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Top 100 Favorite British Slang Words and Phrases

1. Tosser – Idiot
2. Cock-up – Screw up
3. Bloody – Damn
4. Give You A Bell – Call you
5. Blimey! – My Goodness
6. Wanker – Idiot
7. Gutted – Devastated
8. Bespoke – Custom Made
9. Chuffed – Proud
10. Fancy – Like


11. Sod Off – Piss off
12. Lost the Plot – Gone Crazy
13. Fortnight – Two Weeks
14. Sorted – Arranged
15. Hoover – Vaccum
16. Kip – Sleep or nap
17. Bee’s Knees – Awesome
18. Know Your Onions – Knowledgeable
19. Dodgy – Suspicious
20. Wonky – Not right


21. Wicked – Cool!

22. Whinge – Whine
23. Tad – Little bit
24. Tenner – £10
25. Fiver – £5
26. Skive – Lazy or avoid doing something
27. Toff – Upper Class Person
28. Punter – Customer/Prostitute’s Client
29. Scouser – Someone from Liverpool
30. Quid – £


31. Taking the Piss – Screwing around

32. Pissed – Drunk
33. Loo – Toilet
34. Nicked – Stolen
35. Nutter – Crazy Person
36. Knackered – Tired
37. Gobsmacked – Amazed
38. Dog’s Bollocks – Awesome
39. Chap – Male or friend
40. Bugger – Jerk


41. Bog Roll – Toilet Paper
42. Bob’s Your Uncle – There you go!
43. Anti-Clockwise – We Say Counter Clockwise
44. C of E – Church of England
45. Pants – Panties
46. Throw a Spanner in the Works – Screw up
47. Zed – We say ZZZZZZZ
48. Absobloodylootely – YES!
49. Nosh – Food
50. One Off – One time only


51. Shambles – Mess
52. Arse-over-tit – Fall over
53. Brilliant! – Great!
54. Dog’s Dinner – Dressed Nicely
55. Up for it – Willing to have sex
56. On the Pull – Looking for sex
57. Made Redundant – Fired from a job
58. Easy Peasy – Easy
59. See a Man About a Dog – Do a deal or take a dump
60. Up the Duff – Pregnant


61. DIY – Do It Yourself /home improvements
62. Chat Up – Flirt
63. Fit – Hot
64. Arse – Ass
65. Strawberry Creams – Breasts
66. Shag – Screw
67. Gentleman Sausage – Penis
68. Twigs & Berries – Genitalia
69. Fanny – Vagina
70. Bollocks – Balls


71. Ponce – Poser
72. Don’t Get Your Knickers in a Twist – Don’t Get worked up
73. The Telly – Television
74. Bangers – Sausage
75. Chips – French Fries
76. Daft Cow – Idiot
77. Do – Party
78. Uni – College/University
79. Starkers – Naked
80. Smeg – From Red Dwarf


81. Bits ‘n Bobs – Various things
82. Anorak – A person weirdly interested in something
83. Shambles – bad shape/plan gone wrong
84. I’m Off to Bedfordshire – Going to bed
85. Her Majesty’s Pleasure – To be in prison
86. Horses for Courses – Won’t work for someone else
87. John Thomas – Penis
88. Plastered – Drunk
89. Meat and Two Veg – Genitalia
90. Knob Head – Idiot/Dickhead


91. Knob – Penis
92. Chav – White trash
93. It`s monkeys outside – it is very cold
94. Stag Night – Bachelor Party
95. Ace – Cool!
96. Plonker – Idiot
97. Dobber – Penis
98. BellEnd – Penis
99. Blighty – Britain
100. Rubbish – Garbage or ‘That’s crap!’

 

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6 responses to “Top 100 Favorite British Slang Words and Phrases”

  1. Des Riordan says :

    OK, a few corrections and clarifications.

    Wanker: more often applied to someone who is inept or ineffectual. (Wank: to masturbate)

    Wonky: also something that is crooked, dilapidated or broken.

    Gobsmacked: probably more accurately defined as being left speechless by something good or bad.

    Bugger: in terms of noun rather than verb this is tricky to define. You might tell a friend that he’s a lucky bugger and no offence would be taken but a mean old bugger would be taken a little more seriously. In effect bugger is just another term for a man.

    Bob’s your uncle: job done.

    Pants: also, and predominantly used for male underwear. Also used as a derogatory term for something that’s substandard.

    Dogs dinner: generally this is used as a term for something badly put together.

    Made redundant: applies only when there are cut backs at a company. Doesn’t apply to being fired for wrongdoing, etc.

    Strawberry creams: never heard of that one. I’m 55 years old and have lived in Britain all my life.

    Gentleman sausage and (especially) twigs and berries: I refer you to strawberry creams.

    Ponce: also used to refer to a gay man but that’s less common now.

    Daft cow: gender specific – only applied to women.

    Smeg: abbreviation. Maybe this will help – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smegma

    Bell end: similar to wanker. A slang word for the glans penis.

    I hope that this was of use and that in posting this I didn’t piss on your fireworks!

    • JustEnglish.me says :

      Great and valuable comment. Thank you, Des for sharing your inside info 🙂 Much appreciated.

      • Des Riordan says :

        Another addition. ‘Ponce’ as well as being a slightly archaic word for a gay man was also used as a term for a pimp – although I don’t know where the connection is there. However, we do find a connection in the verb ‘ponce’, which is to scrounge and thereby gives us the noun ‘ponce’. Therefore, a ponce might be described as someone living off of someone else’s earnings.

  2. Ter Hollmann says :

    47 Zed is not slang. It’s how you actually say the letter, you guys say it wrong. We invented the bloody language you tossers. 🙂

  3. blueridgetrecks says :

    Still trying to seduce me?:-)

    Notice the word “wanker” listed in

    Top 100 Favorite British Slang Words and Phrases

  4. erbie says :

    You need to remember that in England we have vast regional variations in slang and the meaning of a slang word.
    You will also find that many of the words you listed here are not used anymore, or at least I haven’t heard in a very long time and some of them never.

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