Reverse Dictionary: VEHI – VEHZ


VEHICLE – ​ADJECTIVES (also see DRIVING, BUS, TRUCKING etc.)
 AUTO DRUNK dizzy or nauseated from riding in a car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 BANGED UP of objects: broken, battered, esp. of a car with notable damage to the panel work …20C sl.
 CABBIE;  CABBY addicted to the joys of motoring …sl.
 CAB-HAPPY very keen on driving motor vehicles…c1950 army sl.
 CABLED of a vehicle: equipped with a winch …2004 US sl.
 DEADLINED of a vehicle: laid up for repairs …World War II Amer. sl.
 EDGY in the used car business: said of a car that needs body work …1968 US sl.
 GUTLESS of automobiles: under-powered …c1945 colloq.
 HOPPED (UP) of a car: improved beyond its basic specifications …1940s US sl.
 MANUMOTIVE of a vehicle: propelled by mechanism worked by hand …1831
 SHAVED said of a car stripped of ornaments …Bk1998 sl.
 SOUPED UP of a vehicle: customized for greater power and speed
 VEHICULARY serving as a vehicle …1835 rare
 VEHICULATORY pert. to vehicles …1851
 
VEHICLE – ​NOUNS
 A a Model-A Ford automobile …1920s US sl.
 A-BOMB a car especially modified for quick acceleration and speed …Amer. hot rodding sl.
 A-BONE a Model A Ford car …1951 US sl.
 AC the Acura Legend, a popular automobile …1990s African-American sl.
 AFROMOBILE a three-wheeled vehicle used to convey tourists in Palm Beach, Florida; the drivers are invariably Black …1900s US sl.
 AFROMOBILE any fashionable automobile, as a BMW, Mercedes, etc. …1970s African-American sl.
 AMBULANCE a touring caravan or similar vehicle …1868 US
 ANDERSON CART a cart made from a cut-down car and pulled by horses during the 1930s depression; later, any car that ran out of petrol or broke down …1987 Can. sl.
 ANGEL-MAKER a device that can inflict death, such as a dangerous vehicle or a gun …1934 Amer. sl.
 ARKANSAS CREDIT CARD a piece of hose used to siphon petrol/gas from another car into the tank of one’s own …1970s US sl.
 ARK an old car …Bk2006 US sl.
 ARM-TWISTER a vehicle equipped with a manual starter; a car which must be hand cranked …1938 US sl.
 ARREST-ME-RED a bright red colour of paint on a car, bound to attract the attention and interest of law enforcement …1992 US sl.
 ARTIC an articulated lorry …1951 UK sl.
 ASHCAN a car …1950s US sl.
 ASHCAN a dilapidated, noisy motor vehicle …1953 Amer. sl.
 AUTOCAR a motor car …1895
 AUTO-GO-FAST a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 AUTOMOBILITY the use of automobiles or motor vehicles as a mode of travel …1903
 AUTOMOBILITY mobility by means of automobile vehicles …1909
 AUTOMOBUBBLE an automobile …1902 Amer. jocular
 AUTOMOTOR an automobile motor or motor vehicle …1895
 AUTOSPILL an emptying of an automobile by tilting or overturning …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 AUTYMOBILE an automobile …1934 Amer. dial.
 B an MGB, the ‘B’ model of the MG sports car …1960s Aust. sl.
 B a Cadillac Brougham car …1980 US sl.
 BABY an item, a thing, esp. if large or formidable; often applied to weapons and motor vehicles …1907 Amer. sl.
 BABY BENZ the Mercedes Benz model 190E, which is small and sporty …1989 African-American sl.
 BABY BUGGY a convertible sports car …1970s US homosexual sl.
 BABY BUGGY a Mini Metro car …1981 Brit. Citizens’ band radio sl.
 BABY BUGGY a convertible Volkswagen Beetle …1992 US sl.
 BACK-DOOR the position directly to the rear of a moving vehicle or flying aircraft; hence, another vehicle or aircraft occupying this position …1975 US sl.
 BAG OF BUGS a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl. 
 BAKKIE a light truck, a pick-up, a 4×4 vehicle …1960s S. Afr.
 BALL OF FIRE a fast vehicle …1940 Amer. sl.
 BANGER an old decrepit car …colloq.
 BARROW a second-hand motorcar …1950s Aust. sl.
 BATTLE WAGON an expensive car …1943 UK army sl.
 BEATER a junky old car …Bk2006 US sl.
 BEDIDDLE a car with only one working headlight …1959 Amer. dial.
 BEEP a jeep …World War II Amer. sl.
 BENNETT BUGGY a car converted to a four-wheel, horse-drawn carriage by removal of the engine, drive train and windshield (in depression times); later, any broken-down car …1987 Can. sl.
 BENZINE WAGON an automobile; a truck …World War II Amer. sl.
 BESSIE an automobile …1967 Amer. dial.
 BETSY an automobile …1967 Amer. dial.
 BIG BOAT a large, traditional American car, esp. a large station wagon …1910s sl.
 BIG IRON a large car …1975 US sl.
 BINGLE a minor car accident …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
 BIRD CAGE a sedan …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 BIZZING hanging onto the bumper of a car and sliding along the icy streets on one’s shoes …1969 Amer. dial.
 BLITZ BUGGY an automobile …Bk1947 Amer. sl.
 BLIXEN-BUS an automobile …1916 Amer. dial.
 BLOOD WAGON an ambulance …1922 sl.
 BLUNDERBUS an automobile …1928 Amer. dial.
 BOAT an automobile …Bk1934 sl.
 BOG a putty-like material applied to the body of a motor vehicle to patch up a hole after the rust has been cut out …Aust. sl.
 BOILER an automobile …Bk1934 sl.
 BOMB an old car …Aust. sl.
 BONE-SETTER a horse hard in the riding; a rickety conveyance or vehicle …M18 sl.
 BONE-SHAKER any old vehicle which passengers find uncomfortable …20C colloq.
 BOX an automobile trailer …1942 Amer. sl.
 BREEZER a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 BROUGHAM a petrol-driven automobile having a limousine body but without a roof over the driver’s seat …1903
 BUBBLE an automobile …1939 Amer. dial.
 BUCKET a motor vehicle, generally an old or dilapidated car …1938 Amer. dial.
 BUCKET OF BOLTS a motor vehicle, generally an old or dilapidated car …1950 Amer. dial.
 BUG an Army supply truck …World War II Amer. sl.
 BUG a Volkswagen car …1976 US sl.
 BUGGY an automobile; now esp. an old or modified one …1930 Amer. dial.
 BULLET an automobile with a torpedo body …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 BUMPER STICKER a car or other vehicle following too closely on one’s bumper …Bk2006 US sl.
 BUM-RIDING hanging on to the bumper of a car and sliding along the icy streets …1967 Amer. dial.
 BUS any conveyance, as a car, aeroplane, etc. …Bk1934 colloq.
 BUSS-WAGON a car, esp. an old one …1950 Amer. dial.
 BUSTER a motor vehicle that gives a very bumpy ride …1974 Amer. sl.
 BUTT-BUSTER a hard-riding vehicle …1974 Amer. sl.
 BUZZ-BOX a motorcar …1920 sl.
 BUZZ BUGGY an automobile …1911 Amer. sl.
 BUZZ-BUZZ a car, esp. an old one …1909 Amer. dial.
 BUZZ-WAGON an automobile …1903 Amer. jocular
 CAB a motor car …c1920 Royal Navy sl.
 CABBIE;  CABBY a ride in a motor vehicle …L1940 army sl.
 CAD a Cadillac car …1929 sl., orig. US
 CADDIE;  CADDY a Cadillac car …1929 US sl.
 CAGE a car …1960s US sl.
 CAKE BASKET a limousine …1920s US sl.
 CALF a Cadillac car …1940s African-American sl.
 CALIFORNIA TILT a car with the bonnet (hood) sloping downward to a front end that is lower than the rear end …1976 US sl.
 CALLYVAN a caravan, a house on wheels, used by gypsy hawkers or in wild-beast shows; any very large carriage …1874 Eng. dial.
 CAMILLA PARKER (BOWLES) a Rolls Royce car …1990s Brit. rhyming sl. on ‘Rolls’
 CAN a motor vehicle or aircraft, esp. if old or dilapidated …1923 Amer. sl.
 CANDY the decoration or customization of an automobile …2000s African-American sl.
 CANDY WAGON a light truck …1942 Amer. sl.
 CANOE a large automobile …1935 US sl.
 CAR-POPPING car theft …1996 UK sl.
 CARRIAGE a wheeled vehicle generally …1560 arch.
 CARRY a means of transport; a vehicle; a two-wheeled barrow …1605 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
 CARRYALL a vehicle for transport, either wheeled or on rails for snow …1963 Can. sl.
 CATCHING POLLIES holding on to the back of a vehicle so as to be pulled over snow or ice …1997 Amer. dial. 
 CEMENT-MIXER a noisy, rickety, rough-riding vehicle or vessel …1914 Amer. sl.
 CHAGALAG an old broken-down car …1967 Amer. dial.
 CHAMPION SLUMP  OF 1897 the motorcar …L19 sl.
 CHARIOT a motor car …c1945 jocular
 CHEV a Chevrolet motor car …c1925 coll., orig. US
 CHEVVY a Chevrolet motor car …c1925 coll., orig. US
 CHICKEN RUN a teenage virility ritual involving the driving of two cars at high speed towards each other, or towards a dangerous obstacle; the first one to turn aside or brake is the loser or ‘chicken’ …1970s S. Afr.
 CHICKIE RUN a virility ritual involving the driving of two cars at high speed towards each other, or towards a dangerous obstacle; the first one to turn aside or brake is the loser or ‘chicken’ …1955 US sl.
 ‘CHINE an automobile or other motor vehicle …1968 African-American sl.
 CHIRPER a loud squealing noise caused by giving the car more gasoline than necessary while releasing the clutch …1978 Amer. students’  sl.
 CHIZLER a Chrysler car or engine …1968 US sl.
 CHOP SHOP a place where parts are stripped from stolen vehicles for unlawful resale …1977 US sl., orig. police usage
 CLUNKER an old car …Bk2006 US sl.
 COCK-WAGON a van, esp. one fitted with bedding as a place for necking and copulation …M20 US sl.
 COUNTRY CADILLAC a pickup truck …1976 US sl.
 CRACK-‘EM-UP an automotive accident …1978 Amer. sl.
 CRATE an automobile; an old airplane …World War II Amer. sl.
 CREAM PUFF in the used car business: a well-preserved car …1949 US sl.
 CROCK an old and worn-out person or thing; an old decrepit car …1889 UK sl.
 CRUISER a car; a fast car …Bk2006 US sl.
 CRUTCH a car …Bk2006 US street sl.
 CUDA a Plymouth Barracuda car …1965 US sl.
 CYCLO a rickshaw pulled by a bicycle …1972 US sl.
 DADDY a Cadillac …1930s US tramps’ sl.
 DADDYLAC an expensive car that has been given to a young driver by his or her parents …20C teen & high school sl.
 DAGENHAM DUSTBIN a Ford car …1981 UK Citizens’ band radio sl.
 DAK-DAK a Volkswagen car of the first type produced …20C Aust. sl.
 DAN a sedan …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 DANCEHALL a large flat-bed semi-trailer truck …1944 US sl.
 DANDY a kind of vehicle used in the Himalayas, consisting of strong cloth slung like a hammock to a bamboo staff, and carried by two (or more) men called ‘dandy-wallahs’ …L19 Anglo-Indian
 DANGLER a lorry’s trailer …1951 UK sl.
 DANNY MARR a car …1996 UK rhyming sl.
 DEAD CART a vehicle used for transporting the dead; a hearse …1965 Amer. dial.
 DEADFOOT a slow vehicle …1976 US sl.
 DEAD MAN’S WAGON a hearse …1954 Amer. dial.
 DEAD SLED in the used car business: a car in extremely poor condition …1997 US sl.
 DEAD WAGON a vehicle used for transporting the dead; a hearse; sometimes also an ambulance …1894 Amer. dial.
 DEATH SEAT the passenger seat in a motorcar, shown statistically to be the seat most likely to bring death to its occupier when the car crashes …1960s sl.
 DETROIT DISASTER a car, presumably in bad condition …1910s sl., orig. African-American usage
 DETROIT JUNK a car, presumably in bad condition …1910s sl., orig. African-American usage
 DICKY the luggage compartment of a motor vehicle; a boot or trunk …1965 S. Asian
 DIMPLE a dent on a car’s body …1997 US sl.
 DINKY a short, coupled truck …World War II Amer. sl.
 DINKY an expensive car …1980 UK sl.
 DINKY an old, dilapidated car …1986 Trinidad and Tobago
 DIRGE a Dodge truck …1971 US sl.
 DOG CATCHER any fast truck …1971 US sl.
 DOUCHE JOB a wash or steam cleaning of a truck …1971 US sl.
 DRAG a car …1935 UK gypsy usage
 DRAG-BUGGY an old car that has been fixed up to make it go fast or make a lot of noise …1965 Amer. dial.
 DRAGGIN’-WAGON a fast car; a car customized for racing …Bk2006 US sl.
 DUCK a stolen car discovered by police through serendipitous checking of number plates …1970 US sl.
 DUESIE a Duesenberg car …1965 US sl.
 DUNE BUGGY an automobile, esp. an old or broken-down car …1965 Amer. dial.
 DUNGA;  DUNGER something sounding mechanically worn out or not in first-class order, esp. an old car …1980 Aust. & NZ sl.
 E-CAR an electrically powered car …2003 UK sl.
 E CLASS a very expensive car …2000s US teen sl.
 EGGBEATER an old motorcar …1970s sl.
 EGG CRATE an old car or aeroplane …1920s US sl.
 EGGED a bus …c1942 army sl.
 FALL-OUT the threat of pieces falling from an old, unsafe automobile …c1955 Aust. sl.
 FARTING-TRAP a jaunting car, a light two-wheeled vehicle carrying 4 people, seated 2 on each side, back to back …L19 Anglo-Irish
 FISH a nickname for an old car; a jalopy …1969 Amer. dial.
 FIX OR REPAIR DAILY a Ford truck; any Ford vehicle …1971 US sl.
 FLAMETHROWER a diesel truck with flames showing on the smokestack from an incorrect fuel-to-air ratio …1971 US sl.
 FLIVVER a Ford automobile …World War II Amer. sl.
 FOUR WHEELS a car; transportation …Bk2006 US sl.
 FOX TRAP an automobile customized and fixed up in a way that will attract women …Bk2006 US sl.
 FRIDAY AFTERNOON CAR a car that is constantly going wrong …1979 UK sl.
 FRIDAY CAR a car that is constantly going wrong …1979 UK sl.
 FRONT ROOM a sedan …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 GADABOUT a Lada car …1981 UK Citizens’ band radio sl.
 GANGSTER DOORS any four-door sedan …1980 US sl.
 GANGSTER LEAN a car with hydraulic shock absorbers that are set to leave the car higher on one side than the other …1991 US sl.
 GARAGE MAN’S COMPANION a truck manufactured by General Motors Corporation …1971 US sl.
 GAS-GUZZLER a motor vehicle that demands immoderate quantities of fuel, either by design or in consequence of a driver’s excessive demands …1973 US sl.
 GASOLINE WAGON an automobile …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 GASSER an automobile …Bk1947 Amer. sl.
 GEORGIA BUGGY an automobile, esp. an old or broken-down car …1965 Amer. dial.
 GIG an old car …1950 Amer. sl.
 GIN PALACE a staff car; any luxurious vehicle for the use of a superior officer …1942 army sl.
 GLASS HOUSE a sedan …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 GO-BILLY any kind of wheeled vehicle …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 GO-BUGGY an automobile, esp. an old or broken-down car …1965 Amer. dial.
 GO-DEVIL a vehicle for which a better name is lacking ..1958 Amer. dial.
 GONDOLA a sedan …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 GOOK CAR an inferior car over-decorated with chrome and accessories …1950s US sl.
 GOOK WAGON an inferior car over-decorated with chrome and accessories …1950s US sl.
 GRANNY HOLE the first gear of a truck or tractor …1984 Amer. dial.
 GRUNTER an automobile …1910s sl.
 GUNSHIP a van used in a drive-by shooting …1988 US sl.
 GUTS the interior of a car …1975  US sl.
 GUT TRUCK a wagon or truck that hauls the carcasses of dead farm stock …1983 Amer. sl.
 GUT-WAGON a wagon or truck that hauls the carcasses of dead farm stock …1925 Amer. sl.
 HACK a hearse …1950 Amer. dial.
 HACK an old, slow, or dilapidated motor vehicle, aircraft, or boat or ship …1916 Amer. sl.
 HADDOCK AND BLOATER a motor-car …1950s rhyming sl.
 HAY-BURNER a cheap automobile …1921 Amer. dial.
 HEARSE a large automobile …1938 Amer. dial.
 HENRY an automobile, esp. a Ford …1928 Amer. dial.
 HIPPOMOBILE a word used in the early days of motor vehicles for a horse-drawn vehicle …1906
 HIT CAR an automobile used to make a getaway from the scene of a murder or to carry a kidnapped victim to the place where he is to be killed …1969 Amer. criminal & police sl.
 HOG a Cadillac …1960s Amer. sl.
 HONK-HONK an automobile …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 HOOPTY a car, esp. one that is dilapidated or modified …1968 Amer. dial.
 HOOPY a car, esp. one that is dilapidated or modified …1966 Amer. dial.
 HORSE a Ford Mustang, or Colt …1975 US CB usage
 HOTCHA HEAP a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 HOT CHROME a car that appeals to girls …1954 US sl.
 HOT CRATE a fast car …1942 Amer. sl.
 HOT IRON a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 HOT-SHOT a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 HUMMER a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 HURRY-BUGGY a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 HUSTLEBUGGY a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 HYBRID in the car sales business, used as a euphemism for a car that has at least some parts that do not belong …1953 US sl.
 ICE WAGON a slow-moving person or vehicle …L19 US sl.
 JALOPY a dilapidated old car …20C colloq.
 JAMIE any General Motors truck …1971 US sl.
 JAM JAR a motor car …1934 rhyming sl.
 JAMMER a stolen car …2000s Irish sl.
 JAZZY JOLLOPY a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 JERKEY;  JERKY a roughly-made vehicle; a shaky jolting vehicle …1884 US
 JIGGER a bicycle or small motor vehicle or hand-car …1897 colloq.
 JITTER-BUGGY an old car that has been fixed up to make it go fast or make a lot of noise …1965 Amer. dial.
 JOY-RIDE an impulsive excursion in a car that is, from the point of view o the riders, borrowed, but from the point of view of the law, stolen …1915 US sl.
 JUDGE a 1968-73 Pontiac GTO …1992 US sl.
 JUNKER a motor vehicle in very poor condition; a vehicle which has been scrapped or is fit only for scrap …1932 colloq.
 KIDNEY-BUSTER a truck, esp. a military truck, that rides roughly …1938 US sl.
 KINKY anything that has been obtained dishonestly, esp. a stolen car …1927 Amer. criminal sl.
 KURUMA a rickshaw …1727 
 LAC a Cadillac …1980s African-American & rap music sl.
 LA-DE-DA a tram-car or motorcar …20C rhyming sl.
 LA-DI-DAH a car …1970s rhyming sl.
 LAH-DI-DAH a tram-car or motorcar …20C rhyming sl.
 LARD-ASS a slow-moving vehicle …1963 Amer. sl.
 LARDY-DAH a tram-car or motorcar …20C rhyming sl.
 LEAPING EGG CRATE a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 LEAPING LENA a light truck …1971 US sl.
 LEMON a defective car …1920s sl.
 LEMON LAW law that provides redress for buyers of substandard or defective cars …1920s sl.
 LEMON POP a piece of plastic or thin metal used to slip between the moulding and the top of the window on push-button locking cars, from which a loop of dental floss is dropped over the post on the door and yanked to open the door …1996 US sl.
 LEMONZINE a limousine …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 LIZZIE a car, esp. a Ford …1913 US sl.
 LOAD a car …1937 US sl.
 LOAD  a car in poor condition …1937 US sl.
 LUNKER a dilapidated motor car …1970s US sl.
 MACHINE a vehicle of any kind,  usually wheeled; in the 18th and part of the 19th centuries commonly applied to a stagecoach or mail-coach …1687 obs. exc. Sc.
 MACHINE an automobile …1901 sl.
 MACHINE a fast and attractive car …1908 US sl.
 MAGGOT WAGON a catering truck …1992 US sl.
 MAYFLOWER a Plymouth car …1965 US sl.
 MEAN MACHINE a fast or stylish car …1980s sl., orig. US
 MEAT GRINDER an automobile …Bk1947 Amer. sl.
 MEAT WAGON an ambulance …1925 sl., chiefly US
 MEAT WAGON a hearse …1942 sl.
 MECHANICAL FLEA a Ford automobile, esp. one used by the military …Amer. World War I sl.
 MEXICAN BUICK a Chevrolet …1979 US sl.
 MEXICAN CADILLAC a Chevrolet …1962 US sl.
 MEXICAN RIG (derogatory) an old car that has been fixed up to make it go fast or to make a lot of noise …1966 Amer. dial.
 MITZI a Mitsubishi car …2002 Brit. sl.
 MONKEY WAGON an estate car; a ‘family’ car …1960s US sl.
 MOTOR a motor car …1984 UK sl.
 MOTOR BULLET an automobile with a torpedo body …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 MOTOR TORPEDO an automobile with a torpedo body …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 MOUNT in hot rodding: a driver’s car …1948 US sl.
 MUSCLE CAR a passenger car with a powerful engine, a light chassis, and two-door body …1969 US sl.
 NAG an old automobile …Bk1934 college sl.
 NINE-EIGHT a 1998 Oldsmobile …1990s US sl.
 NIXON’S REVENGE an American Ford car …1976 US Citizens’ band radio sl.
 NORTH SHORE HOLDEN a Volvo car …Aust. (Sydney) sl.
 NOTCHBACK a car with a dent in its boot/trunk …1992 US sl.
 NO-TOP a convertible with its top down …1976 US sl.
 OLD BUCKET a motor vehicle, generally an old or dilapidated car …1938 Amer. dial.
 OLD BUGGY an automobile, esp. an old or broken-down car …1965 Amer. dial.
 OIL-BURNER a vehicle which, through a malfunctioning or dirty engine, uses up a disproportionate quantity of oil …1930s sl.
 OIL-BURNER any old or dilapidated vehicle, esp. a car or ship …20C sl.
 OIL CAN an automobile …1940s US sl., derogatory
 O.J. a large car, typically a Ford or Lincoln …1980s African-American sl.
 OLD BETSY an automobile …1967 Amer. dial.
 OLD CAT a Morris Minor …1981 UK Citizens’ band radio sl.
 OLD HACK an old or dilapidated vehicle or boat …1965 Amer. dial.
 OLDS an Oldsmobile automobile …1932 US sl.
 OMYGOD a Plymouth Omega …1992 US sl.
 OTTYMOBILE an automobile …1942 Amer. dial.
 PADDOCK-BASHER a worn-out old vehicle used to drive around a country property; an off-road vehicle  …1983 Aust. sl.
 PADIDDLE a vehicle with a burned-out headlight; thus any old or run-down vehicle …1959 US sl.
 PADOODLE a car with only one working headlight …1959 Amer. dial.
 PADUNGLE a car with only one working headlight …1959 Amer. dial.
 PAIL a car …1940s US sl.
 PAIR OF WHEELS a 2-wheeled vehicle …E17
 PAPA a Lincoln automobile …1930s US criminals’ sl.
 PARLOR a sedan …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 PEPPY CRATE a fast car …1942 Amer. sl.
 PERCOLATOR an automobile …Bk1947 Amer. sl.
 PERDIDDLE a car with only one working headlight …1959 Amer. dial.
 PERDIDDO a car with only one working headlight …1959 Amer. dial.
 PIG a vehicle, esp. one that is heavy or awkward to control …1898 colloq.
 PIG an old truck or car …1961 Amer. dial.
 PNEUMONIA TRUCK an open lorry (truck) without doors or hood …1940 sl.
 POP-BUGGY an old car that has been fixed up to make it go fast or make a lot of noise …1965 Amer. dial.
 POPEYE a car with only one working headlight …1999 Amer. dial.
 PUDDEN a second-hand car dealer’s term relating to filler in a car’s bodywork …Brit. sl.
 PUDDING a second-hand car dealer’s term relating to filler in a car’s bodywork …Brit. sl.
 PUDDLE-JUMPER an old rickety automobile …1930s sl.
 PUDDLE-JUMPER a small commercial vehicle …Brit. sl.
 PUSH-FOOT a Ford Model T automobile …1920s W. Indies sl.
 QUEEN MARY a large tank truck …1954 US sl.
 RADA a Cadillac Eldorado …1970s African-American sl.
 ‘RADO a Cadillac El Dorado …1970s African-American sl.
 RAG a second-rate, rundown car; one in poor condition …1980s US sl.
 RAGGEDY-ASS RIDE an old car; any form of motor vehicle that has become run-down and dilapidated …1950s African-American sl.
 RAGGER a car with a ‘convertible’ soft op …1950s US sl.
 RAGGER a truck that has an open back, which, when loaded, is covered with a tarpaulin …1970s sl.
 RAG-ROOF a convertible car …1955 Amer. sl.
 RAG TOP a car with a ‘convertible’ soft top …1955 US sl.
 RAG TOP a truck that has an open back, which, when loaded, is covered with a tarpaulin …1970s sl.
 RALLY a lorry …1923 Sc.
 RANFLA a car that has been lowered and otherwise customized for teen use …1990s US sl.
 RANGE a Range Rover …2000s sl.
 RAPE WAGON a flashy car belonging to a pimp …1960s US sl.
 RAT a near-derelict but just driveable secondhand car …1940s US sl.
 RATTLER an automobile …1923 US sl.
 RATTLE-TRAP a worn-out, rickety vehicle; anything old and dilapidated; a makeshift contrivance …1888 Eng. dial.
 REGO the registration of a motor vehicle …Aust. sl.
 REST CURE the practice of sending a car to the repair shop and having it returned to the customer without anything being done to it …Bk1998 sl.
 RICE BURNER a Japanese motorcycle or car …Bk1998 sl.
 RIDE an automobile …Bk1934 sl.
 RIV a Buick Riviera car …1970s US sl.
 RIVIE a Buick Riviera car …1970s US sl.
 RIVIE HOG a Buick Riviera car …1980 US sl.
 ROACH in new car sales: a bad credit risk …1989 US sl.
 ROD a hot rod …M20 sl., chiefly US
 ROLLER a car in stock; one that a buyer can come into a dealership and see, buy, and drive home in …Bk1998 sl.
 ROLLER a Rolls Royce …Bk1998 sl.
 ROOF-RIDING riding illegally on the roof of a car, bus, etc. for the thrills …1980s US sl.
 RUST BUCKET a car that is rusted through …Bk1998 sl.
 SAD AND SORRY a lorry …1992 UK rhyming sl.
 SAGGING DEUCE a lowered Cadillac automobile …1990s African-American sl.
 SAIL a ride in a cart or other vehicle, or on horseback …1830 Sc.
 SALT SHAKER a road-gritting or road-salting vehicle …1976 US sl.
 SAMOAN FAMILY CAR a used police car bought at auction …1982 Hawaiian youth usage
 SANDBURNER a Jeep …1981 UK sl.
 SARDINE-TIN a mini-car …1960s colloq.
 SCOOTER a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SCORCHER a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SEEDAN a sedan …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SELDOM SEEN a limousine …Bk1942 Amer. rhyming sl.
 SHACKING holding onto a moving vehicle so as to be towed along over snow and ice …1993 Amer. dial.
 SHAGGING holding onto a moving vehicle so as to be towed along over snow and ice …1994 Amer. dial.
 SHAGGING-STATION a van or car used primarily for sex …1960s sl.
 SHAGGING-WAGON a van or car used primarily for sex …1960s sl.
 SHAG-WAGON a van or car used primarily for sex …1960s sl.
 SHARPIE a car that is smart or in good condition …L20 N. Amer. colloq.
 SHED a sedan …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SHITBOX a dilapidated, messy, or poor-quality vehicle or house …1968 sl.
 SHITCAN a near derelict but just drivable secondhand car, or motorcycle, one step from the junkyard …1970s US sl.
 SHITHEAP a dilapidated or untidy place, vehicle, etc. …1961 sl., orig. US
 SHORT an automobile …1914 US sl.
 SHOWCASE a sedan …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SHUNT a car accident …1959 UK sl.
 SIN BIN a van or car used primarily for sex …1980s Aust. sl.
 SITTING DUCK a stolen car discovered by police through serendipitous checking of number plates …1970 US sl.
 SIZZLER a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SKEECHING holding on the bumper of a slow-moving car on a snowy or icy street and getting pulled along …Bk1998 sl.
 SKILLET an old car …1930s sl.
 SKINHEAD a British Leyland “Allegro” car …1981 UK citizens band radio sl.
 SKITCHING holding on to the back of a vehicle so as to be pulled over snow or ice; also, holding on to a vehicle while on a bicycle …1983 Amer. dial.
 SLED a big car …1985 sl.
 SLED in the world of automobile auctions, a vehicle badly in need of repair …Bk1998 sl.
 SLUG a used car in need of major repairs …Bk1998 sl.
 SMOKE WAGON an automobile …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 SNAPPY HEAP a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SNOWBIRDS snow and ice clumps that build up under the fender of the car …1987 Can. sl.
 SNOW TANK an older, large car that is reliable in snow driving …2003 US sl.
 SOUPED-UP BUGGY an old car that has been fixed up to make it go fast or make a lot of noise …1965 Amer. dial.
 SPARK-PLUGGY CAR a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SPEED-BUGGY a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SPEED-BURNER. a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SPEEDMOBILE a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SPEEDSTER a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SPEED-UP CAR a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SPEED-WAGON a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SPIVMOBILE an exceptionally ostentatious and flashy car, such as might be driven by a spiv or their successors …1980s sl.
 SPORTSTER a sports-car …1960 colloq.
 SPURT MODEL a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 SPUTES sport utility vehicles …Bk1998 sl.
 STAY-WAG a station wagon …1991 US sl.
 STEAMING DEMON any large American car …1981 UK sl.
 STEPMOBILE a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 STEPPER a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 STEPPY SPEED-WAGON a fast car …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 STRUGGLE-BUGGY an automobile, esp. an old or broken-down car …1965 Amer. dial.
 TACO WAGON a car embellished with bright colours, chrome and other accessories associated with Mexican-American car enthusiasts …1960 US sl.
 TACO WAGON a modified Chevy with much Chrome and with baby booties or sponge dice hanging from the mirror …1970 Amer. sl.
 TAILGATING holding on to the back of a car as it drives over snow or ice …c1980 Amer. dial.
 TIN LIZZIE a small, cheap automobile in run-down condition, esp. a Model T Ford …1910 sl.
 TOORAK TRACTOR a luxury four-wheel drive or sport utility vehicle …21C Aust., derogatory
 TORPEDO an automobile with a torpedo body …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 TOY OTTER in car repair: a Toyota car …1992 US sl.
 TRANS a car …1995 US sl.
 TRIG a block or a chock used to keep something from rolling or shifting; any of various contrivances used to stop or slow a vehicle …1871 Amer. dial.
 URBAN SURFING riding illegally on the roof of a car for the thrills …1980s US sl.
 VACUUM CLEANER a sports car …1940s sl.
 V-DUB a Volkswagen motor vehicle …1970 Aust. sl.
 VEE-DUB a Volkwagen car …1970s Aust. sl.
 VEEKILE a vehicle …c1850 Sc.
 VEE-WEE a Volkswagen car …1960s sl.
 VEHICULATION conveyance by means of a vehicle or vehicles; vehicular activity or traffic …1834
 VEHICULUM a vehicle …1633 obs.
 VELOCIPEDE a swift-moving vehicle …1838
 VETTE a Corvette automobile …1950s sl.
 VIACLE a vehicle …1894 Sc.
 VICKY a Ford Victoria sedan, first built in the 1930s and then revived in the 1950s …1965  US sl.
 VICTORY V a Triumph car …1981 UK citizens’ band radio sl.
 VOLKS a Volkswagen car …1964 US sl.
 VOLKSIE a Volkswagen car, esp. the ‘Beetle’ …19162 S. Afr. sl.
 WAGON an old, worn-out, beat-up car …1959 US sl.
 WHIP a car; used by urban Black youths …2004 UK sl.
 WHISKEY DENT a dent on your car that you don’t remember incurring while driving drunk …1984 US sl.
 WHOOPEE;  WHOOPY a car, esp. one that is dilapidated or modified …1922 Amer. dial.
 WHOOPTY a car, esp. one that is dilapidated or modified …1968 Amer. dial.
 WOODEN CAT a Morris Traveller car …1981 UK Citizens’ band radio sl.
 WOODIE a car with wood or synthetic wood panelling on its body …1962 US sl.
 WOODY a station wagon with wooden outside trim …1950s Amer. sl., orig. surfing usage
 WRAPPER a motor vehicle …1976 US citizens’ band radio sl.
 WRECK n. an old car or other vehicle …1930s Amer. sl.
 WRITE-OFF any machine, vehicle, etc., smashed beyond economic repair …1918 sl., orig. chiefly Services’
 XKE the Jaguar XKE automobile …1980s African-American sl.
 YANKEE CLIPPER a North American moving van …1976 US sl.
 YANK TANK a large car, esp. one manufactured in the US …1981 Aust. & NZ sl.
 YAP WAGON a vehicle taking tourists on sightseeing tours …1920s US sl.
 ZOOM BUGGY a fast car …1950s US teen sl.
 
VEHICLE – ​NOUNS, PERSON
 AUTOIST one who uses or drives an automobile …1903 US
 AUTOMOBILIST one who uses an automobile or motor vehicle …1897
 BACK-SEAT DRIVER a passenger in a vehicle who constantly gives the driver unwanted advice on how to drive …1927
 BONDO MECHANIC a body-shop worker who relies too heavily upon large amounts of body putty and too little upon  finesse or craft …1992 US sl.
 CLOCKER a person who turns back the milometer of a motor vehicle so that it registers a falsely low mileage …L20 sl.
 DAUBER a car painter who will repaint a stolen car …20C sl.
 FULL-TIMER a person who lives in a recreational vehicle all year …1997 US sl.
 GAS-GUZZLER a person who drives a gas-guzzler, a large car characterized by high fuel consumption …1977 colloq., orig. US
 GEARHEAD an engineering student; someone mechanically minded; hence, a motor vehicle enthusiast …1975 colloq., orig. US college
 GLIMMER a person who watches vacant motorcars …1933 UK sl.
 GOOBER in the usage of young street racers, anyone who drives a car with an automatic transmission  …2003 US sl.
 GREASE MONKEY a mechanic, esp. one who works on cars or aircraft …1928 colloq.
 HIGH-RIDER a young, esp. working-class, man whose car is modified in such a way that its rear is higher than the front …1980s US sl.
 HOT SHORT HUSTLER an automobile thief …Bk1934 sl.
 INSIDE a passenger riding inside a vehicle …1816 sl.
 JEHU a fast or furious driver or operator of a vehicle …1682 humorous
 KINK a criminal; later, esp. a car thief …1910s US criminal sl.
 LEADER the driver of a vehicle …a1300 obs.
 MIDNIGHT AUTO SERVICE car thieves …1960s Amer. sl.
 MOTORHEAD a person who is over-enthusiastic about cars …1974 Amer. sl.
 MOTORPHOBE a person who has a strong fear or hatred of motor vehicles …1905 rare
 PANEL-BEATER an employee in a car body shop …1984 Aust. sl.
 PARTS CHANGER in car repair: a mechanic who replaces parts until a problem is solved instead of diagnosing the problem at the outset …1993 US sl. 
 RINGER someone who fraudulently changes the identity of a car …1970 sl.
 ROACH a car buyer without credit or with bad credit …Bk1998 sl.
 RODDER a hot-rodder; a person who converts cards into hot rods …sl., chiefly US
 SKATE JOCKEY a driver of a small car, esp. a sports car …1976 US citizens band radio sl.
 SLIDE-RULER a person coming on a used car lot or into a showroom with a strong interest in such things as miles per gallon, displacement, and EPA ratings and who often carries a calculator; not beloved …Bk1998 sl.
 SLOW MOTION a prospective car buyer who tends to think things over …Bk1998 sl.
 SPEED SHOP an automobile supplier specializing in the parts for (and sometimes building) modified cars …1950s US sl.
 SPINNER one who illegally sets back the true mileage on used cars to get them ready for market …Bk1998 sl.
 TOWIE a tow-truck driver …1975 Aust. sl.
 VANNER an owner or operator of a van or truck …1976 US & Can.
 VANNY a van driver …2000s sl.
 WAGGONER;  WAGONER the driver of a vehicle …1841 jocular
 WIPE one who washes or wipes cars or dishes …Bk1975 Amer. sl. 
 WRENCHER a car enthusiast with considerable mechanical ability …2003 US sl.
 
VEHICLE – ​PHRASES
 WHAT ARE YOU PUSHING? what sort of car do you drive? …1970s African-American sl.
 
VEHICLE – ​VERBS
 ANCHOR to apply the brakes of a car or truck …1946 US sl.
 AUTOMOBILIZE to use an automobile as a means of locomotion; to ride in or drive a motor car; to travel by automobile …1898
 CABBIE to drive a motor vehicle; to be driven …1974 UK Army use
 CABBY to drive a motor vehicle; to be driven …1974 UK Army use
 CARRY THE WHEELS to accelerate so quickly that the vehicle’s front wheels lift off the ground …1968 US sl.
 CAR-SHOP to break into a car to steal its contents …1997 US sl.
– CHEW DUST to be overtaken in a car …L19 US sl. 
 CRACK A SHORT to break into cars …1965 Amer. sl.
 DANCE to cause a car to bounce up and down by use of hydraulic lifts …1980 US sl.
 DANGLE THE CAT to drive a Caterpillar truck …1971 US sl.
 GET A TRANSFUSION to fill a vehicle with petrol/gas or diesel ..1976 US sl.
 HOT-WIRE to steal a vehicle by bypassing its ignition system …1966 sl., orig. Amer.
 JOYRIDE to steal a car for a joy-ride …1949 US sl.
 KANGAROO of a car: to move forward or to cause a car to move forward with short sudden jerks, as a result of improper use of the clutch …colloq.
 KNOCK COMMISSION OUT OF to damage a vehicle by excessive use …1940s sl.
 MONKEY WRENCH to repair a car or truck engine …1961 US sl.
 MOTIVATE to go, esp. in a motor vehicle …1955 Amer. sl.
 MOTORVATE to go in a vehicle …1978 Amer. sl.
 PANCAKE to lower the body of an automobile …1980s African-American & teen sl.
 PUT ONE’S FOOT DOWN to accelerate and drive a vehicle fast …1930s sl.
 PUT ONE’S FOOT ON THE FLOOR to accelerate a motorcar …1920s sl.
 RAKE to lower the front end of a car …1970 US sl.
 RING to fraudulently change the identity of a car …1967 sl.
 ROD UP to convert a car by giving it a very powerful engine to make it go fast …1970s US sl.
 SAIL to ride or drive in a vehicle of any kind …1904 Sc.
– SIT ON CHROME to possess an automobile that is fitted with chrome rims on the wheels …2000s African-American sl.
 SKEETCH to hang onto the back of a vehicle in order to be pulled when one is on skates, a sled, skis, etc. …1979 Amer. dial.
 SPLACK to steal a car, esp. by shattering the steering column …1993 US sl.
 TRIG to place a stone or block of wood, etc. to prevent a wheel from running back on a descent …1815 Amer. dial.
 UNLOAD to get off or out of a vehicle …20C US sl.
 VEHICULATE originally, to convey, to transport; later, to carry or convey in a vehicle, or as if in a vehicle …1628 obs.
 VEHICULATE to travel, ride, or drive in a vehicle …1843 chiefly humorous usage, rare
 WRITE ONESELF OFF to have a motor accident … Aust. sl.


VEHICLE PARTS – ​NOUNS (also see TIRE)
 ANCHOR an automobile brake …1936 sl., orig. trucking usage
 ARMSTRONG STARTER the crank handle used on early trucks …1942 US sl.
 BANGER the front bumper of a vehicle …Bk2006 US sl.
 BIG HOLE the lowest gear of a truck or other vehicle …1947 Amer. dial.
 BINDERS brakes, esp. a hand brake …1943 Amer. dial., orig. railroad usage
 BLINDING LIGHTS the high beans of a car’s headlights …1968 Amer. dial.
 BOLONY an automobile tire …Bk1934 sl.
 BOOM a car stereo …20C teen & high school sl.
 CALIFORNIA TIRES tires with little or no tread remaining …1971 US trucking sl.
 CHATTERBOX a car radio …1930s US sl.
 CHATTERBOX AND FISH POLE a car radio and aerial …1930s US sl.
 CHEATER a rear view mirror on a vehicle …1947 Amer. dial.
 CHEATER SLICKS car tires that are smooth but not quite treadless …1970 US sl.
 DAGENHAM GIRL PIPER a windscreen wiper …20C Brit. rhyming sl.
 DASH the dashboard of a motor-car …c1910 sl.
 DOGBOX a truck’s gear box …1971 US sl.
 DOUGHNUT a tire; in motor racing: a fat, treadless tire …1922 US sl.
 DOUGHNUT an undersized, often illegal, steering wheel …1980 US sl.
 E-BRAKE a vehicle’s emergency brake …2003 US sl.
 FIDDLE AND FIRE in the car sales business: a radio and heater …1953 US sl.
 FLAME-OUT an empty petrol tank …1960 US sl.
 FOOTREST an accelerator pedal …1976 US sl.
 FUZZ-SPOTTER a rear view mirror …1979 UK sl.
 GANGSTER WHITEWALLS showy, flashy, whitewalled tires …1972 US sl.
 GLARE a bright light on a car …1967 Amer. dial.
 GO BUTTON a car’s accelerator …1993 US sl.
 GOODIE extra parts or equipment for a car enhancing its performance and/or embellishing its appearance …1954 US sl.
 GRANDMA the low gear on a truck …1958 US trucking usage
 GUN the accelerator of a car …1900s sl.
 GUT an air hose on a brake system …1946 US sl.
 JACK-OFF BAR a truck’s emergency brake …1971 US sl.
 JOCKEY BOX a glove compartment …US
 JUG a carburettor …1942 US sl.
 JUICEPOT a carburettor …1971 US sl.
 LORD SUTCH the clutch …1960s rhyming sl.
 LOUD PEDAL the accelerator …c1940 Aust. sl.
 MARKER a license plate …1921 Amer. dial.
 NERF BAR a bumper fitted to a customized car …1940s US sl.
 NERFING BAR a bumper fitted to a customized car …1940s US sl.
 NIGGER BAIT an excess of chrome accessories on an automobile …1950s sl., derogatory
 O-DOM an odometer …2000 US sl.
 ORGAN a car radio …1978 US sl.
 PADS car license plates …1930s US sl.
 PARKERS parking lights …1960s Aust. sl.
 PEDESTRIAN SPEAR a large, sharp car radiator ornament …1962 US sl.
 PUMPTURE a puncture, tire trouble …1991 Irish sl.
 QUAD a carburettor with four barrels …1965 US sl.
 RAG a well-worn tire …1961 sl.
 RAG the car or truck’s soft top …1970s sl.
 RAGGER the car or truck’s soft top …1970s sl.
 RAG TOP the car or truck’s soft top …1970s sl.
 RINGER a false registration plate on a stolen vehicle …1962 US sl.
 SET OF SKINS a set of tires …Bk1995 US sl.
 SKETCHLEY’S AERIAL a wire coat-hanger used as a makeshift aerial for a car radio after the proper one has been broken …Brit. sl.
 SLUG a piston …Bk1998 sl.
 SLUSH automatic transmission …Bk1998 sl.
 SLUSH BOX automatic transmission …Bk1998 sl.
 SNEAKERS car wheel rims …2003 US sl.
 SNIFFER a device placed on a vehicle’s exhaust pipe to measure the pollutants in the emission …1993 US sl.
 SNOOZE PATROL cruise control …Bk1998 sl.
 SPAGHETTI excess chrome or trim on a car …Bk1998 sl.
 SPEEDO a speedometer …1930s sl.
 SQUINT tinted windshield glass …Bk1998 sl.
 TACH;  TACHO;  TACK a tachometer, an instrument that measures the velocity of machines …1960s sl.
 TAG a vehicle number-plate …1930s sl.
 TAIL in hot rodding: a fox tail or raccoon tail tied to the car …1960 US sl.
 TINTS tinted car windows …1980 US sl.
 TRAFFICATOR a directional signal on a vehicle for indicating which way it is going to turn …Brit.
 TRANNIE;  TRANNY in a car or truck: a transmission …1993 US sl.
 VOGUE a wheel rim …2001 US sl.
 WING a car door …1970s US sl.
 WOBBLESTICK a gear lever on a truck or car …1971 US sl.
 X the accelerator on a car …1950s W. Indies sl.


VEHICLE SALES – NOUNS
 DIP SHOP in the used car business: a small finance company with very high interest rates that will offer loans to customers who might not otherwise qualify for financing …1975 US sl.
 FACELIFT in the used car business: the procedure of turning back the miles on the odometer (mileometer) …1997 US sl.
 HAIRCUT a lowering of the true mileometer/odometer reading of a motor vehicle to increase its retail value …1990 NZ sl.
 PACK in the used car business: a fixed amount that is added to the price the dealer has paid for the car …1975 sl.
 
VEHICLE SALES – NOUNS, PERSON
 BAREFOOT PILGRIM a trusting car buyer who questions nothing; a gullible or uninformed customer …1980 US car sales usage
 B-BACK a potential customer who say he or she will return but clearly has no intention of doing so …Bk2006 Amer. car salesmen’s sl., derogatory
 CURBSTONER in the used car business: a dealer who operates with low overheads and a small inventory …1968 US sl.
– MICE a term for car customers …Bk1994 US sl., mildly derogatory
 MOOCH in the car sales business: a customer who thinks that with arithmetic skills, a calculator, and his sharp mind, he can outsmart the salesman …1975 US sl.
 MOUSE in the used car business, a customer or potential customer – 1968 US sl.
 WAIF in car sales: an inexperienced buyer …Bk2006 Amer. sl. 
 WOOD DUCK a customer who is believed to have little likelihood of making a purchase, esp. at a car salesyard …Bk1988 Aust. sl. 
 
VEHICLE SALES – PHRASES
 THERE’S AN ASS FOR EVERY SEAT in car sales: any car can ultimately be sold …1982 Amer. sl.
 
VEHICLE SALES – VERBS
 PACK THE PAYMENT in new car sales: to make a sale for a price slightly below what the customer has said what they are willing to spend …1989 US sl.
 SKATE in the used car business: to steal another salesman’s sale …1975 US sl.