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Of Words, Phrases and Things from Dictionary

WORDS.

A.
Ace of spades...A widow.
Adams ale...Water.
Adso...God So!
Adzooks...Gods Hooks!
Abraham Men...A person pretending madness.
Adam Tilers...A thiefs lookout.
Addle Cove...A fool.
Afflication Order...Paternity warrent.
Ambassador of Morocco...A Shoemaker.
Ambigu...A large assortment of hot and cold food. 'Supper in ambigu' A huge and imposing selection.
Arch-Cove...Leader of a thieves gang.
Asterisms...Asterisks.
Autem Divers...A pickpocket operating in a church.

B.
Babes in the wood...Criminals in the stocks/pillory.
Banyan day...A day when no meat is served.
Barking irons...Pistols,
Barrel Fever...Ill health caused through drink.
Beau Trap...A conman.
Beggers Bullets...Stones
Bidstand...Highwayman.
Billingsgate...Bad language.
Black Arse...A kettle.
Black Lion...Syphillis.
Bleeders...Spurs.
Blest...Blessed.
Blue Ruin...Gin.
Blunt...Money.
Boarding house...A prison.
Bob Cull...Good fellow.
Bog Orange...A potato.
Bosky...Drunk.
British champagne...Porter.
Brother of the Quill...An author.
Broad finned Maid...Young Skate.
Bruising Match...Boxing Match.
Bubbled...Cheated, lost cash through gambling.
Buttock and File...[See Buttock and Twang].
Buttock and Twang...A woman who, after 'soliciting a customer' causes him to be frightened off by her 'husband 'leaving his cash.

C.
Calfskin Fiddle...A drum.
Camp Candlestisk...An empty bottle or a bayonet.
Captain Queernabs...Illdressed or shabby.
Captain Sharp...A cheat or cowardly bully.
Carfuddle...Disorder.
Carfuffle...Disorder.
Cat...A domestic creature that kills mice.
Cater Cousin...Close friend.
Chap fallen...Crest fallen.
Cheese Toaster...Sword.
Chop stick...A fork.
Chuse...Choose.
Cit...A pert or low alderman, pragmatic trader.
City Stage...The gallows.
Clap of Thunder...Glass of Gin.
Clapperdogeons...Homeless wanderers.
Clink...Prison, gaol, any lock-up.
Clouters...Thieves that take hankerchiefs from others pockets.
Coach wheel...Half Crown.
Confek Cranks...A person pretending epilepsy.
Cots[w]old Lion...Sheep.
Coves of Cases...Proprietors of houses of ill repute.
Cramping-cull...The hangman.
Criminal Conversation...Divorce proceedings.
Cripple...A six-pence.
Cross patch...Peevish/un-sociable/ill tempered.
Cunny Warren...Brothel.
Cup shot...Drunk.

D.
Dew beaters...Feet.

Dog Booby...Awkward lout.
Dog in a doublet...A daring resolute fellow.
Dolly...A mistress.
Dommerars...Person pretending dumbness.
Doodle Sack...Bagpipes.
Downey flea pasture...Bed.
Dragoon...A kind of soldier that fights indefferently either on foot or horseback.
Draw Fart...Quack Doctor.
Driving pigs to market...Snoring.
Dropt...Dropped.
Drury Lane Vestal...A Harlot.
Dry Bob...Coition without emission.
Dubbers...Thieves who rob buildings by  picking locks.
Duchess of Drury Lane...A woman trying to pass for what she is not.
Dutch Nightingale...A Frog.

E.
Earth bath...A grave.
Ebb water...Lack of money.
Ebony optic...Black eye.
Elbow jigger...Fiddler.
Elbow shaker...Gambler.
English Burgundy...Porter.
English Overcoats...Condoms.
Eternity box...Coffin.
Excise...A hateful tax.

F.
Fadge...A Farthing.
Fart catcher...A Footman.
Farting  crackers...Breeches.
Fancy pieces...Courtisans.
Faytors...Document forgers.
Fiddlers Money...Small change.
Files...Pickpockets.
Fish broth...Water.
Flash lingo...Underworld slang.
Flash the ivory...Grin.
Flying Pasty...Excrement wrapped in paper and dropped out of a window.
Fogram...A fusty old man.
French cream...Brandy.
Fribble...An effiminate fop.
Frogs wine...Gin.
Fudge...Nonsense, Rubbish, Humbug !
Fulhams...Loaded dice.
Fumbler...An old/impotant man.
Fussock...A lazy/fat old woman.

G.
Gab...The Mouth.
Galericulate...Covered, as with a hat.
Gammon and Patter...Talk and terms common to a proffesion.
Ganymede...A potboy, also A Sodomist.
Glass eyes...Spectacles.
Gollumpus...A large, clumsey loutish person.
Gospel-Shop...A Church.
Grape shot...Drunk.
Grinders...Teeth.
Gut scraper...Fiddler.

H.
Handle...Nose.
Haspicholls...Harpsicord.
Hasty Pudding...Muddy road.
Hicius Dicius...Drunk.
Higgler...Dealer in game,[Vension, rabbit,etc].
Hiosters...Thieves who climb upon one another so as to reach open windows.
Hog...A Shilling.
Hoofing...Walking.
Hop...An informal dance party.

I.
India wipe...Handkerchief.
Indorser...Sodomite.
Inexpressibles...Trousers.
Irish Apricot...A potato
Iron...Money.

J.
Jack...A farthing.
Jack Ketch...The Hangman.
Jemmy Fellow... a Smart, well turned out GENT.
Jiggalorum...Nothing of worth. A fanciful gee-gaw/trifle.
Jingle brains...A mad, wild fellow.
Jolly Dog...A boon companion.
Jordan...Chamber pot.
Jug-bitten...Drunk.

K.
Kickerpoo...Dead.
Kiddy...Although fashionable, to smart and showy.
Knight of the Rainbow...A footman.
Knight of the Shoulder Knot...A footman.
Knowing fellows...Scouts for a highwayman.
Knuckle-Confounders...Hand-cuffs.

L.
Light Horse...Woman of loose morals.
Light Frigate...Woman of loose morals.
Linen armourers...Taylors.
Little Goes...Private lotteries.
Live Lumber...Passengers, esp Soldiers on board a ship [Naval].
Lobcock...A very dull fellow.
Lobster...A [red-coat] soldier.
Lushey...Drunk.

M.
Marine Officer...An empty bottle.
Marjorie Daw...Whore.
Master of the Mint...A gardener.
Master of the Rolls...A baker.
Merry go up...Snuff taking.
Methodism/Methodist...Homosexual.
Mildewed...Poxed,[Small pox].
Millkens...Burglers.
Mill Layers...Thieves who break into houses by forceing open doors and windows with chisels.
Minikins...Children.
Mohawk...Night ruffian.
Mops and Brooms...Half tipsey.
Mouse...An animal well known.
Muckinder...Handkerchief.
Munster plumbs...Potatoes.
Mushroom [A]...Someone that has gone from rags to riches almost over night.
Myrmidons...A constables or Watchmans assistants.

N.
Natural Child...Born out of wedlock. A bastard.
Navy Office...The Fleet prison.
Necessary house...Privy.
Nose Wipe...To cheat.
Nunchion...Vituals eaten between meals.

O.
Obleege...Oblige.
Obstropulous...Awkward,[person].
Olivers Skull...A chamber pot.
Order [The] of Saint Francis of Wycome...The Hellfire Club.
Ottomised...Dissected.

P.
Palliard...Homeless person.
Parish Soldier...Militiaman.
Peck and Booze...Food and Drink.
Pedlars Pony...A walking stick.
Phizz Monger...Portrait painter.
Picadilly by the sea...Brighton.
Pig...A sixpence.
Pinch Prick...Harlot.
Piss ones tallow...Sweat.
Popp off...Die
Popp shop...Pawnbrokers.
Praed Layers...Thieves who cut the [saddle] bags from horses.

Q.
Queen Dick...Never, [It happened in the reign of Queen Dick ! ie..].
Queer as Dicks Hatband...Out of order, Just wrong.
Quill Driver...A clerk, Hack writer.

R.
Rabbit me...Beat me down.
Rag...A Banknote.
Rhino...Money.
Roast meat clothes...Sunday best.
Rogue with one ear.
Rook...To cheat.
Roper,[Mr]...The Hangman.
Rum Bluffer...A Jolly Host.
Rum Cole...New Money or Medals.
Rufflers...Strong arm men, [Heavies].
Running Smoblers...Thieves that sneak into backrooms then 'snatch and run'.

S.
Saint Geoffrey's Day...Never. [There is no St Geoff].
Saw Bones...Doctor.
Scandle Broth...Tea.
Sea Crab...Sailor.
Screwed...Drunk.
Shake a cloth in the wind...Going to be hanged.
Shindy...A dance.
Shooting the cat...Having a piss.
Sixpenny cut...A cheaply printed pamphlet.
Skirt-ornament...A toady, flatterer, ar*e lic**r. [British Army 1814].
Slay...Half a Crown [two and six pence].
Sneaking Budgers...Thieves that pilher from stalls.
Snitched...Stolen.
Spanish, [The]...Ready amount of cash.
Sprigs of Fancy...Fashionable Gentlemen.
Square...Honest.
Square Toes...An old or Unfashionable man.
Stags...Informers.
Stink pot...Chamber pot.
Strip eel...Fishmonger.
Struck down by leaden fever.
Squiffed...Drunk.
Swill Tub...A Drunk.
Sword Racket...[On the]...To enlist in a Reg't claim bounty, abscond and then repeat the crime.

T.
Tabby...An old maid.
Tail drawers...Thieves that steal the swords from the sides of their owners.
Tangle footed...Drunk.
Tatterdemalion...Homless wanderer.
Tea voider...A chamberpot.
Tizzy...Sixpence.
Tosticated...Drunk.
Totty-Headed...Giddy, Hare brained.

U.
Uphills...False dice.
Upper story...The Head.
Used up...Killed.

V.
Vagaries...Frolicsom wild ramblings.
Vaulting Acadamies...Brothels.
Venus's Curse...V.D.

W.
Wagg...Arch,Gamesome,Frolicsome.
Walking Cornet...An Ensign of Foot.
Wally de Sham...Valet d'chambre.
Warmingpan...A large old fashioned watch.
Welch comb...The thumb and four fingers.
Well bred swells...Fashionable Gentlemen.
Wheel...A round utensil for various uses.
Whim Wham...A merry go round.
Windmills in the head...Foolish projects.
Wooden Ruff...The Pillory.
Wooden Surtout...A coffin.

X.
Xantippe...A scolding or Shrewish wife,[After the wife of Socrates].

Y.
Yaffling...Eating.
Yarmouth Capon...A red herring.
Yea and Nay Man...A Quaker, or simple fellow.
Yellow Boys...Guineas.
Yoked...Married.
Younglings...Children.

Z.
Zany...Jester, Jack pudding or Mountebank.
Zedland...Devon,Dorset and Somerset.[Where S' is pronounced Z]
Zouch...Stoop.
Zounds !...An exclaimation. [lit Gods Wounds].




 

PHRASES.

A.
A bit of nome brewed drew his cork...A punch in the face made his nose bleed.
A young thruster, neck or nothing...A young man who rides straight at his fences.
All my eye Betty Martin...That's rubbish!

B.
Back teeth awash...Drunk.
Beat the Dutch...Do something amazing. ie "Well that beats the Dutch!"
Bespoken at a stew...Booked accomadation. [Not first class]
Blind as a beatle...Drunk.
Bright in the eye...Drunk.

C.
Carrying Abraham Newlands...Carrying banknotes,[the first notes were signed by chief cashier A.N. 1797].
Crying Carrots and Turnips...Being whipped at the carts tail.
Cucumbers two a penny, tailors twice as many...Cheap and plentiful.

D.
Dicked in the nob...Not quite right in the head.

E.
Enough to make a dog laugh...Extremely funny.

F.
Flash the ivories...Smile.
Flash the gab...Show off in conversation.

G.
Gammon him for a se'night...Mislead him for a week.
''Gea, I va ma bilge to ya, vaa ma inde.''...''Gentlemen, I am very much obliged to you, very much indeed.''[Devonshire House speak].
Going to Botany Bay...Being transported as a convict.

H.
He cast up his accounts...He was sick.
He had a bone...He had a permenant[free] theatre ticket.


I.
I was sitting at the spikes...I had a front row seat in the orchestra [stalls].
It is curious how fashion changes pronunciation. In my youth everybody said 'Lonnon', not 'London'. Fox said 'Lonnon' to the last; and so Crowe. Now the fashionable pronunciation of several words is to me at least very offencive; 'contemplate' is bad enough; but 'ba'lcony' makes me sick.
 

M.
Mantoned...Duelled with pistols...Have been shot. [Manton was a noted gunsmith]
Milling kens is my lay...My current occupation is house breaking.

O.
Odds flints, pans and triggers !...Gosh! Eureka !

P.
Putting yourself on your country...Going before a jury.
Put to bed with a shovel...Buried.

Q.
Queer poet...An 'odd' and untrustworthy [officer].

S.
''Sa, we va ga see ya.''...''Sir we are very glad to see you.'' [Devonshire House speak].
Sporting the blunt...Having plenty of cash.

T.
The abigal was napping her bib...The maid was disturbed and weeping.

The worst wheel on the cart makes the most noise...The most inept person always complains loudest.
Traveling by Marrow Bone Stage...Walking.

W.
What a fine hovel we should be in...What a fine mess we'll be in.
Who cries stinking fish ?...Who would question his own goods ?