Dictionary: SPI – SPK


• SPIC;  SPICK
n. a Latin American; the Spanish-American language …1913 US sl., derogatory or offensive
 
• SPICE
n. a term for sweets or candy …c1970s playground sl.
 
• SPICK-AND-SPAN NEW
adj. new; novel …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPICY
adj. hot-tempered …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPICY AS ALL ROUND MY HAT
phr. 1882 – sensational
 
• SPICY PORK ROLL
n. the penis …M19 sl.
 
• SPIDER
n. a soft drink with ice-cream floating on it …1941 Aust. sl.
 
• SPIDER BLUE
n. heroin …Bk1998 drug culture sl.
 
• SPIDER GOALIE
n. a situation where anyone in a soccer team can be a goalkeeper …c1990s playground sl.
 
• SPIDER’S LEGS
n. the stray hairs that ‘escape’ from the edges of a girl’s bikini or underwear …20C UK playground sl.
 
• SPIDER’S-NEST
n. a cobweb …1903 Amer. dial.
 
• SPIEL
n. 1. glib or persuasive talk; a salesman’s patter …1896 sl.
n. 2. a swindle or dishonest line of business …1901 sl.
 
• SPIELER
n. 1. a swindler; a fraudulent gambler …1886 sl., chiefly Aust. & NZ
n. 2. a glib talker …1894 sl.
 
• SPIFF
adj. excellent; first-rate …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPIFFER
n. something beautiful or attractive …Bk1892 Amer. sl.
 
• SPIFFING
adj. excellent, first-rate, wonderful, pretty damn good …1872 sl.
 
• SPIFFLICATED
adj. 1. drunk …1906 US sl.
adj. 2. bewildered; confused; disconcerted …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPIFFY
adj. very fine, attractive, splendid. wonderful, good, excellent, first-rate …Bk1913-17 sl.
 
• SPIFFY LAYOUT
n. something beautiful or attractive …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPIFFY SETUP
n. something beautiful or attractive …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPIFLICATE
vb. to intoxicate; to make dead drunk …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPIFLICATED
adj. 1. drunk …1906 US sl.
adj. 2. bewildered; confused; disconcerted …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPIG
adj. pert. to Central or South America …1910s US sl.
n. 1. a Spanish-speaking native of Central or South America …1900s US sl.
n. 2. the Spanish language …1913 US sl.
n. 3. an Italian …1940s US sl.
 
• SPIGGITY
n. a Latin American …1910 US sl., derogatory or offensive
 
• SPIGGOT-HOLE
n. the vagina …M17 sl.
 
• SPIGGOTY
n. 1. a Spanish-speaking native of Central or South America …1900s US sl., derogatory or offensive
n. 2. the Spanish language …1910s US sl.
n. 3. an Italian …1940s US sl.
 
• SPIGOT
n. the penis …M17 sl.
 
• SPIGOT-SUCKER
n. a fellator or fellatrix …M17 sl.
 
• SPIGOTTI;  SPIGOTY
n. a Latin American …1910 US sl., derogatory or offensive
 
• SPIJ
n. chewing gum …1980s UK playground sl.
 
• SPIK
n. a Latin American; the Spanish-American language …1913 US sl., derogatory or offensive
 
• SPIKE
n. 1. a cheap lodging-house …1866
n. 2. the erect penis …M19 sl.
n. 3. a shot of alcohol …1900s US sl.
n. 4. an Anglican who advocates or practises Anglo-Catholic ritual and observances …1902 Brit. sl., derogatory
n. 5. a lock …1920s US criminals’ sl.
n. 6. a hypodermic needle …1934 drug culture sl., orig. US
n. 7. the act of injecting a narcotic drug …1940s drug culture sl.
n. 8. an injection, or the drug injected …1953 drug culture sl., orig. US
n. 9. a maternity hospital …1960s Irish sl.
vb. 1. to adulterate a drink …1889 sl., orig. US
vb. 2. to get possession of; hence, to convict …L19 US students’ sl.
vb. 3. to harm, to undermine …L19 sl.
vb. 4. to have sexual intercourse …L19 sl.
vb. 5. to reject, to quash, to delete …20C US sl.
vb. 6. to adulterate a drink, alcoholic or otherwise, or food, with a knockout drug …1920s sl.
vb. 7. to adulterate ‘near-beer’ (brewed during Prohibition) with a mixture of ginger beer and pure alcohol …1920s sl.
vb. 8. to hit someone hard; to knock someone down …1930s Aust. sl.
vb. 9. to inject a drug with a hypodermic syringe …1935 drug culture sl.
vb. 10. to add a stronger drug to a less potent one …1960s sl.
vb. 11. to dose someone with a hallucinogenic drug (usually LSD) without their knowing, usually by putting it into a drink, or sometimes, food …1960s sl.
vb. 12. to equip with a ‘spike’ microphone, one which can be driven into a wall to monitor an inner room …1974 sl.
vb. 13. to adulterate food or drink with a foreign substance other than a drug, e.g. ground glass …2000s sl.
 
• THE SPIKE
n. anger, a fit of anger …1890 sl.
 
• SPIKEBIT
n. the penis …Urquhart usage
 
• SPIKE-BOOZLE
vb. to render an enemy aircraft, etc. unserviceable …1915 sl.
 
• SPIKE-BOZZLE
vb. to render an enemy aircraft, etc. unserviceable …1915 sl.
 
• SPIKE-RANGER
n. a tramp who wanders from one ‘spike’ (lodging house) to another …M19 sl.
 
• SPIKE UP
vb. to inject a drug with a hypodermic syringe …1930s drug culture sl.
 
• SPIKY
adj. bad-tempered …1930 sl.
 
• SPILL
n. a railway station or depot …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
vb. to speak revealingly …1917 sl., orig. US
 
• SPILLAGE
n. of a fight: relates to blood loss when someone is cut by whatever means, as in ‘spilled blood’ …c1980s playground sl.
 
• SPILL ONE’S COOKIES
vb. to vomit …20C sl.
 
• SPILL ONE’S GUTS
vb. 1. to divulge or confess as much as one can …1927 sl., chiefly US
vb. 2. to vomit …1948 Amer. sl.
 
• SPILL-QUIRLEY
n. a cigarette, esp. a hand-rolled one …1940 Amer. dial.
 
• SPILL THE BEANS
vb. to speak revealingly …1919 sl., orig. US
 
• SPIN
n. a pound …1941 Aust. sl.
vb. to go fast, esp. in a vehicle …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPINACH
n. 1. insincere or exaggerated talk intended to flatter or deceive; humbug or flattery …1929 US sl.
n. 2. a false beard …Bk1942 Amer. theatrical sl.
n. 3. nonsense …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPIN ALONG
vb. to go fast, esp. in a vehicle …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPIN A YARN
vb. to tell a story, usually a long one; to pitch a tale; to tell lies …1812 orig. nautical sl.
 
• SPINGLE-LEGGED
adj. long-legged …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPINDLY
adj. tall or long and slender; lanky, thin …1827 Amer. sl.
 
• SPINE-BASH
vb. to rest or loaf about …1941 Aust. sl.
 
• SPINE-BASHER
n. a loafer …1945 Aust. sl.
 
• SPINEY BIFF
n. a stupid or clumsy person …c1980s playground sl., derogatory
 
• SPINKING-SPANKING-BRAN-NEW
adj. completely new …1905 Amer. dial.
 
• SPINNAKER
n. five pounds or a five-pound note …1898 Aust. sl.
 
• SPINNER
n. one who illegally sets back the true mileage on used cars to get them ready for market …Bk1998 sl.
 
• SPINORT
n. a stylish person …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• SPINORTIC
adj. neat, trim, stylish …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• SPINORTY
adj. fancy, fussy, dressy, stylish …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• SPIN ROUND ON ONE’S EAR
vb. to get violently angry …1890 Amer. sl.
 
• A SPIT AND A GOB
phr. not far away; very close …20C Brit. sl.
 
• SPIT-AND-SPANG NEW
adj. new; novel …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• SPITBALL
n. 20C US sl. – an insult, a jibe
vb. 1. 1950s sl. – to suggest, to hypothesize
vb. 2. 20C US sl. – to accuse; to taunt

• SPIT BLOOD
vb. 1. to be or get angry …1963 sl.
vb. 2. of a spy: to fear exposure …1963 sl.
 
• SPIT CHIPS
vb. to be or get angry …1947 Aust. sl.
 
• SPIT-FIRE MACHINE
n. the penis …1940s sl.
 
• SPIT FIRE NEW
adj. brand new …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• SPITHEAD PHEASANT
n. a kipper or bloater …1948 Brit. nautical sl.
 
• SPIT IT OUT
vb. to openly state or reveal something …1855 sl.
 
• SPITNEW
adj. new; novel …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPIT OUT
vb. to openly state or reveal something …1855 sl.
 
• SPIT SWAPPING
n. kissing …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• SPITTER
n. 1. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a shower or snowstorm
n. 2. 1970s US criminals’ sl. – a hoodlum, a thug, a gangster 
n. 3. 1980s Aust. sl., derogatory – a female

• SPITTLEONIAN
n. M19 UK criminals’ sl. – a yellow handkerchief

• SPITUNIA
n. the petunia …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• SPITZ POODLE
n. a mild degree of drunkenness …L19 US sl.
 
• SPIV
n. a flashy, sharp individual who exists on the fringes of real criminality, living by their wits rather than a regular job …1934 sl.
vb. to make one’s living as a spiv …1947 Brit. sl.

• SPIVISH
adj. 1940s sl. – exhibiting the characteristics and/or lifestyle of a spiv
 
• SPIVMOBILE
n. an exceptionally ostentatious and flashy car, such as might be driven by a spiv or their successors …1980s sl.

• SPIVOT
n. 1930s US sl. – a young woman
 
• SPIV UP
vb. to dress oneself in stylish or flashy clothes …1959 Brit. sl.

• SPIVVY
n. 1940s US sl. – a person who has the characteristics and lifestyle of a spiv

• SPIZZ
n. 1960s US drug culture sl. – a hypodermic syringe
 
• SPIZZERINKTUM
n. 1. M19 US sl. – a dollar; money in general
n. 2. 1940s US sl. – vigour, zest

• S.P. JOINT
n. 1920s Aust. sl. – a betting shop, offering only starting prices


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