- quaroms, quaromes, quaroon, quarren, quarrom, quarrome, quarromes, quarroms, quarron, quarrones, quarrow
Origin unknown. Possibly from Italian carogna (“carrion”) or French charogne, caroigne (“carrion”); hence from Latin caro (“flesh”). If so, cognate with English carrion, carnage.
quarrons (plural quarronses)
- (obsolete, thieves' cant) The body.
1707, “The Maunder's Praise of his Strowling Mort”, in Farmer, John Stephen, editor, Musa Pedestris, published 1896, page 33:
- White thy fambles, red thy gan, / And they quarrons dainty is; / Couch a hogshead with me then, / And in the darkmans clip and kiss.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
- Unfallen Adam rode and not rutted. Call away let him: thy quarrons dainty is. Language no whit worse than his.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:quarrons.
- For semantic relationships of this term, see body in the Thesaurus.
- “quarrons” 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 161.
- Farmer, John Stephen (1902) Slang and Its Analogues, volume 5, page 340