Legends Of America
Since 2003

 Tip Jar

Legends Facebook Page    Legends on Pinterest    Legends on Twitter

Western Slang & Phrases - E-F

Previous  A B C D E F F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z  Next


Our Glorious Banner

Hail our Glorious Banner!

This image available for prints & downloads HERE!


"Freely, good sir, we will forgive your attacks upon our national character; but spare our mother tongue!"

-- Thomas Jefferson in Notes on the State of Virginia, which appeared in the European Magazine and London Review in 1787.





Eagle - A gold ten dollar coin.

Ears - To be by the ears, denotes being in a quarrel or fight.

Eatin Irons - Silverware.

E'en A'most - Almost.

Elephant - Short for 'to see the elephant'; to go to town, or to see the world, usually for the first time.

Equalizer - A pistol.

Eucher, euchered - To out-smart someone, to be outwitted or suckered into something.

Eventuate - To issue, come to an end, close, terminate.

Excuse-me-ma'am - A bump in the road.

Exfluncticate - To utterly destroy.

Exodusters in Nicodemus Kansas.

Exodusters in Nicodemus, Kansas.

This image available for photographic prints HERE!


Exodusters - The Biblically inspired name taken by black emigrants who departed the post-Civil War South for the promised land of Kansas.

Express - The mails or mail stage.




Fag - In cowboy talk, to get out fast.

Fagged Out - Fatigued, worn out.

Fair to Middlin' - Feeling pretty good.

Fair Shake - A fair trade, a satisfactory bargain or exchange.

Falutin - See High-Falutin

Family Disturbance - Whiskey

FandangoFandango - From the Spanish, a big party with lots of dancing and excitement.

Faro - A card game that took its name from faroon, a derivative of pharaon (pharoah.) The Pharoah was the king of hearts in a regular deck of cards. Players bet on the order in which cards would be drawn from a box.

Fat In The Fire - To have one's plans frustrated. "If I don’t get this job completed, the fat’s going to be in the fire.”

Feeze - To be in a feeze is to be in a state of excitement.

Feller - Fellow. "That big feller over there is the sheriff."

Fetch - Bring, give. "Fetch me that hammer." "He fetched him a punch in the nose."

Fetch Up - Stop suddenly.

Fice - A worthless dog, mongrel. Also referred to as fiste and tyst.

Fid Of Tobacco - A chew, or quid of tobacco.

Fiddle - A horse's head.

Fiddle Faddle - Trifling discourse, nonsense

Fight like Kilkenny Cats - Fight like hell.

Fill a Blanket - Roll a cigarette.

Find One's Self - To provide for one's self through labor and wages.

Fine as cream gravy - Very good, top notch.

Finefied - Made fine, dandified.

Finical - Nice, foppish, pretending to superfluous elegance.

Fire-New - Brand new.

Firewater - Liquor

First-Swathe - First quality.

Fish - A cowboy's rain slicker, from a rain gear manufacturer whose trademark was a fish logo. "We told him it looked like rain, but left his fish in the wagon anyhow."

Fish or Cut Bait - Do it or quit talking about it.

Fit - Often used instead of "fought.”

Fit - A short return after intermission, a turn, a period or interval. "I almost lost my crops after that fit of cold weather.”

Fits And Starts - At short and sudden intervals interruptedly.

Five Beans in the Wheel - Five cartridges in the six chambers of a rvolver. Westerners often left the chamber under the hammer empty for safety reason.

Fix - A condition, predicament, dilemma.

Fix One's Flint - To settle, to do for, to dish.

Fixin' - Intending. "I'm fixin' to get supper started."

Fixings or Fixins' - Cooked food, also called "Doings." Arrangements, embellishments, trimmings, garnishings. The term was also used for the tobacco and paper needed to roll cigarettes.

Fix One’s Flint - To settle a matter.

Flack - Sales talk, advertising, exaggeration.

Flannel Mouth - An overly smooth or fancy talker, especially politicians or salesmen. "I swear that man is a flannel-mouthed liar."

Flap-Jack - A fried cake, pancake, fritter.

Flat - A foolish fellow, a simpleton. Also refers to a flat-bottomed boat.

Flats - Low lands, valley

Flat Out - To collapse, to prove a failure.

Flea-Trap - Cowboy's bedroll.

Flinders - Shreds, splinters, broken pieces

Fling - A sneer or contemptuous remark

Flitter - A corruption of the word fritter, a pancake.

Flummux - Perplex, embarrass, put to a stand.

Flunk Out - To retire through fear, to back out.

Flusteration - Heat, hurry, confusion

Fob Off - To delude by a trick.

Fogy - A stupid fellow, as, "He is an old fogy.”

Folded Up - A horse bucking.

Fore-Handed - To be in good circumstances, to be comfortably off.

Fork a Hoss - To ride a horse.

Fornent - Opposite to.

Forted In - Entrenched in a fort.

Forty Rod - Liquor.

Four-flusher - A cheat, swindler, liar.

Fox Boots - To fox boots is to repair them by adding new soles or leather.

Free-Soilers - People opposed to the extension of slavery. The name came from the Free-Soil Party, which existed from 1848 to 1854.

French Leave - To depart without taking leave, to run away.

French Pox - Syphilis.

Freshet - A flood or overflowing of a river due to heavy rains or melted snow.

Frolic - A celebration, party or a wild time. Also sometimes used to instead of "fight.”

Cowboy riding a horse

This cowboy is "forking" a horse.

This image available for photographic prints HERE!


Frump - To mock, to insult.

Fuddled - Tipsy, drunk.

Fudge - An expression of contempt, usually bestowed on absurd or talking idlers.

Fuffy - Light, puffy, soft.

Full as a Tick - Very drunk.

Full Chisel or Full Drive - At full speed, executed with everything you've got.

Full-Rigged - A saddle that is completely leather-covered.

Full Split - With the greatest violence and impetuosity

Funkify - To frighten, to alarm.

Fuss - Disturbance. "They had a little fuss at the saloon."

Fussed Dark - Twilight



Continued Next Page

Previous  A B C D E F F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z  Next

From Legends' General Store 

Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases - Autographed

Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases - By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, Owner/Editor of Legends of America - Autographed From the wild and woolly mining camps, to the rampages of the Civil War, to the many cowboys riding on the range, those frontier folks often used terms and phrases that are no longer used in everyday language today. Yet other words and sayings were often specific to certain regions and never used across the states. These terms, as in the past, are still sometimes heard in specific areas, but are “foreign” to the rest of us. From the pages of period newspapers, books, and century old dictionaries comes the slang, lingo, and phrases of the American Frontier. Even if you're not looking for a definition, you'll get a peek into the charm and character of a historic era. In addition to the hundreds of words and phrases, readers will also enjoy more than 150 vintage images.

Signed by the Author. 6x9", paperback -- 132 pages. Published by Legends of America, 1st edition, October, 2015.


Made in the USA.  $9.95!  See HERE!   Buy Product

"Hurry up boys, get this over with."


- Black Jack Ketchum, just before he was hanged at

Clayton, New Mexico on April 26, 1901.


  About Us      Contact Us       Article/Photo Use      Guestbook      Legends Of Kansas      Links      Photo Blog      Site Map     Writing Credits     

Copyright © 2003-Present, Legends of America