Slang N-Z

1950s Slang (N-Z)

Neat or NeatoReally cool or good, sometimes used with “keeno” (courtesy of Janet Lucas)
Necker KnobA knob on the steering wheel that allowed for one handed steering… (courtesy of Carolyn Tomlins)
NerdSame as now. Bill Gates without the money.
NestA hair-do
Niftygood, cool or great (thanks to Dana Weiss for this one)
NodDrift off to sleep
NosebleedAs in hey, nosebleed – hey, stupid. Not a compliment!
No sweatNo problem
NowhereOpposite of cool. Nowheresville was a boring, bad place to be. (Beats)
NuggetsLoose change
Odd ballSomeone a bit off the norm
On pillsDieting or in need of dieting (courtesy of Jim Hip)
On the hookIn love (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Off the lineStart of a drag race (hot-rodders)
On a trip for biscuitsout of luck or “up the creek without a paddle” (courtesy of Liz Seeger)
On the stickPulled together. Bright, prepared…
PackardbakerWhen Packard and Studebaker merged this is what the new cars were called (courtesy of Steve Roberts)
Paper shakerCheerleader or Pom Pom girl
ParkingMaking out in the car, necking (thanks to Linda Miller for this)
Party pooperNo fun at all
Passion PitDrive-in movie theater
Peachy (Peachy Keen)Unusually good or fine (courtesy of Kaitlynn Leary)
Peel OutTo accelerate hard and fast (hot-rodders)
Peel a Wheelsame as Peel Out (thanks to James Gresham for this)
Pegged sleevesto pin your shirt sleeves tight to enhance the look of your muscles (thanks again James Gresham)
Pile up Z’sGet some sleep
Pinnedin grade school “going steady” in college more serious (courtesy of Lexi)
PissahMostly in Massachusetts means great or awesome (courtesy of Charlie OFD)
PooperNo fun at all
Pop the ClutchRelease the clutch pedal quickly so as to get a fast start
PoundBeat up
Power Slide1949-53 Chevy auto transmissions slipped a lot (courtesy of Glenn Chapman)
Punch itStep on the gas (hot-rodders)
Put downTo say bad things about someone
QueenA popular girl (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Quentin quail Underage girl [San Quentin quail]
Quote itTo repeat yourself (thanks to Jim Hip again)
RadioactiveVery popular
Rag TopA convertible car
RapTo tattle on someone (Beats)
Rattle your cageGet upset
RaunchyMessy or gross in some other way
Razz my berriesExcite or impress me
Real goneVery much in love. Also unstable. Hmm, there’s a difference?
RedsThe Communists
RockA diamond
RocketA car (hot-rodders)
RodA car (hot-rodders)
Round HeelsAn easy woman (heels rounded by tipping backward into bed) [courtesy of anonymous]
Royal shaftBadly or unfairly treated
Rug RatsSmall children (thanks again Kerrimoon)
RumbleA fight among gangs(thanks to Lucien Laventure and Caitlyn P for this)
ScreamGo fast
ScreamerA hot rod
Scratch outTo accelerate hard and fast (thanks to James Gresham for this)
Shadessun glasses (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
Shoot low,
they’re riding Shetlands
Be careful
Shot downFailed
Shuck, shucksterA deceiver, liar or cheat
SidesVinyl records
SingTo tattle or inform on someone (Beats)
Sit on itloosely means “up your keister” popularized by the TV show “Happy Days” (courtesy of Wim Leen)
SnoggingKissing.. And only Kissing! (thanks to Kevin Phillips)
Socsshort for ‘socials’ the “in” crowd opposite of ‘greasers’ (thanks to Gary Scott)
Souped upA car modified to go fast
SpazSomeone who is uncoordinated. A clutz.
Split a wigTo beat someone up (thanks to Kerrimoon for this one)
SquareA regular, normal person. A conformist.
StackedA woman with large er, ah…you know, well endowed.
Stack upTo wreck a car (hotrodder)
SteadyContinuous, knowledge or doing something (thanks to James H. for this addition)
Stompsa social group that dressed in western wear (thanks to Dennis Cox for this addition)
Submarine racesWhile waiting for the submarines to race, which might take quite awhile :>) couples found creative ways of killing the time.
SubterraneanA hipster. Used by both Ginsberg and Kerouac. (Beats)
Suicide KnobA knob on the steering wheel to make turning easier (thank you Carolyn Tomlins for this one)
SwellGreat, good or wonderful. Can also be used sarcastically (courtesy of Korrine Olsen)
Take a pictureto someone who is staring at you (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
TankA large sedan (usually driven by parents)
Tear assDrive (or go) very fast
That’s closeSomething wrong or not true
Thin oneDime [where “one thin dime” comes from] (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Think FastUsually said right before someone threw something at you
TightGood friends or drinking too much (thanks to Peter Fuller)
TotalTo completely destroy, most often in reference to a car
UnbornNaive (courtesy of Jim Hip)
UpchuckVomit or throw up (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
VacantUncertain or a really dumb person (courtesy of Jim Hip)
WailGo fast
WazooYour rear end
WeedA cigarette
Wet ragSomeone who’s just no fun
Word from the birdThe truth (Beats)
What’s buzzin, cuzzinWhat’s new?
What’s the story, morning gloryWhat’s happening? (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
What’s your tale, nightingaleWhat’s the story?
WheelieLift the car’s front wheels off the ground by rapid acceleration
Wickedaccentuates a word like wicked cool or wicked pissah (thanks again CharlieOFD)
YootA young sibling [older then a ankle biter] (courtesy of Jim Hip)
You make the king’s jiveYour English is very good
You can’t win ’em alla sporting term meaning win some lose some (thanks to Penny)
Yuck (Yucky)annoyance, displeasure, or anything gross (thanks to Ginge for this one)
ZorrosTo have the jitters (courtesy of Jim Hip)

Think of one I missed? Email it to me and I’ll credit the addition to you!
(Please mention if you think it would fit better in 1950s Slang or 1960s Slang)