Green’s Dictionary of Slang

biscuit n.1

1. [mid-19C+] a young woman, who is fig. ‘sweet’ and/or ‘good enough to eat’; thus cold biscuit n., an unappealing woman; show biscuit n., a very attractive woman; also of a man [Williams (1994) offers examples of biscuit as a sexual organ, citing the appearance of biscuits as 17C ‘brothel-fare’].

2. the circular shape.

(a) [late 19C–1930s] (US, also biscuit turnip) a watch.

(b) [1930s–40s] (US black) a pillow.

(c) [1930s+] the face, the head.

(d) [1940s+] (orig. US black) usu. in pl., the buttocks; thus biscuit-bandit, an active male homosexual; biscuit butt, rounded buttocks.

(e) [1950s+] a record.

(f) [1970s] (drugs) a tablet of methadone.

(g) [1990s+] (drugs) see disco biscuit under disco n.

3. [1960s–80s] (US) a woman’s hairstyle in which the hair is done up in a small knot, usu. favoured by elderly women with thinning hair [a pun on SE biscuit, a small bun].

4. [1980s+] (US black) a type of shoe worn for comfort rather than style and favoured by older people.

5. [2000s+] (Aus.) money.

In compounds

biscuit roller (n.)

[1930s+] (US black) a (usu. female) lover.

biscuit turnip (n.)

see sense 2a above.

In phrases

bake the biscuits (v.)

[1960s] (US black) to have sexual intercourse.

hot in the biscuit (adj.)

1. [1940s–50s] (US) very angry, furious [hot adj. (4a)].

2. [1960s–70s] sexually aroused.

reel in the biscuit (v.) [note Pelecanos, Big Blowdown (1996): ‘I liked her. But I tried to reel it in too quick’]

[1970s+] (US campus) to seduce a woman successfully.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

biscuit-arsed (adj.) (also biscuit-ersed)

[1990s+] (Scot.) self-pitying.

biscuit barrel (n.)

[1910s] (Aus.) the stomach.

biscuit beggar (n.) [? their poverty]

[late 19C+] (US) a Native American.

biscuit brown (n.)

[1950s] (US black) a lover.

biscuit city (n.)

see separate entry.

biscuit class (n.)

[1980s+] (N.Z.) economy class on no-frills internal airlines where no refreshments are offered other than biscuits.

biscuit-eater (n.) [such a dog will eat biscuits provided by its owner but will not forage for its own food] (US)

1. [1920s] a worthless person; thus biscuit-eating adj., worthless (cf. son of a biscuit eater under son of a... n.).

2. [1940s+] a worthless dog.

biscuit factory (n.) [it was sited next to the Huntley & Palmer’s biscuit factory]

[1900s–50s] Reading gaol.

biscuit-headed (adj.)

[mid-19C] (US) foolish.

biscuit hooks (n.)

[1910s–70s] (US) the hands.

biscuit nibbler (n.)

[mid-19C-1900s] a young person.

biscuit shooter (n.) (also biscuit-tosser) [SE shoot, to throw violently]

1. [late 19C–1960s] a waiter or waitress; thus biscuit-shooting adj.

2. [1900s] (US milit.) a female servant working for an army officer.

3. [1910s–30s] (US) a cook.

biscuit snatcher (n.)

[1950s] (US black) a hand; in pl., the fingers.

In phrases

biscuit and beer (v.)

[late 19C–1900s] to swindle a gullible dupe by betting them a biscuit against a glass of beer; one will, of course, win; thus biscuit and beer bet.

build the biscuits (v.)

[1900s] (US cowboy) to prepare a meal when travelling.

chuck one’s biscuits (v.) (also chuck Cheerios, chuck one’s cookies) [SE chuck / chuck v.2 (13)]

[1970s+] to vomit.

take the biscuit (v.)

see separate entry.