1920's Slang Dictionary

Slang Dictionary

  • All Wet - Describes an erroneous idea or individual, as in, "he's all wet."

  • Applesauce - an expletive; same as horsefeathers, As in "Ah applesauce!"

  • Bee's Knees - An extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate.

  • Berries - That which is attractive or pleasing; similar to bee's knees, As in "It's the berries."

  • Big Cheese - The most important or influential person; boss. Same as a big shot.

  • Blind Date - going out with someone you do not know

  • Bluenose - An excessively puritanical person, a prude, Creator of "the Blue Nozzle Curse."

  • Bump Off - To murder, To kill.

  • Cake-Eater - An effete ladies' man, or someone who attends tea parties.

  • Carry a Torch - To have a crush on someone.

  • Cat's Meow - Something splendid or stylish; similar to bee's knees; The best or greatest, wonderful.

  • Cat's Pajamas - Same as cat's meow.

  • Cheaters - Eyeglasses.

  • Crush - An infatuation.

  • Darb - An excellent person or thing (as in "the Darb" - a person with money who can be relied on to pay the check).

  • Dogs - feet.

  • Drugstore Cowboy - a guy that hangs around on a street corner trying to pick up girls

  • Dumb Dora - a stupid female.

  • Fall Guy - Victim of a frame.

  • Flapper - A stylish, brash, hedonistic young woman with short skirts and shorter hair.

  • Flat Tire - A dull-witted, insipid, disappointing date. Same as pill, pickle, drag, rag, oilcan.

  • Frame - To give false evidence, to set up someone.

  • Gams - A woman's legs.

  • Giggle Water - An intoxicating beverage; alcohol.

  • Gin Mill - An establishment where hard liquor is sold; bar.

  • Hard-Boiled - a tough, strong guy.

  • Heebie-Jeebies - The jitters.

  • High-Hat - To snub.

  • Hooch - Bootleg liquor

  • Hoofer - Dancer.

  • Horsefeathers - an expletive; same usage as applesauce.

  • Hotsy-Totsy - Pleasing.

  • Jake - OK, as in, "Everything is Jake."

  • Jalopy - Old car.

  • Joint - A club, usually selling alcohol.

  • Keen - Attractive or appealing.

  • Kisser - Mouth.

  • Line - Insincere flattery.

  • Lounge Lizard - a guy that is sexually active.

  • Moll - A gangster's girl.

  • Neck - Kissing with passion.

  • Ossified - a drunk person.

  • Pet - Same as neck, but more so.

  • Pinch - To arrest.

  • Pushover - A person easily convinced or seduced.

  • Ritzy - Elegant (from the hotel).

  • Scram - Ask someone to leave immediately.

  • Sheba - A woman with sex appeal (from the movie Queen of Sheba) or (e.g. Clara Bow).

  • Sheik - A man with sex appeal (from the Valentino movies).

  • Speakeasy - An illicit bar selling bootleg liquor.

  • Spiffy - An elegant appearance.

  • Struggle Buggy - the backseat of a car. A parent's worst nightmare.

  • Stuck On - Having a crush on.

  • Swanky - Ritzy.

  • Swell - Wonderful. Also: a rich man.

  • Take for a Ride - To drive off with someone in order to bump them off.

  • Torpedo - A hired gun.

  • Upchuck - To vomit when one has drunk too much.

  • Whoopee - To have a good time.


1920's Slang

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