London Slang

Introduction The English language contains a rich array of slang words and phrases. This can be particularly seen when examining the day to day language of the average Londoner. A great many London slang terms derive from the Cockney tradition and fall into the bracket of 'Rhyming Slang'. Other terms have been introduced by the influx of other cultures into the capital. The resulting mishmash has created what academics sometimes call 'Estuary English' (after the area of the Thames Estuary), although this term is used more to describe the accent used in the area. I realise that some words and phrases are perhaps a bit too 'non pc' for general consumption and have omitted these. Even so, many of the following will offend some people and I would like to state that their inclusion is to provide a realistic representation of the language, not to be sensational or abusive. It is the nature of slang that it is either used to replace taboo phrases or to playfully enhance them, this is unavoidable when compiling a list of this sort. I have not included an exhaustive list of 'Rhyming Slang' terms but have focused on the specific phrases that are still widely used all around the capital. I have also collected a number of newer phrases that are labelled 'Modern Rhyming Slang' which I have come across over the last few years. It remains to be seen if these terms will be accepted as bona fide 'Rhyming Slang' in the future, but I feel their inclusion at least provides an up to date picture. There are a number of pages on the 'net' that focus on 'Rhyming Slang' in more detail, but these largly focus on the historic terms that are only used by a very small group of people which I feel gives a rather cliched view of Londoners. In reality there are very few people who use Rhyming Slang in it's traditional form. My intention is that this book will be used to record the terms that are used by a wide variety of people and I feel that I should stress that a lot of the terms are used in a tongue-in-cheek way. We do not all walk around saying "Cor blimey mate, love a duck I fell down the apples and pears" !


-Aabsobloodylutely/absofuckinglutely - an exclamation as to resound a definite

ace - excellent, great. A rather out of vogue term, probably still used by kids. Adam and Eve - Rhyming Slang for 'believe', e.g. "Would you Adam and Eve it

afters - short for the term 'after hours' meaning drinking in a pub after official
closing time. Also see 'lock-in'.

aggro - short for aggravation or violence, e.g. "He was steaming drunk and well up
for some aggro".

Alan Whicker(s) - Rhyming Slang for 'knickers'. all over the gaff/shop - general term to describe someone or something that has no
direction or that is in a mess.

allright/awright - a greeting literally meaning "is everything all fine?". Usually
used in the form "awright mate!".

Annabel Giles - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'piles' (haemorrhoids). 'andsome - (handsome) - very good, e.g. "That's 'andsome mate" (That's

anorak - geek, nerd. A term that has been used since the 80s. An 'anorak' is always
male, unfashionable and possibly a 'trainspotter'.

(Sir) Anthony Blunt - Rhyming Slang for 'cunt'. apple core - Rhyming Slang for 'score' (£20). apples and pears - Rhyming Slang for 'stairs'. A rather cliched Rhyming Slang
term which is more often than not used in a sarcastic manner as if to emulate (or take the piss out of) cockney speech.

arching for it - (like a cat on heat) a term sometimes used to describe a young lady
who is sexually fired up. Also see 'gagging for it'.

Aris(totle) - Rhyming SlangThis is a complex one. The meaning of the term 'Aris' is 'arse' (rear end). This derives from 'Aristotle' = 'bottle' and 'bottle' is short for the Rhyming Slang term 'bottle and glass' = 'arse'.

arrows - the game darts - pron. "arras". arse - has developed over the past few years and can be used in a number of ways.
The first meaning is obviously 'bottom' and is the English (and original) version of the American 'ass'. The more recent way of using the word is as an exclamation of annoyance, i.e. when you do something clumsy or when things just don't go your way. Then you might simply say "Arse !". This almost definitely stems from UK TV productions like "The Fast Show" and "Father Ted". Another meaning would be to simply refer to someone as an 'arse' as an insult.

arse about/arsing about - to fool around, e.g. "Stop arsing around!" arse-about-face - something that is in a mess or crooked, e.g. "Look at the state of
that shelf you just put up, it's all arse about face!".

arseholed - very drunk, e.g. "I got totally arseholed on Saturday night.". arse-over-tit /-elbow - to fall over in a dramatic fashion, e.g. "I'd had a bit to drink you see and I just went arse-over-tit!". Aunt Annie - Rhyming Slang for 'fanny' (vagina). Ayrton Senna - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'tenner' (ten pound note), e.g. "I've only
got an Ayrton left to last me the month!".


-Bbaby giraffe - Rhyming Slang for 'half' of a pint of beer. backhander - a payment given, normally in a secretive fashion. ballistic - to go mad with rage. eg "He went totally ballistic". banged up - to be put in prison. eg "Did you hear John got banged up for that

bangers - another name for sausages. Originates from the fact that they explode
when cooking if they are not pierced first. A traditional English meal is 'bangers and mash' (sausages + mashed potatoes).

banging - a 'rave culture' term meaning exciting, powerful etc. Has replaced terms
such as 'kicking' and 'slammin'. A typical example of the term being used would be when a clubber says a DJ was playing 'banging choons' (a lively full-on set).

banjaxed - meaning drunk or stoned. eg "I feel really banjaxed". From the word 'banjax' - meaning to smash or destroy. Barclays bank - (normally shortened to 'Barclays'') - Modern Rhyming Slang for
'wank'. eg "Dave's a long time in the khazi, bet he's 'avin a Barclays' !".

barf - to vomit. Also sometimes 'barf-up'. barmy - a foolish person, mad. "You must be barmy mate". Barnet fair - normally shortened to 'Barnet' - Rhyming Slang for 'hair'. eg "I'm 'avin
my Barnet chopped on sa'aday !" (I'm having my hair cut on Saturday).

barney - row, violent argument. battle cruiser - Rhyming Slang for 'boozer', meaning pub (public house). bean flicker - a lesbian. Likening the clitoris to a bean. Also 'to flick one's bean' is for a woman to masturbate. bearded axe wound - vulgar term for the vagina. bearded clam - a vulgar term for a woman's sexual organs. beast - a common term used to describe an ugly bird. beaver - a common term for 'vagina'. American origin.

behave ! - pron. 'bee-ave'. Meaning 'sort yourself out', 'stop being silly'. Can be used in an agressive manner as if to say 'stop doing that, or else'. Also, in these post Austin Powers days can be 'oooh behave !". beef bayonet - a playful name for penis. beef curtains - another vulgar term for a woman's 'bits'. beer monster - a laddish heavy drinker (normally young). i.e. "Did you see Dave from accounts at the Christmas party ? That bloke is a complete beer monster !". bell - a telephone call. eg "give us a bell later" bell-end - end of penis. Comes from it's shape. Can be applied to a person as an insult "You total bell-end!". bender - this term can mean a drinking spree, or a gay bloke (in the latter case, short
for 'gender bender').

bent - can mean 'gay man' or 'stolen'. ie "That bloke dahn the market sells bent

bent as a nine* pound/bob note - (* denomination varies widely) a term to
describe someone thought to be gay. eg "(H)e's bent as a nine bob note mate" and also used to describe something that is illegal/crooked, ie. stolen goods.

berk - Rhyming Slang, short for 'Berkshire Hunt', meaning 'cunt'. Most people go
around calling people 'berks' for years not realising that it is slang for one of the strongest swear words in the English language.

Bernie Flint - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'skint'. Not used anywhere near as much as borasic lint. biffa - large butch girl. big girl's blouse - a term that has more associations with the north of England, but
is also used 'down south'. Normally used as a term to playfully ridicule a young man who is a bit soft and shy. The sort of thing your uncle might say to you. eg. "Come on, put your back into it you big girls blouse !".

Billy - short for 'Billy Whizz' a character from an English children's comic (the
Beano). 'Whizz' is another name for the drug 'speed'. ie. It makes you whizz.

Billy no mates - - this is a term I have heard from about four different unconnected
people and is used to describe a sad bloke who has few friends. It can also be used describe yourself, ie. "I don't get out much these days, I'm Billy no mates me".


bimbo - a young woman considered sexually attractive but of limited intelligence. From the Italian word for little child / baby. bird - probably the most common slang term for woman/girl/girlfriend. In prison
slang a 'bird' is a prison sentence. eg. "He's doing 'is bird in Dartmoor". This comes from the Rhyming Slang term 'birdlime' meaning 'time'.

bit if a knob - a general term of abuse. e.g. "He seems like a bit of a knob". Especially used when you don't really know someone but your initial impressions are that you don't like them. bit of awright / stuff / fluff - general term used by men to refer to an attractive
young lady.

bladdered - very drunk. eg. "he was completely bladdered" blag - slang word for a robbery (cor) blimey - corruption of the oath 'God blind me'. Used as an exclamation. Also used in the form "blimey O'Riley". blinding / blinder - used to describe something amazing or wonderful. eg "We 'ad
a right blinding time last night dahn the pub".

bloke - general term for a man of unknown name. eg. "Look at that bloke over
there". Very common.

blotto - a fairly old term for 'very drunk', pretty much replaced by newer terms. eg "I
got totally blotto last night".

blower - slang for telephone. eg. "I've got John on the blower". blow-job - the most common term for oral sex (on men). Can be shortened to 'blow'. blow-off - polite slang word for fart. bluey - pornographic film, normally a video. boat race - Rhyming Slang for 'face'. eg "She looks awright from behind, but you
wanna see the boat mate".

bob - shilling(s) in 'old' money. Now the 5p coin. bobble hat and scarf - Modern Rhyming Slang - for 'laugh'. I have also heard 'Bubble bath' used. Used in short form, eg "You're 'avin a bobble mate". Bobby - slang for policeman (from Robert Peel).

Bob Hope - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'dope' (cannabis). i.e. "I'm off out to get
some Bob".

Bob's your uncle - This term may come from the Irish politician Balfour who in
1887 was unexpectedly promoted to the post of Chief Secretary for Ireland by his uncle Robert, Lord Salisbury. This stroke of nepotism is said to have inspired the term. The phrase is used as if to say "and so it is done". e.g. "You just turn on the power, hit the switch and Bob's your uncle".

bone-on - another name for an erection. booze (up)/boozer - booze = drink ('bottle of booze', "lets go for a booze/booze-up ?"). boozer = pub/drunkard ("he's a right boozer", "lets go dahn the boozer"). From Middle Dutch 'busen', to drink to excess. Bo Peep - Rhyming Slang for 'sleep', normally in it's full form. Also in the cute form
'Bo Bo's'.

borasic lint - Rhyming Slang for 'skint' (penniless). Used in it's short form, eg "I'm
totally borasic !".

bosh / boche - this general use term is not as fashionable as it once was. Used mainly together with a hand action such as a punch or painting a wall. eg "It won't take a second to do that son, just go bosh bosh bosh and Bob's yer uncle". bottle - courage, balls. eg "he lost his bottle", "he bottled out", "he's got a lot of
bottle". The most common explanation of this term is that it comes from the Rhyming Slang 'bottle and glass' - 'arse'. ie. To loose ones bottle, to loose ones arse (incontinence produced by fear).

bottler - someone who 'bottles' out, see above. botty boy - offensive slang for gay man. bovver - trouble, usually fighting. Also bovver boots - large lace-up boots worn by
thugs (especially skinheads) and bovver boys- boys that cause the bovver mate !

box - this has many meanings such as television ("what's on the box ?") and vagina. Also out of your box and off your box are used for drunk or stoned. Brahms and Liszt - Rhyming Slang for 'pissed' (drunk), used in it's full form. brass (nail) - Rhyming Slang for 'tail' meaning prostitute. Can be heard in 70's and 80's police drama's.


brass monkeys - cold weather, as in "it's brass monkeys out there". Comes from the
saying 'cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey'. As far as I can see the debate on the origins of this one are still ongoing. Many sources say it comes from a old naval device for holding cannon balls (called a 'brass monkey'), others discount this.

bread - slang for 'money'. From the Rhyming Slang 'bread and honey'. bread knife - Rhyming Slang for 'wife'. e.g. "How's the bread knife doin' mate ?". brew - slang for a cup of tea and sometimes a pint of beer. eg "Do you fancy a brew

brewers droop - a playful name given to male sexual incapasitance due to alcohol

brill - short for 'brilliant'. A bit of a schoolboy term, although it is still used. Bristol's - Rhyming Slang, short for Bristol city, 'titty'. Therefore 'Bristol's' = 'titties'
or 'tits'. Used in the term "She's big in the Bristol area".

brown bread - Rhyming Slang for 'dead'. Used in it's full form. brown nose(r) / nosing - someone who is sycophantic, who 'licks arse' (how they
get a brown nose).

bubble and squeek - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'greek'. After the name of the dish which is left-over cabbage and potato fried up (usually for breakfast). A popular term for a person of Greek origin during the 80's. Usually shortened, i.e. "I'm sure Dave once told me he's dad was a bubble". bugger - a mild form of abuse or an exclamation. Used commonly and without
worry about offending. eg "You crafty bugger !". Someone who is 'a bugger' is more likely to be 'cheeky' rather than a rogue. Other forms are: bugger-off (to tell someone to go away / to leave quickly) and bugger-all (nothing at all. eg "I've got bugger-all money left"). The term derives from the earlier sense, from someone who practices anal intercourse.

bum bandit - slang term for gay man. bumhole engineer - vulgar term for a gay man. bum suck - to wet the end of a cigarette or joint when you smoke it. eg. A complaint
made amongst smokers "Hey man don't bum it !".

(a) bun in the oven - meaning pregnant. eg "Did you know she's got a bun in the
oven ?".


(to) bunk-off - to be absent without permission, usually used by children who miss
days at school.

(to do a) bunk - to make an escape, leave rapidly. eg. "Once Fred er'd the filth were
onto him he dun a bunk".

bunk-up - term for sexual intercourse. "'allo darlin, fancy a bunk-up!?". buns - bottom, usually used to refer to a mans behind by women. bush - another word for vagina. (the) business - seriously good/wicked/cool. eg "You wanna see Daves new motah,
it's the business !".

butchers - Rhyming Slang , short for for 'butchers hook' meaning 'look'. A very
common example of rhyming slang, usual examples are "give us a butchers" or "let's av a butchers".


-Ccabbage - sometimes used as an offensive or playful term for someone a bit slow or

cabbaged - used for tired or stoned - eg. "I feel totally cabbaged". Can also be used
for drunk.

cack - faeces, rubbish. eg "What a load of old cack you talk sometimes !". cakehole - mouth. eg "Shove that in your cakehole !", "shut your cakehole !". caned - drunk or stoned. A popular 90's term. carpet muncher - lesbian. From the likeness (?) of a woman's pubic hair to a bit of
carpet. Also 'rug muncher'.

char / cha - tea. From Chinese cha. eg. "Oooh I'd luv a cup'a char". Chalfont St Giles - - Modern Rhyming Slang, usually shortened to 'Chalfont's' meaning 'piles' (haemorrhoids). Chalfont St Giles is a town to the north west of London. Chang - meaning 'Charlie Chang' which in turn is a long form of Charlie, slang for

Charlie - widely used slang for cocaine. Sometimes also heard as 'Charles'. (a right) Charlie - short for 'Charlie Ronce' - Rhyming Slang for 'ponce'. Normally
used in the form 'a right Charlie'. The meaning for 'ponce' can vary from a dodgy character or idiot or for a homosexual.

Chas'n'Dave - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'shave'. Chelsea smile - the scar you get when you have been cut ear to ear is known as a
Chelsea smile. I think this term comes from the criminal underworld of the 60's, a la Kray era.

chestnut - an old and predictable joke or situation. The phrase dates from the late 19th century and is thought to have originated from a scene in a play called 'Broken Sword' by W Diamond. The usual way that the term is used is in the phrase "not that old chestnut !". chief - general respectful term used to address a man. It can be used to address a
superior. More recently it can be used as an insult where calling someone 'chief' is indicating they are a 'bit of a knob'. Also see guv'nor.


china - Rhyming Slang, short for 'China plate','mate'. Used as a general term to
address someone you are at least a bit familiar with. Usually prefixed by 'me old'. eg. "Awright me old china !".

chinky - Chinese takeaway or person. eg. "shall we go over the chinky ?" (shall we
take a visit to the Chinese takeaway ?).

chip - to leave. e.g. "I've gotta chip, catch you later". chippy/chippie - slang term for a fish and chip shop and also for a carpenter. choked - very disappointed or overcome with emotion choke/choking the chicken - term for male masturbation. chopper - slang for penis and also a 1970's popular English bicycle with a banana
seat, now a cult classic

chronic - terrible, extreme. e.g. "I've got chronic headache". chuck your/my muck - vulgar term used to describe the male orgasm. eg. "I was
just about to chuck my muck and the phone rang".

chuffed - very happy, delighted. eg. "I'm really chuffed with that". chug nuts - slang term for faeces stuck to body hair around the anus (who thinks
these up ?!).

chunder - to be sick (vomit). Of Australian origin. Two ideas of its origin are i)
taken from a cartoon character 'Chunder Loo' taken as Rhyming Slang for 'spew'. ii) from the ships used for convict transportation to Australia where the cons who were higher up in the ship used to shout "watch under !" before they vomited from sea sickness.

chutney ferret - slang term for a gay man. ciggy - slang for cigarette. Claire Rayner's - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'trainers' (running shoes). clap - venereal disease - from Old French 'clapoir' meaning 'venereal bubo'. Often
preceded by "a dose of the".

claret - slang for blood. eg "There was a right ding-dong dahn the boozer last night,
claret all over the place !".

clobber - clothes, kit. eg. "I've gotta go shopping for some new clobber".

(to) clock - to notice / see / look at. clump - to hit, usually punch. A term often used by a bit of a rough geezer, i.e. "I'll
come over there and clump you if your not careful !".

cobblers - Rhyming Slang, short for 'cobblers awls', 'balls'. Used as a general swear
word much in the way 'balls' is. eg. "That's a right load of old cobblers" or as a one word disagreement "Cobblers !". Also used for testicles.

cock - a general term for a man. Derives from the term 'cock-sparrow' and has been
used for at least three hundred years. A common phrase heard is "wotcher cock !" meaning 'hello mate'. Also the term is very much used as a word for 'penis'.

cock and bull story - a rubbish story, nonsense. cocksucker - derogatory slang term used in many countries, probably American

(to) cop hold - to take hold of, to look at. Also 'cop a feel' to grope someone

(to) cop it - to die, to get into trouble. (to) cop off - to make an excuse to avoid something, also used to mean to 'get off' with someone sexually. (to) cop out - to 'chicken' out of something or retire early due to laziness, go back on
a promise.

cop-shop - police station. copper - policeman. Derives from the word 'cop', to catch. craic - something that is 'a laugh' eg. "It'll be a right craic". Of Irish origin. cream your pants / knickers - an expression used to describe an excited or
enthusiastic reaction (ie. orgasm). eg. "I bet if you saw his new car you'd cream your pants !".

crikey - an expression of astonishment. Corruption of 'Christ'. (to come a) cropper - to fail badly or fall foul of something / someone. eg "You'll
come a cropper if you mess with me mate".

crust - money / wage. To 'earn ones crust'. Probably from bread, 'bread & honey' money.


cunt - the vagina. I have left many of the really obvious slang swear words off of the book to save some time but I feel the inclusion of arguably the 'strongest' word in the English language is necessary. The word can be used to describe a woman's sexual organs, and is very much disliked by nearly all women. This dislike probably stems from the aggressive sound of the word which conjures up a nasty image of the vagina rather than one of a sweet smelling tidy body part like 'quim' or 'muff'. It has been said that the aggressive way in which men use the word is related to vaginal fear, I leave you to make your own mind up there ! The word is mostly used as a derogatory term for someone who you have extreme dislike i.e. "He's a total cunt !" and sometimes more playfully in male company where it's harsh meaning is somewhat watered down i.e. "Don't be a cunt John". All in all it's the one remaining taboo word in the English language today. You never read it in newspapers or hear it on TV (except in the Monty Python 'Travel Agent' sketch where it is masked slightly, "what a silly bunt !") and it's appearance in film is largely confined to the past ten years. How long the 'C word' remains taboo will be interesting to see. cunted - a 90's term for very drunk. e.g. "I was so cunted last night I can't even
remember how I got home".

cunting - an intense term of derision, much like buggering or fucking. i.e. "Cunting bloody arse ! I can't believe we lost !". cushy - easy, "a right cushy number". Also from Hindustani 'khush'. See below. cushty - (also kushty) general word meaning everything is fine or that something has
been resolved. From Hindustani 'khush' meaning 'pleasant'.

cuzzer - slang term for a curry.


-Ddamage - cost. 'what's the damage ?'. darlin' - typical address to female (usually of an unknown name). A familiar (much
hated by women) cry from men often heard is "allo darlin'".

dead cert - something that is definite. eg "It's a dead cert he'll be there tonight". deep sea diver - see "skin diver". Dennis Law - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'draw' (hashish). eg. "Has anyone seen Dennis ?" (have you got any 'smoke'?). diamond geezer - - a good 'solid' reliable person. dickhead - an idiot, fool. Dicky - variation of the slang term Tom Dick Rhyming Slang for sick (unwell). eg "I was feeling a bit Dicky". Dicky (Dirt) - Rhyming Slang for 'shirt'. diesel dyke - a real butch lesbian. I think the work diesel simply conjures up images of big trucks and butch things. diggs - lodgings. dildo - used as an abusive term. Generally used much in the same way as div. ding-dong - argument or fight, normally preceded with "a bit of a". eg. "He 'ad a bit
of a ding dong with Dave dahn the boozer last night".

dipstick - idiot, fool. div/divvy - stupid or slow person. doddle - something thats easy / no problem. dodgy - dubious person or thing. eg "He's a bit of a dodgy geezer". dog - one of the most popular words to describe an ugly girl. dog and bone - - Rhyming Slang for 'phone'. Used in it's long and short form (dog).
Not used as widely as it once was. Terms such as blower and bell seem more popular nowadays.

(the) dogs - another name for a greyhound racing stadium ("I'm just off to the dogs") or short for the dogs bollocks. (the) dogs bollocks - a term used to denote something that is 'the best' or
exceptional. eg "Daves new stereo is the dogs bollocks". Sometimes shortened to 'the dogs' or 'the bollocks' and often changed to similar sayings ie. 'the mutts nuts', 'the dogs danglies'.

dog's dinner - overdressed or or in a mess. eg. "He was done up like a dog's dinner"
or "You've made a right dogs dinner of this !".

dolly bird - an attractive (usually heavily made-up) woman. A vogue term of the
60's only really used in a derogatory way now. i.e. "Most of those girls in marketing are just dolly birds". Also used in an abbreviated form. e.g. "This place is dripping with dolly".

done over - beaten up, duffed in. dong - slang for penis. dope - a slow or foolish person i.e. "He's a bit of a dope". A common term for cannabis (see Bob Hope). More recently it has been taken on by the younger generation to mean 'cool' or 'excellent' (originating in the US). doobry - a nonsensical word used when you forget the name of something, like a

Doris - a fairly recent term for a woman who is either plain or unattractive or it could just be used to describe a girl in a derogatory manner as if to say that her name is of little importance. i.e. "I was out last night with some Doris" or "She's a bit of a Doris". Apparently this term was invented by city traders in the 80's. dosh - money. dosser - down-and-out, tramp, or someone who's lazy. double bubble - a rate of pay meaning 'double time'. eg. "I'm working all weekend,
it's for double bubble though".

doughnut - a complete idiot or fool. Also, to make a car spin by pulling the handbrake while moving. Douglas Hurd - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'turd'. Normally shortened to 'Douglas'. eg. "Just nipping out for a Douglas mate". do what? - a common reply as if to say "what did you say ?" or used as an
exclamation surprised at what someone has said.


dozey mare/twonk/twit/sod/git/cow/twat etc. - all purpose insulting phrase for
someone who's a bit of a fool, cow and mare are used when the phrase is directed towards a woman.

dread - feeling dreadful. "I feel dred man". Also a Rastafarian term used to describe something impressive or cool. drop one - to fart. drum - a house, home or building. The word is used especially in police and
underworld circles and may come from the Romany word drom, meaning highway, but is possibly a back-formation from drummer, someone who knocks (drums) on people's doors, either to buy or sell goods or find somewhere to rob.

Duch/Dutch - a term meaning wife often heard in the saying 'my old Dutch' thought
to be Rhyming Slang - short for 'Duchess of Fife' - wife. Can also be used towards a male and is thought to come from the term 'Dutch plate' meaning 'mate'.

duck and dive - - to hide from trouble, usually the police or some dodgy geezers. dump - to defecate. eg. "I need to take a dump". Dutch oven - a term describing when you fart and hold your partners head under the

dyke - lesbian. The term is used throughout the country and in the US etc. It is of
unknown origin, but I like to think it comes from the story of the boy who stuck his finger in the dyke. Also see diesel dyke.


-Eearner - a source of income, not usually honest. Sometimes prefixed with "a nice

Emma Freud's - Modern Rhyming Slang for haemorrhoids. e.g. "Oooh my Emma Freud's are'narrf playin' up". eppy - to freak out or 'go mad'. eg "He threw an absolute eppy when he found out". From epileptic fit. 'er indoors - the wife. Meaning the one at home. Made popular by the character
Arthur Dailey from the TV series 'Minder'.

extracting the urine - an different way of saying 'taking the piss'.


-Ffaced - to be very drunk. Derived from the term "shitfaced". e.g. "We got totally
faced last night".

face-on-a-stick - excellent term for a skinny but attractive girl. Could also be used
for a bloke.

fag - sometimes used in it's American sense i.e.. short for 'faggot' or homosexual, but more commonly for a cigarette. family jewels - Rhyming Slang for 'balls' (testicles). The word 'jewels' is
pronounced 'jaws'.

fanny magnet - a classy or flash item that attracts women, usually used for an
expensive car. e.g.. "You wanna see my new motah, it's a right fanny magnet !".

farmer Giles - Rhyming Slang for piles (haemorrhoids). fart-arseing about - to act foolishly and waste time. e.g. "If you wouldn't have spent so long fart-arseing about we'd be their by now". (the) filth - the police. (the) firm - a gang of 'dodgy geezers'. fit - used to describe someone who is sexually attractive and has a well toned body.
e.g.. "Look at him/her over there, he's/she's well fit !". A fairly recent 90's term especially used by younger generation.

five finger discount - a euphemism for shoplifting or thieving general. Of
Australian origin, but can be heard in the UK.

five knuckle shuffle - - humorous name for male masturbation. flange - slang name for vagina. flid - schoolboy humour term usually directed at someone clumsy or stupid. Comes from Thalidomide, the drug that caused deformities in baby's. Very much in the same vein as 'spastic' or 'spaz'. flim-flam - a load of rubbish / a tall story / trickery. e.g. "Don't give me any flimflam".

flippin 'eck / 'ell - - (flippin heck/hell) a mild form of exclamation which is a
euphemism for the word 'fucking'. O.K. to use in front of your Nan !.


float an air biscuit - to fart. flutter - an occasional bet on a horse race (see gee gee's). folding - paper money. i.e. "Have you got any folding on you ?". footie - Abbreviated form for football. for crying out loud ! - a expression of frustration or anger. "For crying out loud
can you hurry up !".

for fuck sake ! - a common expression of annoyance or frustration (and what Robbie Williams says at the end of the 'Millennium' video). for God's sake - a very common expression of frustration. Forest Gump - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'dump' (defecate). i.e. "I'm just off for a

Frenchy - childish slang term for a French kiss. i.e. "Eeeehh you gave her a Frenchy

fridge (and) freezer - Rhyming Slang for 'geezer'. frigging - a euphemism for 'fucking'. Can be used "frigging hell/heck" etc. fudge packer - vulgar term for a gay man. fuck stick - slang for penis, or used as an insult. e.g.. the gross term 'Would you like
to lick the salty end of my fuck stick ?'.

fuckwit - a stupid person, popularised by the English magazine 'Viz' character called 'Terry Fuckwit'. full monty - 'the whole lot', 'all that is desired'. There are a few meanings proposed
for the phrase 'the full monty', but the most commonly accepted one is that it comes from a gambling term where the 'monte' (spanish for mountain) is the kitty or 'pot' of money in the middle of the table. This has been changed to the spelling 'monty'.

full-on - powerful, with maximum effort. A 90's term used by the same crowd that
would use 'banging' and 'large'.

funny farm - mental hospital or institution. funny money - counterfeit money. fur burger - gross slang term for vagina.

-Ggabbin - talking (normally too much). i.e. "Your bird don't stop gabbin !". gaff - slang for house or place. e.g. "I'll meet you round my gaff in 10 minutes" and
"He was all over the gaff" (all over the place). Originates from the 19th century when a 'gaff' was a slang term for a fairground or place of cheap entertainment.

gagging for it - to be very randy or asking for sex in ones mannerisms. e.g.. "Look at the bird over there, she looks like she's gagging for it". gander - to look at. e.g. "give us a gander", used in a similar way to butchers. Gary Glitter - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'shitter'. e.g.. "Does she take it up the
Gary ?".

(the) gee gee's - a horse race. To 'have a go on the gee gee's' is to place a bet on a

geek - one of the many American words that have found influence in the UK. A geek is a socially inept person. The term is often applied to someone interested in computing . Also see 'trainspotter', 'spod', 'propellerhead'. geezer - a very common term for a man. There are many disproved origins of the word. Used respectfully and for a person of unknown name, i.e.. "some geezer" or to say that someone is a bit of a laddish rogue "he's a bit of a geezer". Also 'dodgy geezer' can be used to describe a man of bad character. gercha! - a mild threat as if to say 'what a load of rubbish !' or 'get out of here !'. get / got off with - to have sexual success with someone. i.e. "Did you see Shirly the other night ? She got off with that bloke from behind the bar". get / got the nod - to receive approval / permission. i.e. "I got the nod from the
missus to come out friday".

ging'er / ginge - (pron. jinge) - playful name for someone with ginger hair. ginger beer - Rhyming Slang for queer (homosexual). gipsies kiss - common Rhyming Slang for 'piss' (to urinate). e.g. "I'm dying for a

git - popular mildly offensive word for someone you don't like. Only really used for


gob - a common word for the mouth. From northern English dialect. e.g. "Shut your
gob !".

gobshite - someone who talks rubbish all the time. This term is popular in the north
of England and has recently been used 'down south'.

gobsmacked - flabbergasted, surprised. e.g. "I couldn't believe it, I was totally

(to) go down - 'to go down' is to be sent to prison. e.g.. "Av you 'erd, John's gone
down for that blag he did !". Also 'to go down on someone means to carry out oral sex as it does in other countries.

go into one - similar to 'go off on one'. To get annoyed or loose control. go/gone/went down a treat - something that would be enjoyed. e.g.. "That'll go
down a treat mate".

gone for a Burton - Rhyming Slang for the town 'Burton-on-Trent' meaning 'went'
or 'to leave'.

go/went off on one - to get annoyed. e.g. "The missus went off on one when she
found out".

goolies - balls, testicles. gooner - an Arsenal fan. Derived from the cry "gunners !", the clubs nickname (their emblem is a cannon). goppin' - ugly or disgusting in some way. Very similar to the popular word 'minging'. Strictly a north of England term, but has an increasing popularity 'dahn saaaf'. Gordon Bennet - an exclamation much like the antiquated 'good heavens' or 'great Scott'. Supposedly this comes from the Gordon Bennet who founded the NY Herald, but some say it is a corrupted oath. grass - to expose someone to the police, an informer. To 'grass someone up' is to 'tell
on them'. Also a slang term for marijuana leaf that is smoked.

greaser - slang name for a 50's style bloke. Taken from the greasy brillcream look of
the time.

Gregory Peck - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'neck'. e.g.. "Get that pint dahn yer
Gregory" (drink that pint of beer quickly). Also this can mean underpants (kecks). e.g. "Shit, I can't find me Gregs !".

grief - trouble, hassle. i.e.. "Hey man don't give me grief !".

greenie - spit containing mucus, also 'flob'. growler - This term has two suggested meaning from two different people. The first is a slang name for vagina, i.e.. "I'd love to see her growler". This probably derives from it's likeness to a furry animal ? The other meaning is: the sort of person who is very drunk in a pub and is looking for a fight, maybe a mad looking bloke sitting at the bar staring at people. grub - slang word for food. grumble and grunt - Rhyming Slang for 'cunt'. "A nice bit of grumble and grunt". guff - to pass wind. e.g. "Who's guffed ?". gutted - choked or cut up about something. e.g.. "After my bird dumped me I was
gutted for weeks !".

guv'nor / guv - meaning 'boss', or can be used as a laddish friendly term to indicate
admiration. Used much like 'chief'.

gypsy's kiss - Rhyming Slang for 'piss' (urinate). More often shortened to 'gypsy's'. e.g.. "I'm just nipping out for a gypsy's".


-Hhacked off - fed up, annoyed. A lot of the time prefixed with 'totally'. "had it away on his toes" - to run away quickly, usually after 'dodgy' act. e.g.. "I
dunno where John is, must 'ave 'ad it away on his toes".

half inch - Rhyming Slang for 'pinch' (steal). half mast - a poor erection, not fully up, like a flag at half mast. e.g. "I had so much to drink I could only get half mast !". Hampstead Heath - Rhyming Slang for 'teeth'. A overused and cliched rhyming
slang term. e.g. "Look at the Hampstead's on that bird".

Hampton - short for the Rhyming Slang 'Hampton Wick' meaning 'prick' (penis). hammered - a very common word meaning drunk. e.g.. "I was totally hammered
last night".

hand-job - to masturbate the penis. e.g. "Those tarts down the road charge twenty
quid for a hand-job if you're desperate".

hand shandy - a slang term for masturbate. hanging - horrible or dirty. e.g.. "That bird's hanging mate !". Hank Marvin - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'starving'. e.g. "Shall we go for lunch ?
I'm Hank Marvin !". Also Lee Marvin.

Harry Monk - Rhyming Slang for spunk. Unknown origin. "have a banana !" - a silly cockney interjection, usually inserted into a song. having it large - (also see larging it) one of the new phrases that have entered into
general use from the clubbing scene. e.g.. "Were gonna have it large tonight" meaning that you intend to go all out to have a good time.

have it off - a phrase that has been in use for a few decades meaning to 'have sex'.
e.g. "I didn't want to sit there watching TV knowing they were having it off in the back room".

have it away on his toes - to exit quickly from a place, usually a scene of a crime.
e.g. "I 'avn't seen John for a while, 'e mustuv 'ad it away on 'is toes".


have some of that ! - an exclamation used to express pleasure usually after showing off at something. e.g. After destroying the last wave of aliens on the computer game, John exclaimed "have some of that !". headcase - a mad person. Sometimes applied to someone who a violent hardcase. e.g.. "You don't wanna mess with that bloke, he's a real headcase !". Herbert - used to describe a foolish person or as a mild form of abuse. Normally
prefixed by 'spotty'.

(a good) hiding - to get beaten up. e.g.. "If you don't shut it I'll give you a good
hiding !".

hold it down - meaning 'calm down' or 'behave'. Usually said when someone 'goes
into one'.

hole in the wall - a common phrase used to describe a cashpoint machine (ATM).
i.e. "Can we stop in the High Street on the way, I need to use the hole in the wall.".

homo - short for homosexual. Especially used by school kids as a mocking term. hooray Henry - a term to describe an upper-class twit type character who probably
went to public school and who would own a yacht etc. Also see Sloan Ranger.

hooter - nose. hooters - breasts. how's your father - a euphemism for sex. The sort of phrase used in a 'carry on'
movie. Pron. "aa's yer farva". e.g.. "I think there upstairs having a bit of how's your farther !".

hubbly bubbly - large 'bong' containing water for smoking cannabis. When you
inhale on the mouthpiece of the bong the smoke is bubbled through the water which cools it (allegedly).

hump - to have sex, on the same level of rudeness as 'shag'.


-Iiffy - dubious, doubtful. if you see Kate - an old saying that hides a crafty acronym ( iF U C Kate). Compare
with 'see you next tuesday'.

I had one but the wheels fell off - a bizarre sarcastic reply that you give when
you don't understand what the other person is saying (usually technical). e.g. "You just need to remove the overhead cam slip ring side flange", "Oh yeah, I had one of those but the wheels fell off !".

in stook - in trouble, usually in the financial sense. inside - in prison. e.g. "I've 'eard Dave's inside again". iron (hoof) - Rhyming Slang for 'poof' (homosexual). Sometimes also extended to "iron hoofter".


-JJack and Danny - Modern Rhyming Slang for fanny (vagina). Jack Jones - Rhyming Slang for 'own'. Used in it's short form e.g.. "I was all on me
Jack" (I was all on my own).

Jack-the-lad - a term usually applied to a young man who is flash and rebellious.
Often used to describe a careless driver, i.e.. "He's a right Jack the lad in his car".

jaffa - a term for a man who is sterile. i.e.. a Jaffa is a 'seedless' orange. jam jar - Rhyming Slang for car. Used in it's full form. jammy - lucky. e.g.. "you jammy sod". japs eye - hole at end of penis. jar - pint of beer. e.g.. "Fancy a few jars after work ?". J. Arthur Rank - Modern Rhyming Slang for wank. Usually shorted by saying
'having a J Arthur'.

jazz mag - pornographic (usually soft) magazine found in you average newsagent. jerk - idiot, US origin. jerk off - masturbate. Jimmy Riddle - Rhyming Slang for 'piddle' (to urinate). Normally used in it's short
form, e.g. "I'm just off for a Jimmy".

(old) joanna - a cockney term for piano. Pron. 'pianna'. jobby - turd. jock - redneck, Scottish man. Jodrell Bank - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'wank' (masturbate). Jodrell Bank is
where the largest radio telescope in the UK is sited.

John - used as a general term for a man if you don't know his name. e.g. "Allright John !". Johnny-bag - condom. Also 'Jolly bag'.


John Thomas - an old affectionate term for the penis. jublies - breasts. jugs - breasts. e.g.. "Phwoar, nice jugs !". juiced / juiced up / juicer - very drunk, someone who drinks a lot.


-Kkeep your hair on - a phrase meaning "keep calm". keep your pecker up - meaning "stay positive", "look on the bright side" etc. kettle (and hob) - Rhyming Slang for 'fob' (watch or wristwatch). This term can
apparently be heard in the TV series 'Minder' but is not often used today.

khazi - lavatory (From the Indian). khyber pass - Rhyming Slang for arse. kick it off - start a fight. e.g.. "There was a real bad atmosphere down the boozer, I
was sure that nutter was gonna kick it off".

kip - sleep. e.g.. "I could really do with a kip". knackered - exhausted, especially after sex (derived from the word describing an old horse). Sometimes shortened to 'knacked'. Can also be used for something broken. knackers - testicles. knees-up - party, normally with dancing. i.e.. Putting one's knee's up in a dancing

knocking shop - brothel. knock up - to get someone pregnant or to wake someone up. examples - "I erd she got knocked up by some geezer from dahn the chippy", "I'm gonna have a lie in, knock me up when your ready". kosher - legitimate, honest. From the Jewish meaning of kosher (acceptable to
Jewish dietary laws).

kraut - person of German origin.


-LLady Godiva - Rhyming Slang for fiver, "five pounds". lair - cheek - 'got some right lair', lairy. lairy - loud, brash. e.g.. "He's a right lairy sod". large portion - "large portion yes !". An exclamation used to express excitement. larging it - a modern term that comes from 'club culture'. To 'have it large' means to go all-out to have a good time. Similar to the phrase "up for it". leave it out - "stop doing that" or "stop saying that" or as if to say "you must be

leggit - run away fast. e.g.. "Quick, leggit, the law are coming !". leg-over - to have sexual intercourse "he got his leg over". legless - very drunk. (do me a) lemon - a popular phrase that I have had trouble finding a firm meaning
for. I understand it to mean "do me a favour !" and can only think 'lemon' must be short for the Rhyming Slang for 'lemon flavour' - 'favour'. The term is used as if to say "you must be joking !".

let one go/rip - to fart. lezzer / lesser / lesbo - slang terms for lesbian. Lionel Blair's - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'flairs' (large trousers). Sometimes
shortened to "Lionel's".

limp wristed - a term for a gay man. lip - cheek, used especially towards young people by there elders. e.g.. "Don't give
me any of your lip".

loaded - someone with a lot of money. e.g.. "He must be loaded to have afforded that mottah". loaf (of bread) - Rhyming Slang for 'head'. e.g.. "don't be stupid, use yer loaf !". local - a common UK term for the local public house. e.g.. "I'll see you down the
local at eight".

lock-in - where a landlord will close his pub (bar) after official closing time allowing
'friends' to enjoy a late drink. Also see 'afters'.

log - a turd, jobbie. lolly - money. This may have originated from the Romany word 'loli', meaning 'red', used by gypsies to mean copper coins. L.O.M.B.A.R.D. - an acronym that stand for Lots Of Money But A Right Dick Head. Used as a term to describe many young city geezers !. loose it - to loose ones cool, to go crazy. e.g.. "I dunno what happened, I just lost it". lost the plot - gone crazy/mad. love a duck - a bit of a meaningless phrase indicating surprise, similar but more
acceptable than "fuck a duck".

lumme - corruption of the oath "Lord love me". luv - general (and unliked by most women) address to a female. e.g.. "Awright luv,
I'll 'av two pints of best bitter".

luvverly jubberly - a daft phrase made popular by the TV series 'Only Fools and
Horses' meaning that all is well.


-Mmalarkey - stuff, nonsense. May have come from the Irish word 'mullachan meaning 'strongly built boy' or 'ruffian'. manor - territory, area, turf. Usually associated with the criminal underground. e.g.
"If I see you round my manor again you're dead !".

mate - a very common address for either a friend or a stranger of unknown name.
e.g.. "Awright mate !". Also used as an address when the person you are talking too is very much not a 'mate', i.e.. "Oi mate, you looking at my bird !".

matey - a reference used for an unknown person. An extension of 'mate'. e.g. "Have a word with matey over there, he may know". Also sometimes extended to 'mateyboy'. meat and two veg - a slang expression for a mans 'equipment'. mental - to be crazy (sometimes described as a 'mental case') or get very angry. e.g.. "When I told him about the robbery he went mental". merchant banker - Modern Rhyming Slang for wanker. Mickey (Bliss) - Rhyming Slang for piss (urinate). Thus, when someone is
described as 'taking the Mickey', they are taking the piss, i.e.. mocking. Also sometimes changed to 'taking the Michael'.

miffed - fed up, non plused. e.g.. "I was really miffed when he didn't turn up". mince pies - Rhyming Slang for 'eyes'. Normally used in it's full form. minge - (pron. minje) a fairly common term for vagina. minger - an unattractive person (usually female). e.g.. "Look at those right minger's
over there !".

minging - drunk, painful, disgusting. e.g.. "I was totally minging last night" or "My
head is really minging".

mint - excellent. A popular 90's term. missus - bit of a lad's term for the wife, usually 'the' missus. i.e. "I can't come dahn
the pub, the missus will go mental".

mitts - hands. e.g.. "Keep your mitts off of my money".


mong / monged - a 'mong' is a dumb or slow person. To be 'monged' is to be drunk
or stoned.

monkey - a term for 500 pounds. (Thought to be related to the 500 rupee note ?) (don't give) a monkey's chuff/arse/fuck/balls/fart - a term sometimes shortened to 'a monkey's' means you couldn't care less. e.g.. "I couldn't give a monkey's if she leaves tomorrow". moolar - a slang term for money of uncertain origin. moonie - to show one's arse to unsuspecting onlookers. Especially performed by
pissed-up geezers !

moose - a rather cruel term used as a name for an ugly girl. e.g.. "She's a right moose

morning wood - an erection when waking. motor / motah - a common working class term for a car. Made more popular by the 80's song by British comedian Alexi Sayle 'Hello John got a new motah". mouthy - someone who shouts a lot ot talks too much. Pron. 'maafy'. e.g. "Shut it
you maafy slag !".

muff - popular word for vagina or woman's pubic hair. Originates from the original
meaning of 'muff' for a fury hand-warmer. A popular play on words in recent years is to say "furry muff" or "hairy muff" instead of "fair enough" and pretend that the other person must have misheard you !.

muff dive - to perform oral sex on a woman. mug / muggins - a fool or victim. Originates from the fact that drinking mug's used
to be made with ugly faces on them. Also for this reason 'mug' can mean 'face', i.e.. 'ugly mug'.

mullered - a fairly recent and popular slang for for drunk or generally intoxicated. Thought to have come from the word 'mulled'. munch - food, e.g.. "shall we get some munch ?". munter - ugly woman. A saying that I have only heard in recent years, I think it may
come from the north of England.

muppet - a foolish or stupid person. e.g. "Don't be a muppet, I can't believe your gonna do that".


mush - face, all-purpose address to male of unknown name. In the first sense can be
heard in a phrase such as "I hit him in the mush". In the second meaning it is used much like the words 'mate' and 'John'.

Mutt 'n Jeff - Rhyming Slang for deaf. my / me old fruit - oldfashioned, affectionate term of address (normally used by
men). e.g. "Awright me old fruit, hows it goin' ?".

Mystic Meg(s) - Modern Rhyming Slang - for legs. e.g. "Wow, look at the Mystic
Meg's on that !". After the fortune teller famous for starring on the UK National Lottery programme.


-Nnadds, nadgers - testicles. This term comes from the medical term for testicles 'gonads'. A fave saying of mine that uses the word is "does it pump your nadds ?", i.e.. does it get you excited ?. naff - cheap and nasty, unfashionable, in poor taste. naff off - a milder version off fuck off. Popularised by the UK comedy serial

nancy boy - a now seldom used term for a gay man. (the) nick - police station, or prison. e.g.. "He got banged-up in the nick for 6

naff - a popular word meaning cheap, tacky or of poor quality. naff off - "go away" - e.g.. "Why don't you naff off". Can be used as a mild form of
"fuck off".

nifty - slang for a 'fifty' (pound note). nigger - black person. This is a racist term if used by a non-black, but can be used
affectionately between black people. The word goes back a couple of hundred years and it's use in the UK between blacks is probably entirely due to Afro American influence.

(a) night (out) on the tiles - a late night out, usually drunk. nipper - a small child. nonce - a sex offender, especially of children. The lowest rung on the ladder in
prison. Sometimes used as a general term of abuse much in the way that 'ponce' is.

north and south - Rhyming Slang for 'mouth'. nosh / nosh-up - food, a meal, oral sex. e.g.. "Let's go and get some nosh". Recently
it has been used to mean oral sex (on men). i.e.. "You look happy, did your bird give you a nosh last night !".

notes - a term used to mean money in general. not cricket - an old English saying. If something is 'not cricket' it is not correct protocol as understood by 'decent' people and certain lines have been crossed. Only really used in a tongue-in-cheek manner nowadays.

not many Benny - a seldom heard phrase now. Used to indicate agreement. If anyone has any idea of the origins of this one I would be interested. not on your Nelly - an old saying meaning 'not on you life' or 'no way !'. It derives
from the Rhyming Slang 'Nelly Duff' an invented name meaning 'puff' or 'breath (of life)'.

nugget - a popular word for a pound coin. e.g. "Oi Dave, lend us a nugget". nutter - very popular word for someone crazy or more commonly violent or
foolishly daring. e.g. "You'd have to be a right nutter to start a fight in that place". Sometimes pronounced "nuttaah".


-Oodour colon - a pun on 'eau de cologne'. "Sorry about the smell, it's my odour

offie - very common term for an off-licence (where they sell alcohol). e.g. "D'you
fancy popping dahn the offie for some booze ?".

(do the) off /frank - to leave, "I'm gonna do the off". To 'do the Frank' is Modern Rhyming Slang for Frank Bough (off), "I'm gonna do the Frank". off your face - to be very drunk. e.g.. "Last night I was totally off my face !". off your trolley / rocker - a bit mad, crazy. oily (rag) - Rhyming Slang for 'fag' (cigarette). old boy / old chap - the term 'old boy' can be used for an old man, i.e. "Look at that
poor old boy over there", or can be used as a euphemism for the penis.

old fruit - an affectionate address. Of unknown origin. e.g. "Awright me old fruit,
how's it going ?".

one-eye(d) - the hole at end of penis. Also, 'one-eyed' is used as a prefix to many
phrases for the penis, i.e. one-eyed trouser snake etc.

on the game - to be prostitute. on the job - to be involved in sexual activity. i.e. "John's got a smile on 'is face,
must 'av been on the job all night".

on your bike ! - an common exclamation for 'go away' or 'you must be joking'. out of your tree - crazy, drunk or stoned.


-Ppaki - a derogatory term used to describe anyone who looks vaguely Asian even
though it is an abbreviation for Pakistani. The term is offensive, especially if the person is Indian and not Pakistani. One common phrase that uses the term is "Paki shop", see below.

paki shop - a slightly racist (but sometimes semi-affectionate) term used to describe
a corner shop (always open, often expensive !) often run by Asians.

pan handle - an erection. From the upward angle of a cooking pan handle. e.g. "I woke up with a real pan handle this morning". pants ! - A 90's term that seems to be very popular recently. It can be used as an
exclamation of frustration (much in the way that 'arse !' is) or to describe something that is bad or rubbish. i.e. "Did you watch the Arsenal match, wasn't it pants ?". Some times prefixed by 'a load of old' or 'complete'.

parky - chilly (weather). i.e. "It's a bit parky out there". peanut smuggling - what a girl is said to be doing when her nipples can been seen
through her clothes. e.g. "Look at that girl over there, she's smuggling peanuts !".

pearl necklace - the common name given to the act of ejaculating on the upper
chest and neck of a woman during sex, thus giving the appearance of a pearl necklace (allegedly).

pear-shaped - when something has 'gone pear-shaped' it has gone wrong. Probably
derived from the 'sagging' shape of a pear.

pen and ink - Rhyming Slang for stink. Used in it's full form. Pete Tong - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'wrong'. A common phrase that can be
heard is "It's all gone Pete Tong !".

phat - general term of approval. From Afro American origin. Possible origins are 'Pussy Hips And Tits', 'Pretty Hot And Tempting' and PHysically ATtractive' when the term was used in reference to a woman. Thanks to Chris Bay. pictures of the Queen - paper money. Usually used sarcastically. i.e. "How do you want paying ?", "Pictures of the Queen mate !". pillow biter - a homosexual. Comes from the supposed pain caused by anal sex,
thus using ones pillow to bite on.

piss-easy - something that is very easy. i.e. "That exam I had to do was piss-easy".


pissed - unlike the American version of the word (which means 'annoyed'), this is the most common slang term for being drunk. Other variants are 'pissed-up', 'pissed as arseholes', 'pissed as a fart', 'pissed as a newt' etc. piss-head - a habitual drinker or drunkard. piss it up the wall - to spend money foolishly, usually on drink, drugs or gambling.
Also 'spunk it up the wall'. e.g. "I can't believe I got payed last week and I've pissed it all up the wall !".

piss off / pissed off - telling someone to 'piss off' is a milder version of 'fuck off', to be 'pissed off' is to be annoyed or fed up. piss-up - a big drinking session. i.e. "Fancy coming out for a piss-up". Also 'boozeup'.

pissed-up - to be very drunk. plank - an idiot, fool. e.g. "You complete plank !". plates of meat - a well known Rhyming Slang term for 'feet'. Used in both it's short
('plates') and long form.

plonker - an idiot, fool or a word for penis. Popularized by the UK TV comedy 'Only fools and horses'. i.e. "Rodney you total plonker !", or "You're pulling my plonker". pocket billiards / pool - a euphemism for fondling the 'meat and two veg' through
the pockets in one's trousers. e.g. "I'm sure that bloke over there is playing pocket billiards".

ponce - a word with many meanings in the UK. It's original meaning was similar to
that of the US 'pimp' but it is used more as a term of general abuse now. If you call someone a ponce you could be indicating that they are very flashy or even a bit camp. The term 'ponce about' ("stop poncing about !") is directed at someone who is aimless or slow especially when the person using the term is impatiently waiting for them. i.e. "Stop poncing about, we've got to be there in 5 minutes !". Another term is 'ponce off' meaning 'to scrounge' and comes from the original usage where a ponce is a pimp earning money from prostitutes. An example would be "Are you gonna ponce off me all night or are you gonna get your own fags ?".

pony - slang term for £25. An example of this can be heard in the theme tune for
'Only fools and horses' (UK comedy) which says "I put a pony in my pocket...".

pony and trap - Rhyming Slang for 'crap'. You could say "I'm going for a pony"
(going to the toilet) or that something is 'pony' (no good).


porky pies - Rhyming Slang for 'lies'. Mostly shortened to 'porkies'. i.e. "You're
tellin' porkies mate".

posh wank - there are two meanings for this modern phrase. One is to receive a
hand-job from your wife/girlfriend/other. The other is to masturbate with a condom on. e.g. "Time to go home, lads, I've booked a posh wank tonight". Thanks to Tristan Paramor for the first suggestion. I've also had an additional meaning sent in where a posh wank can also refer to a woman who doesn't move about too much during sex. i.e. just going through the motions.

powder your nose - a euphemism for taking cocaine. e.g. "Where's Dave ?", "He's
just nipped off to powder his nose".

pro - short for prostitute. propellerhead - a geek, nerd. Especially used to label someone who is into
technology/computing but socially inept.

pukka - means 'authentic' or 'first-rate'. Originates from the Hindi word 'pakka'
meaning 'substantial'. This word was originally used in the Indian colonies.

pump your nads - something that gets you excited (sexually or otherwise) or that you really like. i.e. "Yeah that really pumps my nads". From the process of ejaculation (where 'nads' is a shortening of gonads). punter - the paying public, a customer. e.g. "We really won't know how well the
business will go until we start getting the punters in".


-Qqueer - very common term for a gay man. queer street - to be in trouble or in a difficult situation is to be 'in queer street'. quickie - to quick act of sexual intercourse. Usually spontaneous. Can also be used as a term for having a quick drink.


-Rrabbit (rabbit and pork) - Rhyming Slang for 'talk'. Used in it's short form.
Popularized by the classic(?) Chas & Dave song "Rabbit rabbit(?)". The phrase "You've got more rabbit than Sainsbury's" also comes from the song. Normally applied to someone who talks too much especially a nagging woman.

Radio Rental - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'mental' (crazy / angry). Coined from the well known chain of TV hire shops in the UK. e.g. "You wait till Dave sees the state of his car, he'll go Radio Rental !". ramped - drunk. i.e. "We were ramped after that bottle of wine". (to blow a) raspberry (tart) - to blow a raspberry comes from the Rhyming Slang
'raspberry tart' meaning 'fart'. Always used in it's short form.

raspberry ripple - Rhyming Slang for 'nipple' or 'cripple'. rat-arsed - drunk. Normally prefixed with 'totally'. readies - cash. i.e. "Av you got any readies John, I don't wanna put this on plastic ?". reefer - common word for a cannabis 'joint'. result - a successful outcome to something, usually either a sporting event or something at least slightly dodgy. Often prefixed with "a right". i.e. "I see the gooners 'ad a right result yesterday !". rev up ! - an exclamation much the same as 'on your bike' as if to say 'get out', 'you
must be joking'.

Richard the Third - Rhyming Slang for 'turd' (excrement) or 'bird' (girlfriend). (a) right Charlie - see Charlie Ronce and ponce. ring-piece - relatively common term for the anus. e.g. " That curry I had last night
has scorched my ring-piece !".

roger / rogering - to have sexual intercourse with. e.g. "I gave her a right good
rogering !".

ropey - dodgy, of poor quality, horrible etc. e.g. "Blimey, you should av' seen the
ropey old bird Dave was snogging last night, he must have been hammered".

Rosie Lee - Rhyming Slang for 'tea'. Used mainly in it's full form. i.e. "D'you fancy a
cup of Rosie Lee ?".


Ruby (Murray) - Rhyming Slang for 'curry'. After the popular singer. i.e. "Are you coming out for a Ruby tonight ?". Used in long and short form. ruck - a fight. From the word 'ruckus'. rug - wig, toupee. (do a) runner - leave an area unexpectedly, or the scene of a crime promptly. e.g.
"Where that bastard gone ? I bet he's done a runner !".


-Ssafe - good, all is fine. General term used to indicate that everything is o.k. salmon and trout - Rhyming Slang for 'snout', meaning tobacco. salt / sort - the word salt means woman (esp. a 'loose' woman or sexual partner) and
has been used since the 19th century. Usually pron. 'sort'. It is used in a slightly derogatory way and is nearly always prefixed by 'some old'. e.g. "Dave wasn't dahn the boozer last night, must av been out with some old sort he met the other night".

sausage jockey - a gay man (a man who 'rides' 'sausages'). scarpa / scarper - Rhyming Slang for Scapa Flow - to run off / leave quickly. Scooby-Do - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'clue'. e.g. "I 'avn't a Scooby mate". scrounge - to beg or sponge off of others. seeing-to - to perform sexual intercourse. e.g. "I'd give her a good seeing-to". see you next Tuesday - an very rude acronym (C U Next Tuesday). There are
many more.

Sexton Blake - Rhyming Slang for 'fake'. shafted - to be treated badly, to be in trouble. e.g. "I'm totally shafted if I don't get
that job".

shafting - sexual intercourse. e.g. "I gave her a good shafting". shag - very common mildly rude term for sexual intercourse. shagged-out - to feel tired. shitfaced - very drunk. Can be abbreviated to 'faced'. shit for brains - term of abuse for someone of low wit or intelligence. shitter - common term for the anus. Can also be used as a term of frustration - i.e.
"That's a real shitter". Also see "Garry Glitter".

shed-load - a huge amount. e.g. "I've got a shed-load of dodgy stuff for sale". shell-like - the ear. e.g. The old phrase "Can I have a word in your shell-like ?".


shell-out - to have to pay for, usually unexpectedly. sherbert dab - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'cab' (taxi). sherbet / sherbert - an alcoholic drink (usually a beer). Derives from the Turkish
word 'sherbet' which was a cooling drink made from fruit juice. e.g. "Fancy a stroll down the pub for a few sherbets ?".

sherman (tank) - Rhyming Slang for 'wank' (to masturbate). Normally used in it's
short form. e.g. "John's been ages in the toilet. Probably gone for a sherman !".

sheriffs badge - one of many slang terms for the anus. Thus known because of the star shaped badge of a wild west sheriff. shirtlifter - a gay man. Comes from the fact that ones shirt would have to be lifted
before anal intercourse.

shoeing - to give something a good 'shoeing' is to give it all you've got or to go for it. Sir Anthony Blunt - Rhyming Slang for 'cunt'. Also see 'berk'. skin diver - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'fiver' (five pound note). Also "deep sea

skint - to have no money, penniless. Also see 'boracic' and 'potless'. skirt - young attractive woman. Often preceded with "a bit of". A common 'lads'
term. e.g. "I never realized this was such a good place to eye skirt" or "What you need is a nice bit of skirt to cheer you up".

skunk - a particularly strong variety of marijuana. Named so because of it's strong

sky rocket - Rhyming Slang for pocket. e.g. "He're a monkey son, stick that in your
sky rocket !".

slag - a very common word for a loose woman or generally a rough looking bird. e.g.
"She is a right old slag". Used by men and women. It can also be used amongst men as an insult and can be heard in 70's and 80's police drama's ("Shut it you slaaag !").

slaphead - a bald per son. slapper - a common term for a loose woman. slash - a very common slang term for urination. e.g. "I'm dying for a slash".


smeg ! - derived from the word smegma. Can be used as an exclamation or a euphemism for fuck. e.g. "Oh smeg I forgot to post that letter !". This saying was very much popularized by the UK TV series 'Red Dwarf'. smeghead - an idiot, dickhead. Popularized (if not actually invented) by the UK TV series 'Red Dwarf'. snog - to kiss, usually with tongues. A childish word, mainly used by teenagers ("Cor, Sally got a snog off John after the disco !") or humorously by others ("Fancy a snog luv ?"). snout - tobacco. A prison term. Derives from the fact that the smoking of banned tobacco in prison was often masked by pretending to rub the nose. solid - reliable, dependable (a solid geezer). e.g. "You don't have to worry about Dave, he's a solid bloke". Also another name for cannabis resin. son - general term of address to a male. Usually used in a friendly way. i.e. "Nice one
son !".

sort - see salt. spanner - a fool, weak individual. Popular 90's term. spare - to loose ones temper, to go crazy. e.g. "When she finds out she'll go spare.". spod - an unpopular young person, normally a boy. Usually someone interested in
computing or something considered unfashionable. Another word for a 'geek' or an 'anorak'.

spondulics - money. Probably from the Greek word 'spondulikos' a type of shell used as an early form of money. Also shortened to 'sponds'. i.e. "Have you any sponds you could loan me ?". spoof/spuff - semen. spliff - common term for a cannabis cigarette. Originates from the West Indies. squire - a general term of address towards a man similar to 'guvnor'. Steffi (Graff) - Modern Rhyming Slang for 'laugh'. ie "You're 'avin a Steffi mate !".
(suggested by Chris Donnelly).

stiffy - an erection. e.g. "I woke up with a real stiffy this morning". stoke-on-trent - Rhyming Slang for 'bent' (homosexual). stork - an erection. e.g. "Aw, I've got a right stork on after seeing that bird".

straight-up - seriously, implying something is genuine. i.e. "I tell ya, it cost me twice that, straight-up !". strike a light - an old exclamation only really heard as a tong-in-cheek Cockney
phrase nowadays. Sometimes preceded by "stroll on".

stroll on ! - general exclamation of disbelief. stuffed - done in, ripped off, in trouble etc. e.g. "I'll be completely stuffed if my wife finds out". stuffing - to perform sexual intercourse (male perspective). e.g. "I gave her a good

stunner - pron. 'stunnah'. A very good looking bird. suss - savvy/know how. eg. "He got a lot of suss". sussed / sussed out - can mean found out / discovered, or well adjusted / together. (badly) sussed - what someone might say if they catch you out. For example if you
disagree with someone on a point and are then proved wrong the other person might say "Badly sussed mate !".

Sweeny Todd - Rhyming Slang for The Flying Squad - after the demon barber who turned people into pies. Used as the name for the TV show 'The Sweeny' ("Shut it you slaaag !"). sweet - slang for 'excellent' or 'cool'. sweet as a nut - meaning 'nice', 'simple', 'no problem'. sweets - a euphemism for testicles. e.g. "Awww you got me in the sweets !". syrup of figs - Rhyming Slang for for 'wig'. e.g. "See that old bloke over there, is
that a syrup he's wearing or what ?".


-Ttadger, tadge - the penis. (to) take the biscuit - to add insult to injury, to be even worse than first thought.
e.g. "I can't believe what he did, that really takes the biscuit !".

tanked (up) - to get very drunk . taters - Rhyming Slang for 'potatoes in the mould' meaning cold. The word taters is an abbreviation of potatoes. tea leaf - Rhyming Slang for thief. that old chestnut - see chestnut. thrupenny bits - Rhyming Slang for 'tits'. Often abbreviated to "froops". tin bath - Rhyming Slang for 'laugh'. tin tack - Rhyming Slang for 'sack', to be made redundant at work. e.g. "I've heard that Jim's gonna get the tin tack". tits-up - all gone wrong. Vulgar version of 'belly-up'. (on your) Todd - short for Todd Sloane, Rhyming Slang for 'own'. After the famous
jockey. e.g. "There's you lot having a wild time and I'm left here all on me' Todd".

toerag - originally means a tramp or a vagrant but used more as a mild offensive term. e.g. "You complete toerag !". tom - a 'street walker' (prostitute). The term goes back many years and was the name given to prostitutes from the Mayfair area of London. I still can't find the reason for this but I know that the police used to refer to girls from the Piccadilly area as 'Edie' as it was seen as a poor persons name and the Piccadilly / Bayswater Road were considered 'cheap' streets. Often heard in UK TV police drama's. There is no evidence that the term is part of a Rhyming Slang phrase. tomtit - Rhyming Slang for 'shit'. e.g. "Just nipping out for a tomtit". tool - the penis, a foolish person. tooled-up - to arm oneself, usually with improvised weapons like bottles or sticks.
e.g. "There was a right ruck dahn the pub last night and then these headcases got tooled-up !".

tooled - a euphemism for drunk.

top ! - brilliant, excellent. A 90's term. top bannana - something that is excellent or a person that is in a position of

top drawer - similar to 'top bannana'. trainspotter - a socially inept young male who records useless information about
trains such as number and type. The 'classic' trainspotter will have a spiral bound notebook, thermos flask, unfashionable shoulder bag and an anorak. Used as a term of abuse much like 'geek' or 'spod'. Also used to describe someone who hangs around a DJ watching him mix.

trashed - common term for getting very drunk. e.g. "We got completely trashed last

trog - common word for an ugly girl. (the) trots - diarrhoea. Named because of the frequent trip to the khazi if you have this condition. trouble and strife - Rhyming Slang for 'wife'. trouser action - a euphemism for sexual activity. turn it in - 'calm down', 'stop that', 'leave it out'. turtles/tortoise head - to have the tortoise/turtles head is to need to defecate
urgently, i.e. like a turtles head poking out ! e.g. "Quick, quick, I've got the turtles head !".

two 'n' eight - Rhyming Slang for 'state' (in a panic etc). e.g. "O.k., no need to get in
a two and eight".

tyre kicker - a time waster. From the pointless act of kicking tyres when looking round a second-hand car.


-Uup for it - to be willing to have a good time. Also for a woman to be sexually

uphill / upstairs gardener - a male homosexual. The term is a reference to anal intercourse. I leave it to your imagination to work it out. up the duff - to be pregnant, usually by mistake. A 'duff' is a pudding (usually plum), so to be up the duff is to have 'a bun in the oven'. Uncle Tom Cobley and all - a phrase meaning 'everyone'. Can be used sarcastically as in "I bloody turned up to find Uncle Tom Cobley and all there !". From the song 'Widecombe Fair'.


-Vvinegar stroke - the assumed last thrust of intercourse or hand stroke (of
masturbation) when ejaculation occurs. There are a few meanings. The two most likely are (1) Ejaculation likened to vinegar spraying from a shaken bottle and (2) the face one makes when tasting vinegar is akin to that pulled when orgasming.


-Wwank - to masturbate. e.g. "I was dying for a wank". Can also be used as a negative retort "Oh wank!" and more recently to describe a something considered useless etc. e.g. "I hate the Spice Girls, they're a load of old wank!". wanker - an old English word that is a very common term of abuse. A wanker is an
idiot or an unpleasant person. From 19th century Yorkshire dialect meaning 'idiot'.

wank mag - pornographic magazine wank off - to masturbate wank on - to bore, talk endlessly. e.g. "Oh for god sake, you really wank on don't

wank stain - general term of abuse. wankered - a modern term meaning 'very drunk'. wazz - to urinate. e.g. "I'm just off for a wazz". weasel and stoat - Rhyming Slang for coat. wedge - money. From the appearance of a number of folded notes. Examples of it's
use are - "I got paid a fair old wedge for doin' that job" or "Are you wedged-up and ready to go ?".

wedgie - a spot of tomfoolery often engaged in by drunken lads where the victim is lifted by his underpant elastic thus pulling the gusset into the bum crack (very painful !). weed - common name for cannabis leaf. well ard/hard - someone or something that is very tough or can be used as an
exclamation of appreciation.

well I go to the foot of my stairs ! - an archaic exclamation of surprise. well up for it - to be very interested in something. e.g. "If you want to go out
Saturday night I'm well up for it !".

what's that got to do with the price of eggs ? - a reply given when someone
has made an irrelevant statement in regards to the currently discussed subject.

whirly - the unpleasant spinning feeling one get's when very drunk. e.g. "I was so off
my face last night that I started to get a bit whirly".

whistle and flute - Rhyming Slang for suit. e.g. "Be sure to wear a whistle if your
coming to the wedding".

wicked - excellent, cool. A phrase that has become somewhat over used. From US
African American origin. Has been replace by 'bad' and 'phat'.

window licker - a name for the sort of 'nutter' who sits next to you on the bus and
does something weird. Have heard this one from a number of people but Lee Austin sent me a 'survey form' with it on so he gets the credit.

wind up - to tease, to perform a prank. e.g. "You must have seen from a mile away it was a wind up ?". wind-up merchant - someone who specializes in teasing. winner - something that is a potential success. woolie woofter - a character from an Evening Standard cartoon. Taken as Rhyming
Slang for 'poofter' (gay man).

wonga - money. From the Romany word for coal, 'wanger'. i.e. "I've got loads'a
wonga since I got that pay rise.".


-XNo Entries

-Yyob - a horrible or uncouth young man. From Backslang for 'boy'.

-Zzeds - sleep. e.g. "I really must get some zeds before we go out tonight". zeig heils - Rhyming Slang for piles.

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