Pig Trail - Small side road.
- A name applied in California to migratory poor whites.
Pilgrim - Cowboy term for an easterner or novice cowhand.
Pill - A doctor.
Pilled - Black-balled.
Pimping - Little, petty.
Pimple - The cowboy's name for the very small saddles used by Easterners.
Pine Top - Whiskey traded to the Indians in exchange for buffalo robes.
Pining Away For - Longing for.
Pink - Denotes the finest part, the essence. She is the pink of perfection.
Pinto - A paint horse.
Pirooting - Having sexual intercourse.
Pistareen - One-fifth of a dollar, a silver coin, formerly in the United
States, of the value of twenty cents.
Pitch a Fit - To throw a temper tantrum, get upset.
Comes from the Spanish word for gravel beds. Prospectors would scoop some dirt
and water into a pan, swish it to wash the gravel away, and look for good in the
Plain-headed - A term that expresses that a
lady is not good looking.
Plaguily - Vexatiously, horribly. "I am puzzled most plaguily to get words
to tell you what I think.”
Plank, Plank Down, Plank Up - To pay in cash.
Plaster - Flatter
Play a Lone Hand - To do something alone.
Play Second Fiddle - To "play second fiddle" is to take an inferior part in
any project or undertaking.
Play to the Gallery - To show off. "That's just how he is, always has to play to the gallery."
Played out - Exhausted.
Plow Chaser - A derogatory term for farmer.
Plow Handle - A single action pistol was sometime referred to as a plow handle. These were also referred to as "thumbusters," "cutters," "smoke poles," and "hawg legs."
To Plum - To deceive.
Plumb, Plum - Entirely, completely. "He's plumb crazy."
Plummy - Satisfactory or profitable.
Plunder - Personal belongings or baggage. "Pack your plunder, Joe, we're headin' for San Francisco."
Poke - A small sack, usually made of leather or rawhide. Also refers to a lazy person, a dawdler. "What a slow poke you
Poke-Bonnet - A long, straight bonnet, much worn by Quakers and Methodists.
Poker - Any frightful object, especially in the dark.
Pokerish - Frightful, causing fear, especially to