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Possibly from Italian pane (bread) or directly from Latin pānem, the accusative of pānis (bread, loaf), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (to feed, to graze).


pannum (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) Bread; food.
    • 1641–42, Brome, Richard, A Joviall Crew, or, The Merry Beggars[1], Act 2, published 1652:
      Here's Pannum and Lap, and good Poplars of Yarrum, / To fill up the Crib, and to comfort the Quarron.
    • 1844, Selby, Charles, London by Night, Act 1, Scene 2:
      As far as injun, pannum, and cheese, and a drop of heavy goes, you are perfectly welcome.
    • c. 1864, Stevens, Alfred Peck, “The Chickaleary Cove”, in Farmer, John Stephen, editor, Musa Pedestris[2], published 1896, page 161:
      I have a rorty gal, also a knowing pal, / And merrily together we jog on, / I doesn't care a flatch, as long as I've a tach, / Some pannum for my chest, and a tog on.

Derived termsEdit


  • “pannum” in Albert Barrère and Charles G[odfrey] Leland, compilers and editors, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume II (L–Z), Edinburgh: The Ballantyne Press, 1889–1890, page 114.
  • Farmer, John Stephen (1902) Slang and Its Analogues[3], volume 5, page 134




  1. accusative singular of pannus