Ever changing casual words and phrases in our verbal and written communication are called slang words. Slang terms are used in all languages around the globe. Like American slang phrases, British are also much active in continuously adding informal terms in their linguistic vocabulary. Specifically in social media such rude, hilarious and interesting words are common that British use.
British Slang are not only used in United Kingdom, but also frequently adopted by English spoken population of countries which were Britain colonies in the British Empire era like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, India and Pakistan.
American and British languages are way diverse though doesn’t seem to be different. Like Brit uses “bloke” and American have “bae” for the same expression.
Here is a latest list of current and most popular British slang words phrases, terms and idioms. This list is going to help those who are going to learn UK English or planning to visit in English (UK) speaking countries.
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This term is frequently used when some one is having heated argument or confrontation.
i.e “We shouldn’t argy-bargy over Meghan and Kate alleged differences ”
It is used when someone “claim the right to have” or “do something because you said you wanted it first” or “succeed in securing something” Example. Bagsy nature of children is by default all around the world
Empty nonsense slogans without showing real action. Like “Kelly is just doing braggadocio, don’t expect from her.”
It is typical way of calling an individual , person man or dude. i.e “Dude Perfect youtube channel owns by nice blokes”
5- BOG ROLL:
Can you please pass me that bog roll. What ?bog roll?
Yes, I mean toilet tissue roll.
6- BANG TO RIGHTS:
Let me tell you surprising thing what just happened. What ? You know “Jimmy was caught bang to rights in the club by her G.F.” What ? Yes he was caught red handed in action.
7- BUDGE UP:
I was standing in the train and there was little room to get sit on the seat. I asked one person to please budge up so that I can fit on the seat.
It is used to express dazzling performance or showing great appreciation.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan gave a very blinding first speech after becoming prime minister.
9- CHEESED OFF:
“To get angry and irritated on someone”.Claudia was cheesed off at her hubby in the party, I don’t know why?
“Jim was very chuffed about the Manchester United match last night”. That means Jim was very pleased 🙂
I like to eat chips before eating burger in a deal. Brit call french fries , chips 🙂
It has many meanings like get faint or suddenly fall asleep, to get kinky hair straightened etc.
But as a slang in Britain it means “A blow on head or nose”
“Sarah wasn’t fasten seat belt and get conked with the car windscreen when I applied sudden breaks”
It means full of people.
“There was a chockablock scene outside royal palace on the occasion of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding in May 2018”
To represent expression of brilliance about someone or something.
“Jack is a real corker who met the year end tough sale target”
What is this doofer ? DIGGIMIGGA , SHIGGIUADEN.
Doofer means a thing or word which has no name/meaning.
Ronadlo is not only a super footballer but also a dishy.
Dishy means good looking, handsome or hot.
17- DAMP SQUIB :
It means Something or someone unable to meet expectation. Single word “Squib” means the same.
“New defender in the Liverpool football team seems a damp squib.”
Just like American uses buck to express a dollar similarly Brit describe pound as dosh
19- THE FUZZ:
It is very common term means The Police.
It is a famous British slang word to represent a period of two weeks.
“Jeddy and Humy will be in London for a fortnight”
A British slang for a nap or a bit of sleep. It also means bed.
It means exhausted or very tired.
“Meghan Markle is knackered after attending long event during her pregnancy”
It means supervisor, manager or employer.
“Kayl is our new gaffer and we are going to throw an official welcome dinner for her”
24- GO TO SPARE
“Pogba has been brilliant since Jose Mourinho was sacked.Jose might go to spare after knowing this” It is a British slang for getting frustrated, angry or enraged.
25- IDIOT BOX:
It is an interesting slang for T.V.
“Kids shouldn’t give much time in front of idiot box”
A slang for buddy.
“Hey Jock, there is a game tomorrow. You are in for that”
27- KNOW YOUR ONIONS:
It is used to express out standing performance.
“He got all tasks cleared in first attempt? He must really know his onions.”
28- KNEES UP:
It means lively gathering or party. “Older Persons Forum enjoy end of year knees-up at Christmas party”
A British slang to express someone who is extremely drunk. Like “Adam was so legless he got everything wrong”
A person who is convicted and sentenced for a long time in a jail.
“Jacob is a lag and wont be able to work anymore”
A British slang means annoy.
“Jemma might be miffed if you wont call her for the party”
Marble is a slang for good sense or intelligence. Example “Where are your marbles? it’s very easy question”
33- PEAR SHAPED:
When things go wrong then this term pear shaped is used to express.
Example: “We are unable to understand how to fix this pear shaped time period on us.”
A causal word for an incompetent person. i.e “Parents advise their kids , not to make numpty guys your friends.”
It is informal British term to represent a wealthy person with high social status.
“You surely going to find a lot of nobs in London riding fancy cars.”
In informal dictionary of British words, it means very drunk.
A slang for a policeman.
Some latest Brit Slangs we came across:
a- Balls Up: This term Brits use when they fell in a messed up situation
b- Collywobbles: British people say this term when someone is having feeling of acute nervousness
c- Gobby: This phrase is used about someone who is being a loud mouth and/or offensive
d- Legless: To express for someone who is extremely drunk
e- Knackered: It means someone is tired and exhausted
f- Miffed: Slang is used by british people when they are upset or offended
g- Minted: Means to be wealthy
h- Tosh: Please avoid tosh talk in the subway. Means nonsense
i- Tool: He is so tool that everyone uses him. Refers to someone who is stupid or a geek
j- Wazzock: British used this term for an idiot
[This page was published in May 2019 and updated in January 2020 with Latest British Slangs for 2020]
For more details about UK slang visit a Dictionary of British slang
Oxford international English is also a latest Britain slang resource.
For other slang phrases with meanings you can visit SlangWordList