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47 British Slang Words And Phrases To Read Over A Cuppa

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When people think of Britain we usually imagine a world of politeness and neat English, but did you know they have their own cool slang too? Shortening words and having language specific to your country or culture is common. So while you’re watching your favorite British show (we know you have one) you can stay on top of the slang and avoid missing a beat.

Many countries around the world speak English, but that doesn’t mean they all speak it the same way. Even the British themselves have variations in their use of slang. While some phrases are shared between England, Scotland and Wales – or even overlap with Irish slang – each country has its own fun vernacular, too. To break it down, we’ve compiled a list of British slang words and phrases that can be found all throughout the Isles, as well as exclusively in each country. Read on and see if you recognize any.

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General British Slang

Bloke

Meaning: A man.

Gutted

Meaning: Being heartbroken or upset over something.

Rank

Meaning: Disgusting.

Bevvy

Meaning: An alcoholic drink.

Snog

Meaning: A kiss or to kiss.

Baccy

Meaning: Tobacco.

Jammy

Meaning: To be lucky.

A Few Spanners Short

Meaning: To be dumb or not fully there.

Mug

Meaning: A fool or a gullible person.

Skive

Meaning: To skip school or work.

Minted

Meaning: Rich.

Away With The Fairies

Meaning: Used to describe someone who’s aloof or out of it.

Taking the biscuit

Meaning: Pushing your luck.

Daft

Meaning: A bit stupid or silly.

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Chuffed

Meaning: Thrilled or delighted.

Trolley

Meaning: Shopping cart.

Quid

Meaning: A British pound or money.

Pull A Blinder

Meaning: To pull off something excellently, but unexpectedly.

Arse Over Tit

Meaning: Falling over, usually in connection to being drunk.

Rat-arsed

Meaning: Very drunk.

Cuppa

Meaning: A cup of tea.

All To Pot

Meaning: This phrase means that things are getting out of control or something is completely failing. For example, “The wedding went all to pot when the groom was found behind the speakers with the bride’s sister.”

Blimey

Meaning: People typically say this word when they’re surprised or find something impressive or shocking.

English Slang

Cock Up

Meaning: To screw something up.

Barmy

Meaning: An adjective used to describe someone who is mad or odd.

Black Over Bill’s Mother

Meaning: Terrible weather.

Dosh

Meaning: Cash.

On The Raz

Meaning: Out on the town.

Frit

Meaning: Frightened.

Sprog

Meaning: A small child.

Scrummy

Meaning: Yummy.

Scottish Slang

Bahookey

Meaning: Backside.

Ah Dinnae Ken

Meaning: I don’t know.

Yer Bum’s Oot The Windae

Meaning: You’re full of it.

All His Eggs Are Double-Yoakit

Meaning: A way to describe a bullshitter.

Mad Wi’ It

Meaning: Drunk and having a great time.

Haud Yer Wheesht

Meaning: Shut your mouth.

Feart

Meaning: Afraid.

Bolt Ya Rocket

Meaning: Get the hell outta here.

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Welsh Slang

Lush

Meaning: Something very nice or cool.

Cwtch

Meaning: Cuddle.

Tamping

Meaning: To be very angry or disgusted.

Bamps

Meaning: Grandfather.

Tidy

Meaning: Brilliant, fantastic, a good thing.

All The Threes

Meaning: Taxi.

Chopsing

Meaning: Arguing or trash-talking.

Daps

Meaning: A pair of sneakers.

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