slammer

[slam-er]
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Origin of slammer

First recorded in 1955–60; slam1 + -er1
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Historical Examples of slammer

  • Of Dr. Slammer also we have only a sketch, and that of the slightest character.

  • The officers—like Dr. Slammer, all the figures—fat boy included—were drawn from this stage of his life.

  • As it was, Slammer stumped off in anger, leaving the Pickwickians to enjoy the evening in their own way.

    Tales from Dickens

    Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives

  • Doctor Slammer was old; Jingle was young, and the lady felt flattered.

    Tales from Dickens

    Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives

  • At that moment Doctor Slammer saw that the man he faced was not the one who had insulted him at the ball.

    Tales from Dickens

    Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives


British Dictionary definitions for slammer

slammer

noun
  1. the slammer slang prison
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Word Origin and History for slammer
n.

"jail, prison," 1952, perhaps from earlier U.S. slang sense of "door" (by 1943), agent noun from slam (v.). As "one who slams," from 1892.

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