepys’ Penny Merriments (1976) 284: The season [...] being indifferent warm, and poor Robin apt for Venerial Exercises, he would needs have a touch upon Cracket with his Wife.
[UK]J. Dunton ‘The He-Strumpets’ Athenianism – Project IV 94: Lewd Cracks repent, for ’tis the News, Your Tails have burnt so many Beaus, That now He-Whores are come in Use.
Crafty London Prentice 3: He then her dogg’d near unto Salisbury court, / Where to a crack-shop she did go, to act her wanton part. [...] An to this crack-shop where went he and for a private room did call.
[UK]Nunnery Amusements 16: Now upon her back, / In front he takes her charms and luscious crack.
[UK]Bacchanalian Mag. 59: When, beneath the Mount of Venus, / Oh! this flea jump’d up her crack!
[UK]Pierce Egan’s Life in London 21 May 547/1: The Captain was a fam’d crack shot, and ere he left for Erin, / The Old Hats pigeon-shooting corps, as private did appear in.
[UK] ‘An Out-And-Out Riddle’ Flash Chaunter 42: It’s known by so many names, and made such a hack, / And lately it’s been called, they say, the funny Magic Crack!
[UK] ‘Sam Swipes’ Cuckold’s Nest 21: The next was a builder, so stout and so rare, / Who heard that her kitchen was out of repair, / He brought his strong tools, and at it went smack, / And shoved a wedge ten inches long, up her ...
[US]Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 28 Jan. n.p.: Chapped lips are very disagreeable. We heard a young lady [...] ask a young man [...] to anoint her crack with some lip-salve [...] but it did not effect a cure; she carries a larger crack than before.
[UK]Peeping Tom (London) 22 87/1: For when he stopt one crack, d’ye see, / He didn’t make a new one.
[UK]Rakish Rhymer (1917) 129: I spread her thighs, and opened her crack.
[UK] ‘Lady Pokingham’ in Pearl 1 July 19: ‘Rub your finger on my crack, just there,’ so she initiated me into the art of frigging in the most tender loving manner.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 30: She had scarcely a sign of hair on her cunt, but a vermillion line lay right through her crack. [Ibid.] XI 2280: Relinquishing the little love crack, I got up and put the bottle on the mantel piece.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 10 Aug. 1/1: A broken reputation may be mended, but men will always keep their eyes open on the place where the crack is.
[UK]‘Ramrod’ Nocturnal Meeting 29: Ethel [...] was only too delighted to get the chance of frigging her dainty crack.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 16 Nov. 3/6: A simple young thing [...] inspecting the shooters at the Rifle Butts, observed that by the ‘crack of the rifle’ was meant the hole where they put the powder in.
[US]Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: He layed me down on the flat of my back, / And swore that he wanted to open my crack.
[US] (ref. to 1868) N. Kimball Amer. Madam (1981) 53: A kind of liquid feeling in my legs and the moisture in my crack.
[Aus]‘As Boys We Went to School’ in Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF 31: Pretty young maidens they were, they lay upon their backs, / They’d take it in their hands, and lead it right up their [cracks].
[US](con. c.1900) in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 722: Here’s to the crack that never heals, / The longer you rub it the better it feels.
[UK] ‘Salome’ in ‘Count P. Vicarion’ Bawdy Ballads LX: On a Monday night I shove it up the back; / Tuesday night she takes it in the crack.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 205: ‘Is this a drunk or is this a skunk?’ asked Small Crack Nadine with a spike in her thigh.
[Aus](con. 1940s–60s) Hogbotel & ffuckes ‘The Ball at Kirriemuir’ in Snatches and Lays 40: Third lady’s finger up the fourth lady’s crack.
[US]D. Woodrell Muscle for the Wing 118: We strip to the crack here.
[NZ]A. Duff One Night Out Stealing 103: Grabbing a handful of her box (man, at least it’s nice and hairy) and rubbing your mits all overe the hair, then a finger probing for the crack.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 115: Not exactly a ragga dancehall queen’s batty riders ok, but short shorts, short killer shorts nevertheless, that she’s pulled like right to the crack.

2. (also town-crack) a prostitute; a ‘fallen woman’; modern use is a woman, but usu. in a derog. sense.

Ape-Gentlewoman, or the Character of an Exchange Wench 2: A Town-crack that Kisses for her Bread, and might starve for her Buttocks, is a Saint to her.
[UK]T. Duffet Psyche Debauch’d IV iii: The Proverb’s on my side, Fools have Fortune, and Cracks have luck.
[UK]Whipping Tom – Brought to Light 2: He meeting with a demure Crack or Miss of the Town [...] so swinged her Tail, that ’tis thought, she will not be capable of her Trade for some considerable time.
[UK]Rochester ‘A Satire Against Marriage’ Works (1721) 42: Tho’ she be [...] Close-Stool to VENUS, Nature’s Common-Shore, / Impudent, Foolish, rotten with Disease, / The Sunday-Crack of Suburb ’Prentices.
[UK]N. Ward Hudibras Redivivus II:3 6: The sinful Premium each poor Crack / Has gladly earn’d upon her Back.
[UK]J. Dunton Bumography ii: They can tell us the Vile Practices of the He-Strumpets and Town Cracks.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy II 327: And you low Tire, Cracks, Harridans and Doxies. [Ibid.] V 22: [title] The Crafty Cracks of East Smith-Field, who pick’t up a Master Colour upon Tower-Hill, whom they Plundred of a Purse of Silver, with above Threescore Guineas.
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US]R. Todasco Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Dirty Words.

3. (UK, London) a narrow passage of houses.

[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 96/2: Crack (London). A narrow passage of houses ; e.g., ‘’Ave yer seen the grand duchess of our crack this blessed mornin’ – gorne to the Cristial Pallis in ’lectric blue – she ’av.’.

4. (also bumcrack, butt crack) the cleft between the buttocks.

[UK]W. Manus Mott the Hoople 90: Mott the Yid [...] jumped out of the car, pulling at where his pants met the crack of his buttocks.
[US]O. Hawkins Ghetto Sketches 21: Bam scratches casually but intensively in his crack, and then his crotch.
[US]S. King It (1987) 111: He went downstairs [...] absently picking the seat of his shorts out of the crack of his ass.
[Aus]T. Winton Human Torpedo 95: Their Levis hung down so far you could see the tops of their bum cracks.
[Aus]J. Birmingham Tasmanian Babes Fiasco (1998) 211: Three, maybe four inches of buttcrack showing over the top of his jodhpurs.
[UK]Hilaire ‘Blind Date’ in Home Suspect Device 2: Fingertips brushed his arse cheeks, then a thick finger was drawn firmly down his crack.
[UK]A. Warner Sopranos 244: We bought [...] skimpy wee tops and skirts. So short they’d be up our ass cracks.
[UK]N. Griffiths Stump 169: I-have-a-giant-sweaty-smelly-bumcrack.
[Scot]T. Black Gutted 96: You know cracks . . . must have brown-nosed enough of them.

5. (gay/N.Z. prison, also crack hole ) the anus.

[[UK] ‘Cupid Turned Housebreaker’ Rambler’s Flash Songster 39: There’s none like cupid, ever yet, that could evade the laws. / With his picklock, and happy cock, could enter in a crack, / It matter’d not to him, whether in the front or back].
[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. 🌐 Crack. Anus. As in ‘to sell one’s crack’, ie to prostitute one’s self to another prisoner.
[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 47/1: crack hole n. = anus hole.

6. in fig. use of sense 4, i.e. a generic term for one’s body.

[US](con. 1970) S. Wright Meditations in Green (1985) 23: We got lieutenants falling out of our crack.

In derivatives

crackish (adj.)

of a woman, wanton, promiscuous.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
T.D. Patterson Real Hood Wives 11: What the hell had made that girl think it was okay to have sex on the floor of her son’s bedroom? She must have adapted [sic] some of her mama’s crackish ways.

In compounds

crack house (n.) (also crack hotel)

(US) a brothel.

[US]Wkly Rake (NY) 18 June n.p.: the rake advises [...] R.P. [...] to visit a certain brick crack house only at night, and not let his uncle see him going in and out during the day.
[US]Flash (NY) 3 July n.p.: I write you an account of a crack house, kept by Moll Saunders [...] a complete refuge for thieves, prostitutes, and blackguards of the lowest order, both black and white.
[US]Boston Blade 10 June n.p.: We saw Hitty go into the crack hotel the other day.
crack-hunter (n.) (also crack-haunter)

the penis.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues II 202/1: Crack-hunter or Haunter subs. (venery) The penis.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 83: Coursier, m. The penis; ‘the crack-hunter’.
[US]‘Jennifer Blowdryer’ Modern English 72: genitalia: male (n): Crackhunter.

In phrases

get a shot of crack (v.)

(US) to have sexual intercourse.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 63: Shot of Crack Sex with a female.
not on your crack

(US black/W.I.) in no way at all.

[US]C. McKay Banjo 113: You think Ise gwine be everything like you because Ise on the beach? Not on you’ crack!
put (someone) in a crack (v.)

(US) to cause (someone) problems.

[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Dead Man’s Guilt’ Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective May 🌐 ‘There’s nothing anybody can do — except an undertaker.’ [...] ‘And that puts me in a crack!’.