1. (also pap) an affectionate name used by a woman to her husband, lover or pimp; occas. man-to-man (see cite 1945, 1978).
|🎵 Gaze into your Papa’s eyes and say to me Goo Goo.‘I’m Looking For A Bully’|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 4: Don’t worry about it, Papa, I know it has been a lesson to you.|
|Nigger Heaven 85: She’s just naturally full o’ pep and she bounces the papas off their rails.|
|🎵 See him on the corner, dressed up mighty fine / He’s not thinkin’ of you baby, he’s just countin’ off your time / He’s a part time papa, don’t mean nobody no good.‘Part Time Papa’|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 46: If you ever loved your everloving papa send me ten bucks.‘Let Me at the Enemy’ in|
|If He Hollers 52: ‘That’s right,’ I said. ‘Try a fool’ They grinned. ‘You got it, Papa’ .|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 171: pap A whore monger.|
|‘Mexicana Rose’ in Life (1976) 43: I’m sorry, pretty papa, I could have made you rich.et al.|
|Brother Ray 90: A record! Man, that was the ultimate! [...] Yes, we’ll cut a record, Mr. Lauderdale. Good God Almighty! Just show us the way, Papa.|
|in Sex Work (1988) 78: Hey Mister Papa-san.|
|Baby Mother and King of Swords 53: She always said the same thing when she came through the gate, ‘Papa, ah come’.|
|Walls Of Jericho 88: Boy, she’s got what it takes, and papa don’ mean maybe!|
|Imabelle 114: Come on, Baby, don’t give papa any trouble.|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 116: [as 1957].|
|Tenants (1972) 31: No siree, man. That stays with papa. I have my briefcase for that.|
3. (US Und.) a Lincoln automobile.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 141: Papa.–A Lincoln automobile, more or less the ‘old man’ of the American automobiles from the standpoint of size and cost.|
|DAUL 152/1: Papa. A Lincoln automobile.et al.|
4. a masculine lesbian.
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Homosexual Generation Ch. xvi: A Papa: Female homosexual who takes the man’s part exclusively.|
5. an older homosexual man.
|In For Life 98: As so often happens [...] Papa had been untrue to her [i.e. a male prisoner].|
|Maledicta III:2 232: Other names and words [are] papa (daddy, jocker, etc.).|
|Prison Sl. 59: Dad also Daddy A homosexual’s lover, who owns or controls him [...] (Archaic: papa).|
(US Und.) a womanizer; a dandy .
|Life In Sing Sing 261: I blew out and rung in with a couple of penny-weighters. A Tommy and his papa.|
|Harlem in Coll. Writings (2003) 331: He’s some hot papa.|
|(con. late 1920s) Little Ham Act II: tiny: Who you goin’ with, Sugar Lou? sugar lou: A new hot papa I just met down at the theatre.|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
the best, the ultimate.
|Artie (1963) 7: He was the real papa—the hit o’ the piece.|
see under sweet adj.1
see under sweet adj.1