71 Simple British Slang Phrases Everyone

Should Start Using
Sep. 28, 2013
By Nico Lang
Are you feeling a bit knackered or fagged today, internet, and need something to be
gobsmacked by? Then rest your zonked peepers on these 71 simple British phrases
(compiled from slang dictionaries). Some are common, some are out of use, but all of
them you will want to start using immediately. Gretchen Wieners once advocated that
everyone start saying “fetch,” but don’t stop there. Don’t be a tosser. Use them all.
And just remember: be very careful when you ask a British person how their father is.
You know not what you’re asking.

1. Any road: used in place of “any way,” primarily used in the north of Britain.

having a flippant or facetious attitude. insane. Chin Wag: to have a chat with someone. “Bob’s your uncle!”: “There you go! You’ve got it!” 8.” (Note: You probably shouldn’t use it or you’ll get slapped. Baccy: shortened word for “tobacco.) 5. (Example: “My mother has a lot of Bits ‘n Bobs around the house. 3. Flickr/Thomas Depenbusch 11. 6.” also. 12. always derogatory. an erection. is akin to “Fuck!” or “Shit!”) 10. like “poof.” but often describes something seen as extremely negative or lacking in value. “Bugger off!”: “Go away!” or “Leave me alone!” (Note: Bugger.”) 7.” 9. 13. 4. . also. nervousness or anxiety. Cheeky: to be not respectful of something. Biggie: term children might use to describe feces. Collywobbles: extreme queasiness or stomach pain brought on by stress. but it’s worthy of note for giving Futurama a very different meaning. Bender: derogatory term for homosexual. Bits ‘n Bobs: various things. e. Bollocks: technically means “balls.2. used on its own. “wacky backy” means marijuana. “total shit. Barmy: crazy.g. Chav: white trash.

bothered or interrupted (Example: If one were studying for a test.”) 16. as in “I haven’t seen you in ages!” 19.14.) 26. . going big instead of going home. one would not want to be “fagged. 18. Fagged: disturbed. “Get stuffed!”: “Beat it” or “Scram!” 25. Flickr/erjkprunczyk 21. Gobsmacked: amazed or awed by something. 24. 15. Fall Arse Over Tit: to have an embarrassing fall or to topple over. Fanny: vagina. Gobby: loudly opinionated. Dog’s Bollocks: extremely good or favorable. Fit: hot or sexually desirable. 22. Daft Cow: a very stupid person (See also: “Wazzock. Crusty Dragon: a piece of snot or booger. Donkey’s Years: ages.”) 20. (See: Donald Trump. 23. Dog’s Dinner: to be dressed nicely or look dapper. offensive or prickish. The Full Monty: going all the way with it. great 17.

I wish you could have been there. Made Redundant: to be fired or let go from one’s position. To Have A Butcher’s: to take a look at something or someone. Knackered: phrase meaning “extremely tired. Knees Up: A term for a mixer or a dance party (Example: “I went to this wild knees up this weekend. 30. 38. “How’s Your Father?”: euphemism for sex (Example: “Have you and your wife had any of the ol’ ‘How’s your father?’ recently?”) Flickr/PnP! 31. 34. like Alicia Silverstone in the 90s film. Lose The Plot: to go “crazy” or become mentally unstable.”) 36. 39. Her Majesty’s Pleasure: being incarcerated or put in prison.” 35. 29. Lurgy: sick or under the weather. “It’s Monkeys Outside!”: “Wow.27. 28. exhausting day. 37. completely hammered. “I’m Off To Bedfordshire!”: “I’m hitting the hay!” 32.” often uttered after a long. also see: “zonked. it’s very cold out!” 33. Gormless: completely clueless. Legless: totally. John Thomas: penis. .

48. 47. Pavement Pizza: euphemism for puke or vomit.” (Example: If one is “telling porkies. usually purchased at little expensive. 42. “Pip pip!”: archaic. Rumpy-Pumpy: amazing phrase used as a euphemism for sexual intercourse. 46. 45. On The Pull: cruising for sexual intercourse. Off One’s Trolley: mad. .) Comes from “pork pies. 50.40. Minted: to be extremely rich. 49. 44.” which rhymes with lies. out of one’s mind. Plonk: a pejorative word used to describe red wine of poor quality. Porkies: old Cockney rhyming word used to mean “lies. Ponce: a poser. Flickr/az1172 41. Puff: a fart. out-of-use phrase used to say goodbye.” you’re telling lies. 43. On The Piss: binge drinking solely for the purpose of getting totally smashed.

55. to excuse oneself to take a giant shit. 58. 52. 53. chaos or dismay. insolent. totally fucked or otherwise without a paddle. . Snookered: to be in a bad situation. Starkers: completely naked. Skive: a character deemed particularly lazy or incapable of being of use. 60. 59. Shambolic: in a total state of bedlam. Slapper: a promiscuous female.Flickr/Paolo Margari 51. See A Man About a Dog: what you say as an excuse for leaving. Slap And Tickle: making out or heavy petting. 56. in order to hide your destination. Stonker: a boner. Shirty: ill-tempered. Spend A Penny: to use the restroom. 54. 57. also.

68. Tosser: derogatory term for male masturbator. 70.”) 66. the penis and balls. 62. 64. Taking The Piss: messing or screwing around.” 67. used to indicate that you look upon someone unfavorably. (Example: “I thought I had a chance with her. Up The Duff: pregnant or with child. meaning little to nothing at all. 65.”) 69.Flickr/erjkprunczyk 61. (Example: “He fancies himself the bee’s knees. Tickety-Boo: phrase for when everything’s going great (Example: “All is tickety-boo in my world. Strawberry Creams: hunger-inducing term for a woman’s breasts. Throw A Spanner In The Works: to make a mistake or fuck up something. Twig And Berries: male genitalia.) 63. nonsense or rubbish. Todger: another word for “dick. . but I ended up with Sweet Fanny Adams. but frankly he’s quite the wanker. Sweet Fanny Adams: code for “Sweet fuck all”. Tosh: total bullshit.

Flickr/NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center 71. “Who blew off?”: “Who farted?” .