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 ENGLISH  VOCABULARY

British Slang

British slang is informal language used and originating in the United Kingdom (and also used to
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.



Word/Expression


Meaning Example
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."
Bob's your
uncle!
That's it. There you go.
 Voila!
"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
 something
"Do you fancy a pint?"
  "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."
Nicked 1) Stolen
 2) Arrested
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."
Pissed
Plastered
Drunk or intoxicated "He was already pissed/plastered when he arrived at
   the party."
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."