British English speakers are believed to have the most exhaustive slang
vocabulary as well as the most researched and documented one.
British slang dictionaries and research studies have been published and as
surprising as it may seem, the earliest ones was a seven-volume British slang
dictionary published in 1889.
It may be
overwhelming to even the British folk to remember and actively use all slang
phrases and words in their conversation but below is a list of some of the more
commonly used and understood British slang words that could spice up your
conversation and make you feel at home in the UK and may come in handy when
indulging in ‘English’ fun:
1. Flog: To flog means to sell something,
as in:“I managed to flog my stolen Xbox
for a pretty good price”
2. Crickey: Crickey is an exclamation of surprise, equivalent to the American ‘Holy
shit’ expression. As in when your wife walk in with a ton of shopping bags, you
can say “Crickey! Have you gone mad
3. Blimey: This is another commonly used British slang word that expresses
surprise, similar in use to the word ‘Crickey’. As in: “Blimey! You’re much uglier
in person now that we’ve finally met.”
4. Yampy: A word used to state someone madness. Mostly sued in Birmingham. As
in: “You’ve gone yampy if you think you
can win from me at Russian Roulette, gimme that gun.”
5. Twock: Means to steal or burgle. Interestingly this word is derived from
the police term TWOC for ‘taken without owner’s consent’.
6. Snap: Slang term used in Birmingham for
‘food’. Usage: “I’m off to McDonalds
to get some snap”
7. Tosh: Nonsense or Nonsensical. As in: “He speaks nothing but tosh after the third
8. Spawny: Means ‘lucky’. As in: Spawny the pregnancy test came back
9. Skint: Means broke or bankrupt or without money. As in: “I’m not buying you another hooker! I’m skint.”
10. Skive: A term
used whenfaking illness or injury to avoid a commitment such as work or
school. As in: “He skived off school only
to later bump into his teacher at the gay bar.”
11. Paste: To
thoroughly beat the crap out of someone.
12. Paddy: To throw an anger fit or
tantrum. As in: “He’s going to throw a
paddy soon as he starts losing at the cock fight.”
13. Numpty: A
stupid or unwise person. Also could be incompetent. As in: “he and his numpty friend better drive my lambo carefully.”
14. Nob: Refers to a person of high social status or more accurately, a snob. As
in: “I nicked this watch from some nob in
a fancy suit at the hotel.”
15. Miffed: Is the slang for getting offended
or upset at something or someone. As in: “He
got all miffed about losing his girlfriend, tell him to grow a pair.”
16. Marbles: Used to signify intelligence, or
sanity. As in: “Have you lost your
17. Laughing Gear:This is a metaphor for ones ‘mouth’. Equivalent to
the American ‘pie hole’.
18. Gutted: When you say ‘you’re gutted’,
it means you’re in a state of depression or despair, feeling very low.
19. Antwacky: Means something that’s gone out of style. Comes from the improper pronunciation
of the word ‘Antique’
A proclamation of joy.
21. Blart: Used to state someone is crying or sobbing. As in: “he started blarting cuz his girlfriend dumped him.”
22. Chobble: To chew something loudly, as in: “you better stop chobbling those rocks cuz my ears hurt.”
23. Clamming: Means to starve, as in: “thank god you brought Chinese, I’ve been
clamming all day.”
24. Dancers: Interestingly, this is the slang British word for stairs. Used as: “get your butt up those dancers and go to sleep.’
25. Deaf it: Used when you ask someone
to stop bothering about something, as in: “deaf
it pal, why do you even care?”
26. Deek: This is said about a quick
peek. As in: “yeah I’ll catch up soon as
I deek the neighbors window.”
27. Dibble: One of my favorites, comes
from Officer Dibble from Top Cat. Means the police. The fuzz.
28.Fettled: Means to be fixed, mended or repaired. As in: “I’m going to the shop to get my ride
29. Row: Pronounced
as the word that rhymes with ‘cow’, means having an argument. Having a row.
30. Smashing: Means something that is
amazing or brilliant. As in: “you had a
baby? That’s smashing!”
31. Yem: Is the slang for ‘home’
32. Trabs: This unique word is used to
describe ‘shoes’. As in: “Got these trabs pretty cheap on a sale.”
33. Slummock: Means to slouch or idle
34. Scrikin: Means ‘crying’. Mostly referred
35. Salfords: Used in Manchester to refer
to socks. As in: “my idea is going to
knock your Salfords off.”
36. Paggered: Means
‘Exhausted’. Originates from Newcastle.
37. Ozzy: Another favorite of mine, going
to the ozzy means going to the ‘hospital’.
38. Netty: Another Newcastle slang word
used to denote a ‘toilet’.
39. Newtons: Check out the state of those
newtons is what someone would say when they want you to check out someone’s
40. Nebby: Used for someone who is overy nosy
41. Hinny: Refers to a female partner or
wife. Might have stemmed from the word ‘honey’
42. Jarg: A fun way to say something
that’s fake. As in: “got this jarg hand
bag a the store, I thought it was genuine.”
43. Steaming: The state
of being extremely drunk or extremely angry.
off: Means to waste time. As
in: “I do nothing but wag off at work.”
45. Lag: A
convict. Especially someone who is serving a long term sentence.
up: Used as an adjective for
liveliness. Maybe to describe a party.
47. Kerfuffle: A fight or argument caused
by varying views.
48. Honk: Means to vomit.
49. Gaffer: Refers to your boss or
foreman. As in: “let’s ask the gaffer if
we can get the hell out of the office for a break.”
50. Fence: This
actually means a person who is deals in stolen items or property. As in taking
something to a fence to see how much money you can get.
I hope you like these slang words and phrases
commonly used in Great Britain. If you know some of the British slang phrases, please let us know as well in the
comments section and help the community.