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A Flapper to English dictionary (1920's slang)

A Flapper to English dictionary as recorded by Ella Hartung in 1922.

  • Absent Treatment = Dancing with a bashful partner.
  • Airedale = A homely man.
  • Alarm clock = A chaperone
  • An alibi = A box of flowers
  • Anchor = Box of flowers or a bank roll
  • Apple Knocker = A hick; a hay-shaker.
  • Appleknocker = A hick
  • Applesauce = Flattery or bunk
  • Bank's Closed = No petting allowed; no kisses.
  • Barlow = A girl, a flapper, a chicken.
  • Barney = A scanal walker
  • Barneymugging = Lovemaking.
  • Bean-picker = One who tries to patch up trouble
  • Bee's Knees = See "Cat's Pajamas"
  • Bell Polisher = A young man addicted to lingering in vestibules at 1 a.m.
  • Berries = Great.
  • Berry Patch = A man's particular interest in a girl.
  • Big Timer = (n. masc.) = A charmer able to convince his sweetie that a jollier thing would be to get a snack in an armchair lunchroom; a romantic.
  • Billboard = Flashy man or woman.
  • Biscuit = A pettable flapper.
  • Blaah = No good.
  • Blouse = To go.
  • Blow = Wild party.
  • Blushing Violet = A publicity hound.
  • Boob-tickler = Girl who has to entertain her father's customers from out of town
  • Brooksy = Classy dresser
  • Brush Ape = Anyone from the sticks; a country Jake.
  • Bun Duster = See "Cake Eater".
  • Bush Hounds = Rustics and others outside of the Flapper pale.
  • Bust = A man who makes his living in the prize ring, a pugilist.
  • Butt me = Give me a cigarette
  • Cake Basket = A limousine.
  • Cake-Eater = A wearer of tight clothes, belted coat with spearlike lapels and one button, sausage trousers, low quick fitting collar, greenish pink shirt; and one of those jazzbo ties that gives you the giggles; a sissy; a harmless lounge lizard.
  • Cancelled Stamp = A wallflower.
  • Cat's Pajamas = Anything that's good
  • Cat's Particulars = The acme of perfection; anything that's good
  • Cellar Smeller = A young man who always turns up where liquor is to be had without cost.
  • Clothesline = One who tells neighborhood secrets.
  • Corn-shredder = Young man who dances on lady's feet
  • Crabhanger = Reformer
  • Crasher = Anyone who comes to parties uninvited.
  • Crashing Party = Party where several young men in a group go uninvited.
  • Crepe Hanger = Reformer.
  • Crumb Gobbler = Slightly sissy tea hound.
  • Cuddle-cootie = Young man who takes a girl for a ride on a bus.
  • Cuddler = One who likes petting.
  • Cutting yourself a piece of cake = Making yourself wait patiently
  • Dapper = A flapper's father
  • Darb = Gink with a roll of coin
  • Dewdropper = Young man who does not work, and sleeps all day.
  • Di Mi = Goodness.
  • Dimbox = A taxicab.
  • Dincher = A half-smoked cigarette.
  • Dingle Dangler = One who insists on telephoning.
  • Dipe Ducat = A subway ticket.
  • Dive-ducat = Subway ticket
  • Dog Kennels = Pair of shoes.
  • Dogs = Feet.
  • Dropping the Pilot = Getting a divorce.
  • Duck's Quack = The best thing ever.
  • Ducky = General term of approbation.
  • Dud = A wall flower
  • Dudding Up = Dressing.
  • Dumbbell = Wall flower with little brains.
  • Dumbdora = Stupid girl.
  • Dumkuff = General term for being "nutty" or "batty".
  • Ear muffs = Radio receivers
  • Edisoned = Being asked a lot of questions.
  • Egg harbor = A fall dance
  • Embalmer = A bootlegger.
  • Eye Opener = A marriage.
  • Face Stretcher = Old maid who tries to look younger.
  • Father Time = Any man over 30 years of age.
  • Feathers = Small talk; Light conversation.
  • Fig leaf = One piece bathing suit
  • Finale hopper = Young man who arrives after all the bills are paid.
  • Fire alarm = A divorced woman
  • Fire Bell = Married woman.
  • Fire Extinguisher = A chaperone.
  • Flap = Girl
  • Flat Shoes = Fight between a Flapper and her Goof
  • Flatwheeler = A poor young man who takes girls to free affairs
  • Floorflusher = Inveterate dance hound.
  • Flour Lover = Girl who powders too freely.
  • Fluky = Funny, odd, peculiar; different.
  • Forty-Niner = Man who is prospecting for a rich wife.
  • Frog's Eyebrows = Nice, fine.
  • Gander = Process of duding up.
  • Gimlet = A chronic bore.
  • Give Your Knee = Cheek-to-cheek or toe-to-toe dancing.
  • Given the Air = When a girl or fellow is thrown down on a date.
  • Goat's Whiskers = See "Cat's Particulars"
  • Goof = A flapper's sweetheart
  • Goofy = To be in love with, or attracted to. Example: "I'm goofy about Jack."
  • Green Glorious = Money and checks.
  • Grubber = One who always borrows cigarettes.
  • Grubstake = Invitation to dinner
  • Grummy = In the dumps, shades or blue.
  • Half cut = Happily intoxicated
  • Handcuff = Engagement ring.
  • Hen Coop = A beauty parlor.
  • Highjohn = Young man friend; sweetie, cutey, highboy.
  • Hikers = Knickerbockers
  • Hiphound = One who drinks hootch
  • His Blue Serge = His sweetheart.
  • Hopper = Dancer.
  • Horse Prancer = See "Corn Shredder".
  • Houdini = To be on time for a date.
  • Hush Money = Allowance from father.
  • Jane = A girl who meets you on the stoop.
  • John D. = An oily person
  • Johnnie Walker = Guy who never hires a cab.
  • Kippy = Neat or nice
  • Kitten's Ankles = See "Cat's Particulars".
  • Kluck = Dumb, but happy.
  • Lallygagger = A young man addicted to attempts at hallway spooning.
  • Lap = Drink.
  • Lemon Squeezer = An elevator.
  • Lens Louise = A person given to monopolizing conversation.
  • Let's blouse = Let's go
  • Low Lid = The opposite of highbrow.
  • Mad Money = Carfare home if she has a fight with her escort.
  • Meringue = Personality.
  • Monkey's Eyebrows = See "Cat's Particulars".
  • Monog = A young person of either sex who is goofy about only one person at a time.
  • Monologist = Young man who hates to talk about himself.
  • Mouthpiece = Lawyer
  • Mug = To osculate or kiss.
  • Munitions = Face powder and rouge.
  • Mustard Plaster = Unwelcome guy who sticks around.
  • Necker = A petter who puts her arms around a boy's neck.
  • Noodle Juice = Tea.
  • Nosebaggery = Restaurant.
  • Nut Cracker = Policeman's nightstick.
  • Obituary Notice = Dunning letter.
  • Oilcan = An imposter.
  • Orchid = Anything that is expensive.
  • Out on Parole = A person who has been divorced.
  • Petter = A loveable person; one who enjoys to caress.
  • Petting Pantry = Movie.
  • Petting Party = A party devoted to "hugging."
  • Pillow Case = Young man who is full of feathers.
  • Plastered = A synonym for pie-eyed; oiled; intoxicated
  • Police Dog = Young woman's fiance
  • Potato = A young man shy of brains.
  • Ritz = Stuck-up.
  • Ritzy Burg = Not classy.
  • Rock of Ages = Any woman over 30 years of age.
  • Rug Hopper = Young man who never takes a girl out. A parlor hound.
  • Sap = See "floorflusher."
  • Scandal = A short term for Scandal Walk.
  • Scandaler = A dance floor fullback. The interior of a dreadnaught hat, Piccadilly shoes with open plumbing, size 13.
  • Seetie = Anybody a flapper hates.
  • Sharpshooter = One who spends much and dances well.
  • Shifter = A grafter
  • Show Case = Rich man's wife with jewels.
  • Sip = Flapper term for female Hopper.
  • Slat = See "Highjohn"; "Goof".
  • Slimp = Cheapskate or "one way guy".
  • Smith Brothers = Guys who never cough up.
  • Smoke Eater = A girl cigarette user.
  • Smooth = Guy who does not keep his word.
  • Snake = To call a victim with vampire arms.
  • Snake-charmer = A female bootlegger
  • Snugglepup = A man fond of petting and petting parties.
  • Sod Buster = An undertaker.
  • Stander = Victim of a female grafter.
  • Static = Conversations that mean nothing.
  • Statts(?) = Conversation that means nothing
  • Stilts = Legs.
  • Strangler = What a spendthrift isn't
  • Strike Breaker = A young woman who goes with her friend's "Steady" while there is a coolness.
  • Stutter-tub = Motor boat
  • Sugar = Money
  • Swan = Glide gracefully.
  • Sweetie = Anybody she hates
  • They = Refers to objecting parents
  • Toddler = A finale hopper's faster sister
  • Tomato = Good looking girl with no brains
  • Trotzky (sic) = Old lady with a moustache and chin whiskers.
  • Umbrella = young man any girl can borrow for the evening.
  • Urban set = A new gown
  • Walk In = Young man who goes to a party without being invited.
  • Weasel = Girl stealer.
  • Weed = Flapper who takes risks.
  • Weeping Willow = See "Crepe Hanger"
  • Whangdoodle = Jazz-band music.
  • Whiskbroom = A man who cultivates whiskers.
  • Wind Sucker = Any person given to boasting.
  • Wurp = Killjoy or drawback.

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Comment by Tome Wilson on September 30, 2012 at 11:45am
Glad it could come in handy!
Comment by Jennifer Davis on September 30, 2012 at 10:45am

Thank You for sharing this~ it came in handy for me when writing a period piece in creative writing yesterday! It definitely piqued my interest as well~  

Comment by Piper Williams on January 25, 2010 at 1:34am
This is bloody brilliant! Thanks for sharing..
Comment by Hayen Mill on January 23, 2010 at 5:12pm
btw, let me just add that this is bloody AWESOME for the dieselpunk story i was writting. I'll have to include the meaning in some sort of index, otherwise i suspect not many people will understand it xD
Comment by Dizzy on January 23, 2010 at 2:27pm
super fun, and weird cause I use some of these!
Comment by IRON CROSS on January 22, 2010 at 6:41pm
very intresting thanks for posting this
Comment by Hayen Mill on January 22, 2010 at 12:07pm
awesome. There seem to be many "tomatoes" around where i live...
Comment by Larry on January 21, 2010 at 9:44pm
Wow, great list. Thanks for posting this.

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