Native and non-native speakers combined, the English language is the most widely spoken language in the entire world.
It is the most preferred way of overcoming language barriers between speakers of different languages.
Meet any new person with whom you do not share a common language. What are the first words that come out of your mouth? ‘Do you speak English?’, right!
But definitely with such a vast number of people speaking English language, there isn’t a uniform dialect of the English that is used all over the planet.
Whether it is a native or non-native English speaking country, you will always be surprised how English language speakers perceive the otherwise literal meanings of its words in a slightly or totally different manner.
Being fascinated by the English language
Like many other languages, the English language also has a bunch of things that fascinates its speakers and non-speakers both.
However, if you happen to be deeply inspired by the English language, a good thing to do would be to increase your vocabulary.
One way of doing this, for example, is to start by learning a few of the slang words of any specific dialect of the English language.
While the English language vocabulary itself is very extensive, adding just a few slang words to your portfolio will fascinate you on a whole different level.
What is a slang word and why learn it?
A slang word is a word in any language that is considered as very informal and is often used by a particular group of people.
Slang words are usually spoken rather than being used in written contexts.
The knowledge to understand the slang words of any language definitely comes with a few advantages.
- You do not get confused or feel offensive if someone makes a remark about you. What may seem harsh in its literal meaning may be taken as very polite and funny in its slang meanings.
- Not only it helps avoid misunderstandings but it also helps in understanding the other culture better.
- It makes you and the opposite group comfortable with each other. You can easily mingle with them as you can level them up intellectually.
45 British English language slang words that you can learn to increase your vocabulary
Among a few other variants, the two most popular, widely used and accepted and hence the most dominating variants of the English language are British English language and American English language.
In this article, we bring you a list of 45 most popular and awesome British English language slang words that you can learn and start using immediately.
So let’s begin.
1. All right
‘All right’ – a British slang word which means to inquire about someone. It is often paired with other words as well.
For example, instead of saying ‘how are you?’, you could also ask ‘are you all right?’.
It can also be used as a way of asking if something is clear or not to the other person.
For example, after a lecture the instructor might simply say ‘all right?’ to know whether the audience members have understood everything or not.
‘Anorak’ – this word in informal British English is used to refer to a person who is sort of a geek or who has deep interest in a particular field.
For example, ‘Harry can easily be regarded as an anorak in the game of chess’.
‘Ace’ – Derived from the highest value card of Ace in many games, the British slang meaning of the word ‘Ace’ is being exceptional or excellent.
It is usually used to refer to achieving a high grade in academics.
For example, ‘Oh, I will definitely ace the mid-semester exams this time as well.
‘Blinding’ – this British slang term means causing someone to lose their sight on something by doing it in a surprising manner.
For instance, doing something so fast or in a rapid action that someone isn’t able to follow it.
For example, ‘Snooker players strike can even be blinding to the cameras’.
‘Bagsy’ – although more popular among kids in the United Kingdom, this British slang word means claiming the title to something first before others can do it.
For example, some guy having only one spare ticket left to a football match might ask his group about who wants it. So the first one to respond is actually the person who is able to reserve it before others.
‘Bloke’ – this word in British slang means an ordinary guy or person.
While it is not a bad word nor does it mean to offend someone, it can still be paired with any other word to make it sound more acceptable.
For example, ‘Peter is one awesome bloke’.
‘Baccy’ – it is an informal British English word which usually is referred to as rolled tobacco but may also be used to mean other forms of rolled drugs like cannabis and marijuana.
For example, ‘His friend used to smoke baccy during his senior years at high school’.
‘Bender’ – this word in British informal English means a party where people drink extensively or take drugs for a long time without doing any breaks.
For example, ‘He is again planning to engage in a bender over the weekend and make a mess with his friends’.
9. Brass monkeys
‘Brass monkeys’ – this informal phrase refers to extreme chilling and freezing cold weather.
For example, ‘The temperature forecast for this Tuesday could even freeze the balls of a brass monkey’.
‘Chips’ – it is just another word for the all-time favorite food everyone knows as French fries.
Actually what Americans call as French fries in America, is called chips in Britain.
For example, ‘I would like to have a classic medium burger, a large pack of chips and a coke pitcher’.
11. Cheesed off
‘Cheesed off’ – this word in its British informal English context means being angry, fed up, annoyed or showing displeasure at someone or something.
For example, ‘Any grade other than an ‘A’ will cheese off my parents this time’.
12. Car park
‘Car park’ – this word means parking lot, parking garage or any other car parking space in the open and adjoining a house or a building.
For example, ‘Cars outside the car park are likely to be towed away’.
‘Dishy’ – an informal British English word that means very attractive, beautiful, pretty or good-looking.
For example, ‘Almost all brands today hire dishy models in their promotional campaigns’.
‘Dodgy’ – a British English equivalent of the American English word ‘shady’, more exact meanings of which is something that isn’t reliable or good and cannot be trusted.
For example, ‘The sales person looked a bit dodgy to close the deal before the orientation’.
‘Dosh’ – it means money or cash in informal British English.
For example, ‘Why do the countries have to spend so much on the defense front?’
16. Easy peasy
‘Easy peasy’ – in British slang English it refers to something that is very easy and would reflect no difficulty at all in doing it.
For example, ‘Today’s cricket match against the junior section was more easy peasy than we even imagined’.
‘Fag’ – means a cigarette in informal British English.
For example, ‘Where have I lost my pack of fag?’
‘Faff’ – means a complex and lengthy task that may be seen as a waste of time rather than being of some use.
For example, ‘My instructor always recommended ignoring faff and being more productive’.
‘Fortnight’ – is an old British English word that is still used to informally mean a period of two weeks.
For example, ‘Which internet data package do you usually subscribe, weekly or fortnightly?’
‘Flog’ – it means to sell something in British informal English.
For example, ‘No one appreciates when you flog’.
‘Gander’ – in its British slang English means to look around.
For example, ‘Please, have a gander while we confirm your order’.
22. Give us a bell
‘Give us a bell’ – this phrase in informal British English means to call someone via a telephone or simply telephone someone.
For example, ‘I will give you a bell before leaving the house’.
‘Gutted’ – means to feel highly depressed or disappointed about the recent happening of something.
For example, ‘He is gutted because of his declining performance’.
‘Hunky-dory’ – means to refer to something that is satisfactory, fine, okay or under-control.
For example, ‘Don’t worry, it won’t take long before everything is hunky-dory again in the city’.
25. Half past
‘Half past’ – in British slang English it means half an hour or 30 minutes after a stated time.
For example, ‘The lunch hour will now end at half past three’.
‘Haggle’ – this means to negotiate a price or make a bargain over something.
For example, ‘Not everyone has the skills and confidence required to haggle over the price of a commodity’.
‘Innit’ – in British slang English is used as an abbreviation meaning ‘isn’t it’.
For example, ‘This jacket is still loose. Innit.’
‘Jammy’ – Usually used to refer to someone who turned out to be lucky and didn’t have to put in any extra effort to win something.
For example, ‘He just won at the last minute. Isn’t he jammy?’
‘Kip’ – means a quick nap or sleep for just a short time.
For example, ‘I usually take a kip after lunch’.
‘Long’ – means something that takes a lot of time and effort to be done which actually isn’t of such a worth at all.
For example, ‘Reading an entire novel can be long’.
31. Leg it
‘Leg it’ – in British informal English means to run, walk away or hurry from some trouble.
For example, ‘If the alarm goes off, do not wait more and leg it’.
‘Mate’ – it’s a word used to mean a close friend with whom you may have a very informal relationship.
For example, ‘Don’t worry, he is just a mate’.
‘Mug’ – in British slang English it means a person’s face or mouth and is usually used in an offensive and rude manner.
For example, ‘Go away with your ugly mug’.
34. Nice one
‘Nice one’ – this phrase in British slang is used to respond when someone does a good thing and should be praised for doing it.
For example, ‘Thank you Joey for bringing food and drinks for everyone. You indeed did a nice one.’
35. On your bike
‘On your bike’ – this phrase is referred to as a rude way of telling someone to go away or leave.
For example, ‘Can I borrow your suit for one night? Yes, on your bike.’
‘Pants’ – this word in British English informally means to refer to something that is useless, rubbish or doesn’t have any worth.
For example, ‘Taking his advice means asking for pants’.
‘Pear-shaped’ – it means something that didn’t go exactly as planned.
For example, ‘The research team admitted of mismanaging a few pear-shaped events’.
38. Piece of cake
‘Piece of cake’ – has exactly the same meaning as the word ‘easy peasy’ mentioned above in this list. It means super easy and involves no difficulty at all.
For example, ‘We can do it in the end. It’s just a piece of cake’.
‘Quid’ – this is an informal and slang word for the British pound sterling or the British pound.
For example, ‘What do you charge for this, a quid?’
‘Rubbish’ – While it is most commonly used to refer to trash or garbage in the British English, the informal side of it in the British English means something that is useless or has no worth.
For example, ‘Stop talking rubbish right now and leave’.
‘Skive’ – in British slang English it means to be absent, avoid work or do not attend a school or college intentionally and without any permission.
For example, ‘Shall we skive today’s test to prepare well for tomorrow?’
42. Toodle pip
‘Toodle pip’ – it is an informal as well as humorous way of saying ‘good-bye’ in British slang English.
For example, ‘All right guys, toodle pip for now’.
‘Waffle’ – derived from the word ‘waff’ which means to bark like a dog. In British informal English waffle means to talk foolishly and without any reason or purpose.
For example, ‘Oh, here comes our waffling mate’.
‘Yonks’ – it means a very long period of time.
For example, ‘We haven’t visited any garage sale for yonks’.
‘Zonked’ – it means being extremely tired.
For example, ‘He is mostly zonked whenever he returns late from work’.
Well, here you go. Learn our list of 45 British English slang words together with the sentences given as examples with each word or phrase for better understanding.
Then start using these with your British friends to show-off your newly occupied talent.