35 British Slang Terms You Should Start Using Immediately


You cannot be in Britain without having your ears full of some funny and exciting slang terms. In every part of the kingdom, you will see people use slang terms in daily conversations. If you ever find yourself among your British friends, here are some 35 amazing slangs you can use when talking with them:

  1. Blimey: It is used to denote an expression of surprise. You can say: ‘Oh, blimey! Such a huge sandwich we got today!’
  2. Bollocks: This is one of the best-known slang terms from Britain. It can be translated to mean several things, but the most common is to express mockery or some derision. In some cases, it can mean testicles. 
  3. Bloke: You must always hear of this, and it refers to a man. 
  4. Ace: If you are excellent at something, you can be called an ‘ace’. 
  5. Bloody: Even if you are not British, you must have heard of this before. It is used all over, and it was a swear word, but in the modern age, it means emphasis or even fury. 
  6. Brass Monkeys: This is a reference to freezing weather. For instance, you can say: ‘Get your jacket because it is brass monkeys today.’
  7. Bugger All: This is another way of saying ‘nothing at all’. 
  8. Cheers: It is of the same meaning as other nations, it can mean thank you. 
  9. Damp Squib: If you want to describe something that failed, you will say it was a damp squib. 
  10. Dodgy: This is to describe something illegal. 
  11. Gobsmacked: This is one of the well-known slang terms and it means an expression of shock and surprise. 
  12. Fortnight: It simply refers to ‘two weeks’.
  13. Cock Up: It is lewd and that is precisely what it means. 
  14. Blinding: This is a reference to excellence. 
  15. Chunder: It is not common but it means ‘to vomit’ or ‘to be ill’. 
  16. Gutted: When you say ‘gutted’, it is to describe a scenario of sadness or disaster. 
  17. Grockel: It is a common slang term in Devonshire and it is a derogatory reference to tourists. 
  18. Hunky-Dory: Here is a term that means ‘cool’ or ‘okay’. 
  19. Have a gander: This is a reference to the manner a goose cranes its look when trying to visualize an item. You can tell someone to come ‘have a gander’ when you want them to have a peep at something. 
  20. Kerfuffle: Here is one of the oldest of the slang terms. It is to describe a fight, misunderstanding, or argument. 
  21. Jammy: It is well used in the southwestern part of England. It is to describe someone who has great luck concerning something. 
  22. Mate: This is one of the most well-used slang terms. It is used for a beloved colleague or close friend or an ally. It means the same thing as ‘buddy’ or ‘dude’ or ‘pal’ in the United States of America. 
  23. Lost The Plot: This slang term is self-descriptive and it is a reference to getting angry or when someone has been frustrated. 
  24. Muck: This is used to mean ‘dirt’ and nothing more. 
  25. Minging: If you want a slang term to describe ‘gross’ or ‘disgusting’, minging is the perfect one for you.
  26. Our kid: If you have visited Manchester before, you will hear this. It is used concerning your younger sibling or a relative close to, like a cousin. 
  27. Nice one: It is employed in sarcasm, and the context can vary depending on how you want to make precise use of it. 
  28. Posh: The American equivalent of this is ‘fancy’, and it is used to mean classy or exotic. An example is this: Let us visit a posh restaurant. 
  29. Pork pies: This interesting slang term means ‘lies’.
  30. Rubbish: Here is a famous slang term that can be used to mean ‘trash’ or ‘waste’. It can also be used to express your disbelief or disgust at something or someone. 
  31. Proper: It simply means ‘adequate’ or ‘well-behaved’. 
  32. Scrummy: This is to describe something truly delicious, like a snack or food. 
  33. Tosh: This British term means ‘crap’. 
  34. Wanker: You might want to be careful on this one as it is an insult, something like ‘asshole’. 
  35. Skive: This British slang connotes an instance when someone does not come to work by pretending to be sick. 

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