British slang is informal language used and originating in the United Kingdom (and also used
a limited extent in other English-speaking countries). New words and phrases are continuously
being added and used.
Slang is used in informal spoken English only . It should not be used in formal contexts.
Below is a short list of words you may hear while visiting the United Kingdom.
|Bangers||Sausages||"Great! This pub
serves bangers and mash!
(mashed potatoes) "
|Blimey!||Surprise, anger, etc.
(God blind me!)
|"Blimey! Did you see that explosion!"|
|Bloke||Man, guy||"I heard some blokes talking about that at the pub."|
|That's it. There you
|"Add some grated cheese, pop it in
the oven for
10 mn and Bob's your uncle!"
|Chuffed||Pleased, delighted||"Mum was really chuffed with her present."|
|Dodgy||Suspicious, unreliable||"Be careful - the back wheel looks a bit dodgy."|
|Fancy||Like someone or
|"Do you fancy a
"I think Alex fancies Julie."
|Fiver/ tenner||Five / ten pounds||"I bought it for a fiver/a tenner."|
|Gobsmacked||Amazed, astounded||"I was gobsmacked when I saw the old
man drive off
in a sports car!"
|Grub||Food||"I'm hungry. Let's get some grub."|
|Kip||1) sleep/a place to sleep
2) dirty or sordid place
|1) I need a little kip before we head off."
2) Your room is a kip! I want you to clean it now!"
|Knackered||Extremely tired||"You look knackered. What have you been doing!"|
|Mate||Friend||"We've been mates since our school days."|
|1) Hey! My
bike's been nicked!
2) The police nicked him for speeding.
|On tick||On credit||"He never saves any money - always buys on tick."|
|Drunk or intoxicated||"He was already pissed/plastered when
he arrived at
|Ta!||Thank you.||'"Ta love! That's just what I need."|
|Quid||One pound||"The ticket costs a quid."|
|Wicked||Cool, fantastic||"Look at that dress! It's wicked! I love it!"|
|Wonky||Not right||"Don't sit on that chair. It's a bit wonky."|