Cache-Control: public, max-age=1024000 Cant terms for Money
18th Century Thieves Cant
Money : Coinage
BAUBEEHalfpenny; as The Cove ript the Maund but a single Baubee lets souse him for it i.e. The Gentleman has given the Beggar but a single Halfpenny; lets plunder him for his Niggardliness.1737
BAWBEEA halfpenny. Scotch.1811
BEANA guinea. Half bean; half a guinea.1811
BEANa guinea.1819
BENDERa sixpence.1819
BOBA shilling.1811
BOB or BOBSTICKa shilling.1819
BORDEShilling, Half a Borde, Six-pence.1737
BORDEA shilling. A half borde; a sixpence.1811
BRADShalfpence; also, money in general.1819
BULLA crown piece. A half bull; half a crown.1811
BULLa crown, or five shillings.1819
BULLS EYEA crown-piece.1811
BULLS-EYECrown or Five Shilling Piece.1737
COACH WHEELA half crown piece is a fore coach wheel, and a crown piece a hind coach wheel; the fore wheels of a coach being less than the hind ones.1811
COACH-WHEELA Fore-Coach-Wheel Half a Crown. A Hind-Coach-Wheel, a Crown or Five-shilling Piece.1737
COACH-WHEELa dollar or crown-piece.1819
COBIrish Dollar.1737
COBA Spanish dollar.1811
CRIPPLESixpence; that piece being commonly much bent and distorted.1811
CROKERGroat or Fourpence. The Cull tipt me a Croker, the Fellow gave me a Groat.1737
CROKERA groat, or four pence.1811
CROOKa sixpence.1819
CROOK BACKSixpence; for the reason of this name, see CRIPPLE.1811
DACETwo-pence; Tip me a Dace, Lend me Two-pence, or pay so much for me1737
DACETwo pence. Tip me a dace; lend me two pence. CANT.1811
DECUSCrown or Five Shilling Piece.1737
DEWS WINS, or DEUX WINSTwo-pence. Cant.1811
DEWS-WINSor Deux-wins; Two-pence1737
DUCETwo pence.1737
DUCETwopence is called a duce.1819
FADGEa farthing.1819
FIVE SHILLINGSThe sign of five shillings, i.e. the crown. Fifteen shillings; the sign of the three crowns.1811
FLAGA groat. CANT.--The flag of defiance, or bloody flag is out; signifying the man is drunk, and alluding to the redness of his face. SEA PHRASE.1811
GEORGEHalf-Crown piece.1737
GEORGEYellow George; a guinea. Brown George: an ammunition loaf.1811
GRIGFarthing; A merry Grig, a merry Fellow.1737
GRIGA farthing. A merry grig; a fellow as merry as a grig: an allusion to the apparent liveliness of a grig, or young eel.1811
GROCERYhalf-pence, or copper coin, in a collective sense.1819
HALF A BEAN, HALF A QUIDhalf-a-guinea.1819
HALF A BULLhalf-a-crown.1819
HALF A HOGSix-Pence.1737
HALF A HOGSixpence.1811
HALF AN OUNCEHalf a Crown.1737
HEARTS-EASETwenty Shilling Piece.1737
HOGShilling; You Darkman Budge, will you Fence your Hog at the next Boozing Ken? you House-Creeper, will you spend your Shilling at the next Ale-house.1737
HOGA shilling. To drive ones hogs; to snore: the noise made by some persons in snoring, being not much unlike the notes of that animal. He has brought his hogs to a fine market; a saying of any one who has been remarkably successful in his affairs, and is spoken ironically to signify the contrary. A hog in armour; an awkward or mean looking man or woman, finely dressed, is said to look like a hog in armour. To hog a horses mane; to cut it short, so that the ends of the hair stick up like hogs bristles.1811
HUSKY-LOURJobe, or Guinea.1737
HUSKYLOUR A guinea, or job. Cant.1811
ILL FORTUNENine-pence.1737
JACKFarthing; He woud not tip me a Jack, Not a Farthing woud he give me.1737
JACK A farthing, a small bowl serving as the mark for bowlers. An instrument for pulling off boots.1811
JOBA guinea.1811
JOBEGuinea, Twenty Shillings, or a Piece. Half a Jobe, Half a Guinea.1737
JOGUEa shilling; five jogue is five shillings, and so on, to any other number.1819
KICKSix-pence: Two, Three, Four, etc. and a Kick; Two, Three, Four, etc. Shillings and Six-pence.1737
KICKa sixpence, when speaking of compound sums only, as, three and a kick, is three and sixpence, &c,1819
LOON-SLATEThirteen-pence Half-penny.1737
LOONSLATEThirteen pence halfpenny.1811
MAGa halfpenny.1819
MAGGA halfpenny.1811
MAKEA halfpenny. CANT.1811
MOPUSHalf-penny or Farthing.1737
PIGSix-pence. The Cull tipt me a Pig, The Man gave me Six pence.1737
PIGSixpence, a sows baby. Pig-widgeon; a simpleton. To pig together; to lie or sleep together, two or more in a bed. Cold pig; a jocular punishment inflicted by the maid seryants, or other females of the house, on persons lying over long in bed: it consists in pulling off all the bed clothes, and leaving them to pig or lie in the cold. To buy a pig in a poke; to purchase any thing without seeing. Pigs eyes; small eyes. Pigsnyes; the same: a vulgar term of endearment to a woman. He can have boiled pig1811
QUIDa guinea.1819
RAGFarthing. Not a Rag left; I have lost or spent all my Money.1737
RAGBank notes. Money in general. The cove has no rag; the fellow has no money.1811
RAGA farthing.1811
RIDGEA guinea. Ridge cully; a goldsmith. CANT.1811
SCREENA bank note. Queer screens; forged bank notes. The cove was twisted for smashing queer screens; the fellow was hanged for uttering forged bank notes.1811
SCREENa bank-note.1819
SCROPEA farthing. CANT.1811
SHE LIONA shilling.1811
SIGN OF THE: FIVE SHILLINGSThe crown. TEN SHILLINGS. The two crowns. FIFTEEN SHILLINGS. The three crowns.1811
SIMONSixpence. Simple Simon: a natural, a silly fellow; Simon Suck-egg, sold his wife for an addle duck-egg.1811
SLATEHalf Crown; also the same as Slot.1737
SMELTSHalf guineas. CANT.1811
SPANGLEA seven shilling piece.1811
SPANGLEa seven-shilling piece.1819
STRANGERA guinea.1811
STRIKETwenty shillings. CANT.1811
TANNERA sixpence. The kiddey tipped the rattling cove a tanner for luck; the lad gave the coachman sixpence for drink.1811
TANNERa sixpence. Three and a tanner, is three and sixpence, &c. 1819
TESTERA sixpence: from TESTON, a coin with a head on it.1811
THIRTEENERA shilling in Ireland, which there passes for thirteen pence.1811
THRUMSThree Pence. Tip me Thrums; Lend me Three Pence.1737
TILBUKYSixpence; so called from its formerly being the fare for Crossing over from Gravesend to Tilbury Fort.1811
TILBURYa sixpence.1819
TRES-WINSThree Pence.1737
TROOPERhalf Crown.1737
TWELVERA shilling.1811
WHORES CURSEA piece of gold coin, value five shillings and three pence, frequently given to women of the town by such as professed always to give gold, and who before the introduction of those pieces always gave half a guinea.1811
WINA penny,1811
WIN or WINCHESTERa penny.1819
WYNSee WIN.1811
YELLOW BOYSGuineas.1811
YELLOW-BOYGuinea, or Piece of Gold of any Coin.1737
Money : General Terms for Money
BALSOMMoney: The Cove has secured the Balsom, i.e. He has seized the Money.1737
BITMoney. He grappled the culls bit; he seized the mans money. A bit is also the smallest coin in Jamaica, equal to about sixpence sterling.1811
BITmoney in general.1819
BLUNTMoney. Cant.1811
BUSTLEa cant term for money.1819
CHINKMoney, so calld because it chinks in the Pocket.1737
CLYMoney; also a pocket. He has filed the cly; he has picked a pocket. CANT.1811
COLEMoney. Post the cole: pay down the money.1811
CRAPMoney. Nim the Crap; Steal the Money. Wheedle for Crap; To coax Money out of any Body1737
DUESThis term is sometimes used to express money, where any certain sum or payment is spoken of; a man asking for money due to him for any service done, or a blowen requiring her previous compliment from a familyman, would say, Come, tip us the dues. So a thief, requiring his share of booty frem his palls, will desire them to bring the dues to light.1819
DUESThis word is often introduced by the lovers of flash on many occasions, but merely out of fancy, and can only be understood from the context of their discourse ; like many other cant terms, it is not easily explained on paper: for example, speaking of a man likely to go to jail, one will say, there will be quodding dues concerned, of a man likely to be executed ; there will be topping dues, if any thing is alluded to that will require a fee or bribe, there must be tipping dues, or palming dues concerned, &c.1819
DUSTMoney; Down with your Dust, Deposite your Money1737
DUSTMoney. Down with your dust; deposit the money. To raise or kick up a dust; to make a disturbance or riot: see BREEZE. Dust it away; drink about.1811
GELTMoney, GERMAN.--Also, castrated.1811
GOREEMoney but chiefly Gold.1737
GOREEMoney, chiefly gold: perhaps from the traffic carried on at that place, which is chiefly for gold dust. CANT.1811
IRONMoney in general. To polish the kings iron with ones eyebrows; to look out of grated or prison windows, or, as the Irishman expresses them, the iron glass windows. Iron doublet; a prison. See STONE DOUBLET.1811
KINGS PICTURESCoin, money.1811
LOWREMoney. Cant.1811
LURRIESMoney, Watches, Rings, or other Moveables.1737
LURRIESMoney, watches, rings, or other moveablcs.1811
MUCKMoney, Wealth.1737
MUCKMoney; also dung.1811
PLATEMoney, silver, prize. He is in for the plate; he has won the KEAT, i.e. is infected with the venereal disorder: a simile drawn from hofse-racing. When the plate fleet comes in; when money comes to hand.1811
PONEYMoney. Post the poney; lay down the money.1811
QUIDDSCash, or ready Money. Can you tip me any Quidds? Can you lend me any Money.1737
QUIDSCash, money. Can you tip me any quids? can you lend me some money?1811
RECRUITSMoney (expected.) Have yuo raisd the Recruits? Is the Money come in?1737
RHINOready Money.1737
RHINOMoney. CANT.1811
RIBBANDmoney in general. 1819
RIBBINMoney. The Ribbin Runs shick; his Breeches are well lined with Money. The Ribbin runs thin, He has but little Cash about him.1737
RIBBINMoney. The ribbin runs thick; i.e. there is plenty of money. CANT. Blue ribbin. Gin. The cull lushes the blue ribbin; the silly fellow drinks common gin.1811
ROULEAUA number of guineas, from twenty to fifty or more, wrapped up in paper, for the more ready circulation at gaming-tables: sometimes they are inclosed in ivory boxes, made to hold exactly 20, 50, or 100 guineas.1811
ROUND SUMA considerable sum.1811
SPANISHThe spanish; ready money.1811
SPANKS, or SPANKERSMoney; also blows with the open hand.1811
STAKEa booty acquired by robbery, or a sum of money won at play, is called a stake, and if considerable, a prime stake, or a heavy stake. A person alluding to any thing difficult to be procured, or which he obtains as a great favour, and is therefore comparatively invaluable, would say, I consider it a stake to get it at all; a valuable or acceptable acquisition of any kind, is emphatically called a stake, meaning a great prize.1819
STEPHENMoney. Stephens at home; i.e. has money.1811
WEEDING DUESspeaking of any person, place, or property, that has been weeded, it is said weeding dues have been concerned. See Dues.1819
Money : Good Money and Bad
BROWNS and WHISTLERSbad halfpence and farthings ; (a term used by coiners.)1819
CURLEClippings of Money.1737
CURLEClippings of money, which curls up in the operation. CANT.1811
NIGClippings of Money.1737
NIGThe clippings of money. Nigging; clipping. Nigler, a clipper. Cant.1811
PARINGSClippings of Money.1737
PARINGSThe chippings of money. CANT.1811
QUEER or QUEER-BITbase money.1819
QUEER SCREENSforged Bank-notes.1819
QUEERE-COLEClipt, counterfeit Money.1737
RUM COLENew money, or medals.1811
RUM-COLENew Money, or Medals curiously coind.1737
RUM-GELTSame as Rum-Cole.1737
SHANcounterfeit money in general.1819
SHAVINGSClippings of Money.1737
SHAVINGSThe clippings of money.1811
SWIMMERA counterfeit old coin.1811
TOWERCant Word, used to denote bad, or clipped Money: as, They have been round the Tower with it; te he Piece of Money has been clipt.1737
TOWERClipped money: they have been round the tower with it. CANT.1811
WHISTLERSSee Browns And Whistlers.1819
Money : Other Money Terms
CARAVANa good round Sum of Money about a Man; also him that is cheated of it.1737
CARAVANA large sum of money; also, a person cheated of such sum. CANT.1811
CODa good Sum of Money; also a Fool. A meer Cod, a silly, shallow Fellow. A rum Cod; a good round Sum of Money. An honest Cod; a trusty Friend.1737
CODA cod of money: a good sum of money.1811
DARBYReady money. CANT.1811
FIDDLERS MONEYAll sixpences: sixpence being the usual sum paid by each couple, for music at country wakes and hops. Fiddlers fare; meat, drink, and money. Fiddlers pay; thanks and wine.1811
LAVENDERLaid up in lavender; pawned.1811
LOBA till in a tradesmans shop. To frisk a lob; to rob a till. See FLASH PANNEY.1811
LOBa till, or money-drawer. To have made a good lob, is synonymous with making a good speak.1819
LUMBERto lumber any property, is to deposit it at a pawnbroker's, or elsewhere for present security; to retire to any house or private place, for a short time, is called lumbering yourself. A man apprehended, and sent to gaol, is said to be lumbered, to be in lumber, or to be in Lombard-street.1819
PLUMBAn hundred thousand pounds.1811
READERA pocket-book. CANT.1811
READERa pocket-book.1819
READYThe ready rhino; money. CANT.1811
READY RHINOMoney in Possession.1737
RUM BUNGA full purse. CANT.1811
RUM CODA good purse of gold. CANT.1811
RUM-BUNGa full Purse.1737
RUM-CODa good Purse of Gold, or round Sum of Money.1737
SOUSENot a Souse; not a Penny. From Sous, French Money.1737
SOUSENot a souse; not a penny. FRENCH.1811
SPOUTto pledge any property at a pawnbroker's is termed spouting it, or shoving it up the spout. 1819
TO VAMPTo pawn any thing. Ill vamp it, and tip you the cole: Ill pawn it, and give you the money. Also to refit, new dress, or rub up old hats, shoes or other wearing apparel; likewise to put new feet to old boots. Applied more particularly to a quack bookseller.1811
TWO TO ONE SHOPA pawnbrokers: alluding to the three blue balls, the sign of that trade: or perhaps to its being two to one that the goods pledged are never redeemed.1811
VAMPto pawn anything. Ill Vamp, and tip you the Cole; Ill pawn my Cloaths, but Ill raise the Money for you. To Vamp; To new dress, liquer, refresh or rub up old Hats, Boots, Shoes etc. Also a Sock.1737
Money : Pecuniary Status
BREECH'Dflush of money.1819
BREECHEDMoney in the pocket: the swell is well breeched, lets draw him; the gentleman has plenty of money in his pocket, let us rob him.1811
BUSH'Dpoor; without money.1819
EBB WATERwhen there is but little money in the Pocket.1737
EMPTYas, The Cull looks Empty; or, Tis all Empty; i.e. the Person or House has not the Riches reported, or is not worth attempting.1737
EQUIPTrich; also having new Cloaths. Well equipt, plump in the Pocket, or very full of Money; also very well drest. The Cull equipt me with a Brace of Meggs, The Gentleman furnishd me with a Coupleof Guineas.1737
EQUIPTRich; also, having new clothes. Well equipt; full of money, or well dressed. The cull equipped me with a brace of meggs; the gentleman furnished me with. a couple of guineas.1811
FATrich, as, A Fat Cull; a rich Fellow.1737
FAT CULLA rich fellow.1811
FLANDERS-FORTUNESof small Substance.1737
FLUSH IN THE POCKETfull of Money. The Cull is Flush in the Fob, the Sparks Pocket is well lind with Money.1737
FLUSH IN THE POCKETFull of money. The cull is flush in the fob. The fellow is full of money.1811
IN TOWNflush of money ; breeched.1819
LOW TIDE, or LOW WATERWhen there is no money in a mans pocket.1811
OAKa rich Man, of good Substance and Credit.1737
OAKA rich maa, a man of good substance and credit. To sport oak; to shut the outward door of a students room at college. An oaken towel; an oaken cudgel. To rub a man down with an oaken towel; to beat him.1811
PLATE FLEET COMES INwhen the Money comes to Hand.1737
PLUMP IN THE POCKETflush of Money.1737
QUEER BUNGAn empty purse.1811
QUEERE-BUNGan empty Purse.1737
SEEDYpoor, Money-less, exhausted.1737
SEEDYPoor, pennyless, stiver-cramped, exhausted.1811
SEEDYpoor, ragged in appearance, shabby.1819
STAINESa man who is in pecuniary distress is said to be at Staines, or at the Bush, alluding to the Bush inn at that town. See Bush'd.1819
STIVER-CRAMPEDNeedy, wanting money. A stiver is a Dutch coin, worth somewhat more than a penny sterling.1811
TICKas, to run on Tick; To go on the Score, or Trust.1737
TICKTo run otick; take up goods upon trust, to run in debt. Tick; a watch. SEE SESSIONS PAPERS.1811
TOPPING MANA rich man.1811
UP IN THE STIRRUPSa man who is in swell street. that is, having plenty of money, is said to be up in the stirrups.1819
UPPISHrampant, crowing, full of Money. He is very Uppish; He is well-lined in the Fob; also brisk.1737
WARMwell lined of flush in the Pocket.1737
WHEREASTo follow a whereas; to become a bankrupt, to figure among princes and potentates: the notice given in the Gazette that a commission of bankruptcy is issued out against any trader, always beginning with the word whereas. He will soon march in the rear of a whereas.1811
WHITEWASHEDOne who has taken the benefit of an act of insolvency, to defraud his creditors, is said to have been whitewashed.1811
WIND-FALLa great Fortune fallen unexpectedly by the Death of a Friend.1737
Money : Related Terms
ALTAMELA verbal or lump account, without particulars, such as is commonly produced at bawdy-houses, spunging-houses, &c. Vide DUTCH RECKONING.1811
ALTEMALVide Dutch Reckoning.1737
COME TO THE HEATHa phrase signifying to pay or give money, and synonymous with Tipping, from which word it takes its rise, there being a place called Tiptree Heath, I believe, in the County of Essex.1819
DUTCH RECKONING, or ALLE-MALA verbal or lump account, without particulars, as brought at spungiug or bawdy houses.1811
DUTCH-RECKONINGor Alte-mall; a verbal or lump Accompt, without Particulars; as brought in at the Spunging-Houses, at Bawdy Houses, and other such like Places of ill Repute.1737
FENCEto spend, Fence his Hog, spend his Shilling.1737
HARKINGwhispering on one side to borrow Money.1737
MELTto spend Money. Will you melt a Borde? Will you spend your Shilling? The Cull melted a Couple of Decusses upon us; The Gentleman spent Ten Shillings upon us.1737
RABBIT SUCKERSYoung spendthrifts taking up goods on trust at great prices.1811
RABBIT-SUCKERSyoung Unthrifts taking Goods on Tick of Pawnbrokers or Tallymen, at excessive Rates.1737
SLANGING-DUESwhen a man suspects that he has been curtailed, or cheated, of any portion of his just right, he will say, there has been slanging-dves concerned.1819
SMART MONEYMoney allowed to soldiers or sailors for the loss of a limb, or other hurt received in the service.1811
Top SAILHe paid his debts at Portsmouth with the topsail; i.e. he went to. sea and left them unpaid. SCT soldiers are said to pay off their scores with the drum; that is, by marching away.1811
WINDTo raise the wind; to procure mony.1811
WINDFALLA legacy, or any accidental accession of property.1811
WINNINGSMoney, or Reward: Winnings for Wapping; Money given a Woman for lying with her.1737
Money : Silver and Gold
MINTGold. A mint of money; common phrase for a large sum.1811
OLD MR GORYA piece of gold.1811
OLD-MR-GORYa Piece of Gold.1737
RIDGEgold, whether in coin or any other shape, as a ridge-montra, a gold watch; a cly-full of ridge, a pocket full of gold.1819
SPANGLESEnds of Gold or Silver.1737
SPANKSMoney, Gold or Silver.1737
WEDGEsilver; as a wedge-feeder, a silver-spoon, &c.; but silver coin, as well as silver plate, are both comprehended under the name of wedge. See Ridge, anand Speak To.1819
WHITE WOOLSilver.1737
WITCHESSilver. Witcher bubber; a silver bowl. Witcher tilter; a silver-hilted sword. Witcher cully; a silversmith.1811
Money : Special Payments
BEVERAGEGarnish money, or money for drink, demanded of any one having a new suit of clothes.1811
CHUMMAGEMoney paid by the richer sort of prisoners in the Fleet and Kings Bench, to the poorer, for their share of a room. When prisons are very full, which is too often the case, particularly on the eve of an insolvent act, two or three persons are obliged to sleep in a room. A prisoner who can pay for being alone, chuses two poor chums, who for a stipulated price, called chummage, give up their share of the room, and sleep on the stairs, or, as the term is, ruff it.1811
GARNISHAn entrance fee demanded by the old prisoners of one just committed to gaol.1811
GARNISHa small sum of money exacted from a new chum on his entering a jail, by his fellow-prisoners, which affords them a treat of beer, gin, &c.1819
GARNISH-MONEYwhat is customarily spent among the Prisoners at first coming in.1737
HANGMANS WAGESThirteen pence halfpenny; which, according to the vulgar tradition, was thus allotted: one shilling for the executioner, and three halfpence for the rope, --N. B. This refers to former times; the hangmen of the present day having, like other artificers, raised their prices. The true state of this matter is, that a Scottish mark was the fee allowed for an execution, and the value of that piece was settled by a proclamation of James I. at thirteen pence halfpenny.1811
HUSH MONEYMoney given to hush up, or conceal a Robbery or Theft, or to take off an Evidence from appearing against a Criminal, etc.1737
HUSH MONEYMoney given to hush up or conceal a robbery, theft, or any other offence, or to take off the evidence from appearing against a criminal.1811
Mr PALMERSee Palm.1819
PALMto bribe, or give money, for the attainment of any object or indulgence; and it is then said that the party who receives it is palmed, or that Mr. Palmer it concerned.1819
REGULARSShare of the booty. The coves cracked the swells crib, fenced the swag, and each cracksman napped his regular; some fellows broke open a gentlemans house, and after selling the property which they had stolen, they divided the money between them.1811
REGULARSone's due share of a booty, &c. on a division taking place. Give me my regulars, that is, give me my dividend.1819
RINGMoney extorted by Rogues on the Highway, or by Gentlemen Beggars.1737
RINGMoney procured by begging: beggars so called it from its ringing when thrown to them. Also a circle formed for boxers, wrestlers, and cudgel-players, by a man styled Vinegar; who, with his hat before his eyes, goes round the circle, striking at random with his whip to prevent the populace from crowding in.1811
SNAP DRAGONA Christmas gambol: raisins and almonds being put into a bowl of brandy, and the candles extinguished, the spirit is set on fire, and the company scramble for the raisins.1811