- Hen. Also used to refer to a nagging or complaining woman.
Biff - To strike in ones face.
Big Augur - Ranch
- Important person, official, boss. "He's one of the railroad big bugs."
Big Figure - To do things on on a large
Big Fifty - A .50
caliber Sharps rifle used by professionals for buffalo hunting. It was 16
pounds unloaded, with three-quarter inch, 120-grain black powder
cartridges loaded for differing ranges.
Biggest Toad in
the Puddle - The most important person in
Biggity - Large, extravagant, grand,
Big Guns - Men of importance, great
Big Jump - Death.
Big Nuts to Crack - A difficult or
Big Pasture - The
Big Sugar - Ranch
Bill Show - A Wild
West show. Probably derived from the names of the two leading show
William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody and Gordan William "Pawnee Bill"
Bime-By - By-and-by, soon, in a short
Biscuit - Saddle
Biscuit Roller -
Biscuit Shooter -
Bishop - An appendage to a lady's
wardrobe, more commonly called a bustle.
Bite the Ground -
To be killed.
Bit House - A
Black-eyed Susan -
Black - To look black at one is to look
at one with anger or deep resentment.
Black-Leg - A gambler.
Pimping for a prostitute.
Black Snake - A
Black Spot -
Blackstrap - Gin and molasses
Black Water - Weak
Blame - Euphemism
Blarney - Stories, flattery, tall
tales, idle discourse.
Blather - Impudence. "I’ll have none of
Blatherskite - A blustering, noisy,
Blazes - Euphemism
for hell or the devil.
Blow - To taunt; to ridicule. Also
means to turn informer on an accomplice.
Blow Out - A feast; also called a tuck
Blue - Drunk.
To Look Blue At Someone - To look at
one with displeasure or dissatisfaction.
Blue Belly - A
Blue Devils - Dispirited. "I have the
blue devils today.”
Blue John -
Blue Lightnin' - A
Blue-Skins - A nickname applied to the
Presbyterians, from their alleged grave deportment.
Blue Stocking - An epithet applied to
Blusteration - The noise of a braggart.
Boatable - Navigable for boats, or
Bobbery - A squabble, argument.
Bobtail Guard -
cowboy guarding the cattle at night.
Bockey - A bowl or vessel made from a
Bocking - Cotton or woollen cloth used
to cover floors or to protect carpets.
Bodega - Spanish term for a cheap
Boggy Top - A pie
baked without a top crust.
Bog-Trotter - One that lives in a boggy
Bogus - A liquor made of rum and
Boil Over - A
horse that starts bucking.
Bolt - To swallow food without chewing
Bonanza - The
discovery of an exceptionally rich vein of gold or silver.
Boodle - A crowd
Boogered Up -
Crippled or badly injured.
Boot-licker - The
equivalent of an ass-kisser.
Boom Along - A seaman’s term meaning to
Yard - This was a cemetery, especially for those who died with their
boots on; also called boothill, bone yard, bone orchard, grave patch.
Bonny - Clapper or Bonny-Clabber - An
Irish term for sour buttermilk.
Bo-Peep - To play at bo-peep. To peep
out suddenly from a hiding place, and cry bo! a children's game.
Boose - Drink liquor.
Boosy - Fuddled or a little
Boosily - Lazily, in a state of
Born Days - All
one's lifetime; since one was born. "In all my born days I never saw a man
- Nonsense. "It was absolute bosh what he said."
- The best, top. "The Alhambra
the boss whiskey in town."
Bossy - A familiar name applied to a
Boston Dollar - A
Bothahrayshun - A
Bottom - Low land with rich soil.
Bottom-Lands - In the Western States,
this name was given to the rich flat land on the banks of rivers.
Bottled Courage -
Bouncing - Large, heavy. "Sally gave
birth to a bouncing baby girl.
Bouge - To swell out, to bulge.
Bowie-Knife - A knife from ten to
fifteen inches long and about two inches broad, so named after its
inventor, James Bowie.
Box Herder - The
person in charge of the "girls" at a brothel or
Their job was to keep the "ladies" in line.
Brack - A breach, a broken part.
Brain Tablet -
Brand Artist - A
rustler who alters brands with a running iron.
Brash - Brittle.
Breachy - A term applied to unruly
Bread Jerker -
Brick in One’s Hat
- To be drunk. That old man’s got one hellofa brick in his hat.
Brigham Young Cocktail
- Strong whiskey.
Brisk Up - To come up with life and
speed, take an erect or bold attitude.