English language is the most common one that is used on the globe when we think of diversified languages. This high worldwide usage of English and mixture with different cultural languages, make it more evolving dialect type. New generation especially Teenagers make full use of new words in their frequent talk and hence help to add new slang words in the English dictionary. American English is getting progressed rapidly in terms of most common slang words addition in the society and in dictionary.
American Parents and non-American English speakers should know these American slang words compiled in the list to keep them updated with the young generation talk.
Slang terms are one of the hard phases of language learning because of phrases variation from town to town.
Why people use slang phrases or slang idioms in routine conversation especially on social media?
One of the reasons of using jargon terms is to look cool and to sound less formal. People use to feel easier in communication while using slangs. Teenagers use funny American slang words to attract others and to communicate in a secret way as well.
Now even slang sayings are added in the Native American English dictionary 2019.Here is a list of latest and most popular American slang words people use. You don’t have to necessarily use them in your speech. This American slang word list will helpful for non-native people to understand the speech of Native American who use slang idioms in their communication.
Best way to learn new slang terms is to write them down and speak 2-3 times so that your ear can heard them. That’s it, simple.
Most Common American Slang Words and Phrases with Meaning. [Updated for 2020]
AAF: It is a short form of “As a Friend” Mostly used in written communication over social media Like”Jack is not my boy friend he is just AAF”
AABF: This american internet slang means “As a Best Friend” e.g “Sara is so helping that she can be everybody’s an AABF
ASAIK: It is short term to express ”As Soon As I know” like “Let me reach college and let you update the situation ASAIK”
A Buck: Most frequently used in spoken communication in all age categories. It is American slang for one dollar ($).E.g “14th Street Pizza deals are awesome in price, I mean we 4 can enjoy whole meal in just 4 bucks.”
Big mood is a slang phrase to express a big, or intense, feeling.
We know RIP means “Rest in Peace,” It is mostly referred to express grief and prayers to someone who just died.But it is also used as a response to an unfortunate but low intensity problem, and “BIG-RIP” is used in response to an unfortunate but slightly less mild problem.
BB is a short of BaBy. It’s a lovely way to call your friend “baby.” Like “Awww bb I missing you.”
It is a term used to express the perfect dismissal. This is phrase is for you, if you want to say goodbaye to someone.
Bail: It means leaving group, conversation, chat or meeting suddenly. Like if you are out with friends late night and all of a sudden you realize, homework is yet to be done. So you would say Hey guys I am sorry I am gonna bail.
By the Skin of My Teeth:Just barely. For example you are playing and got injured yourself and you are not hurt a lot so you can say, I hurt myself by the skin of my teeth. Means Yes it is painful but not a lot.
Epic Fail:Slang to express complete disaster. Like “Mr Jordan’s last round performance was so epic fail”
Feeling Blue:To feel blue or have the blues is a pretty common slang phrase in English speaking countries and it means to feel sad. E.g “I am feeling blue after hearing news of devastating windstorm in the state”
Clapping back a phrase use for a quick, sharp, and effective response to criticism, e.g., Trump is quick to clap back at internet trolls in his Twitter comments.
Creep:It is used to express unpleasant personality. If someone is having weird attitude then you can say “Please don’t act like a creep”.
Couch Potato:It is to refer a lazy guy who just spend most of the time in those engaging activities that can be done while sitting on a sofa or couch.
Crash:To fall asleep really fast. Like “last night I was so tired I just crashed on the bed.”
Cram:To study hard before the exam by compromising many things. E.g “Jill and Jams cram before the midterm with flying colors”.
DA9 It is very short form of “the family”. Like “I gonna spend my xmas holidays with da9.”
Down to Earth: Word is used to represent humble human being.A person who is simple and doesn’t show it off. A normal guy who has ability of practicality and lack of pretense.
Drive Up the Wall:It is used to express the act of irritation. To frustrate and annoy someone. Example:”Two political parties fans are driving each other up the wall.”
DISS: It means disrespecting someone else
DELISH slang for”delicious”. E.g That banana bread was so delish!
DIG:It means someone really likes something. E.g Jack is looking that ball as he dig it”
Easy Peasy: To express some really easy work or task as Easy Peasy.
FAM is a shorter version of family. It is also used to describe friends.Like“My school fam is coming to see me today!”
For Real:It means honestly. For example, Are you going to visit japan for real ?
This term is used when someone is breaking off relationship and all communication.
Going Dutch:This slang is used to express that each person in a group have to pay for themselves especially in a restaurant.
The Cold Shoulder:To give somebody a cold shoulder means you are ignoring him/her on purpose. You don’t want to communicate with them.
Give a Ring:It is typically American slang which means to call someone.
Hyped:It means someone or something is over promoted with exaggeration.
Hang Out:To spend a lot of time with friends in a gathering with casual manner.
Have a Blast:It is slang phrase to enjoy doing something.E.g “Happy birthday Jill , have a blast.”
Jack Up:It has two meanings. To lift something up like a car that is jacked up for tire change. It also means surge in price
Knock:In slang term it is used to show negative expression of speech against someone or to badmouth.
KUDOS:Another word for respect, recognition
Lighten Up:To relax and do work easily. Normally it is used to say for someone who is having aggressive work routine.
Pass the Buck or Buck Passing:To avoid responsibility by passing it on to someone else. For example this job is your and you can’t pass the buck.
Piece of Cake:American expresses some very easy work as” piece of cake”
Pig Out:To eat like a hungry greedy pig
POS: To express “Parents over shoulder”
PIR: PIR is abbreviation of Parent in room
PROPS:This is to express respect, recognition
Plead the Fifth:It is used to refer the 5th amendment in the U.S. Constitution. It is a colloquial phrase to give right someone not to answer the questions which might result in conviction.
For the Birds or For the Chicks:In American slang phrases, this term is used to refer girls or women.
Ride Shotgun: American Slang to express a position or person who is second in command for any task.
Salty: It is used to convey in words little angry after getting teased.
SMH is an abbreviation of “Shaking my head”.It is used to express disagreement with someone or about something.Like “You’re really selected in the college basketball team? SMH.”
Screw up:This typical American slang to express mistake or any mess up.
Smol It is one way to say “small” especially when talking about something very cute.Like “Look at that smol kitten!”
Shoot the Breeze:Idiom to use wasting and killing time with idle chit chat.
Sweet:To express something or someone as good or nice. Like “Sarah’s little twins are so sweet”
TBT It means “throwback Thursday,”. It is a way of expressing back something that’s happened in the past.SO it is also used for any day of the week.
Example: “How TBT that is when Jill smashed the windscreen .”
Tight:Slang for showing very close competition between competitors. Like “Match between Lakers and Wolves were tight since start”
Trash:To express destruction like trashing the vehicle.
Take a Rain Check:This idiomatic phrase means to postpone the meeting to some other time that is more convenient.
Uptight:It is opposite of relax.When someone is having tough work routine then we can say he/she is uptight.
UNREAL: Slang is used to show expression in a situation like unbelievably brilliant or cool. Like “Ronaldo’s overhead kick goal was unreal”
WILD Mostly used as a blank reaction to weird or hilarious thing that happens, but it’s most often used as a synonym for “shocking.” If describing a person, it can also mean “hilarious” or “weird.”
Like “He came on LEMO in the college? how wild it was’.”
Wrap Up:Means to finish or complete the task. Like wrap homework up quickly.
Wheels:It is to express drive on car. Like we are going on wheels.
Wicked: It is slang word for Awesome or brilliant
YerMom:It is short form of your mom.
Yhf:You have failed.
Zup:It’s short form of “ What’s Up ?”
Zonked:It means totally tired.
Current Slang words used in slang dictionary are in the following infographics.
This was the list of cool slang words
American Slang Dictionary is good collection of latest slangs