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Accommodation
   is hobo slang for   
A Local Freight Train
It may carry passengers
Adam and Eve on a Raft
   is hobo slang for   
Two Fried Eggs on Toast
Alligator Bait
   is hobo slang for   
Fried or Stewed Liver
Anchor
   is hobo slang for   
A Pick
Companion tool of the shovel or banjo
Axle Grease
   is hobo slang for   
Butter
Sometimes called plaster
Baldy
   is hobo slang for   
An Old Man With a High Forehead
Bale of Straw
   is hobo slang for   
A Blonde Woman
Balloon
   is hobo slang for   
A Roll of Bedding Carried on the Back
Banjo
   is hobo slang for   
A Short-handled Shovel
Barnacle
   is hobo slang for   
A Fellow Who Sticks to One Job a Year or More
Bazoo
   is hobo slang for   
Mouth
As in, “Shut your bazoo!”
Beefer
   is hobo slang for   
One Who Whines
Benny
   is hobo slang for   
An Overcoat
Big Four
   is hobo slang for   
A Duck Egg Omelet
Big House
   is hobo slang for   
The State Penitentiary
Bindlestif
   is hobo slang for   
A Hobo That Carries a Bedroll
Biscuit Shooter
   is hobo slang for   
Camp Waiter
Also a flunkey
Bitch
   is hobo slang for   
A Tin-camp Lamp With a Shirt-tail Wick
Bit
   is hobo slang for   
A Term in Prison
Blinds
   is hobo slang for   
The False Door at the End of a Baggage Car
Blinkey
   is hobo slang for   
A Blind Hobo
Boil Up
   is hobo slang for   
To Cook One's Clothes
Bone Polisher
   is hobo slang for   
An Unfriendly Dog
Boodle
   is hobo slang for   
Cheap Grafting
Boomer
   is hobo slang for   
A Hobo Who is Always on the Go
He has a travel itch
Boston Bum
   is hobo slang for   
One of Those Superior Fellows
Bottle Wagon
   is hobo slang for   
An Iron Coal-car
Buck
   is hobo slang for   
A Catholic Priest Good for a Dollar
Bull Artist
   is hobo slang for   
A Hobo With the Gift of the Gab
Bull Cook
   is hobo slang for   
Camp Flunky Doing the Heavy Work for the Chef
Butts
   is hobo slang for   
The Stem of a Cigar Picked up on the Street
Cacklers
   is hobo slang for   
White Collar Workers
Cages
   is hobo slang for   
The Cubicle Rooms in the Cheap Lodging Houses
Calaboose
   is hobo slang for   
The Police Station
California Blanket
   is hobo slang for   
Newspapers Used to Sleep on
Call
   is hobo slang for   
Hobo Potato Dish
Baked potato mashed with butter and served with liverwurst and onions
Cannon Ball
   is hobo slang for   
A Fast Train
"The Wabash Cannon Ball" is the mythical hobo train that travels everywhere
Carry the Banner
   is hobo slang for   
To Walk the Street All Night for Want of Shelter
Cat House
   is hobo slang for   
A Brothel
Cheesy
   is hobo slang for   
To Be Filthy With Dirt
Chicken in the Clay
   is hobo slang for   
Fowl Rolled in Mud for Roasting
Chuck a Dummy
   is hobo slang for   
To Pretend a Fainting Fit
Coffin Nail
   is hobo slang for   
Cigarette
Con Game
   is hobo slang for   
Any Kind of Graft Involving Trickery
Connect
   is hobo slang for   
To Make a Touch
The reward for good panhandling
Crooked Arm
   is hobo slang for   
Signal the Boss Gives when He Wants More Speed
Crum Boss
   is hobo slang for   
Man Who Builds Fires in the Bunk Houses
Crummy
   is hobo slang for   
To Be Lousy
Also refers to the caboose on a train
Cupid’s Itch
   is hobo slang for   
Any Venereal Disease
Damper
   is hobo slang for   
Cash Register
Dead One
   is hobo slang for   
A Drunken Hobo
Also a hobo who has just spent all his money
Dead Soldier
   is hobo slang for   
An Empty Whiskey Bottle Lying Beside the Road
Deck 'em
   is hobo slang for   
To Ride the Top of a Passenger Train
Decorate the Mahogany
   is hobo slang for   
Buy the Drinks
Dingbat
   is hobo slang for   
An Old Hobo That Mooches off Other Hoboes
Dog Robber
   is hobo slang for   
Boarding House Keeper
Ducket
   is hobo slang for   
A Ticket
Dump
   is hobo slang for   
Hobo Hangout
It applies to a restaurant or flophouse
Eat Snowballs
   is hobo slang for   
To Stay up North During the Winter
Exhibition Meal
   is hobo slang for   
A Handout Eaten on the Doorstep
The madam wants the neighbours to witness her generosity
Eye Opener
   is hobo slang for   
An Early Morning Drink
Fink
   is hobo slang for   
A Scab
One who takes a striker's job. Good hobos frown upon this practice
Fish
   is hobo slang for   
New Prisoners
Jail term
Flannel Mouth
   is hobo slang for   
An Irishman
Flicker
   is hobo slang for   
To Faint
Flip
   is hobo slang for   
To Board a Moving Train
Flop
   is hobo slang for   
A Place to Sleep
Flunkey
   is hobo slang for   
Camp Waiter
Always male
Fly-away
   is hobo slang for   
A Deserter from the Army or Navy
Forty-fives
   is hobo slang for   
Navy Beans
Frisk
   is hobo slang for   
To Search
Frog
   is hobo slang for   
A Frenchman
Front
   is hobo slang for   
A Whole Layout of New Clothes
Fuzz Tail
   is hobo slang for   
Name for Unpopular Fellow
Such hobos are often under suspicion
Galway
   is hobo slang for   
A Priest
Gandy Dancer
   is hobo slang for   
Hobo Track Worker
Gay Cat
   is hobo slang for   
Tenderfoot Among the Hobos
Ghost Story
   is hobo slang for   
Plausible Tale Told to the Housewife
Gin Mill
   is hobo slang for   
Speakeasy
Glauming
   is hobo slang for   
Crop Gathering
Going by Hand
   is hobo slang for   
To Walk
Hiking to the next water tank
Gooseberry Bush
   is hobo slang for   
A Clothes Line
Go With the Birds
   is hobo slang for   
To Go South for the Winter
Graveyard Shift
   is hobo slang for   
Night Work
Graveyard Stew
   is hobo slang for   
Hot Milk and Toast
Grinders
   is hobo slang for   
Teeth
Gumboat
   is hobo slang for   
Gallon-sized Can Used for Cooking
Gummy
   is hobo slang for   
A Hanger-on
A bum who goes along with the crowd but never contributes, a sort of dead head
Gyppo
   is hobo slang for   
A Sub-contractor With Poor Equipment
Hard Tails
   is hobo slang for   
Mules
Harness Bull
   is hobo slang for   
A Policeman Who Wears a Uniform
Head End
   is hobo slang for   
The Front of the Train
High Ball
   is hobo slang for   
Signal for a Train to Pull out of Town
Atop a train engine was a relief valve consisting of a foot long tube, slotted on the sides, with a heavy ball in the center to hold the valve shut. When the train's steam pressure reached a certain point the ball would be pushed upward as the pressure was relieved. At high speed, when there was an abundance of steam pressure, the ball was held consistently at the top of it's container and thus a fast moving train was said to be "Highballing."
His Nibs
   is hobo slang for   
The Police Magistrate
Hitting the Grit
   is hobo slang for   
To Be Forced off a Moving Train
Hobohemia
   is hobo slang for   
Universe of the Hobo
Hobo
   is hobo slang for   
The Highest Form of the Genus Vagrant
Hoghead
   is hobo slang for   
The Engineer
Home Guard
   is hobo slang for   
A Fellow Who Always Stays in Town
Honey Dipping
   is hobo slang for   
Working As a Shovel Stiff in a Sewer
Hot Stuff
   is hobo slang for   
Stolen Goods
House Dog
   is hobo slang for   
A Fellow Who Goes About Hunting Jobs
Hundred Proof
   is hobo slang for   
Whiskey of the Purest
Hunkydory
   is hobo slang for   
Everything is Fine
Hunt a Wampus
   is hobo slang for   
A Wild Goose Chase
The wampus is a black cat with a white tail and it lives in the tall timber
Jawbone
   is hobo slang for   
Credit
Jungle
   is hobo slang for   
Hobo's Summer House
Jungle up
   is hobo slang for   
To Camp out for the Evening With Other Hobos
Keister
   is hobo slang for   
A Suitcase
Kick
   is hobo slang for   
A Pocket in the Trousers
Kicks
   is hobo slang for   
Shoes
Knowledge Box
   is hobo slang for   
Country School House Where Hobos Sometimes Sleep
Lamb
   is hobo slang for   
Boy Tramp
Lambing
   is hobo slang for   
To Herd Sheep
Leather Poke
   is hobo slang for   
A Wallet
Lee of a Reefer
   is hobo slang for   
The Ice-box in a Refrigerator Car
Lighthouse
   is hobo slang for   
Stingy Person
A procurer for a house of sin
Little School
   is hobo slang for   
Reformatory
Lizzie Tramp
   is hobo slang for   
A Hitch-hiker
Lump
   is hobo slang for   
A Handout of Food
Main Stem
   is hobo slang for   
The Chief Hobo Street in Town
Manifest
   is hobo slang for   
Fast Freight Carrying Fruit or Cattle
M & C
   is hobo slang for   
Morphine and Cocaine
Marmon and cadillac
Moll
   is hobo slang for   
A Woman Who Pals With Hobos
Monicker
   is hobo slang for   
The Hobo's Informal Name
Mooching
   is hobo slang for   
A Low Form of Begging
Mop Mary
   is hobo slang for   
A Scrub Woman
Mud
   is hobo slang for   
Strong Coffee With Weak Milk
Mushfaker
   is hobo slang for   
A Go-about Repair Man
He may solder pots or mend umbrellas
Nickel Note
   is hobo slang for   
Five-dollar Bill
Nose Bag
   is hobo slang for   
Lunch Handed out in a Paper Sack
One-eyed Connolly
   is hobo slang for   
A Gate Crasher
Packing the Mustard
   is hobo slang for   
Carrying the Hod
Padding the Hoof
   is hobo slang for   
Going by Foot
A practice good hobos avoid
Palooka
   is hobo slang for   
A Roving Boxer Who Lives in the Past
Pay Streak
   is hobo slang for   
To Have a Job That Pays Well
Peanut Farm
   is hobo slang for   
Prison Work Farm
Pearl Diver
   is hobo slang for   
A Dishwasher
Pennsylvania Salve
   is hobo slang for   
Apple Butter
Peoria
   is hobo slang for   
Thin Soup
Phoney Man
   is hobo slang for   
Fellow Who Peddles Cheap Jewellery
Pile Driver
   is hobo slang for   
Coffee
Pill Peddler
   is hobo slang for   
The Camp Doctor
Pogey
   is hobo slang for   
The Workhouse
Sometimes the poor farm
Pound Your Ear
   is hobo slang for   
To Sleep in a Bed
Prone the Body
   is hobo slang for   
To Lie Down and Rest
Punk and Gut
   is hobo slang for   
Bread and Sausage
Punk
   is hobo slang for   
Bread
Southern bread is called pone
Rank Cats
   is hobo slang for   
Lowest of the Genus Bum
Rattler
   is hobo slang for   
A Fast Train
Razor Back
   is hobo slang for   
Circus Roustabout
Also an Arkansas hog
Read Your Shirt
   is hobo slang for   
To Examine Your Clothes for Crumbs
Red Ball
   is hobo slang for   
Fast Fruit Train
Good for long rides
Reefer
   is hobo slang for   
Refrigerator Car
Ring Tail
   is hobo slang for   
An Unpopular Fellow
Sap
   is hobo slang for   
The Policeman's Persuader
To get sapped means to be clubbed by the bulls
Scoffing
   is hobo slang for   
To Eat
To scoff regularly means to miss no meals
Scrape the Pavement
   is hobo slang for   
To Get a Shave
Screw Your Nut
   is hobo slang for   
Get Wise to Yourself
Seam Squirrels
   is hobo slang for   
Lice
Sea Food
   is hobo slang for   
A Sailor
Set-down
   is hobo slang for   
To Eat With Your Feet Under the Table
Sewer Hog
   is hobo slang for   
Ditch Digger
Shack
   is hobo slang for   
A Brakeman
Shark
   is hobo slang for   
A Man Who Sells Jobs to the Hobos
His assistant is called a man catcher
Shatting on the Uppers
   is hobo slang for   
To Be Broke
Shavetail
   is hobo slang for   
A Young Army Officer of Low Rank
Also young mules
Shavetail
   is hobo slang for   
A Young Mule
Also a young army officer of low rank
Sheets
   is hobo slang for   
Newspapers for a Bed
Shiner
   is hobo slang for   
A Ten-cent Piece
Shiv
   is hobo slang for   
Razor
A blade but never a safety razor
Shoo Fly
   is hobo slang for   
A Railroad Detour
Side Door Pullman
   is hobo slang for   
A Box Car
Hobo's home en-route
Skinner
   is hobo slang for   
One Who Drives Mules
Especially on construction jobs
Skinner's Delight
   is hobo slang for   
Hobo Jungle Dish
Sky Pilot
   is hobo slang for   
A Highbrow Preacher
Not one of the mission kind
Sloughed
   is hobo slang for   
To Be Arrested
Pronounced "slowed"
Smoke
   is hobo slang for   
Strong Liquor
Denatured alcohol
Snake
   is hobo slang for   
A Railroad Switchman
Snapper Rig
   is hobo slang for   
Second-hand Suit of Clothes
Sneaky Pete
   is hobo slang for   
Cheap Wine
Snipe
   is hobo slang for   
Cigarette Butt
“Snipe shooting” meant to look for cigarette butts in the gutter
Son of Adam
   is hobo slang for   
Hobo Willing to Do a Chore for a Handout
Soup
   is hobo slang for   
Liquid Explosives for Blowing Safes
Speed Balls
   is hobo slang for   
Sherry Wine
Spider
   is hobo slang for   
A Small Frying-pan With a Long Handle
Splinter Belly
   is hobo slang for   
A Man Who Works on Bridges and Trestles
Stable Dog
   is hobo slang for   
A Man Who Looks After the Camp Stables
He is often called chambermaid to the mules
Stack of Bones
   is hobo slang for   
Cheap Hash-house Dish
Stake
   is hobo slang for   
Money in the Pocket After Leaving the Job
Stem
   is hobo slang for   
Street
Stew Builder
   is hobo slang for   
A Hobo Camp Cook
Stir
   is hobo slang for   
State Prison
Stool Pigeon
   is hobo slang for   
An Informer
Straight and Narrow
   is hobo slang for   
The Way to Eternal Life and Salvation
Sugan
   is hobo slang for   
Bed Comforter
Usually the old style quilts
Swamper
   is hobo slang for   
Fellow Who Cleans out the Bar-room
Sweat Board
   is hobo slang for   
Concrete Mixing by Hand
Tallow Pot
   is hobo slang for   
The Fireman on the Train
Tally
   is hobo slang for   
Meaning
Thin Ones
   is hobo slang for   
Small Coins
Dimes
Three Star Hennessy
   is hobo slang for   
Good Brand of Liquor
Throw Your Guts
   is hobo slang for   
To Squeal
To give information to the bulls
Timber Wolf
   is hobo slang for   
A Worker in the Woods
Tin Roof
   is hobo slang for   
A Free Drink
Tip the Office
   is hobo slang for   
To Warn a Fellow Hobo by Giving a Signal
Toad Skins
   is hobo slang for   
Paper Money
Toppings
   is hobo slang for   
Dessert
Town Clown
   is hobo slang for   
The Village Constable
Trombo
   is hobo slang for   
Hobo Pugilist
Twist a Dream
   is hobo slang for   
To Roll a Cigarette
Two Bits
   is hobo slang for   
Twenty-five Cents
Wagon Tramps
   is hobo slang for   
Families Who Travel in Covered Wagons
Wallies
   is hobo slang for   
Town Bums Who Never Lose Sight of the City Walls
White Mule
   is hobo slang for   
Old-fashioned White Corn Whiskey
Wood Butcher
   is hobo slang for   
A Carpenter
A hobo who can do odd repair jobs
Yeggs
   is hobo slang for   
The Crooks of Hobohemia
Too mean to be bums and too lazy to be good tramps


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