Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue - Snabble and Smush

SLUG, a piece of lead of any shape, to be fired form a blunderbuss; to fire a slug, to drink a dram.


SLUG A BED, a drone, one that cannot rise in the morning.


SLY BOOTS, a cunning fellow, under the mask of simplicity.


SMABBLED, OR SNABBLED, killed in battle.


SMACK, to kiss; I had a smack at her muns, I kissed her mouth; to smack calves skin, to kiss the book, i.e. to take an oath; the queer cuffin bid me smack claves skin, but I only buffed my thumb, the justice bid me kiss the book, but I only kissed my thumb.


SMACK SMOOTH, level with the surface, every thing cut away.


SMART MONEY, money allowed to soldiers or sailors, for the loss of a limb, or other hurt received in the service.


SMASH, to break; leg of mutton and smash, a leg of mutton and mashed turnips, (sea term)


SMEAR, a plaisterer.


SMEAR GELT, a bribe, (German)


SMELLER, a nose; smellers, a cat’s whiskers.


SMELLING CHEAT, an orchard, or garden, also a nosegay, (cant)


SMELTS, half guineas, (cant)


SMIRK, a finical spruce fellow; to smirk, to smile, or look pleasantly.


SMITER, an arm; to smite one’s tutor, to get money from him, (an academic term)


SMOAK, to observe, to suspect; smoaky, curious, suspicious, inquisitive.


SMOKER, a tobacconist


SMOUCH, dried leaves of the ash tree, used by the smugglers for adulterating the black, or bohea teas.


SMICKET, a smock, or woman’s shift.


SMOCK FACED, fair faced.


SMOUS, a German jew.


SMUG, a nick name for a blacksmith, also neat and spruce.


SMUCH, to snatch, or seize suddenly.


SMUGGLING KEN, a bawdy house.


SMUT, bawdy; smutty story, an indecent story.


SMACK, a share; to go snacks, to be partners.


SNABBLE, to riffle, or plunder, also to kill.


SNAFFLE, a highwayman, also to steal; snaffler of prancers, a horse stealer.


SNAGGS, large teeth, also snails.

SNAPPERS, pistols.


SNAPT, taken, caught.


SNAP THE GLAZE, to break shop windows, or shew glasses.


SNEAKING BUDGE, one that robs alone.


SNEAK,  a pilferer, morning sneak, one who pilfers early in the morning before it is light, evening sneak, an evening


pilferer; upright sneak, one who steals pewter pots from the alehouse boys, employed to collect them.


SNEAKSBY, a mean spirited fellow, a sneaking cut.


SNEAKER, a small bowl.


SNEERING, jeering, flickering, laughing in scorn.


SNICKER, OR SNIGGER, to laugh privately, or in one’s sleeve.


SNILCH, to eye, or look at any thing attentively, the cull snilches, (cant)


SNITE, to wipe, or flap; snite his snitch, wipe his nose, i.e. give him a good knock.


SNIP, a taylor.


SNIVEL, to cry, to throw the snot or snivel about; snivelling, crying; a snivelling fellow, one that whines, or complains.


SNOB, a nick name for a shoemaker.


SNOUT, a hogshead, (cant)



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