150+ British Slang Words List (Meanings, Usuage, & PDF)

Are you struggling to understand British slang? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of over 150 British slang words with easy-to-understand meanings and usage examples. Plus, we’ve even included a handy PDF download to make learning slang a breeze. Let’s dive in!

British Slang Words List

1) ACE

Meaning: Excellent or very good

That new restaurant is ace, I loved it!

2) AGGRO

Meaning: Aggressive or troublesome

I don’t want any aggro at the pub tonight.

3) ALL TO POT

Meaning: Everything going wrong

Ever since the manager left, the project has gone all to pot.

4) ANORAK

Meaning: A person overly interested in niche subjects

He’s such an anorak when it comes to train spotting.

5) ARGY-BARGY

Meaning: Heated argument

There was a bit of argy-bargy at the football match.

6) BACCY

Meaning: Tobacco

Can you pick up some baccy from the shop?

7) BAGSY

Meaning: Claiming something as yours

Bagsy the front seat!

8) BARMY

Meaning: Crazy or foolish

You must be barmy to swim in this cold weather!

9) BEVVY

Meaning: Alcoholic drink

Let’s go for a bevvy after work.

10) BLAG

Meaning: To persuade by deception

He managed to blag his way into the club.

11) BLIMEY

Meaning: Expression of surprise

Blimey, that was a close call!

12) BLOKE

Meaning: Man

He’s a nice bloke, very friendly.

13) BLOWER

Meaning: Telephone

Give me a ring on the blower later.

14) BOB’S YOUR UNCLE

Meaning: There you have it; it’s done

Just press the button, and bob’s your uncle.

15) BODGE

Meaning: A poor or makeshift job

I made a bit of a bodge job of the wallpapering.

16) BOG-STANDARD

Meaning: Ordinary, average

It’s just a bog-standard model, nothing fancy.

17) BOLLOCKS

Meaning: Nonsense

That’s absolute bollocks!

18) BOTCH

Meaning: To do something badly

I totally botched my attempt at baking a cake.

19) BRASSY

Meaning: Bold, strident

She’s quite brassy and confident.

20) BREKKIE

Meaning: Breakfast

I had a full English for brekkie this morning.

21) BRILL

Meaning: Brilliant, fantastic

Your idea is absolutely brill.

22) BROLLY

Meaning: Umbrella

Don’t forget your brolly, it looks like rain.

23) BUDGE UP

Meaning: Move over, make space

Can you budge up a bit so I can sit down?

24) BUGGER ALL

Meaning: Nothing at all

I’ve done bugger all today.

25) BUTCHERS

Meaning: Look (from Cockney rhyming slang: butcher hook)

Have a butcher’s at this photo.

26) CHANCER

Meaning: A risk-taker, someone who takes advantage

He’s a bit of a chancer, always looking for shortcuts.

27) CHEEKY

Meaning: Impudent or sassy

That was a cheeky remark!

28) CHUFFED

Meaning: Pleased or satisfied

I’m really chuffed with my exam results.

29) CLANGER

Meaning: A noticeable mistake

He dropped a clanger during his speech.

30) CODSWALLOP

Meaning: Nonsense, rubbish

That story you told is a complete codswallop.

31) COLLYWOBBLES

Meaning: Nervousness, anxiety

I get the collywobbles before big presentations.

32) COR

Meaning: Expression of surprise or shock

Cor, that’s a nice car!

33) CRACK ON

Meaning: To continue with or start something

Let’s crack on with the meeting.

34) CRACKING

Meaning: Excellent or awesome

She’s a cracking actress.

35) CRAP

Meaning: Rubbish, something of poor quality

I feel like crap today.

36) CRIKEY

Meaning: Expression of surprise

Crikey, that was a huge spider!

37) CUPPA

Meaning: Cup of tea

Fancy a cuppa?

38) DAFT

Meaning: Silly or foolish

Don’t be so daft!

39) DEAD

Meaning: Very, extremely

It’s dead easy, you’ll have no trouble.

40) DICKY

Meaning: Unwell or faulty

I’m feeling a bit dicky this morning.

41) DIDDLE

Meaning: Cheat or swindle

He tried to diddle me out of my change.

42) DIGS

Meaning: Accommodation, living space

I’ve found some great student digs near campus.

43) DIM

Meaning: Stupid or unwise

That was a bit of a dim thing to do.

44) DIPPY

Meaning: Silly or scatterbrained

My aunt is a bit dippy but lovely.

45) DODGY

Meaning: Suspicious or of poor quality

That looks like a dodgy deal to me.

46) DOG’S DINNER

Meaning: A mess or badly done job

He made a dog’s dinner for the whole project.

47) DONKEY’S YEARS

Meaning: A long time

I haven’t seen her in Donkey’s years.

48) DOSH

Meaning: Money

I’m a bit short of dosh this week.

49) DUFF

Meaning: Bad or useless

The movie was pretty duff.

50) DULL AS DITCHWATER

Meaning: Extremely boring

That lecture was dull as ditchwater.

51) EARWIG

Meaning: Eavesdrop

Stop trying to earwig on our conversation!

52) EASY PEASY

Meaning: Very easy

Fixing this will be easy peasy.

53) FAFF

Meaning: To make a fuss or to bother

Stop faffing around and get on with it.

54) FAG

Meaning: Cigarette

I’m going out for a fag.

55) FIT

Meaning: Attractive

He’s really fit!

56) FLUKE

Meaning: Lucky or accidental success

It was a complete fluke that I won.

57) GAFFER

Meaning: Boss

Ask the gaffer if you can leave early.

58) GAMMY

Meaning: Injured or painful

I’ve got a gammy leg after that fall.

59) GEEZER

Meaning: Man, guy

He’s a real London geezer.

60) GEN

Meaning: Information

Give me the gen on what’s happening.

61) GIDDY KIPPER

Meaning: An overly excited person

She’s acting like a giddy kipper over her new job.

62) GOB

Meaning: Mouth

Shut your gob, I’m trying to think!

63) GOBSMACKED

Meaning: Amazed, astounded

I was gobsmacked when I heard the news.

64) GROTTY

Meaning: Unpleasant or of poor quality

This hotel room is a bit grotty.

65) GUTTED

Meaning: Very disappointed

I was gutted when my team lost.

66) HALF-INCH

Meaning: Steal (Cockney rhyming slang: half-inch pinch)

Someone half-inched my bike last night.

67) HANKY-PANKY

Meaning: Mischievous or deceitful behavior

There’s some hanky-panky going on next door.

68) HARD CHEESE

Meaning: Bad luck

Well, hard cheese, you’ll just have to try again.

69) HER MAJESTY’S PLEASURE

Meaning: In prison

He’s serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

70) HIGGLEDY-PIGGLEDY

Meaning: In disarray, messy

The books were stacked in a higgledy-piggledy fashion.

71) HUNKY-DORY

Meaning: Fine, going well

Everything’s hunky-dory now.

72) JAMMY

Meaning: Very lucky

You jammy devil, winning the lottery like that!

73) JIFFY

Meaning: A short time

I’ll be back in a jiffy.

74) JOLLY

Meaning: Very, extremely

It’s a jolly good show.

75) KIP

Meaning: Nap or sleep

I need a quick kip before we go out.

76) KNACKERED

Meaning: Very tired

I’m absolutely knackered after that walk.

77) KNEES UP

Meaning: A lively party or gathering

We’re having a proper knees-up for her birthday.

78) LEG IT

Meaning: Run away quickly

We had to leg it to catch the bus.

79) LURGY

Meaning: Illness, flu

I think I’ve caught the lurgy.

80) LUV

Meaning: Term of endearment

Thanks, luv.

81) MANKY

Meaning: Dirty or unpleasant

Those are some manky old trainers.

82) MARVELLOUS

Meaning: Excellent, wonderful

That’s marvellous news!

83) MATE

Meaning: Friend

How’s it going, mate?

84) MIFFED

Meaning: Annoyed or upset

She was a bit miffed at not being invited.

85) MINGE

Meaning: Vulgar term for female genitalia

That’s a rather rude word, don’t say minge.

86) MINT

Meaning: Excellent or perfect

This new phone is mint.

87) MITHER

Meaning: Bother or annoy

Don’t mither me while I’m working.

88) MOGGIE

Meaning: Cat

My moggie is the cutest cat ever.

89) MUCK IN

Meaning: To contribute to a group effort

We all need to muck in to get the job done.

90) MUCKER

Meaning: Friend, mate

Hello, mucker, long time no see!

91) MUDDY

Meaning: Confused or unclear

His explanation was rather muddy.

92) MUPPET

Meaning: Foolish or incompetent person

I felt like a muppet after making that mistake.

93) NAFF

Meaning: Lacking in style or good taste

That hat is a bit naff, isn’t it?

94) NARKED

Meaning: Annoyed or irritated

I was really narked about losing my keys.

95) NICK

Meaning: To steal or arrest

He got nicked for speeding last night.

96) NIFTY

Meaning: Good, skillful

That was a nifty piece of parking.

97) NIP

Meaning: A small amount or quick visit

I’m just going for a quick nip to the shops.

98) NOSH

Meaning: Food or meal

Fancy some nosh?

99) NUTTER

Meaning: Crazy person

He’s a complete nutter!

100) ODDS AND SODS

Meaning: Miscellaneous things or items

Just a few odds and sods left to pack.

101) OFF YOUR TROLLEY

Meaning: Crazy or mad

You must be off your trolley if you think that’s a good idea.

102) OLD BILL

Meaning: Police

The Old Bill showed up at the party.

103) ON YOUR BIKE

Meaning: Go away

Get on your bike and leave!

104) PADDY

Meaning: Tantrum or fit

He threw a paddy when he lost the game.

105) PANTS

Meaning: Rubbish, poor quality

That film was absolute pants.

106) PARKY

Meaning: Cold weather

It’s a bit parky outside, better wear a coat.

107) PEAR-SHAPED

Meaning: Going wrong or failing

The plan went a bit pear-shaped.

108) PECKISH

Meaning: Slightly hungry

I’m feeling a bit peckish, might grab a snack.

109) PIDDLING

Meaning: Insignificant or trifling

It’s only a piddling amount of rain.

110) PILLOCK

Meaning: Idiot or fool

Don’t be such a pillock.

111) PISSED

Meaning: Drunk

He was completely pissed last night.

112) PLONK

Meaning: Cheap wine

There’s some cheap plonk in the fridge.

113) PLONKER

Meaning: Fool or idiot

Rodney, you plonker!

114) POSH

Meaning: Elegant or upper-class

She speaks so posh.

115) PRAT

Meaning: Idiot or fool

Stop being a prat and help me.

116) PULL

Meaning: To successfully attract someone romantically

He’s trying to pull at the bar.

117) QUID

Meaning: Pound sterling

Can you lend me a quid?

118) RAZZ

Meaning: To party or enjoy oneself

We had a great razz around town.

119) RECKON

Meaning: Think or believe

I reckon it’s going to rain.

120) RIFF-RAFF

Meaning: Undesirable people

This club’s full of riff-raff tonight.

121) ROPEY

Meaning: Not very good, uncertain

I’m feeling a bit ropey this morning.

122) RUBBISH

Meaning: Trash or something worthless

That’s absolute rubbish!

123) RUDDY

Meaning: A mild swear word, like ‘bloody’

It’s ruddy freezing out here!

124) SARNIE

Meaning: Sandwich

I’ll have a ham sarnie, please.

125) SCALLYWAG

Meaning: Mischievous or rascally person

He’s a little scallywag.

126) SCRUMMY

Meaning: Delicious

This cake is absolutely scrummy.

127) SHIRTY

Meaning: Bad-tempered or irritable

He’s getting a bit shirty with me.

128) SKINT

Meaning: Having no money

I’m totally skint until payday.

129) SLING YOUR HOOK

Meaning: Go away

Time to sling your hook and leave.

130) SLUMMY

Meaning: Resembling a slum

That area is a bit slummy.

131) SMARMY

Meaning: Ingratiating, obsequious

He’s too smarmy for my liking.

132) SNOOKERED

Meaning: In a difficult situation

We’re completely snookered now.

133) SOD OFF

Meaning: Go away

Oh, just sod off!

134) SORTED

Meaning: Arranged or resolved

Everything’s sorted for the weekend.

135) SPEND A PENNY

Meaning: To urinate

I need to spend a penny; be right back.

136) SQUIFFY

Meaning: Slightly drunk

I’m feeling a bit squiffy after that wine.

137) STARKERS

Meaning: Naked

He ran down the street starkers!

138) STROPPY

Meaning: Bad-tempered or difficult

Don’t get stroppy with me.

139) SWOT

Meaning: Study hard

I need to swot up for my exams.

140) TA

Meaning: Thank you

Ta for the lift!

141) TAKING THE MICKEY

Meaning: Teasing or making fun of someone

Are you taking the mickey out of me?

142) TELLY

Meaning: Television

Let’s watch some telly.

143) THICK

Meaning: Stupid

He’s as thick as two short planks.

144) TICKETY-BOO

Meaning: Everything is fine

Everything’s tickety-boo, thanks.

145) TOSH

Meaning: Nonsense

He talks a lot of tosh.

146) TOSSER

Meaning: An idiot or jerk

What a complete tosser.

147) TWIG

Meaning: Understand or realize

I finally twigged what he meant.

148) UP THE DUFF

Meaning: Pregnant

She’s up the duff again.

149) WAFFLE

Meaning: To talk or write at length without saying anything important

He does tend to waffle on.

150) WANGLE

Meaning: To manipulate or manage to do something by scheming

I managed to wangle some free tickets.

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