A monster-sized dictionary of English slang and British colloquialisms (informal speech) currently in use in the UK, listing over slang expressions. Slang (with John Simpson), The Oxford Essential Guide to the English Language, The Longman Register of New Words,. The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word. BASIC ENGLISH GRAMMAR Will you be free tomorrow evening? /wil iú: bí: The boy´s got a book aracer.mobi English Vocabulary in Use (UpPer-intermediate).
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British Slang is a fountain of beautiful words that we don't normally use in Anglotopia's Dictionary of British English – Brit Slang from A to Zed!. Enjoy this except from BritWordaDay: Anglophiles Top Guide to British Words British slang words of every genre and region but most importantly, how to use. A Study of the Slang used in Football Factory and Little Britain The languages of the world are constantly changing and slang intrudes the vocabulary of.
You may have to look a little harder, but there are plenty of sources out there. The problem with slang is that it is always changing and there are trends like fashions or styles with clothes. So when you look for slang, it is good to try to find recent examples. Comedy is always a good place to look, as comedians like to play with words. Dizzee Rascal is a famous British rapper who uses a lot of modern slang in his music.
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Every video comes with clickable subtitles, flashcards and fun quizzes so you learn new words while you watch. To watch that video and the full FluentU video library with all the learning features, sign up for a free FluentU trial. Because slang is casual language, some of these might not be appropriate for younger learners. Also, some words that are fine to use in Britain may be considered offensive in other places! We will explain all of that, though. Have fun learning! Chuffed When someone is chuffed, they are very pleased or happy about something.
It refers to a person who slaughters old worn-out horses who can no longer work. Cheeky When someone is cheeky, it means that they are being a little rude or disrespectful, but usually in a way that is funny and endearing cute.
That was a bit cheeky! Well OK, just a few cheeky drinks. In British slang, however, it just means a cigarette. It is used when somebody uses or gets something from someone else without paying. Mate While in standard English a mate is a life partner, it is commonly used in Britain to mean a friend. It is also often used to address strangers in informal situations, such as in bars or on public transport.
It is particularly used between men but not always. It can be used not only to describe a famous person, but also a friend or family member who is not famous. It is often used when the friend or family member has done something particularly good or impressive. However, inviting someone to go to the pub for a few sherbets is not an invitation to eat sweets, but an invitation to drink a few beers. It is possible that this comes from the fizzy, frothy top on beers.
I was trollied. Narky Narky is another word for moody or bad-tempered. Gagging The original meaning of this word is choking or retching making movements and sounds like vomiting. However, it also means to desperately need or want something. Cracking When something is cracking it is particularly good or excellent. But watch out!
This is completely different in American slang. In the U. Seemed a bit unhygienic to me! Oh, and on aside, when we make our own cigarette over here, we roll a fag… I believe some other activity entirely ensues in America when you do this! Cool, historic gadget! I know some cockney slang but you said you were doing that list soon. The Inbetweeners is definitely the best place to hear current British slang… http: Taters derives from taters mold — cold. Ive got a feeling it has something to do with potato blight which happens when it gets frosty or summer as they call it in Scotland.
There is an amusing dictionary of Rhyming slang called Fletchers Book of Rhyming slang which was published in — Fletch was the unlikely hero in a programme called Porridge, about life in a prison, and was played by the wonderful Ronnie Barker.
It meant very stupid. The Bees Knees was used in the U. Partially from the actual item of clothing, a waterproof rain coat, sometimes used with train-spotters who are out in the rain watching trains.
But this list is brilliant, will be sharing this around my US friends, so they can understand me!! Love this website! So Blighty is only used when referring to Britain when you are away from it, or maybe humorously. Well, its not Bahlati in Hindi, it is Vilayati. In Persian and Urdu, it became Vilayat and we Indians used it in the ancient days to refer to provinces lying beyond the Hindukush mountains. Blighty is definitely Britain, and not Brighton. I think it is Indian in origin like pajamas, bungalow, etc.
Which reminds me: Gone the journey they are not coming back only the first part is used and means someone who has tipped over the edge into unreasonable behaviour or belief. Great words. I swear my English has never been the same since. All I can say as a Canadian-born Brit is ….. Thank God we still use the much,more more intelligent British Slangs. Not to mention the real English Language. Just as French Canadian is to Parisian French.
God Save the Queen,England, and the Commonwealth!! No, American English is not just slang for British English. I can see me being on here all the time…being a bit of an anorak ;-D. Shattered means very tired, and is not really used to describe being drunk. We would say he was shit-faced, pissed trollied or fucked for that! With regards to But most of them are spot on. Are you a yank yourself? Actually those are Americanisms.
Knocked up in the UK means to wake someone up or knock on their door. The words give and up are very important in fixing the meaning here. Me either, Mike. Baps, Jugs [there was a porno mag called Jugs of Joy! As an Aussie, I know most of these sayings but when you see them written down like this you realise what a very strange language we have. I love arse over tit — my nan used to say it.
No, chaps, smeg head is not a polite version if anything. Smeg is what comes out, nit the dick itself. Plonker …. If someone asks you to get your plonker out they are asking to see your penis. So plonker is akin to calling someone a prick, which is a dick. It means…packing the fanny! It brands you as an anorak. They were a tight fit — they had to be. In cold weather, though, the metal of the cannon balls would contract more than the brass, thus becoming loose and falling from the monkey with the movement of the ship.
This is a reference to smegma which is a substance occaisionally found under the foreskin of un-circumcised males known in the US as Fromunda cheese. Dawdal — meaning to walk slowly or drag your feet, my Mum used to tell me to stop dawdling when she took me shopping with her. An old nursery rhyme reads: Going to bed; brilliant! It is mostly used in the north of England and some of Wales. It is a greeting term used informally. Another good one would be; Kid, not as in a small child but, but used to describe a friend you deem to be close too It is mostly used in the north of England and some of Wales.
It is a greeting term used informally I. Now then kid, how you doing? Meat and two veg does exist, meaning penis and testicles. Pants means underwear. Trousers means what Americans call pants. Chinese food Chips: Fries are called fries here too. Fanny about: James Hunt is a rhyming slang. Words for foreginers. Some of these are also used in the US of course: Chinaman Nips: German Ivan: Russian Yanks: Americans Frog: Frenchman Paddy: Welshman Jock: Scotsman I-ties: Italians Aussies: Australians Pakis really a racist term, but originally just slang.
Do NOT use this, but simply because you will no doubt hear people use it: Chat Gobbledegook: Rhyming slang again… Gary Glitter… your arsehole. Cheesed off: Pissed off Pissed off: Basement Loft: The Atlantic Ocean Septics: Pole old Half-inching: Stealing Nicking: Run off Arm and a leg: Very expensive Bell end: Not actually a penis, just the bell shaped end glans Japs eye: Idiot Doughnut: Miserly Hard-nut: Various swear words are used outside of offending people.
Bollocks is a very British word really, as we can use it for so many things. Up shit creek: In a big dilemma Shit-stirrer: But all British sounds great to me. I like old words the best. Having lived in the North-East, North-West, South-East, South-West, London and Scotland as well as working with some of the most imaginative users of English for a decade in the Royal Navy I can honestly say that if you used the term strawberry creams or twig and berries, nobody would have a clue as to what you were talking about.
Also be aware that Bugger can be an endearing word in the North-East with kids being called little buggers and bugger-lugs lugs are ears. Overall a very good list but be aware of regionalisms. Being a northerner with a southern girlfriend I find we disagree on the most basic words and uses of the english language. I mean it with all the love in my heart. Plonked, wanker and the like were thrown around very easily. I thought that was great. Tosser and wanker are the same thing, used as an insult but generally means someone who masturbates to have a wank.
To get fired is getting sacked. Never confuse reduncy with getting the sack fired. Some say this is an old naval expression: I have no idea where that came from lol Have never heard 65,67 or 68 said with that meaning… 71 means.. Fuck all no crumpet attractive members of the opposite sex , just wall to wall fuckin foul baggage unattractive members of the opposite sex.
So I just got pissed as a fart drunk as a skunk. Actually a Shakespeare quote. It was like a bleeding lunar fuckin eclipse or summink something.
I got such a shock I suddenly had to puke my fuckin ring anus up, so I spent the rest of the night calling Huey and Ralph onomatapeoia, punking sounds down the great white telephone the toilet.
That was a typo. No seriously, Im British. I just want to correct a few things: Tosser does not mean idiot. Would be more likely to be said as: Scammel is a very robust make of British truck and ladies with very prominent Raspberry Ripples are occasionally with a healthy dose of exaggeration given the dubious compliment of having ones which resemble the nuts that hold the wheels on to the said vehicle….
Oh sod it!!! But saying this, it really depends where you go in Britain to here the different words. I must say though, you have got a lot up there that I use everyday, for example bollocks and fit, arse and brilliant are just a few that are in my everyday vocab.
I disagree, very common to call someone a cunt and be called a cunt. North East England. Can i just make the point here, it seems everyone as missed. A nice way of calling someone an idiot…. See ya! My dad calls people nob jockeys all the time and there are two people calling each other wankers and twats outside of my window right now!
Bollocks is an English word. Frequently heard when someone makes a mistake, breaks something, failed something bollocksed. Or just as an expression of frustration. Look at the time! Very interesting site, a bit of fun, we complain about Americanisms polluting our language and I recently heard of Americans complaining about British phrases invading American English, that did make me laugh. As mentioned before, the Britain is very much like a small United States with Counties instead of states, where the accent and meaning of words can change within a few miles, for example there is a noticeable difference in the Newport Wales accent, and the accent of Risca, not more than 10 miles away.
As Wales has 2 languages, the great majority speak English , Welsh words are used in English sentences , such as I want to give you a cwtch , meaning I want to give you a hug, usually said to someone you love rather that an acquaintance. Rad, meaning radical. Epic means awesome. Someone wrote about bummer for someone who is gay, not true, bummer is like damn or bollocks. How about a couple of sayings for a bloke urinating: Bespoke and redundant are just words that have a meaning.
But they are not words that Americans use regularly. We say custom-made or fired. That might be so…. Odd to describe yourself as an Anglophile when you appear to think you know better than us…. Bell-end has been slightly misinterpreted above. Smeg is from Red Dwarf but is actually is the smelly chesse like substance you get on an unwashed bell end.
Or ridge chesse, knob cheese etc as we would call it! Great site! A lot of these are said in the U. Bristols is more cockney rhyming slang — not everyone would get it. Bristol Cities — Titties! Some of it is known everywhere I think eg: I think u 4got jumper, which means sweater; sithee, which means bye; axe, which means guitar!!
Ever heard a Brit saying: Any idea of what it means? Southern shandy drinker was missed Lizard -a women Tit — someones a idiot Lorry — truck Jizz — sperm. Bloody shirt lifters! I have tow good septic mates and they love cockney rhyming slang and try to make it up. I tell them that doing that is Mockney and they love that concept too. So you might say: And to get wankered?
Cwtch is a great one- welsh for hug- snuggle snugglebomb? And the word Mad is banded about a lot meaning- brilliant- or interesting or crazy — all at the same time….
On the internet there is a U. K based company game riddle made by a famous online riddle maker. The prize to the winner is a motorized golf bag and only E. But I am a riddler. There are also valuable histories to be discovered along the way in some games a lot of of knowledge.
Anyway, I need help on the following riddle if I may be so bold to to solicit your attention to the matter. Here are the set of words: I know this is a strange request but any input would help greatly. Thanks for your time in advance, Stewart. I just love it and intend to incorporate it into my own fanciful lexicon!
They mean that it is often dark and cruel. To us Brits that is just funny. In some countries someone would be reporting him to the police!
Chav does not mean white trash because a chav can be any race, there are plenty of black and Asian chavs in England as well as white. Some of these phrases are not known to all British people because it depends what part they come from. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing the difference between the North and South. A woman goes in to a French restaurant and asks the waiter for a double entendre. So he gave her one. Bugger, Wanker and Absobloodylootely are Brilliant!
My new favorite. Snog — french kiss crap — commonly used british word for poo, but also describes something that is rubbish or inferior. They are serious swear words and i would expect a clip round the ear hole.
Bugger is more acceptable and in fact is the word i use when i dont want to swear in front of my children.
So i imagine its very confusing for an american visitor. It is the 21st century, after all. He got one wrong the Horses for courses. No, Jonathan is correct. We have them both here. Being made redundant is just that — your company has no need for your role any more, and therefore, you are now redundant.
Being fired means that the role will probably still exist after you have been let go, because the role itself is not redundant. At least specify where this word comes from! Well this site has kept me up past midnight and enable me to have 2 bedtimes snorts of whiskey. Lovely Jubbly!!!!
I remember a friend of mine telling me about going to a party where she got really pissed, and I asked her if she got into a fight or something. Knob jockey is homosexual just like bumhole engineer. A few cockney slang: How old is it?
How far back does it go? Just wondering because I have a character in one of books using it. The story is set in the Regency, about the time Prinny was really setting to work on Brighton Pavilion.
It is called this because of the explosion of industry in the area during the industrial revolution and it was often said that the air was black with smoke, hence Black Country.
Queen Victoria reputedly drew the curtains on the royal train as she passed through to avoid looking at it! The wikipedia page on it is quite informative if anybody is interested in the area: The main point of my point was accent and sayings. We in the Black Country almost have our own language and an accent that can only be described as undecipherable to an outsider however, that said, it is often described as friendly so its not all bad! Insults Naturally. How bin ya? Where bist?
Am yow gooin aat? What day is it? One for comedy: I hope someone finds this interesting and would like to visit us here in the Black Country. Hi Will. My ex girlfriend came from Nuneaton and the accent there was completely different from, say Leicester in one direction and Atherstone in the other.
One of the sayings I remember was an optimistic comment about the weather:. You could also have had cheeky, as a lot of Americans I know have no idea what cheeky is. You had an alright list, anyway.
Tosser and wanker are exactly the same thing. To wank or to toss off is masterbation. Or if you were to call some one a wanker or a tosser as an insult means they are just being a dick. Knickers is also another phrase for panties.
Not quite. I use that too. Slight Correction: A Dogs Dinner means that something is chaotic and in a mess.
Slang changes with generations so whether you know a word or the context in which you use it will depend on your age, but some are enduring. It comes from the unfashionable jackets worn by train spotters It is different to geek, which implies something technical whereas anorak refers often to having useless knowledge, like knowing the names of all the colours that you could get for a model of car sold in And Ponce means effeminate and fussy, not a poser.
It originally referred to both pimps and effeminate homosexuals. Interesting how a lot of these sayings are also adopted by Australians and used in our everyday language. Made redundant is not the same as being fired. Apologies if this point has already been made in previous comments. One more comment. Number Another interesting one is: My Nan used to say that.
Also used in the expression: Hello there! Thanks for compiling the list. A mild exclamation or displeasure. Forgive me if this has been discussed, but can anyone tell me the British slang for poser? Poser and bullshitter are not really the same thing. A poser is someone who wears flash expensive clothes and goes about showing them off.
A bullshitter is someone who talks a load of rubbish garbage. Am from the North west and my favourites are clempt — hungry and Beddies — slippers. Our expression for an ugly person is that they are a two hatter — say it quickly lol. Can also mean poor quality. Rarely in use now. Fired is sacked or getting the sack. Could be less than that. Latest British News in Your Inbox. You are here: Share this: Comments Interesting list — some thoughts: Also used as a verb.
Ie can I have one of your cigarettes. Daft Cow -Idiot Female. A lead cannonball? Surely not……. Uni, I thought, was just short for university. Generally… And, HOW can fortnight be considered a slang! What would be a British slang for the word funny or comedic? Love the post. Horses for courses means that not everything suits everyone. As in: That really made me laugh Dixie!!!
Words fail me. His name became a swear word after that. I agree — a most versatile word, as is bollocks, in many ways. You know bugger-all about history!
Nice list, but some of the translations are slightly out! A few more: This whole website is the dogs bollocks. Thank you. You have pretty much cleared up all the mistakes with this post! Help ma boab! It means knob cheese.