|QUACK. An ungraduated ignorant pretender to skill in physic, a vender
QUACK-SALVER. A mountebank: a seller of salves.
QUACKING CHEAT. A duck.
QUAG. Abbreviation of quagmire; marshy moorish around.
QUAIL-PIPE. A woman’s tongue; also a device to take birds of that name by
imitating their call. Quail pipe boots; boots resembling a quail pipe,
from the number of plaits; they were much worn in the reign of Charles II.
QUAKERS. A religious sect so called from their agitations in preaching.
QUAKING CHEAT. A calf or sheep.
QUANDARY. To be in a quandary: to be puzzled.
QUARREL-PICKER. A glazier: from the small squares in casements, called
CARREUX, vulgarly quarrels.
QUARROMES, or QUARRON. A body. .
QUARTERED. Divided into four parts; to be hanged, drawn, and quartered, is
the sentence on traitors and rebels. Persons receiving part of the salary
of an office from the holder of it, by virtue of an agreement with the
donor, are said to be quartered on him. Soldiers billetted on a publican
are likewise said to be quartered on him.
TO QUASH. To suppress, annul or overthrow; vulgarly pronounced squash:
they squashed the indictment.
QUEAN. A slut, or worthless woman, a strumpet.
QUEEN DICK. To the tune of the life and death of Queen Dick. That happened
in the reign of Queen Dick; i.e., never.
QUEEN STREET. A mart governed by his wife, is said to live in Queen
street, or at the sign of the Queen’s Head.
QUEER, or QUIRE. Base, roguish, bad, naught or worthless. How queerly the
cull touts; how roguishly the fellow looks. It also means odd, uncommon. .
QUEER AS DICK’S HATBAND. Out of order, without knowing one’s disease.
TO QUEER. To puzzle or confound. I have queered the old full bottom; i.e.
I have puzzled the judge. To queer one’s ogles among bruisers; to darken
one’s day lights.
QUEER WEDGES. Large buckles.
QUEER BAIL. Insolvent sharpers, who make a profession of bailing persons
arrested: they are generally styled Jew bail, from that branch of business
being chiefly carried on by the sons of Judah. The lowest sort of these,
who borrow or hire clothes to appear in, are called Mounters, from their
mounting particular dresses suitable to the occasion.
QUEER BIRDS. Rogues relieved from prison, and returned to their old trade.
QUEER BIT-MAKERS. Coiners. .
QUEER BITCH. An odd, out-of-the-way fellow.
QUEER BLUFFER. The master of a public-house the resort of rogues and
sharpers, a cut-throat inn or alehouse keeper.
QUEER BUNG. An empty purse.
QUEER CHECKERS. Among strolling players, door-keepers who defraud the
company, by falsely checking the number of people in the house.
QUEER COLE FENCER. A putter off, or utterer, of bad money.
QUEER COLE MAKER. A maker of bad money.
QUEER COVE. A rogue. .
QUEER CUFFIN. A justice of the peace; also a churl.
QUEER DEGEN. An ordinary sword, brass or iron hilted.
QUEER KEN. A prison. .
QUEER KICKS. A bad pair of breeches.
QUEER MORT. A diseased strumpet. .
QUEER NAB. A felt hat, or other bad hat.
QUEER PLUNGERS. Cheats who throw themselves into the water, in order that
they may be taken up by their accomplices, who carry them to one of the
houses appointed by the Humane Society for the recovery of drowned
persons, where they are rewarded by the society with a guinea each; and
the supposed drowned persons, pretending he was driven to that extremity
by great necessity, also frequently sent away with a contribution in his
QUEER PRANCER. A bad, worn-out, foundered horse; also a cowardly or
QUEER ROOSTER. An informer that pretends to be sleeping, and thereby
overhears the conversation of thieves in night cellars.
QUEER STREET. Wrong. Improper. Contrary to one’s wish. It is queer street,
a phrase, to signify that it is wrong or different to our wish.
QUITAM. Aquitam horse; one that will both carry and draw. LAW WIT.
TO QUIBBLE. To make subtle distinctions; also to play upon words.
QUICK AND NIMBLE. More like a bear than a squirrel. Jeeringly said to any
one moving sluggishly on a business or errand that requires dispatch.
QUID. The quantity of tobacco put into the mouth at one time. To quid
tobacco; to chew tobacco. Quid est hoc? hoc est quid; a guinea. Half a
quid; half a guinea. The swell tipped me fifty quid for the prad; the
gentleman gave fifty pounds for the horse.
QUIDS. Cash, money. Can you tip me any quids? can you lend me some money?
QUIFFING. Rogering. See TO ROGER.
QUIDNUNC. A politician: from a character of that name in the farce of the
QUILL DRIVER. A clerk, scribe, or hackney writer.
QUIM. The private parts of a woman: perhaps from the Spanish quemar, to
burn. (CAMBRIDGE) A piece’s furbelow.
QUINSEY. Choked by a hempen quinsey; hanged.
QUIPPS. Girds, taunts, jests.
QUIRE, or CHOIR BIRD. A complete rogue, one that has sung in different
choirs or cages, i.e. gaols. .
QUIRKS AND QUILLETS. Tricks and devices. Quirks in law; subtle
distinctions and evasions.
QUIZ. A strange-looking fellow, an odd dog. OXFORD.
QUOD. Newgate, or any other prison. The dab’s in quod; the poor rogue is
QUOTA. Snack, share, part, proportion, or dividend. Tip me my quota; give
me part of the winnings, booty, or plunder.
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