The canting academy, or, The devils cabinet opened wherein is shewn the mysterious and villanous practices of that wicked crew, commonly known by the names of hectors, trapanners, gilts, &c. : to which is added a compleat canting-dictionary, both of old words, and such as are now most in use : with several new catches and songs, compos'd by the choisest wits of the age ...

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The canting academy, or, The devils cabinet opened wherein is shewn the mysterious and villanous practices of that wicked crew, commonly known by the names of hectors, trapanners, gilts, &c. : to which is added a compleat canting-dictionary, both of old words, and such as are now most in use : with several new catches and songs, compos'd by the choisest wits of the age ...
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Head, Richard, 1637?-1686?
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London :: Printed by F. Leach for Mat. Drew ...,
1673.
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"The canting academy, or, The devils cabinet opened wherein is shewn the mysterious and villanous practices of that wicked crew, commonly known by the names of hectors, trapanners, gilts, &c. : to which is added a compleat canting-dictionary, both of old words, and such as are now most in use : with several new catches and songs, compos'd by the choisest wits of the age ..." In the digital collection Early English Books Online. https://name.umdl.umich.edu/A43142.0001.001. University of Michigan Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 18, 2024.

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AN ALPHABETICAL Canting Dictionary. English before the Canting.

AAA.
A Curious wenchRum Mort
An ApronBelly cheat
An Instrument to break a doorBetty
A part or shareEarnest
An holeFerm
A GroatFlag
A Receiver of stoln goodsFencing Cully
A fine GentlewomanGentry-Mort
A DoorGigger
Any writing or PassGybe
A Guiny, or JobHuskie lour
A Little childKinchin
A Little manKinchin Cove
A private dwelling houseLibben
All manner of cloathsLurries
All sorts of ThievesPriggs

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Any sort of meatPeck or Peckidge
Any LacePeak
A notorious RogueRuffler
An ArmSmiter
An ArseCracker
AndironsGlimfenders
Agree with a manFamgrasp the Cove
AngryGlim flashy
B B B.
Bar-boySqueeker
Beadle of BridewellFloging Cove
BetterBenar
BridewellNaskin
Beggar bornClapperdogeon
Boghouse or PrivyCroppinken
BedLibbedge
BottleBounsing ckeat
BegMaund
BeggarsMaunders
BreadPannam
Be careful of what you sayStow your whids and plant 'em
BridleNabgirder
Bolts or ShacklesCramprings
BodyQuarron
Base or RoguishQueer
BaconRuff peck
BastardStall-whimper
BrokerFencing Cully
BelatedHoodwinks
Blind menGropers
BarnSkippers
Bar of an Alehouse or Tavern.Touting Ken

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Be waryStow your whids
Brokers shopStallen-ken
BeatenChaft
BreastHeaver
C C C.
CartTumbler
Coach-beggarsRatling Mumpers
Cloak-bagRoger or Peeter
CheatNapper
CoachRatler
Chamber potJockum-gage.
CoachmanSmacking-Cove
ConstableHarmanbeck
Candle stickGlym-stick
Cut the Cloak-bagFlick the Peeter
CornGrannam
Clusters of GrapesRum-boozing Welts
CarriersDeuseavile Stampers
Choak'dFrummagem'd
CrutchLifter or Plyer
CopulateWap or Jockum cloy
CountryDeuseavile
CounterfeitConfeck
Crafty fellowClincher
CrustCrakler
CheeseCash or Cassan
ChickenCackling-cheat
CloakCalle or Togeman
Cheat or cuzenBite
ChurchAutem
CoatMish-topper
CowMower.

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D D D.
Drawers of WineRum hoppers
DogBughar
DrinkBooze
DrousiePeeping
DumbCank
DitchJague
Day, or Day-breakLightmans
DrunkenNazy
Dry or thirstyChapt
DrunkardNazy-Cove
DuckQuacking-cheat
DevilRuffin
DishSkew
DroverMow-heater
E E E.
Enter or go into an houseDup
EyesOgles or Glaziers
Ends of Gold and SilverSpangles
EggsCackling-farts
F F F.
Fellows that pick up people for transporta∣tion commonly called SpiritsKidnappers
FaceMuns
Fool or CoxcombNizie
FearfulPeery
Fly or runBresh

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Fop, or one that may ea∣sily be wrought uponCully
FireGlymmer.
FeetStampers.
G G G.
GoldMynt
Gentile BeggarsMumpers
GoalNaskin
GallowsTrine
GallantRun
GoldsmithRidgcully
Garden or NosegaySmelling cheat
Goes up the StairsTrack up the Dancers
GiveTip
GlassFlicker
GallowsTopping cheat
Glass brokenFlicker snapt.
H H H.
High-wayTopping Cove
High-way-menRum pad
HorseRum padders
Horse-stealerPrancer
HeadNab
HatNab cheat
Half-pennyMake
HouseKen
HandsFambles
HoseDrawers
HostessS pouch
HeartPanter
HostBluffer.

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III.
IngageBlot the Skrip.
KKK.
King of the Link-boysRum glimmer
KnaveryQueer topping
LLL.
Link-boyMoon-curser, or Glym-Jack
Looking-glassPeeper
LondonRumvile
LgsStampers
LicenceJukrum
Look through the Case∣mentTout through the Wicker
LipsGans
LyeCoker
MMM.
MassSalomon
MallardRed-shank
Milk-pottagePapplar
MoneyLour
Married WomanAutem-Mort
Mad-menDommerars
ManCove.

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NNN.
NoseGigg
NeckNuh
NewgateWhit
Night or EveningDarkman
NakedAbram
OOO.
One that slips into an house in the dark and steals what he can lay hands onBudge
One that creeps in at Casements and lets in others to rob the houseGlazier
One that filcheth com∣modities out of a shop under the pretence of Cheapning or Buy∣ingShoplift
One that lieth under∣neath a bed, or in some other covert place to watch an opportunity to rob the houseSnudge
One whose father is born a BeggerPalliard
O Q P on the stairsBlow off on the Ground∣sll

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PPP.
PottageIap
PorkGrunting peck
PeaseTrundlers
Partners to FilesShoulder-shams
Peice of old GoldOld Mr. Gory
PortmantuePeeter
PrisonQueer Ken
PennyWin
PicklockGilt
Pot or PipeGage
PrettyDimber
PlagueCannakin
PoxBube
PurseBung
Poor FellowAbram Cove
QQQ.
QuestionStarter
RRR.
RascalDamber
Rings or GlovesFamble cheats
Rich CoxcombRum Cully
RidePrig
RidingPrigging
RidersPriggers
RogueQueer Cove.

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S S S.
ShillingBord or Hog
SheepBleating cheats
Steal the PortmantueBite the Roger
ShirtMish
SpeakCut
StockingsDrawers
Sucking PigGrunting cheat
StocksHarmans
SixpenceHalf a Hog
SilverWitcher
Silver bowlWitcher-bubber
Silver-smithWitcher-cully
StrawStrummel
SheetsSlates
StockingsStock drawers
ShoesStamps
ShopSwag
Sought after with a war∣rantRomboyld
Sheep-stealerNapper of Naps
StealMill or Cloy
SealJark
TTT.
TeethCrushing cheats
To lyeCouch
To go to sleepCouch a Hog shead
To speak wellCut ben whids
To speak illCut queer whids
To be whiptCly the Jerk
Two penbeDeuswins

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Three penceTreswins
TobaccoFogus
To take TobaccoRaise a cloud
To beatFib
To spend or lay outFence
TeethGrinders
To rob an houseHeave a Booth
To tumble togetherLib
TransportedMarinate
To lay place or hidePlant
TonguePrating cheat
To rune awayPikes
To wearScour
To look outTour
To hangTrine
The Sessions-houseNubbing Ken
TurkyCobble-colter.

Our Canting Alphabet will not extend a Letter farther then T, as far as I can find out; not know∣ing any Canting word beginning with Ʋ, X, Y, Z, although I have made a strict inquiry from some of the most notorious Professors hereof: I have con∣sulted likewise what is printed on this subject, and have slighted no help I could gather from thence, which indeed is very little; the greatest assistance I had in this discovery, was from Newgate; which with much difficulty I screw'd out of the sullen Rogues, who would not speak a word till I had suppled their tongues with the oil of Barley, or ra∣ther thaw'd their obstinate silence with the heat of strong Liquors.

From these I understood, that the Mode of Canting alter'd very often, and that they were for∣ced to change frequently those material words which chiefly discovered their mysterious practices and

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Villanies, least growing too common their own words should betray them.

Here in this Vocabulary or little Canting Dicti∣onary, You have all or most of the old words which are still in use, and a many new never pub∣blished in print, and but very lately minted, such too which have passed the approbation of the Criti∣cal Canter. If I seem deficient in the quantity of words, let some else supply my defects, having collected words sufficiently enough for one, if you will have more, take the pains which I have done to be supplyed, and in the mean time be content with what is gathered to your hands.

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