Cache-Control: public, max-age=1024000 Cant terms for Clothing
18th Century Thieves Cant
Clothing : Breeches
KICKSBreeches. Tip us your Kicks, well have them as well as your Lour; Pull off your Breeches, for we must have them as well as your Money.1737
KICKSBreeches. A high kick; the top of the fashion. It is all the kick; it is the present mode. Tip us your kicks, well have them as well as your lour; pull off your breeches, for we must have them as well as your money. A kick; sixpence. Two and a kick; half-a-crown. A kick in the guts; a dram of gin, or any other spirituous liquor. A kick up; a disturbance, also a hop or dance. An odd kick in ones gallop; a strange whim or peculiarity.1811
KICKSEYSbreeches; speaking of a purse, &c., taken from the breeches pocket, they say, it was got from the kickseys, there being no cant term for the breeches pocket. To turn out a man's kickseys, means to pick the pockets of them, in which operation it is necessary to turn those pockets inside out, in order to get at the contents.1819
QUEER KICKSA bad pair of breeches.1811
QUEERE-KICKScourse ordinary or old tattered Breeches.1737
RUM KICKSBreeches of gold or silver brocade, or richly laced with gold or silver. CANT.1811
RUM-KICKSSilver or Gold Brokade Breeches, or very rich with Gold or Silver Galloon.1737
RUMFORDTo ride to Rumford to have ones backside new bottomed: i.e. to have a pair of new leather breeches. Rumford was formerly a famous place for leather breeches. A like saying is current in Norfolk and Suffolk, of Bungay, and for the same reason.--Rumford lion; a calf. See ESSEX LION.1811
SMALL CLOTHESBreeches: a gird at the affected delicacy of the present age; a suit being called coat, waistcoat, and articles, or small clothes.1811
Clothing : Coats and Cloaks
CALLEa Cloak or Gown.1737
CALLEA cloak or gown. CANT.1811
CAMPAIGN-COATin a Canting Sense, the ragged, tatterd, patchd Coat, worn by Beggars and Gypsies, in order to move Compassion.1737
CARDINALA cloak in fashion about the year 1760.1811
CARDINALa lady's cloak.1819
CASTERa Cloak.1737
CASTERA cloak. CANT.1811
DOASHa Cloak.1737
DOASHA cloak. Cant.1811
JERVIS'S UPPER BENJAMINa box, or coachman's great coat.1819
JOSEPHa Cloak or Coat. A Rum Joseph, a good Cloak or Coat. A Queer Joseph, a coarse ordinary Cloak or Coat; also an old or tatterd One.1737
JOSEPHA womans great coat. Also, a sheepish bashful young fellow: an allusion to Joseph who fled from Potiphars wife. You are Josephus rex; you are jo-king, i. e. joking.1811
KILKENNYan old sorry Frize Coat.1737
KILKENNYAn old frize coat.1811
MISH Toppera Coat or Petticoat.1737
MISH TOPPERA coat, or petticoat.1811
NUGGING DRESSAn out-of-the-way old-fashioned dress, or rather a loose kind of dress, denoting a courtesan.1811
TOGa coat; to tog, is to dress or put on clothes : to tog a person, is also to supply them with apparel, and they are said to be well or queerly tog'd, according to their appearance.1819
TOGEa Coat.1737
TOGEA coat. Cant.1811
TOGEMANSa Gown, or Cloak. I have bit the Togemans; I have stole the Cloak. Tis a Rum Togemans lets nim it; Tis a good Camblet-Cloak; lets whip it off.1737
TOGEMANSThe same. CANT.1811
UPPER BENJAMINA great coat. CANT.1811
VINEGARa Cloak; also the Fellow that makes a Ring, and keeps Order amongst Wrestlers, Dudgel-Players, etc.1737
WRAP RASCALA red cloak, called also a roquelaire.1811
Clothing : Gloves and Rings
FAMBLE-CHEATSGold Rings, or Gloves.1737
FAWNEYA ring.1811
FAWNEYa finger-ring.1819
FAWNIED or FAWNEY-FAM'Dhaving one or more rings on the finger.1819
JEMa Gold Ring; Rum-Jem, a Diamond one.1737
JEMA gold ring. CANT.1811
STICK FLAMSa Pair of Gloves.1737
STICK FLAMSA pair of gloves.1811
Clothing : Handkerchiefs
BELCHERA red silk handkerchief, intermixed with yellow and a little black. The kiddey flashes his belcher; the young fellow wears a silk handkerchief round his neck.1811
CLOUTa Handkerchief.1737
CLOUTa handkerchief of any kind.1819
FOGLEA silk handkerchief,1811
FOGLEa silk-handkerchief.1819
INDIA WIPEA silk handkerchief.1811
KENTa coloured pocket-handkerchief of cotton or linen.1819
LAWNa white cambric handkerchief.1819
MUCKINDERA childs handkerchief tied to the side.1811
QUEERE-CLOUTa sorry old Handkerchief, not worth nimming.1737
RUM CLOUTA fine silk, cambric, or holland handkerchief. CANT.1811
RUM-CLOUTa Silk, fine Cambrick, or Holland Handkerchief.1737
RUM-WIPERthe same as Rum-Clout1737
SPECKED WHIPERA coloured hankerchief. CANT.1811
SPECKT-WIPERa coloured Handkerchief.1737
WIPERa Handkerchief. Nim the Wiper; To steal the Handkerchief.1737
WIPERA handkerchief. CANT.1811
Clothing : Hats
BEVERa fine hat; beavers fur making the best hats,1811
CASTORA hat. To prig a castor; to steal a hat.1811
CASTORa hat.1819
COMMODEA womans head dress.1811
KELPa hat; to kelp a person, is to move your hat to him. 1819
LILY SHALLOW(WHIP SLANG) A white driving hat.1811
NABa Hat, Cap, or Head, also a Coxcomb. Ill nab ye, Ill have your Hat or Cap. Nim the Nab, steal the Hat or Cap. Nabbed, apprehended, taken or arrested.1737
NAB Cheata Hat.1737
NAB, or NAB CHEATA hat. Penthouse nab; a large hat.1811
PENTHOUSE NABA broad brimmed hat.1811
PENTHOUSE NUBa very broad brimmed hat.1737
QUEER NABA felt hat, or other bad hat.1811
QUEERE NABa Felt, Carolina Cloth or ordinary Hat.1737
QUEERE-TOPPINGsorry Head-dresses.1737
RUM NABA good hat.1811
RUM TOPPINGA rich commode, or womans head-dress.1811
RUM-NABa Beaver, or very good Hat.1737
RUM-TOPPINGa rich Head-dress.1737
SHALLOWA WHIP hat, so called from the want of depth in the crown. LILLY SHALLOW, a WHITE Whip hat.1811
SHALLOWa hat.1819
SHAPPEAUor Shappo; for Chappeau, F. a Hat.1737
SHAPPO, or SHAPA hat: corruption of CHAPEAU. CANT.1811
TRENCHER CAPThe square cap worn by the collegians. at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.1811
Clothing : Other Clothing
BELLY CHEATAn apron.1811
BELLY-CHEATan Apron1737
BLACKMUNSHoods and Scarves of Alamode and Lustrings.1737
BLEEDERSSpurs. He clapped his bleeders to his prad; be put spurs to his horse.1811
DIGGERSSpurs. Cant.1811
NEGLIGEEA womans undressed gown, Vulgarly termed a neggledigee.1811
NORTH ALLERTONSSpurs; that place, like Rippon, being famous for making them.1811
PERSUADERSSpurs. The kiddey clapped his persuaders to his prad but the traps boned him; the highwayman spurred his horse hard, but the officers seized him.1811
RIPPONSSpurs: Rippon is famous for a manufactory of spurs both for men and fighting cocks.1811
RUFFan old-fashioned double Band; from whence the Pillory is called, The Wooden Ruff.1737
STEENKIRKA muslin neckcloth carelessly put on, from the manner in which the French officers wore their cravats when they returned from the battle of Steenkirk.1811
TYEA neckcloth.1811
Clothing : Pockets
BOUNGA purse. CANT.1811
BUNGa Purse, Pocket or Fob.1737
CLYa pocket.1819
GARRETthe fob-pocket.1819
HADDOCKa purse ; a haddock stuffed with beans, is a jocular term for a purse full of guineas !1819
HOXTERan inside coat-pocket.1819
PITthe bosom pocket in a coat.1819
ROUGH-FAM or ROUGH-FAMMYthe waistcoat pocket.1819
SACKa Pocket. To Dive into his Sack; To pick his Pocket.1737
SACKA pocket. To buy the sack: to get drunk. To dive into the sack; to pick a pocket. To break a bottle in an empty sack; a bubble bet, a sack with a bottle in it not being an empty sack.1811
SACKa pocket; to sack any thing is to pocket it.1819
SALT-BOX-CLYthe outside coat pocket, with a flap.1819
SKINA purse. Frisk the skin of the stephen; empty the money out of the purse. Queer skin; an empty purse.1811
SKINa purse, or money bag.1819
SLIPthe slash pocket in the skirt of a coat behind.1819
SOCKa Pocket. Not a Rag in my Sock; I hant a Farthing in my Pocket. Also beat; I`ll Sock ye; I`ll drub ye tightly.1737
Clothing : Related Terms
ABRAMNaked, or having scarce Cloaths enough to hide Nakedness.1737
ABRAMNaked. CANT.1811
ANTICKSsuch as dress themselves up with Ribbons, mismatched Colours, Feathers etc.1737
ARTICLESBreeches; coat, waistcoat, and articles.1811
CANT OF DOBBINa roll of riband.1819
DOBBINriband. See Cant. 1819
DUDD-CHEATSCloaths and things stollen. Abraham Cove has wonne, (or bit) Rumm Dudds; the poor Fellow has stollen very costly Cloaths.1737
DUDDSCloaths or Goods. Rum Dudds; fine or rich Cloaths or Goods.1737
DUDSwomen's apparel in general.1819
LAG A-DUDDSa Buck of Cloths; as, Well cloy the Lag of Dudds: Come, let us steal that Buck of Cloths.1737
MALKINTRASHone in a rueful Dress, enough to fright one.1737
MALKINTRASHOne in a dismal garb.1811
PARISHHis stockings are of two parishes; i.e. they are not fellows.1811
PEAKany kind of Lace.1737
PEAKAny kind of lace.1811
PRINKINGnicely dressing. Prinked up, set up on the Cupboards head, in their best Clothes, or in State. Stiff-starched.1737
PRINKINGDressing over nicely: prinked up as if he came out of a bandbox, or fit to sit upon a cupboards head.1811
RIGGINGCloaths. Ill unrig the Bloss; I will strip the Wench.1737
RIGGINGClothing. Ill unrig the bloss; Ill strip the wench. Rum Rigging; fine clothes. The cull has rum rigging, lets ding him and mill him, and pike; the fellow has good clothes, lets knock him down, rob him, and scour off, i.e. run away.1811
ROAST-MEAT-CLOATHSHoliday-Cloaths. To rule the Roast, To be master or Paramount. Roasted, Arrested: Ill Roast the Dab, I will arrest the Rascal: To Roast, signifies also to rally; to teize, to hunt, or banter.1737
ROCHESTER PORTIONTwo torn smocks, and what nature gave.1811
ROCHESTER-PORTIONtwo torn Smocks, and what Nature gave.1737
RUM RIGGINGfine Cloaths. The Cull has Rum Rigging, lets ding him, mill him, and pike; The Man has very good Cloaths, let us knock him down, kill him, and scour off.1737
SHABBYin poor sorry Rigging.1737
SLOPSWearing apparel and bedding used by seamen.1811
SWAGWearing-apparel, linen, piece-goods, &c., are all comprehended under the name of swag, when describing any speak lately made, &c., in order to distinguish them from plate, jewellery, or other more portable articles.1819
TACKLEa Mistress; also good Cloaths. The Cull has tipt his Tackle Rum-rigging, or has tipt his Bloss Rum Tackle; The keeping Coxcomb has given his Mistress very fine Cloaths.1737
TACKLEA mistress; also good clothes. The cull has tipt his tackle rum gigging; the fellow has given his mistress good clothes. A mans tackle: the genitals.1811
TAUDRYgarish, gawdy, with Lace, or mismatched and staring Colours: A Term borrowd from those Times when they trickd and bedeckd the Shrines and Altars of the Saints, as being at Emulation with each other upon that Occasion. The Votaries of St. Audery (in Isle of Ely Saint) exeeding all the rest in the Dress and Equipage of their Altar, it grew into a By-word, upon any thing very gawdy, that it was All Taudry; as much as to say, All St. Audery.1737
TIRINGDressing: perhaps abbreviation of ATTIRING. Tiring women, or tire women: women that used to cut ladies hair, and dress them.1811
TOG'D OUT TO THE NINESa fanciful phrase, meaning simply, that a person is well or gaily dressed. 1819
TOGSClothes. The swell is rum-togged. The gentleman is handsomely dressed.1811
TOGS or TOGGERYwearing-apparel in general. 1819
TRIMDress. In a sad Trim; dirty, undressd. A Trim Lad; A spruce, neat, well trickd Man.1737
TRIMState, dress. In a sad trim; dirty.--Also spruce or fine: a trim fellow.1811
UNRIGDstrippd, undressd. Unrig the Drab; pull all the Whores Cloaths off.1737
UNRIGGEDUndressed, or stripped. Unrig the drab; strip the wench.1811
WEBCloth of any Sort.1737
WHITE-CHAPPEL-PORTIONtwo torn Smocks, and what Nature gave.1737
WHITECHAPELWhitechapel portion; two smocks, and what nature gave. Whitechapel breed; fat, ragged, and saucy: see ST. GILESS BREED. Whitechapel beau; one who dresses with a needle and thread, and undresses with a knife. To play at whist Whitechapel fashion; i.e. aces and kings first.1811
WIDOWS-WEEDSmourning Cloaths. A Grass-Widow; One that pretends to have been married, but never was, yet has Children.1737
Clothing : Shirts, Shifts and Petticoats
BUNTLINGSPetticoats. Hale up the main Buntlings, throw up the Womens Petticoats.1737
BUNTLINGSPetticoats. CANT.1811
CAMESAa Shirt or Shift.1737
CAMESAA shirt or shift. CANT. SPANISH.1811
COMMISSIONa shirt.1737
FLESH-BAGa shirt.1819
JACOBITESSham or Collar Shirts.1737
JACOBITESSham or collar shirts. Also partizans for the Stuart family: from the name of the abdicated king, i.e. James or Jacobus. It is said by the whigs, that God changed Jacobs name to Israel, lest the descendants of that patriarch should be called Jacobites.1811
KEMESAa shirt.1819
MISHShirt, Smock, or Sheet.1737
MISHA shirt, smock, or sheet. CANT.1811
NUMMSa sham, or Collar-shirt, to hide the other when dirty.1737
NUMMSA sham collar, to be worn over a dirty shirt.1811
SMICKETA smock, or womans shift.1811
SMISHa shirt.1819
Clothing : Shoes and Stockings
BEATER CASESBoots. Cant.1811
CLOUTED SHOONShoes tipped with iron.1811
DRAWERSStockings. CANT.1811
LOUSE LADDER A stitch fallen in a stocking.1811
QUEER WEDGESLarge buckles.1811
QUEERE-DRAWERSYarn, or coarse Worsted, ordinary or old Stockings.1737
RUM DRAWERSSilk, or other fine stockings. CANT.1811
RUM-DRAWERSSilk Stockings, or very fine worsted Hose.1737
SHOEMAKERS STOCKSNew, or strait shoes. I was in the shoemakers stocks; i.e. had on a new pair of shoes that were too small for me.1811
STAMPERSShoes; also Carriers.1737
STOCK DRAWERSStockings.1811
THOROUGH STITCHover Shoes, over Boots.1737
Clothing : Waistcoats
STRAIT WAISTCOATA tight waistcoat, with long sleeves coming over the hand, having strings for binding them behind the back of the wearer: these waistcoats are used in madhouses for the management of lunatics when outrageous.1811
Clothing : Wigs
BAR-WIGbetween a bob and a long one.1737
CAXONAn old weather-beaten wig.1811
FLASHa Peruke. Rum Flash, a long, full, high-prizd Wig. Queer-Flash, a sorry weather-beaten Wig.1737
FLASHA periwig. Rum flash; a fine long wig. Queer flash; a miserable weather-beaten caxon.1811
JASEYa wig.1819
JAZEYA bob wig.1811
LOUSE BAGA black bag worn to the hair or wig.1811
NAZAKENE FORETOPThe foretop of a wig made in imi- tation of Christs head of hair, as represented by thepainters and sculptors.1811
PERIWINKLEa Peruke, or Perriwig.1737
SCANDALOUSa sorry Perriwig.1737
STRUMa Perriwig. Rum-strum; A long Wig. Also a handsome Wench, or Strumpet.1737
STRUMA perriwig. Rum strum: a fine large wig. (CAMBRIDGE) To do a piece. Foeminam subagitare. CANT.1811
TYBURN TOP, or FORETOPA wig with the foretop combed over the eyes in a knowing style; such being much worn by the gentlemen pads, scamps, divers, and other knowing hands.1811
WIGANNOWNSA man wearing a large wig.1811
WIGSBYWigsby; a man wearing a wig.1811