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GENTRY COVE. A gentleman. Cant.

GENTRY COVE KEN. A gentleman's house.
GENTRY MORT. A gentlewoman.


GEORGE. Yellow George; a guinea. Brown George an ammunition loaf.

GERMAN DUCK. Half a sheep's head boiled with onions. GET. One of his get; one of his offspring, or begetting. GIB CAT. A northern name for a he cat, there commonly called Gilbert. As melancholy as a gib cat; as melancholy as a he cat who has been caterwauling, whence they always return scratched, hungry, and out of spirits. Aristotle says, Omne animal post coitum est triste; to which an anonymous author has given the following exception, preter gallum gallinaceum, et sacerdotem gratis fornicantem. GIBBERISH. The cant language of thieves and gypsies, called Pedlars' French, and St. Giles's Greek: see St. GILES'S GREEK. Also the mystic language of Geber, used by chymists. Gibberish likewise means a sort of disguised language, formed by inserting any consonant between each syllable of an English word; in which case it is called the gibberish of the letter inserted: if F, it is the F gibberish; if G, the G gibberish; as in the sentence How do you do? Howg dog youg dog.

GIBBE. A horse that shrinks from the collar and will not draw.

GIBLETS. To join giblets; said of a man and woman who cohabit as husband and wife, without being married; also to copulate.

GIBSON, OF SIR JOHN GIBSON. A two-legged stool, used to support the body of a coach whilst finishing.

GIFTS. Small white specks under the finger nails, said to portend gifts or presents. A stingy man is said to be as full of gifts as a brazen horse of his farts.

GIFT OF THE GAB. A facility of speech.
GIGG. A nose. Snitchel his gigg; fillip his nose.


ter's gigg; a hog's snout. Gigg is also a high one-horse chaise, and a woman's privities. To gigg a Smithfield hank; to hamstring an over-drove ox, vulgarly called a mad bullock.

GIGGER. A latch, or door. Dub the gigger; open the door. Gigger dubber; the turnkey of a jaol.

To GIGGLE. To suppress a laugh. Gigglers; wanton wỏ


GILES'S or ST, GILES'S BREED. Fat, ragged, and saucy; Newton and Dyot streets, the grand head-quarters of most of the thieves and pickpockets about London, are in St. Giles's

Giles's parish. St. Giles's Greek; the cant language, called also Slang, Pedlars' French, and Flash.

GILFLURT. A proud minks, a vain capricious woman. GILL. The abbreviation of Gillian, figuratively used for woman. Every jack has his gill; i. e. every jack has his gillian, or female mate,

GILLS. The cheeks, To look rosy about the gills; to have a fresh complexion. To look merry about the gills; to appear cheerful.

GILLY GAUPUS. A Scotch term for a tall awkward fellow.

GILT, OF RUM DUBBER. A thief who picks locks, so called from the gilt or picklock key many of them are so expert, that, from the lock of a church door to that of the smallest cabinet, they will find means to open it; these go into reputable public houses, where, pretending business, they contrive to get into private rooms, up stairs, where they open any bureaus or trunks they hap pen to find there.


GIMBLET-EYED. Squinting, either in man or woman. GIMCRACK, OF JIM CRACK. A spruce wench; a gimcrack also means a person who has a turn for mechanical con


GIN SPINNER. A distiller,

GINGAMBOBS. Toys, bawbles; also a man's privities. See THINGAM BOBS.

GINGER-PATED, or GINGER-HACKLED. Red haired: a term borrowed from the cockpit, where red cocks are called gingers.

GINGERBREAD. A cake made of treacle, flour, and grated ginger; also money. He has the gingerbread; he is


GINGERBREAD WORK. Gilding and carving: these terms are particularly applied by seamen on board Newcastle colliers, to the decorations of the sterns and quarters of West-Indiamen, which they have the greatest joy in defacing.

GINGERLY, Softly, gently, tenderly. To go gingerly to work; to attempt a thing gently, or cautiously.

GINNY. An instrument to lift up a great, in order to steal what is in the window. Cant.

GIP from yʊs, a wolf. A servant at college.

GIRDS. Quips, taunts, severe or biting reflections.

GIZZARD. To grumble in the gizzard; to be secretly dis



GLASS EYES. A nick name for one wearing spectacles. GLAYMORE. A Highland broad-sword; from the Erse glay, or glaive, a sword; and more, great.

GLAZE. A window.

GLAZIER. One who breaks windows and shew-glasses, to steal goods exposed for sale. Glaziers; eyes. Cant.--Is your father a glazier; a question asked of a lad or young man, who stands between the speaker and the candle, or fire. If it is answered in the negative, the rejoinder is--I wish he was, that he might make a window through your body, to enable us to see the fire or light.

GLIE. Smooth, slippery. Glib tongued; talkative.
GLIM. A candle, or dark lantern, used in housebreaking;
also fire. To glim; to burn in the hand. Cant.
GLIMFENDERS. Andirons. Cant.

GLIMFLASHY. Angry, or in a passion. Cant.
GLIMJACK. A link-boy. Cant.

GLIMMER. Fire. Cant.

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GLIMMERERS. Persons begging with sham licences, pretending losses by fire.


GLIMSTICK. A candlestick. Cant.

GLOBE. Pewter. Cant.

GLOVES. To give any one a pair of gloves; to make them a present or bribe. To win a pair of gloves; to kiss a man whilst he sleeps: for this a pair of gloves is due to any lady who will thus earn them.

GLUEPOT. A parson: from joining men and women together in matrimony.

GLUM. Sulien.

GLUTTON. A term used by bruisers to signify a man who will bear a great deal of beating.

GNARLER. A little dog that by his barking alarms the family when any person is breaking into the house.

Go, THE. The dash. The mode. He is quite the go, he is quite varment, he is prime, he is bang up, are synonimous expressions.

GLYBE. A writing. Cant.


A pimp or bawd.

GO BY THE GROUND. A little short person, man or wo


GO SHOP. The Queen's Head in Duke's court, Bow street, Covent Garden; frequented by the under players where gin and water was sold in three-halfpenny bowls, called Goes; the gin was called Arrack. The go, the fashion; as, large hats are all the go.




GOADS. Those who wheedle in chapmen for horse-dealers. GOAT. A lascivious person. Goats jigg; making the beast with two backs, copulation.

GOB. The mouth; also a bit or morsel: whence gobbets. Gift of the gob; wide-mouthed, or one who speaks fluently, or sings well.

GOB STRING. A bridle.

GOBBLER. A turkey cock.

GODFATHER. He who pays the reckoning, or answers for the rest of the company: as,Will you stand godfather, and we will take care of the brat; i. e. repay you another time. Jurymen are also called godfathers, because they name the crime the prisoner before them has been guilty of, whether felony, petit larceny, &c.

GOG. All-a-gog; impatient, anxious, or desirous of a thing. GOG AND MAGOG. Two giants, whose effigies stand ou each side of the clock in Guildhall, London; of whom there is a tradition, that, when they hear the clock strike one, on the first of April, they will walk down from their places.

GOGGLES. Eyes: see OGLES. Goggle eyes; large prominent eyes. To goggle; to stare.

GOING UPON THE DUB. Going out to break open, or pick the locks of, houses.

GOLD DROPPERS. Sharpers who drop a piece of gold, which they pick up in the presence of some unexperienced person, for whom the trap is laid, this they pretend to have found, and, as he saw them pick it up, they invite him to a public house to partake of it: when there, two or three of their comrades drop in, as if by accident, and propose cards, or some other game, when they seldom fail of stripping their prey.

GOLD FINDER. One whose employment is to empty neces-
sary houses; called also a tom-turd-man, and night-man :
the latter, from that business being always performed in
the night.

GOLDFINCH. One who has commonly a purse full of gold.
Goldfinches; guineas.

atre at Oxford, where the heads of houses sit; those gen-
tlemen being by the wits of the university called sculls.
GOLLUMPUS. A large, clumsy fellow,

GOLOSHES, i, e. Goliah's shoes. Large leathern clogs, worn by invalids over their ordinary shoes.

GOOD MAN. A word of various imports, according to the place where it is spoken: in the city it means a rich man ;


at Hockley in the Hole, or St. Giles's, an expert boxer; at a bagnio in Covent Garden, a vigorous fornicator; at an alehouse or tavern, one who loves his pot or bottle; and sometimes, though but rarely, a virtuous man GOOD WOMAN. A nondescript, represented on a famous sign in St. Giles's, in the form of a common woman, but without a head.

GOODYER'S PIG. Like Goodyer's pig; never well but when in mischief.

GOOSE. A taylor's goose; a smoothing iron used to press down the seams, for which purpose it must be heated : hence it is a jocular saying, that a taylor, be he ever so poor, is always sure to have a goose at his fire. He can

not say boh to a goose; a saying of a bashful or sheepish fellow.

GOOSE RIDING. A goose, whose neck is greased, being suspended by the legs to a cord tied to two trees or high posts, a number of men on horseback, riding full speed, attempt to pull off the head which if they effect, the goose is their prize. This has been practised in Derbyshire within the memory of persons now living.

GOOSEBERRY. He played up old gooseberry among them; said of a person who, by force or threats, suddenly puts an end to a riot or disturbance.




One with dull grey eyes, like boiled

A large frizzled wig: perhaps from a

supposed likeness to a gooseberry bush.

GOOSECAP. A silly fellow or woman.

GORGER. A gentleman. A well dressed man.


kiddey. Mung the gorger; beg child beg, of the gentle

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GOREE. Money, chiefly gold perhaps from the traffic carried on at that place, which is chiefly for gold dust. Cant.

GOR MAGON. A monster with six eyes, three mouths, four arms, eight legs, five on one side and three on the other, three arses, two tarses, and a *** upon its back; a man on horseback, with a woman behind him.


GOTCH-GUTTED. Pot bellied a gotch in Norfolk signifying a pitcher, or large round jug.

TO GOUGE. To squeeze out a man's eye with the thumb: a cruel practice used by the Bostonians in America. TO GRABBLE. To seize. To grabble the bit; to seize any one's money. Cant.


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