British slang is something that most non-Brit’s have trouble understanding.  British slang is a cross of British and American English butchered with slang and idioms. Proverbs are often backward, upside down, and frequently incomprehensible.

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure and privacy policy for more information.

Brit did not create some of the British Slang “Britlish™” on the Move™ Brit defines all the examples for you. Some of these originate from Northern England slang and are understood by most from this region. Others are cockney rhyming slang, widely known by all in England. Several of these can’t be explained and are simply Nikkism’s ™.

British Slang

Word or Phrase Translation Context or Used in a Sentence
Aye  Yes Aye, go on then I’ll have a beer
Av have Do you av five minutes?
Ayup  Hello Ayup Tommy, what you been up to?
Barnet  Head or hair Jesus, sort your barnet out it’s a mess
Bird  Girlfriend R’ Tommy has got a new bird and she’s hot
Bloody Curse word used to emphasize a comment or make an angry statement  Don’t be bloody daft, pigs don’t fly
Don’t bloody start with me
Boat load  A lot  That cruise was boat load of rubbish 
Boat race  Face Sort out your boat race you look miserable
Bob’s your uncle  You’re all set or you’ve got it made We sorted out the overdraft and Bob’s your uncle!
Bog  Toilet Do you av any bog roll?
Bollocks Technically, it’s testicles but it’s used to convey nonsense or a mistake That show was total bollocks
I made a right bollocks of that paint job
Bonney  Pretty That lass is bonney
Boris Becker  Pecker  (Penis) Your fly is open, we can all see your Boris Becker
Bray, braying  Beat, beating I’m going to bray r’ Tommy when he gets in
Butty   Sandwich Will you make me a ham and cheese butty?
Change your boat race  Change your face Change the expression on your face 
Chelpin’  Talking, complaining, moaning Stop chelpin about Tommy, I’ve heard enough already
Chippy Fish and chip shop Run to the chippy and get us some tea
Chuffed  Pleased, excited  I am well chuffed with my raise
Cream crackered  Knackered, tired  I am so cream crackered I am going  to bed early tonight
Daft  Stupid Don’t be daft, 2 and 2 is not 5
Daft as a brush  Stupid Tommy is as daft as a brush
Deffo  Definitely I will deffo sort that out tomorrow
Dickhead A stupid man or an irritating, or ridiculous man That dickhead thinks that the world revolves around him
Didya   Did you? Didya pay the credit card?
Eeh by gum  Oh my God Eeh by gum, I can’t believe me mar is in the hospital
Egh What? Egh, you mean to tell me you did not pay the credit card?
Faffing Messing about  Stop faffing about with the remote control
Famished  Starving, hungry I can’t wait until 1:00 for lunch, I am famished
Flippin ‘eck Shock and surprise Flippin’ eck r’ Tommy’s only gone and quit his job
For “fox” sake  (FFS)  For “f***” sake, like saying OMG or not again FFS, can you believe that we are re-writing it again?
Friggin’ Curse, like f****** but politer! Don’t friggin’ get me started
Gaffer Boss I don’t know if we can do that, we need to check with the gaffer
Gander  Look at Let’s av’ a gander at those new houses 
Gear  Stuff, things, items Don’t pack my gear I will sort it out myself
Get your feet dirty  Get your hands dirty idiom gone wrong! A Nikkism
Get your hands wet  Get your hands dirty idiom gone wrong! A Nikkism
Gibberish  Nonsense, rubbish Some would consider “Britlish™” to be gibberish!
Ginnell  Alleyway I saw your two dogs running through the ginnell
Giz Give Giz a piece of that pizza
Gormless  Stupid R’ Tommy is so gormless, he’s only gone and lost his wallet
Grub Food Do you have any grub at your house?
Gunna, gonna  Going to I’m gunna get that new job
Hovel A squalid, unpleasant, or simply constructed dwelling. I can’t stay here, it’s a hovel
In’t –  (in it…) Isn’t it? In’t a beautiful day
Jammy  Very lucky How jammy was it that we did not get a ticket?
Jammy dodger  Very lucky person That Jammy dodger did not even get a ticket
Kidding  Joking, teasing It really cost $1,000, no kidding
Knackered  Tired, exhausted I am totally knackered
Lass Girl, women, sister, girlfriend R’lass, aka our sister or bird (girlfriend)
Lavvy Toilet Where is the lavvy?
Manky Not nice, unpleasant, dirty That restaurant is well manky
Mar Mother  Me mar will be 65 this year
Mingin  Shanky, stinks, unpleasant That lass is totally mingin
Mithered, Mitherin(g). Irritated with something or meddling Stop mitherin in r’ Tommy’s business
Monkey in the wrench  Throw a wrench in the works or Throw a (monkey) wrench in(to) the works idiom gone wrong! A Nikkism
Neb Nose Keep your neb out of my business
North  South, West or East and all in reverse Brit on the Move gibberish or dyslexia
Nosh  Food Do you have any nosh at your house?
Nout  Nothing I ain’t got nout to say
Nowt  Nothing I ain’t got nowt to say
Oh aye? Oh really? Tommy got arrested! Oh aye?
Owt  Anything I ain’t got owt to say
Pack it in Stop it Kids, pack it in I am not going to tell you again
Paggered Knackered, tired, exhausted I’m completely paggered
I just paggered the car
PMSL P***ing myself laughing That was so funny I am PMSL
Pop Fizzy drink Do we have any pop or should I pick some up?
Pudgy Fat, Chubby  R’ lass has gotten pudgy
R’  “Our” used in family context, sometimes used with close friends  R’ Tommy is in getting engaged
R’ Tommy said he has an interview next week
Radged  Pissed, mad, angry, crazy That bird r’ Tommy brought round is radged
Rubbish Trash, garbage, nonsense That story Tommy told us is a boat load of rubbish
S***  tip Hovel, dive That hotel we stayed in was a total S*** tip
S*** hole Hovel, dive That hotel we stayed in was a total S*** hole
Sarnies Sandwiches What sarnies did you make for lunch?
Scran Food Do you have any scran at your house?
See You Next Tuesday   Too naughty to translate Use your imagination for this one!
Slag  Hooker, easy, hoe  Why is Tommy going out with (dating) that slag?
Snap Ditto Ditto, we have the same bag!
Sprong  Child Why are sprogs allowed to fly?
State Side Somewhere in the north riverside of Chicago Brit on the Move gibberish or dyslexia
Summat  Something Tommy, do you av’ summat to say like?
Ta Thanks Ta love, it was lovely to get those flowers
Taking in the Piss  Making fun off When Tommy said she looked good, you know he was takin the piss right?
Tarra  Bye Tarra love, I’ll see you next week
Tea  Dinner  What’s for tea tonight?
Throttle  Strangle When I catch up with r’ Tommy I am going to throttle him!
Tits up  Fails completely The project went tits up and I lost my job
Tosspot Originally a habitual drinker, most commonly used like wanker or to insult someone That tosspot cheated on r’ Pauline
Town bike  Lose girl,  aka everyone can get a “ride” R’ Tommy only spent the night with the town bike, can you believe that?
Twat  Referring to a person considered obnoxious or stupid You gormless twat
That twat pulled his usual stunt and did not show up
Vexed Angry I am so vexed right now I could literally smack you
Wanker  A worthless man, dickhead That wanker cheated on r’ Pauline
Went to the water one to many times  Went to the well one too many times idiom gone wrong! A Nikkism
Yonder Walk or look Let’s av’ a yonder at the lake
You having a laugh? Making fun off or are you being sarcastic or “funny” You think it’s a good idea for us to swim in that alligator infested lake?  Are you having a laugh?

Looking For Places To Explore In England? Start Here:

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Click Here To Subscribe

Subscribe to our newsletter and get the best travel tips and inspirational stories delivered monthly. No spam, no sales pitches – TRAVEL!

Click Here To Subscribe

Brit On The Move™ Travel Resources

Ready to book your next trip? Use these resources that work:

Need more help planning your trip? Check out our Resources Page, highlighting the great companies we trust when traveling.

Share with others!