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GENTRY Cove. A gentleman. Cant.
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, or 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; tillip his nose
Grunter'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
inad 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 wo
Giles's or Sr, 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 parish. St.Giles's Greek; the cant language, cal,
led 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, or Rum DUBBER. A thief who picks locks, so cal.
led 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, or JimCRACK. A spruce wench; a gimcrack
also means a person who has a turn for mechanical con
trivances. GIN SPINNER. A distiller. GINGAM BOBS. Toys, bawbles; also a man's privities. See
THINGAMBOBS. GINGER-PATED, or GINGER-HACKLED. Red haired: a
term borrowed from the cockpit, where red cocks are cal
led gingers. GINGERBREAD. A cake made of treacle, flour, and grated
ginger ; also money. He has the gingerbread; he is
rich. 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 de
facing 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 yuas, a wolf. A servant at college. GIRDS. Quips, taunts, severe or biting reflections. Gizzard. Togrumble in the gizzard ; to be secretly displeased,
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 isane 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. GLUM. 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. GLIMMERERS. Persons begging with sham licences, pre
tending losses by fire. GLIMMS. Eyes. 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
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 fa.
mily when any person is breaking into the house. Go, The. The dash. The mode. He is quite the go, he
is quite varment, be is prime, he is bang up, are synoni
mous expressions. GLYBE. A writing. Cant. Go BETWEEN. A pimp or bawd. GO BY THE GROUND. A little short person, man or woGo 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; 26, large hats are all the go.
with two backs, copulation.
Gift of the gob; wide-mouthed, or one who speaks flu
ently, or sings well.
GOBBLER. A turkey cock.
the rest of the company: as, Will you stand godfather, and
of, whether felony, petit larceny, &c.
each side of the clock in Guildhall, London ; of whom
nent eyes. To goggle; to stare.
the locks of, houses.
which they pick up in the presence of some unexperienced
of stripping their prey.
sary houses ; called also a tom-turd-man, and night-man :
atre at Oxford, where the heads of houses sit; those gen
tlenen being by the wits of the university called sculls.
by invalids over their ordinary shoes.
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 forın of a common woman,
but without a lead. 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 cannot
say boh to a goose ; a saying of a bashful or sheepish fellow. Goose Riding. A. goose, whose neck is greased, being sus
pended 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 with
in 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. GOOSEBERRY-EYED. One with dụll grey eyes, like boiled
gooseberries. GOOSEBERRY WIG. 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
man. GOSPEL SHOP.
carried on at that place, which is chiefly for gold dust.
arms, eight legs, five on one side and three on the other,
horseback, with a woman behind him. GOTCH-GUTTED. Pot bellied : a gotch in Norfolk signify
ing 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.