The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang
Drawn from the Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, with the emphasis at the expressions used or coined earlier than 1914.
one that does this. amy . ‘A pleasant alien serving in a man-of-war’: naval: ca 1800–60. Bowen notes that during the previous days there have been many foreigners serving within the British military. ?a mutilated mix of enemy guy or just an adoption of Fr. ami, a pal. anabaptist . A pickpocket who, stuck within the act, is ducked in pond or at pump: past due C.18–early 19. analken . to clean: Shelta: C.18–20. analt . to comb (with broom): identity. A-Z seventy seven anan . ‘What do you assert, Sir?’ in respond to an order or comment.
Cf. Fr. autel: with em substituted for -el. In c. of C.16–18, -am -em, -om, -um are universal suffixes. autem , adj. Married, esp. within the c. phrases, autem cove, a married guy, and autem mort, a married lady: C.17–18. probably ex ALTHAM, a spouse. author-baiting . Summoning an unsuccessful dramatist sooner than the curtain: theatrical, ca 1870–1900. The Routledge dictionary of old slang a hundred thirty automobile . Abbr. car: 1899; coll; S.E. through 1910 yet by no means gen. Ex Fr. autom, autum *. editions of.
Love ye greater either, d’ye pay attention, Than bacco-chew or onions.’ bacca-pipes . Whiskers curled in ringlets (–1880; †by 1890). The Routledge dictionary of historic slang one hundred forty four baccare!; backare ! return, retire! ca 1540-1680. Heywood; Udall; Lyly; Shakespeare, ‘Baccare! you're marvellous forward’; Howell, 1659. Jocular on again: probably Latinized or Italianized again there. Bacchus . a collection of Latin verses written on Shrove Tuesday at Eton: ?C.18–early 19: coll at Eton university. Ex the verses there.
but the ball=a dance. ball less than the road, strike the . To fail: coll: mid-C.16–17. Ex (royal) tennis. ballad-basket . A road singer: C.19. In C.19, a highway singer sang more often than not ballads, which, now, are less renowned; basket has possibly been advised via the synonymous highway PITCHER. ballahou . ‘A time period of derision utilized to an ill-conditioned slovenly ship’, The Cen-tury Dict.: nautical: from ca 1885. ?etymology: now not impossibly ex BALLYHOOLY. cf. BALLYHOO OF BLAZES. Ballambangjang,.
A-Z 23 adad ! An expletive: coll: ca 1660–1770. Prob. ex EGAD! Adam . A bailiff, a police sergeant: C.16–17. Shakespeare. 2. In mid-C.17–19 c., an partner: with TILER following, a pickpocket’s assistant. three. A foreman: workmen’s (–1903); ob. Adam; adam , v. (Gen. in passive.) To marry: c.: 1781, G.Parker, ‘“What, are you and Moll adamed?” “Yes…and by way of a RUM TOM PAT too”’; †by 1850. Ex Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve . To think: rhyming s. (–1914). 2. to depart: rhyming s.: past due C.19–20. Adam.