Green’s Dictionary of Slang

load n.

1. as a quantity of drink or drugs.

(a) [early 17C+] drink, usu. in a quantity sufficient to render the drinker drunk; thus a state of drunkenness in phrs. carry a load, get a load on/in, have a load on, take a load on etc.; thus half a load, a state of semi-drunkenness.

(b) [1920s+] an amount of drugs, e.g. the quantity of heroin required to sustain an addiction.

(c) [1920s+] an injection.

(d) [1950s+] 25 or 30 packs of heroin held together in a bundle, the equivalent of an ounce weight.

(e) as sense 1a in context of marijuana.

2. [mid-18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) one’s personal possessions or money, also the proceeds of a crime.

3. as abbr. of ‘load of rubbish,’ ‘load of nonsense,’load of shit,’ etc.

(a) [mid–late 19C] (US campus) a practical joke.

(b) [1930s+] (US) an old, discontinued model or a run-down, dilapidated vehicle or a stolen car.

(c) [1930s+] (orig. US) utter nonsense; a prevarication.

(d) [1940s+] (orig. US black) an automobile.

(e) [1940s+] (US) a stupid, ridiculous or contemptible person.

(f) [1970s] (Aus. Und.) fabricated evidence.

4. in context of the body or bodily fluids [SE loaded, to be burdened with, to be weighed down. Note late 19C use of load, measles, smallpox].

(a) [mid-19C+] (US) faeces, a bowel movement.

(b) [late 19C+] (orig. Aus.) a bout of venereal disease.

(c) [1920s+] (US) an ejaculation of semen or an orgasm (of either sex).

(d) [1940s+] (US) a very fat person.

(e) [1960s+] (US black) a large amount of semen in the testes.

(f) [1970s] a large penis.

(g) [1980s] (US black) the intense urge to have sex.

In compounds

loaded gun (n.) [gun n.1 (2)]

[1980s+] (US gay) the penis before ejaculation of its ‘load’ of semen.

In phrases

blow (off) one’s load (v.)

[1970s+] usu. of a man, to ejaculate, to come to orgasm.

bust a/one’s load (v.)

[1990s+] to ejaculate.

carrying a load (adj.)

[20C+] drunk.

catch a load of (v.)

[1920s+] (US) to catch sight of; also in fig. use, to register, to take note of.

chuck one’s load (v.) [SE chuck/chuck v.2 (16)]

[1990s+] to ejaculate.

drop one’s load (v.)

1. [late 19C] to give birth.

2. [1930s] to have a miscarriage.

3. [1940s+] (US black, also drop it) to reduce tension by having sexual intercourse.

4. [1960s+] (also drop one) to defecate.

5. [1970s] (also drop a load) to experience a shock.

6. [1990s+] to act in a cowardly manner; synon. with shit one’s load under shit v.

dump a/one’s load (v.)

1. [1960s] to defecate.

2. [1980s+] (N.Z.) to ejaculate.

get a load of (v.) (also take a load of)

1. [1920s+] (orig. US) to notice, to look at deliberately.

2. [1920s+] (orig. US) a demand that one’s audience listen to something or notice an event; usu. in a sexual context, e.g. get a load of that! and usu. between males.

half-load (n.)

[1960s+] (US drugs) 15 packs of heroin, each weighing about 1g and thus equivalent to ½ ounce, a typical purchase made by a small pusher.

lighten one’s load (v.) [1980s+]

[2000s] to urinate.

load off one’s behind (n.) [pun on colloq. phr. load on one’s mind]

[1920s+] a defecation.

load off one’s mind (n.) [pun on colloq. phr. load on one’s mind]

1. [1960s+] a defecation.

2. [1980s+] (US gay) the removal of a penis from the anus.

shit one’s load (v.) [shit v. (1a); the image is of terror that leads to involuntary defecation]

[1990s+] to be absolutely terrified.

shoot (off) one’s load (v.) [shoot v. (1a)/SE shoot]

1. [20C+] to ejaculate; usu. of a man.

2. [1950s+] in fig. use, to expend one’s best effort.

3. [1960s] in fig. use: to blame, to pass on a responsibility.

tie a load on (v.)

[1940s+] (US) to get drunk.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

no load (n.) [they ‘carry no weight’]

[1920s+] (US) a lazy, unenthusiastic or pessimistic person.

pull one’s load (v.) (also pull one’s freight)

[late 19C+] (Can.) to make one’s best effort.