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Glossary


Abbess

A madam

Bawd

A female pimp or madam

Bawdy house

A brothel

Beard Splitter

A pimp

Bully

A bouncer or security man

Cully

A dupe to women, a prostitute’s ‘john’

Dirty mort

A whore

Doxy

A whore

Fusty luggs

Sluttish woman

Gentry mort

A gentlewoman

Gimcrack

A spruced up wench

Gundiguts

A fat man

Hanger

A short, work-a-day sword

Harridan

A worn out old woman, usually a bawd

Husband (of a ship)

A man who manages ships for the owners

Jade

A disreputable woman

Jordan

A chamber pot or toilet

Kinchin cove

A small man. Also orphaned children

Link-boy

A boy who carries a flaming torch to light the way for pedestrians at night (pre-street lamps)

Madam Geneva

Gin

Macaroni

A dandy

Mackerel

A bawd

Mawkes

A sluttish woman

Moppet

An ignorant woman

Mother

A madam

Mountebank

A charlatan

Nimgimmer

A doctor of venereal diseases

Nun

A whore

Nunnery

A brothel

Privy

A toilet/lavatory

Queer mort

A diseased strumpet

Ratafee

A sweet cordial flavoured with almonds

Rum doxy

A beautiful woman

Slamkin

A whore

Slattern

A sluttish woman

Tarse

The penis

Trug

A sorry sort of ordinary woman

Van-neck

Woman with large breasts


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