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GENTRY Cove. A gentleman. Cant.
GENTRY Cove Ken. A gentleman's house. Cant.
GENTRY Mort. A gentlewoman.
GEORGE. Yellow George; a guinea. Brown George : an

ammunition loaf.
GERMAN Duck. Half a sheep's head boiled with onions.
Ger. 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, 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

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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


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.




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GOADS. Those who'wheedle in chapmen for horse-dealers.
- Guat. 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 flu

ently, or sings well.
" Goe 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 on

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

GOGGLES. Eyes : see OGLES. Goggle eyes; large promi-

nent eyes. To goggle; to stare.
GOING UPON THE DUB. Going out to break open, or pick

the locks of, houses.
Gold Droppens. 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 thein 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.
GOLGOTHA OR THE PLACE OF SCulis. Part of the The-

atre at Oxford, where the heads of houses sit; those gen

tlenen 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 ;


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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


A church.
Goree. Money, chiefly gold : perhaps from the traffic

carried on at that place, which is chiefly for gold dust.

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 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.




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