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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, or 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 happen to find there.


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

GIN SPINNER. A distiller.

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


Red haired:


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

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 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 us, a wolf. A servant at college.

GIRDS. Quips, taunts, severe or biting reflections.

GIZZARD. To grumble 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 is--I wish he was, that he might make a window through your body, to enable us to see the fire or light.

GLIB. 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.

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. Sullen.

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. Capt.

Go BETWEEN. 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.


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, ordesirous 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 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 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 necessary 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.


Part of the Theatre at Oxford, where the heads of houses sit; those gentlemen 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 cannot 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

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


GOSPEL SHOP. A church.

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


GOR MAGON. A mouster 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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GRAFTED. Cuckolded, i. e. having horns grafted on his head.

TO GRAB. To seize a man. The pigs grabbed the kiddey for a crack the officers seized the youth for a bur

glary. GRANNAM.



GRANNUM'S GOLD. Hoarded money: supposed to have belonged to the grandmother of the possessor.

GRANNY. An abbreviation of grandmother; also the name of an idiot, famous for licking her eye, who died Nov. 14, 1719. Go teach your granny to suck eggs; said to such as would instruct any one in a matter he knows better than themselves.

GRAPPLE THE RAILS. A cant name used in Ireland for whiskey. GRAPPLING IRONS.


GRAVE DIGGER. Like a grave digger; up to the a-se in business, and don't know which way to turn.

GRAVY-EYED. Blear-eyed, one whose eyes have a running humour.

TO GREASE. To bribe. To grease a man in the fist; to bribe him. To grease a fat sow in the a-se; to give to a rich man. Greasy chin; a treat given to parish officers in part of commutation for a bastard: called also, Eating a child.

GREAT INTIMATE. As great as shirt and shitten a-se.
GREAT JOSEPH. A surtout. Cant.

GREEDY GUTS. A covetous or voracious person.
GREEK. St. Giles's Greek; the slang lingo, cant, or gibbe-
GREEN. Doctor Green; i. e. grass: a physician, or rather
medicine, found very successful in curing most disorders
to which horses are liable. My horse is not well, I shall
send him to Doctor Green.
GREEN. Young, inexperienced, unacquainted,ignorant. How
green the cull was not to stag how the old file planted the
books. How ignorant the booby was not to perceive
how the old sharper placed the cards in such a manner
as to insure the game.

GREEN BAG. An attorney: those gentlemen carry their clients' deeds in a green bag; and, it is said, when they have no deeds to carry, frequently fill them with an old pair of breeches, or any other trumpery, to give themselves the appearance of business.

GREEN GOWN. To give a girl a green gown; to tumble her on the grass.


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