One of the things that fascinates me most about slang is its very changeable nature. Words can change meaning at the drop of a hat. New words come into lay and may be gone in an instant, or they may stay around for a very long time.
I found some very familiar terms in this offering of Regency era language pertaining to children.
Kinchin. A little child.
Urchin. A child, a little fellow: also, a hedgehog.
Bull Chin. A fat chubby child.
Cherubim. Peevish children, because cherubim and seraphim continually do cry.
Chip of the old block. A child who, either in person or sentiments, resembles its father or mother.
Cosset. A foundling.
One of his get. One of his offspring or begetting.
Mother’s loll. A favorite child, the mother’s darling
Pin-basket. The youngest child.
A natural son or daughter
To stand Moses: a man is said to stand Moses when he has another man’s bastard child fathered upon him, and he is obliged by the parish to maintain it.
A wrinkle-bellied whore. One who has had a number of bastards as child-bearing leaves wrinkles in a woman’s belly.
Being with Child
A woman has got her belly full
A girl who sprained her ankle
A woman has a white swelling.
That wench is poisoned, see how her belly is swelled
Hans In Kelder. Jack in the cellar; i.e. the child in the womb: a health frequently drank to breeding women or their husbands.
Jack In A Box. A child in the mother’s womb.
Launch. The delivery, or labor, of a pregnant woman.
Interesting Expressions related to children
Heavy baggage; women and children.
Black Monday. The first Monday after the school-boys’ holidays, or breaking up, when they are to go to school and produce or repeat the tasks set them.
To sing the black psalm; to cry
A chip of the old block; a child who, either in person or sentiments, resembles its father or mother.
Chitty-paced. Baby-faced; said of one who has a childish look.
He has deserved the cushion; a saying of one whose wife is brought to bed of a boy: implying, that, having done his business effectually, he may now indulge or repose himself.
Foundling. A child dropped in the street, and found and educated at the parish expense.
Free of fumbler’s hall; a saying of one who cannot get his wife with child.
Marriage Music. The squalling and crying of children.
His mouth is full of pap; he is still a baby.
Prattle. Insignificant talk: generally applied to women and children.
He is as like his father as if he was spit out of his mouth: said of a child much resembling his father.
Sunburnt. Clapped: also, having many male children.
Quoted from: Grose, Captain (Francis). (2004) Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1811 ed. Ikon Classics