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In addition to writing and performing great swing music, Cab Calloway created an entirely new lingo. He never took his hepster slang too seriously; it was all about having fun and being unique. Soon lots of people wanted to speak just like Cab. To help facilitate this, Calloway produced a Hepster Dictionary in 1940 that accompanied Cab Calloway sheet music.

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Ain’t Coming on That Tab
   means   
Won’t Accept the Proposition
“I ain’t coming.”
Alligator
   means   
Jitterbug
Apple
   means   
The Big Town
The main stem - Harlem
Armstrongs
   means   
High Trumpet Notes
Barbecue
   means   
The Girl Friend
Or a beauty
Barrelhouse
   means   
Free and Easy
Battle
   means   
A Very Homely Girl
A crone
Beat the Gums
   means   
To Talk
Beat It out
   means   
Emphasize the Rhythym
"Play it hot."
Beat
   means   
Lacking
"I am beat for my cash."
Beat
   means   
Tired
"You look beat."
Beat up the Chops
   means   
To Talk
Beat up
   means   
Sad
Tired
Beef
   means   
To State Something
“He beefed to me that, etc.”
Belly-Fiddle
   means   
Guitar
Bible
   means   
The Gospel Truth
“It’s the bible!”
Black and Tan
   means   
Dark and Light Colored Folks
Black
   means   
Night
Blew Their Wigs
   means   
To Be Crazy
Excited with enthusiasm
Blip
   means   
Something Very Good
“She’s a blip.”
Blow the Top
   means   
Overcome With Delight
“You’ll blow your top when you hear this one.”
Boogie-woogie
   means   
Harmony With Accented Bass.
Boot
   means   
To Give
“Boot me that glove.”
Break It up
   means   
To Win Applause
Bree
   means   
A Girl
Bright
   means   
Day
Brightnin'
   means   
Daybreak
Bring Down
   means   
Something Depressing
“That’s a bring down.”
Buddy Ghee
   means   
A Male Friend
Bust Your Conk
   means   
Apply Yourself Diligently
Canary
   means   
Girl Vocalist
Capped
   means   
Outdone
Surpassed
Cat
   means   
Musician
Chick
   means   
A Girl
Chime
   means   
Hour
"I got in at six chimes."
Chirp
   means   
Female Singer
Clambake
   means   
A Jam Session
Cogs
   means   
Sun Glasses
Collar
   means   
To Obtain
“I gotta collar me some food.”
Come Again
   means   
I Don't Understand You
Comes on Like Gangbusters
   means   
In a Terrific Manner
Cop
   means   
To Obtain
Corny
   means   
Old-fashioned
Creeps out Like the Shadow
   means   
Smooth and Sophisticated
Crumb Crushers
   means   
Teeth
Cubby
   means   
Home
Cups
   means   
Sleep
“I gotta catch some cups.”
Cut out
   means   
To Leave
“I cut out from the joint in early bright.”
Cut Rate
   means   
A Cheap Person
“Don’t play me cut rate, Jack!”
Dicty
   means   
High-class
Dig
   means   
To Meet
“I’ll plant you now and dig you later.”
Dig
   means   
To See
“Dig the chick on your left duke.”
Dig
   means   
Understand
“Do you dig this jive?”
Dime Note
   means   
Ten-dollar Bill
Dim
   means   
Evening
Doghouse
   means   
Bass
Domi
   means   
Ordinary Place
"I live in a righteous dome."
Doss
   means   
Sleep
“I’m a little beat for my doss.”
Down With It
   means   
Go Through With It
Drape
   means   
Dress
Dreamers
   means   
Blankets
Dry-goods
   means   
Dress
Duke
   means   
A Hand
Dutchess
   means   
A Woman
Early Black
   means   
Evening
Early Bright
   means   
Morning
Evil
   means   
Nasty Temper
Fall out
   means   
Overcome With Emotion
“The cats fell out when he took that solo.”
Fews and Two
   means   
Small Quantity of Cash
Final
   means   
To Go Home
“We copped a final”
Fine Dinner
   means   
A Good Looking Woman
Focus
   means   
To Look
Foghorn
   means   
Tuba
Foxy
   means   
Shrewd
Frame
   means   
The Female Body
"She got a fine frame."
Fraughty Issue
   means   
A Very Sad Message
Freeby
   means   
No Charge
"The meal was a freeby."
Frisking the Whiskers
   means   
Warming up
What the cats do when they are warming up for a swing session.
Frolic Pad
   means   
Nightclub
Fromby Queen
   means   
Battle
Front
   means   
A Suit of Clothes
Fruting
   means   
Fickle
Fry
   means   
Straightened Hair
Gabriels
   means   
Trumpet Players
Gammin'
   means   
Flirtatious
Gasser
   means   
Sensational
“When it comes to dancing, she’s a gasser.”
Gate
   means   
A Male
Get in There
   means   
Go to Work
Get busy
Gimme Some Skin
   means   
Shake Hands
Git Box
   means   
Guitar
Glims
   means   
The Eyes
Gob Stick
   means   
Clarinet
Got Your Boots on
   means   
Wise
You are a hep cat.
Gravy
   means   
Profits
Grease
   means   
To Eat
Groan-Box
   means   
Accordion
Groovy
   means   
Fine
Ground Grippers
   means   
New Shoes
Gut-bucket
   means   
Low-down Music
Guzzlin' Foam
   means   
Drinking Beer
Hard
   means   
Fine
“That’s a hard tie you’re wearing.”
Hard Spiel
   means   
Interesting Talk
Have a Ball
   means   
To Enjoy Yourself
“I had myself a ball last night.”
Hep Cat
   means   
Understands Jive Talk
Hide-beater
   means   
A Drummer
Hip
   means   
Sophisticated
A Hummer
   means   
Exceptionally Good
“Man, that boy is a hummer.”
Hype
   means   
Persuasive Talk
Icky
   means   
A Stupid Person
"That icky can't collar the jive."
Igg
   means   
To Ignore Someone
"Don't igg me!"
In the Groove
   means   
Perfect
Ironworks
   means   
Vibraphone
Ivories
   means   
Piano
Jack
   means   
Name for Male Friends
Jeff
   means   
A Pest
Jelly
   means   
Anything Free
Jitterbug
   means   
A Swing Fan
Jive
   means   
Deceptive Talking
Jive
   means   
A Lively Dance
Joint is Jumping
   means   
The Club is Lively
Jumped in Port
   means   
Arrived in Town
Kick
   means   
A Pocket
Killer-diller
   means   
A Great Thrill
Kill Me
   means   
To Show a Good Time
Kincty
   means   
Conceited
Knock
   means   
To Give
Kopasetic
   means   
Absolutely Okay
Land O'darkness
   means   
Harlem
Lane
   means   
A Non-professional Male
Latch on
   means   
To Grab
Lay Some Iron
   means   
To Tap Dance
“Jack, you really laid some iron that last show!”
Lay Your Racket
   means   
To Make a Proposition
Lead Sheet
   means   
A Topcoat
Licks
   means   
Hot Musical Phrases
Licorice Stick
   means   
Clarinet
Lily Whites
   means   
Bed Sheets
Line
   means   
Price
“What is the line on this drape” (how much does this suit cost)? “Have you got the line in the mouse” (do you have the cash in your pocket)? Also, in replying, all figures are doubled. Ex., “This drape is line forty” (this suit costs twenty dollars).
Lock up
   means   
To Acquire
“I’m gonna lock up that deal.”
Main Kick
   means   
The Stage
Main on the Hitch
   means   
A Husband
Main Queen
   means   
Sweetheart
Mash Me a Fin
   means   
To Give $5
Mello
   means   
Alright
“That’s mellow, Jack.”
Melted out
   means   
Broke
Mess
   means   
Something Good
“That last drink was a mess.”
Meter
   means   
Twenty-five Cents
Mezz
   means   
Genuine
Man in Gray
   means   
The Postman
Mitt Pounding
   means   
Applause
Moo Juice
   means   
Milk
Mouse
   means   
Pocket
“I’ve got a meter in the mouse.”
Muggin'
   means   
To Make Laugh
Murder
   means   
Excellent
“That’s solid murder, gate!”
Neigho, Pops!
   means   
Nothing Doing
Nickel Note
   means   
Five Dollar Bill
Nicklette
   means   
A Music Box
Nix out
   means   
To Eliminate
“I nixed that chick out last week.”
Nod
   means   
Sleep
Off the Cob
   means   
Out of Date
Off-time Jive
   means   
A Sorry Excuse
Or saying the wrong thing.
Orchestration
   means   
An Overcoat
Out of the World
   means   
Perfect Rendition
Pad
   means   
Bed
Pigeon
   means   
A Young Girl
Plumbing
   means   
Saxophone
Pops
   means   
A Respected Older Man
Pounders
   means   
Policemen
Queen
   means   
A Beautiful Girl
Rank
   means   
To Lower
Ready
   means   
Great
“That fried chicken was ready.”
Reeds
   means   
Saxophone
Ride
   means   
To Swing
Riff
   means   
A Musical Phrase
Righteous
   means   
Splendid
“That was a righteous queen I dug you with last black.”
Rock Me
   means   
Move Me With Rhythym
Ruff
   means   
A Quarter
Rug Cutter
   means   
A Very Good Dancer
Sadder Than a Map
   means   
Terrible
“That man is sadder than a map.”
Sad
   means   
Very Bad
“That was the saddest meal I ever collared.”
Salty
   means   
Ill-tempered
Sam Got You
   means   
Drafted in the Army
Send
   means   
To Arouse the Emotions
"You send me, baby".
Set of Seven Brights
   means   
One Week
Sharp
   means   
Neat
“That hat is sharp as a tack.”
Signify
   means   
To Brag
Skin-beater
   means   
A Drummer
Skins
   means   
Drums
Sky Piece
   means   
A Hat
Slave
   means   
To Work
Slide Your Jib
   means   
To Talk Freely
Slush-Pump
   means   
Trombone
Snatcher
   means   
A Detective
So Help Me
   means   
It's the Truth
Solid
   means   
Great
Sounded off
   means   
A Conversation
Spark Jiver
   means   
Electric Organ
Spoutin'
   means   
Talking Too Much
Square
   means   
An Unhip Person
Squeak-Box
   means   
Violin
Squeeze-Box
   means   
Accordion
Stache
   means   
To Hide Away
Storehouse
   means   
Piano
Suitcase
   means   
Drums
Take It Slow
   means   
To Be Careful
Take off
   means   
Go Solo
Threads
   means   
Suit or Dress
Tickeration
   means   
To Strut Your Stuff
Tick
   means   
A Minute
Timber
   means   
Toothpick
To Be Stashed
   means   
To Remain
To Dribble
   means   
Stutter
"He talked in dribbles."
Togged to the Bricks
   means   
Impeccably Dressed
Dressed to kill.
Too Much
   means   
High Praise
Tram
   means   
Trombone
Trilly
   means   
To Depart
"Well, I guess I'll trilly."
Truck
   means   
To Go Somewhere
“I think I’ll truck on down to the ginmill.”
Twister to the Slammer
   means   
A Key to the Door
Two Cents
   means   
Two Dollars
V-8
   means   
An Independent Woman
Vine
   means   
A Suit
Whipped up
   means   
Exhausted
Woodpile
   means   
Xylophone
Wren
   means   
A Woman
Wrong Riff
   means   
Wrong Thing Said or Done
“You’re coming up on the wrong riff.”
Yarddog
   means   
Uncouth Male or Female
Zoot
   means   
Exaggerated
Zoot Suite
   means   
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