Commonly Used British and American Slang Words and Their Meanings

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1. American Slang

  • Bail — Intransitive verb for leaving abruptly.
  • Feeling blue; have the blues — A feeling of depression or sadness.
  • A buck Slang term for a the American dollar.
  • By the skin of (my/your/his/her) teeth — just barely.
  • Creep (n.) —  An unpleasantly weird/strange person.
  • Couch Potato — A lazy person who spends the bulk of their time engaged in things that can be done while sitting on a couch.
  • Cram — To study feverishly before an exam typically done after neglecting to study consistently.
  • Crash — To abruptly fall  asleep, or to show up without invitation.
  • Down to earth — And adjective for practicality and lack of pretense.
  • Drive up the wall — To irritate.
  • For Real — A proclamation of honesty.
  • Going Dutch — When each person, usually in a dating scenario, pays for his/her own meal.
  • The cold shoulder — A metaphor for deliberately ignoring someone.
  • Give a ring — To call someone on the telephone.
  • Hyped (adj.) — A very excited state.
  • Hang out — To casually gather together or spend time with someone in a social manner.

2. British Slang

  • All to cock

(Or all a-cock) Unsatisfactory, mixed up.

  • Arse

1. The buttocks.
2. Someone who acts in a manner which is incompetent or otherwise disapproved of.[28]

  • Arse about face

Back to front.

  • Arse around

Mess around or waste time (17th century).

  • Arsehole

1. The anus.
2. General derogatory term.

  • Arse bandit

homosexual (offensive, derogatory).

  • Arse over tit

Head over heels, to fall over or take a tumble.

3. Teen Slang

  • Fam – The friends you are closest to
  • Finna – Going to/about to, short for “fixing to”
  • Goals – What you’re trying to do or be like, the ultimate goal
  • GOAT – Greatest of all time
  • Gucci – Good, cool
  • High-key – People say high key when they are about to say something they want everyone to know about
  • Hundo P – 100 percent, confirming something
  • I can’t even – When you are so overwhelmed you can’t comprehend something
  • I’m weak – That was funny
  • It’s lit – It’s cool, it’s awesome
  • Kek – To laugh out loud
  • Low-key – People say low key when they are about to say something they don't want everyone to know about
  • On fleek, on point – Nailed it
  • Peep – To take a look at something
  • RT – Retweet, when you agree with something someone says
  • Salty – Bitter about something
  • Savage – Badass
  • Ship – Short for relationship, if you “ship” two people, you want them to make it as a couple
  • Sips tea – To mind one’s own business
  • Skurt – Go away or leave
  • Smash – To have casual sex
  • Straight fire – Hot/trendy
  • Squad – Your group of friends
  • Sus – Suspect, when something is shady

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