British Slang Sex Words: 1300s – 1800s

British Slang Sex Words: 1300s – 1800s


Here’s a list of slang sex words of the past. Some are taken from Farmer and Henley, some from the Green’s Dictionary of Slang.
It’s quite curious how the word “green” has been related to sex over the centuries. Green gown  is an archaic and historical term for “a dress stained green from rolling in grass.”
Chiefly in to give a woman a green gown means to engage in amorous play with a woman; (euphem.) to deflower, deprive a woman of her virginity.” By the 19th century, “green” (or “greens”) was a slang term for “sexual activity.



british old slang words female genitalia

Belle-chose (1386)

Lady-star (1500s)

Leak (early 1700s)

Cony (1500s-1700s)

Garden (1500s-1800s)

Altar of Venus (1584)

Netherlands (1591)

Placket-lace (1593)

India (early 1600s)

Jelly bag (1600s)

Lady-ware (mid 1600s)

Dearest bodily part (1600s – Shakespeare)

Den (1600s – Shakespeare)

Lap (1600s – Shakespeare)

Gallimaufrey (1600s – Shakespeare)

Demesnes (Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare)

You Know What (1600s)

Gusset (1600s)

Jiggumbob (1600s)

Half-moon (early 1600s)

Conundrum (1600s)

Cock-alley (1600s)

Fort (1600s)

Gallantry (1600s-1700s)

Case (1600s-1800s)

Phoenix nest (1618)

Nature’s treasury (1635)

Contrapunctum (1653)

Privy-counsel (1664)

Aphrodisiacal tennis court (1665)

Cunny (1700s)

Old hat (1700s-1800s)

Eve’s custom-house (late 1700s)

Cunny-burrow (1700s)

Cuntkin (1700s)

Doddle-sack (1700s)

Kettle (1700s)

Lady’s low toupee (1721)

Mount Pleasant (1748)

Petticoat lane (1790)

Venerable monosyllable (1796)

Divine monosyllable (1800s)

Divine scar (late 1800s)

Garden of Eden (1800s)

Yum-Yum (1800s)

Ace of Spades (1800s)

Beauty Spot (1800s)

Bald-Headed Hermit (1800s)

Adam’s Own (1800s)

Black Hole (1800s)

Black Jock (1800s)

Black Joke (1800s)

Black Ring (1800s)

Bit of pork (1800s)

Black bess (1800s)

Bread winner (1800s)

(British prostitute slang)

Bore (1800s)

Budget (1800s)

Altar of Hymen (Late 1800s)

Berkshire Hunt (1800s)

Altar of Love(Late 1800s)

Bit of snug for a bit of stiff (Late 1800s)

Get a bellyful of marrow-pudding (1800s)

Alcove (1800s)

Bit of fork (1800s)

Belly-dale (1800s)

Bee-hive (1800s)

Bluebeard’s closet (1800s)

The Antipodes (1800s)

Sir Berkeley Hunt (1800s)

Bit of jam (1800s)

Brat-getting place (1800s)

Broom (1800s)

Bucket (1800s)

Butter boat (1800s)

Butcher’s shop (1800s)

Bull’s eye (1800s)

Button-hole (1800s)

Contrapuctum (1800s)

Cabbage-garden/field/patch (1800s)

Boy in the boat or Button  (1800s)

(The clitoris)

Fancy article (1822)

Mrs. Fubbs’ parlor (1823)

Antipodes (1832)

Thatched cottage (1835)

Bit (1800-1900)

Cyprian fountain (1846)

Candlestick (1800s)

Canister (1800s)

Cape Horn (1800s)

Cape Of Good Hope (1800s)

Cat’s meat (1800s)

Cauliflower (1800s)

Cellar (1800s)

Cellar-door (1800s)

Central furrow (1800s)

Central office (1800s)

Charley Hunt (1800s)

Chat (1800s)

Claff (1800s)

Chimney (1800s)

Chink (1800s)

Chum (1800s)

Churn (1800s)

Clock (1800s)

Cloven spot (1800s)

Cock-chafer (1800s)

Cock-hall (1800s)

Cock-inn (1800s)

Cock-loft (1800s)

Cockpit (1800s)

Cockshire (1800s)

Cock-lane (1800s)

Cleft of flesh (1800s)

Concern (1800s)

Coupler (1800s)

Coyote (1800s)

Cradle (1800s)

Cunnicle (1800s)

Cushion (1800s)

Crown and feathers (1800s)

Cream-jug (1800s)

Cunikin (1800s)

Cupid’s cave (1800s)

Cupid’s cloister (1800s)

Cupid’s corner (1800s)

Cupid’s hotel (1800s)

Cuckoo’s nest (1800s)

Cut and come again (1800s)

Diddly pout (1800s)

Dimple (1800s)

Hotel (1800s)

Doddle case (1800s)

Dormouse (1800s)

Dumb squint (1800s)

Duster (1800s)

Eel-skinner (1800s)

Old ding (late 1800s)

Downy-bit (late 1800s)

Dyke (late 1800s)

Catch-’em-alive-O (1800s)

From a nickname for a type of sticky frypaper used in the mid 1800s

Everlasting wound (mid 1800s)

Eye that weeps most when best pleased  (1800s)

Factotum (1800s)

Fancy-bit (1800s)

Fanny-artful (1800s)

Fanny-fair (1800s)

Fart-Daniel (1800s)

Faucett (1800s)

Fie-for-shame (1800s)

Firelock (1800s)

Fleshly idol (1800s)

Fleshly part (1800s)

Flower of chivalry (1800s)

Fly trap (1800s)

Fobus (late 1800s)

Forecaster (1800s)

Forecastle (1800s)

Fore-court (1800s)

Forewoman (1800s)

Forehatch (1800s)

Fortress (1800s)

Front garden (1800s)

Front-parlor (1800s)

Front-window (1800s)

Fruitful vine (1800s)

Fountain of life (1800s)

Funny bit (1800s)

Furry hoop (1800s)

Gaper (1800s)

Gate (1800s)

Generating place (1800s)

Gate-of-horn (1800s)

Garden-gate (1800s)

the labia minora

Girl street (1800s)

Goat-milker (1800s)

Green-grocery (1800s)

Grindstone (1800s)

Grotto (1800s)

Gully-hole (1800s)

Gutter (1800s)

Hair-court (1800s)

Handle for the broom (1800s)

Hatchway (1800s)

Hive (mid 1800s)

Hole of holes (1800s)

Hole to hide it in (1800s)

Hoop (1800s)

Horse collar (1800s)

Horse-shoe (1800s)

House under the hill (1800s)

Housewife (1800s)

Ineffable (1800s)

Itching Jenny (1800s)

Ingle-nook (1800s)

Ivory gate (1800s)

Jack nasty-face (early 1800s)

Jack Straw’s castle (early 1800s)

Jam-pot (1800s)

Jacob’s ladder (late 1800s)

 Keifer (1800s)

 Keyhole (1800s)

 Kitchen (1800s)

Kitty (1800s)

 Keystone of love (1800s)

Ladder (1800s)

Old lady (1800s)

Lady Berkeley (1800s)

Lady Jane (1800s)

Lamp of love (1800s)

Lapland (1800s)

Leading article (1800s)

Lea rigs (1800s)

Leather lane (1800s)

Road to a christening (1903)

Cat’s head-cut-open (early 1900s)

Crumpet (early 1900s)

Geography (early 1900s)




Old slang british words man genitalia

Lady-ware (late 1500s)

Bauble (1597 – Romeo and Juliet)

Beef (1600s – Shakespeare)

Dribbling dart of love (1600s – Shakespeare)

Dearest member (1600s – Shakespeare)

Forefinger (1600s – Shakespeare)

Carnal stump (1600s)

Foreman (mid 1600s)

Flapdoodle (1600s)

Catso (1600s-1700s)

Maypole (1621)

Butter-knife (1650s )

Pioneer of nature (1653)

Master John Goodfellow (1653)

Generating tool (1653)

Evesdropper (1653)

Cyprian scepter (1653)

Don Cypriano (1653)

Flip-flap (1650s)

Cunny-catcher (1700s)

Jiggumbobs (1600s)


Matrimonial peacemaker (1708)

Gentleman usher (1719)

Rule of three (1720) — this refers to the whole genital area

Silent flute (1720)

Arbor vitae (1732)

Impudence (1783)

Arbor Vitae (1700s-1800s)

Key (1700s)

Almond rock (1800s)

Yum-Yum (1800)

My body’s captain (1800)

Bean-Tosser (1800s)

The Old Adam (1800s)

Almond Rock (1800s)

Bonfire (1800s)

Bracmard (1800s)

Battering-Piece (1800s)

Bit of hard (1800s)

Bum tickler (1800s)

Bush-beater (1800s)

Busk (1800s)

Beecham’s pills (1800s – testicles)

Bird’s eggs (1800s – testicles)

Bayonet (1800s)

Blade (1800s)

Bodkin (1800s)

Best leg of three (1800s)

Bald-Headed Hermit (1800s)

Bag of Tricks (1800s)

Beak (1800s)

Abraham’s Bosom (1800s)

Athenaeum (late 1800s)

Aaron’s Rod (1800s)

Adam’s Arsenal (1800s)

Arse-Opener (1800s)

Arse-Wedge (1800s)

Angle (1800s)

Snug (1800s)

Bludgeon (1800s)

Button-hole-worker (1800s)

Staff of life (1836)

Mr. Peaslin (1883)

Credentials (1895)

Broom handle (1800s)

Bury one’s wick (1800s)

Candle (1800s)

Copperstick (1800s)

Bingy (1800-1900)

Captain Standish (1800s)

Cark (1800s)

Clothes prop (1800s)

Cutlass (1800s)

Chum (1800s)

Crunny-hunter (1800s)

Child-getter (1800s)

Chanticleer (1800s)

Crack-hunter (1800s)

Cracksman (1800s)

Chink-stopper (1800s)

Creamstick (1800s)

Culty-gun (1800s)

Cupid’s torch (1800s)

Dagger (1800s)

Dard of love (1800s)

Dibble (1800s)

Down leg (1800s)

Doctor Johnson (1800s)

John Thomas (mid 1800s)

Dropping member (early 1800s)

Enemy (1800s)

Eye-opener (1800s)

Fancy work (1800s)

Father-confessor (1800s)

Fiddle-bow (1800s)

Firebrand (1800s)

Fishing rod (1800s)

Flapper (1800s)

Floater (1800s)

Fool-sticker (1800s)

Fornicating-engine (1800s)

Fornicator (1800s)

Garden-engine (1800s)

Gardener (1800s)

Grinding tool (1800s)

Gaying instrument (1800s)

Generation tool (1800s)

Girlometer (1800s)

Gooser (1800s)

Goose’s neck (1800s)

Gristle (mid 1800s)

Gut-stick mid 1800s)

Hair-divider/splitter (1800s)

Hairy wheel (1800s)

Hermit (1800s)

Handstaff (mid 1800s)

Jack (1800s)

Jack on the box (1800s)

Jacob (1800s)

Jezebel (1800s)

Jiggling-bone (1800s)

Old Hornington  (mid 1800s)

King member  (1800s)

John Willie  (early 1900s)

Ladies’ delight (1800s)

Ladies’ lollipop (1800s)

Ladies’ treasure (1800s)

Lamp of life (1800s)

Lance of love (1800s)

Langolee (1800s)

Larydoodle (1800s)

Leather-stretcher (1800s)

Leaving-shop (1800s)

Fun and frolics (1800s)

The testicles

Gooseberries (mid 1800s)

The testicles

Gingambobs (1700s-1800s)

The testicles




british sex slang words of the past for sexyal intercourse

Give someone a green gown (1351)

To be familiar with (mid 1400s)

Gender (1400s-1800s)

Play nug-a-nug (1505)

Play the pyrdewy (1512)

Play at couch quail (1521)

Ride below the crupper (1578)

Horsemanship (1600s – Shakespeare)

Behind door work (A Winter’s Tale)

Getting up (The merchant of Venice)

Between the sheets (Much ado about nothing)

Embrace (Much ado about nothing)

To flesh (late 1500s)

Carnal Trap (1600s)

To jock (1600s)

To foot (1600s)

To horse (1600s-1800s)

(of a man)

To jog (1600s)

(of a man)

Do (1600s – to perform any sexual act)

Act of Shame (1603 – Othello)

Beast with two backs (1603 – Othello)

Board a land carrack (1604)

Act of Darkness (1606 – King Lear)

Fadoodling (1611)

Put the devil into hell (1616)

Night physic (1621)

Princum-prancum (1630)

Culbatizing exercise (1653)

Join paunches (1656)

Dance the Paphian jig (1656)

Play at tray trip of a die (1660)

Dance Barnaby (1664)

Shot twixt wind and water (1665)

Play at rantum-scantum (1667)

Blow off the groundsills (1674)

Play hey gammer cook (1674)

Join giblets (1680)

Play at rumpscuttle and clapperdepouch (1684)

Lerricompoop (1694)

Bite (late 1600s)

Freeze (1600s-1800s)

Ride a dragon upon St. George (1698)

Grant the favour (early 1700s)

(said of a woman)

Jobbing (1700s and before)

(said of a woman)

Fugle (early 1700s)

Kiss (1700s)

Lap-clap (1700s)

Houghmagandy (1700s)

Do the story with (1700s)

Cuckold the parson (1700s)

(copulate before marriage)

Pogue the hone (1719)

Do a kindness to (a woman) (1700s-1900s)

Make feet for children’s stockings (1785)

Dance the kipples (1796)

Goat’s jig (late 1700s)

Yield one’s favors (for a female) (1800)

Have one’s corn ground (1800s)

Act Of Generation (1800s)

Act of Kind (1800s)

Act of Love (1800s)

Among one’s frills (1800s)

Adam-and-Eve It (1800s)

Blanket Hornpipe (1800s)

Bit of fork (1800s)

Bit of jam (1800s)

Bit of meat (1800s)

Adamize (1800s)

Bit of pork (1800s)

Bit of rough (1800s)

Bit of cauliflower (1800s – the act)

Bit of fish (1800s – the act)

Bit of flat (1800s – the act)

Bit of hair (1800s – the act)

Bit of nifty (1800s – the act)

Bit of hard (1800s – the act from female point of view)

Bit of snug (1800s – the act from female point of view)

Bit of the goose’s-neck (1800s – the act from female point of view)

Bit of snug for a bit of stiff – (the act from female point of view – 1800s)

Bit of hard for a bit of soft (1800s – the act)

Bit of front door work (1800s – the act)

Batter (1800s)

Break a lance with (1800s)

Belly-warmer (1800s – the act)

Buttock-stirring (1800s – the act)

Caulk (1800s – the act)

Chaws (1800s – the act)

Chafer (1800s – the act)

from “chauver” meaning “rub”

Chivalry (1800s)

Cocking (1800s)

Culbutizing exercise (1800s)

Cure for the horn (1800s)

Deed of kind (1800s)

Deed of pleasure (1800s)

Dance the goat’s jig (1800s)

Die in a furrow (1800s)

(to copulate without ejaculating)

Do a bottom-wetter (1800s)

(to copulate said of a woman)

Do a dive in the dark (1800s)

Do a flop (1800s)

Do a spread (1800s)

Do a woman’s job for her (1800s)

Do an inside worry (1800s)

Do a shoot up the straight (1800s)

Do a push (1800s)

Do a put (1800s)

Do ill to (1800s)

Feed the dumb-glutton (1800s)

Feed the dummy (1800s)

Ferret (1800s)

Fettle (1800s)

Fit ends (1800s)

Fit end to end (1800s)

Fore and aft (1800s – the act)

Get a pair of balls aganst one’s butt (1800s)

Get a shove in one’s blind-eye (1800s)

Fuckle (1800s)

Futter (1800s)

Gay it (1800s)

Gay it (1800s)

Grease the wheel (1800s)

Get Jack in the orchard (1800s)

(to copulate with a woman)

Get one’s leg across (1800s-1900s)

(to copulate with a woman)

Get hulled between wind and water (1800s)

(to copulate with a man)

Get one’s leg lifted (1800s)

(to copulate with a man)

Go star-gazing on one’s back (1800s)

(to copulate with a man)

Get one’s chimney swept out (1800s)

(to copulate with a man)

Get hilt and hair (1800s)

(Copulation when neither partner is married)

Get one’s greens (1800s)

Get one’s hair cut (1800s)

Get one’s leather stretched (1800s)

Give hard for soft (1800s)

Give juice for jelly (1800s)

Give mutton for beef (1800s)

Give a hole to hide in it (1800s)

(said of a woman)

Give standing room for one (1800s)

(said of a woman)

Give way (1800s)

(said of a woman)

Grind one’s tool (1800s)

(said of a man)

Give the old man his supper (1800s)

(said of a married woman)

Horizontal refreshment (1863)

Have a bit (1800s)

(said of males)

Hog (1800s)

(said of males)

Have a bit of bum dancing (1800s)

(said of males)

Have a bit of curly greens (1800s)

(said of males)

Have a bit of giblet pie (1800s)

(said of males)

Have a bit of rough (1800s)

(said of males)

Have a bit of skirt (1800s)

(said of males)

Hive it (1800s)

(said of males)

Have a bit of creamstick (1800s)

(said of the female)

Have a bit of blow-through (1800s)

(said of the female)

Have a bit of blow-through (1800s)

(said of the female)

Have a brush with the cue (1800s)

(said of the female)

Have a turn on one’s back (1800s)

(said of the female)

Have live sausage for supper (1800s)

(said of the female)

Have a flutter (1800s)

Have one’s cut (1800s)

Have connection (1800s)

Have a wipe at the place (1800s)

Have a game in the cock-loft (1800s)

Have given pussy a taste of cream (1800s)

(to copulate said of a woman, to have been deflowered)

Arrive at the end of the sentimental journey (1896)

Catch an oyster (1896)

Jolt (1800s)

(said of males)

Jounce (1800s)

(said of males)

Jottle (1800s)

Lard (1800s)

Ladies’ tailoring (1800s)

Leg-business (1800s)

Get one’s ashes hauled (1910)




Cat (1400s-pres)

Hobby-horse (1500s-1800s)

Carry-knave (1600s)

Go between (1600s)

Gamester (1600s)

Guinea-hen (1600s)

Dragon (1600s)

Convenient (1600s)

Fen (1600s)

Highflyer (1600s)

Family of love (1600s-1700s)

Dasher (1700s)

Hack (1700s)

Holer (1700s)

Easy virtue (late 1700s)

Greengrocer (1773)

“She kept the greens, for very few she sold;

And, as her customers, the greens refuse,

Why, then, the greens gave this fair maid the blues.”

Suggestive poem in Swell’s Night Guide (1846):

Impure (late 1700s- early 1800s)

Gay-girl (1800s)

Bit of meat (1800s)

Bit of mutton (1800s)

Cab-moll (1800s)

Cocktail (1800s)

Columbine (1800s)

Common-jack (1800s)

Cracked pitcher (1800s)

Curbstone sailor (1800s- early 1900s)

Deadly nightshade (1800s)

Disorderly (1800s)

Early door (1800s)

Fancy piece (1800s)

Fancy woman (1800s)

Fly (1800s)

Fore and after (1800s)

Foreskin-hunter (1800s)

Fuckstress (1800s)

Jerker (late 1800s)

Goose (1800s)

Hop-picker (1800s)

Knock them down (1800s)

Guttersnipe (1800s)

Lady of expansive sensibility (early 1800s)

Dolly-mop (early 1800s- 1900s)

Jane Shore (1800s- 1900s)

Judy/Jude (1800s- 1900s)



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