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English Slang





This dictionary is a comprehensive and in-depth look at all the slang, vulgarisms, curses, and insults, plus idioms, expressions, and a lot more, available in English. As always with slang, be careful using what you hear; it may not work quite the way you expect.

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baby catcher
n. obstetrician

back in the day
idiom. a long time ago when style, fashion, and taste were different

back of beyond
n. remote, isolated area (often far from even a small town)

backassed
adj. backward; poorly arranged or structured; awkward. 1. That was a backassed solution to the problem.

back-ender
n. automobile collision in which one car strikes the back or another

backer
n. investor; financial supporter

bad
adj. intense; powerful; suitable; excellent

bad girl
n. woman who behaves dangerously or irresponsibly by normal social standards

bad guy
n. man blamed or held responsible for something

bad rap
n. a false criminal accusation or conviction. 1. He's got a bad rap as a drug dealer, but it's not true.

bad rap
n. a poor reputation, usually not deserved. 1. She's got a bad rap as a bitch, but she's actually nice.

bag
v. capture; seize; arrest. 1. The cops bagged another pimp last night.

bag
n. an ugly, usually older woman

bag
v. use a bag breathing apparatus to get air into someone's lungs (standard phrase in medicine)

bag
n. condom

bag man
n. person who transports money; a person who supplies narcotics or other drugs, a pusher

bail
v. abandon; depart; leave. 1. I bailed on my calculus class because I was tired.

BAK
abbr. back at keyboard

baldie
n. bald man (used as a nickname at times)

ball
n. a good time; great fun (at a party, etc.). 1. We had a ball at that party last night.

ball
n. testicle

ball
v. have sexual intercourse with someone

ball of wax
n. whole situation; all factors, elements, or aspects of something

ballpark figure
n. estimate; approximate figure

balls
exclam. Indicates disbelief or rejection. 1. Oh balls! I can't believe I lost my wallet.

balls
n. courage; guts; daring-do (usually used to describe men)

balls
n. testicles

ballsy
adj. aggressive. 1. Don't be so ballsy. People don't like it.

ballsy
adj. daring; courageous. 1. That was a ballsy maneuver. I'm surprised you tried it.

bamboozle
v. deceive or confuse someone

banana
n. Asian person who adopts the lifestyle, attitudes, and such of White people

bandit
n. hostile aircraft

bang
n. a thrill; something exciting

bang
n. the act of sexual intercourse

bang
v. to have sexual intercourse

bang for the buck
idiom. value or return for money used

banger
n. sausage. 1. Want some bangers with that?

barbie
n. barbeque grill; grill. 1. Let's fire up the barbie and grill some burgers.

barf
n. vomit; vomitus. 1. Damn, there's barf in the bathroom again. Who's responsible?

barf
v. vomit

barfly
n. person who spends a lot of time at one bar drinking

barista
n. espresso bartender

barkeep
n. bartender. 1. Barkeep! Two beers here.

bashing
n. critiziing; slandering; defaming (used after the object of the crticism in a combined form). 1. Japan-bashing; China-bashing.

baster baby
n. baby resulting from artificial insemination

battle rattle
n. combat gear, esp. Kevlar helmets and flak jackets

bazillion
n. a vast, enormous, or indefinite amount. 1. I've got like a bazillion things to do.

bazongas
n. breasts (on a woman)

bazoo
n. mouth. 1. Shut your bazoo right now.

B-ball
n. baseball or basketball. 1. How about some b-ball later?

BC
abbr. birth control

BCD
abbr. bad conduct discharge

BCGs
abbr. birth control glasses, i.e. military glasses that repel women because they are very ugly

BCGs
n. birth-control glasses (so called because they were deemed so ugly that women would be scared off)

be a snap
v. be easy; be straight-forward; be simple. 1. No problem, it's a snap.

be all over
v. be done; be finished; be completely finished. 1. t's all over now.

be all over (something)
v. like (something); be fascinated by; be obsessed by. 1. He really likes her, he's all over her.

be all that
idiom. be the best; be the top

be bummed about
v. be depressed. 1. I'm so bummed that I ddin't get a raise.

be buzzed
v. be intoxicated, tipsy, or under the influence (usually mild) of alcohol

be down with that
idiom. agree; think similarly. 1. I'm down with that. You'll get no argument from me.

be fucked
v. find oneself in a desparate or difficult situation. 1. We're so fucked.

be on the rag
v. be menstruating; be having one's period. 1. She's on the rag, so sex was out of th question.

be out of here
v. be departing or leaving right now; be thrown out of a game or party. 1. I'm out of here. No point in staying.

be shitting bricks
v. be extremely frightened or nervous. 1. I was shitting bricks before the exam.

Beamer
n. BMW automobile

bean
v. his someone on the head (often with a ball). 1. The batter got beaned by the pitcher.

bean
n. the head

Bean Town
n. Boston

bean-counter
n. accountant; statistician; someone who meticulously keeps track of numbers. 1. The bean counters have decided we need to cut costs.

beans
n. nonsense. 1. Oh, beans.

beans
n. nothing. 1. You don't know beans about this

bearded clam
n. female genitals

beast with two backs
n. sexual intercourse between two people

beat
adj. exhausted, very tired; worn out. 1. I'm beat, it's been a long day.

beat (one's) meat
v. masturbate (men only)

beat off
v. waste time or energy; do little or nothing

beat off
v. masturbate (men only)

beat the shit out of (someone)
v. physically attack and abuse someone. 1. He beat the shit out of his brother when he found out his brother broke his iPod.

beautiful
adj. excellent; very pleasing; great

beauty spot
n. female genitals

beaver
n. female genitals

bed-hop
v. have sexual relations with many people; sleep around

beef
n. agrument; disagreement. 1. I've got a beef with him about the rent.

beef
n. objection; problem. 1. What's your beef today?

beefcake
n. a man with an apppealing physique. 1. He's quite the beefcake.

beemer
n. BMW automobile. 1. Nice beamer, how'd you afford it?

been around (the block)
v. experienced (often sexually). 1. She's been around the block and knows what she's doing in bed.

beer
v. drink beer. 1. Beer me.

beerbong
n. a can of beer, usually large, set up to be drunk in one go

bells and whistles
n. appealing, non-essential features

belly landing
n. aircraft landing without use of wheels

belly ride
n. sexual intercourse between two people

bellyaching
n. act of complaining, griping, or criticizing something or somebody

bench
v. remove a player from a game (usually basketball, football, or baseball). 1. He got benched after four missed throws.

bench warmer
n. a player who remains on the bench, usually due to lack of skill. 1. He was a bench warmer and never played in a single game.

bent
adj. angry; upset

bent
adj. crooked; dishonest. 1. Don't trust him. He's bent.

best bud
n. a close friend

BFD
abbr. big fucking deal (i.e.: it's not important, significant, or interesting at all)

bi
adj. bisexual

bi
n. bisexual person. 1. Is he bi or just gay?

biatch
n. woman (from "bitch")

Big Apple
n. New York City

Big Blue
n. International Business Machines (IBM). 1. Big Blue got downgraded last week.

big cheese
n. boss; powerful person in an organization. 1. Uh-oh, the big cheese is here. We're in trouble now.

big chicken dinner
n. jocular for bad conduct discharge

big gun
n. a powerful or important person. 1. This isn't working. It's time to bring in the big guns.

big Kahuna
n. leader; head of a group; powerful person in an organization. 1. Who's the big Kahuna around here?

big mouth
n. a person who speaks loudly or says too much (often revealing secrets). 1. She is such a big mouth and can't keep anything to herself.

big stink
n. a scandal; a major issue. 1. Don't make a big stink out of such a small problem.

biggie
n. someone or something of significance or importance

biker
n. a person who rides motorcycles

bikini stuffers
n. breasts (on a woman)

bimbo
n. sexually loose or promiscuous woman

bin
v. dispose of; throw out; throw away. 1. Just bin it, I don't want it anymore.

bingo
n. minimum amount of fuel needed to safely return to base. 1. Bingo fuel. We're heading back, now.

bio
n. biology (class or subject in school). 1. Bio is all right because we get to dissect

tuff.
bird
n. odd, eccentric person (anachronistic)

bird
n. woman; female

bird
n. aircraft; airplane

bird colonel
n. full colonel, as opposed to a lieutenant colonel, which is one rank lower (in the U.S. Army)

bird-dog
v. monitor someone

bird-dog
v. steal another man's girlfriend

birdseed
n. a minute amount of money. 1. I'm getting paid birdseed for all my hard work.

bit bucket
n. imagined site where lost computer data ends up

bitch
n. a woman. 1. Get your bitch out of my face.

bitch
n. complaint; gripe. 1. What's your bitch now?

bitch
n. frustrating, annoying activity. 1. This job's a bitch.

bitch
v. complain; gripe. 1. It's always bitch, bitch, bitch with you.

bitch
n. unpleasant, rude, or irritating woman. 1. She is such a bitch, always whining and insulting my friends.

bitch out
v. complain; gripe

bitch session
n. casual meeting during which people complain, gripe, or air grievances. 1. Today's meeting was really just a bitch session.

bitch tits
n. growth of breasts on a man; gynecomastia (n.b.: usually caused by steroid abuse)

bitchy
adj. moody; rude; spiteful (usually used to describe women). 1. She's really bitchy today.

bite
n. snack; small meal

black diamond
n. first sergeant (named for the black diamond in the rank insignia in the U.S. Army)

black eye
n. espresso with brewed coffee mixed in

blade
n. knife, usually a larger, shiny one

bleed like a stuck pig
v. bleed profusely

blimey
exclam. wow; oh (used to express surprise or excitement)

bling
n. diamonds or other equally shiny, glittering jewelry. 1. Nice bling. How much did it all cost?

blissed (out)
adj. drunk from alcohol or high on drugs

blissed (out)
adj. emotionally very pleased, happy, or content

blitz
n. devastating assault

blitz
v. attack someone or something successfully

blotto
adj. very drunk; highly intoxicated on alcohol

blow
n. setback; hurdle; attack; v. leave someplace in a rush; v. ruin or destroy something, often an opportunity; v. waste time or money; spend money frivolously; n. cocaine;v. inhale cocaine; v. perform oral sex (usually a woman blowing a man). 1. That was a blow to our plans to go on vacation.

blow (one's cool)
v. become angry or upset. 1. He blew his cool when he saw his ex-girlfriend out with a new guy.

blow (one's top (off))
v. become angry or upset

blow (someone) off
v. ignore or neglect someone; reject or abandon someone. 1. She's totalling blowing me off.

blow a fuse
v. become angry or upset. 1. He blew a fuse when he found out he lost his job.

blow a gasket
v. become angry or upset. 1. She blew a gasket when she heard her house was robbed.

blow it out your ear
v. go away; no way (expression of disbelief). 1. Blow it out your ear! No one cares.

blow job
n. oral sex given to a penis

blow off
v. waste time. 1. I blew off the evening playing with my Wii.

blow smoke
v. con; deceive; swindle; cheat

blow smoke
v. say something so as to avoid telling the truth. 1. Stop blowing smoke and say something useful.

blown away
adj. very impressed; overwhelmed; awed

BLT
abbr. bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich

blue balls
n. used to describe the tenderness in the testicles after substantial sexual activity

blue plate special
n. daily special meal offered at a low price (usually in diners). 1. Would you like to hear about our blue plate special?

blue steeler
n. strong erection

boat
n. very large car (e.g.: Oldsmobile). 1. Those boats use too much gas.

boat
n. very large shoe. 1. Nice boats. You look like a clown.

bod
n. body; physique (especially an appealing one). 1. Look at that bod.

boff
v. strike or punch someone. 1. I got boffed on the head at the bar yesterday.

boff
v. have sexual intercourse with someone. 1. He boffed her last night again.

boff
v. have sexual relations with

boffo
n. a successful movie, play, or other performance

bogon
n. person who is fake or says absurd things

bogosity
n. something that is bogus; quality of bogus-ness

bogus
adj. fake; false. 1. No more bogus excuses. Just tell me the truth.

boink
v. have sexual intercourse with someone

boku
adj. a lot; many (from the French beaucoup)

bolo
n. solider who fails rifle qualification

bolo
v. fail a qualification or test

bomb
n. a terrible performance or show. 1. That movie was a total bomb.

bomb, the
n. something fantastic or wonderful. 1. Your party was the bomb.

bombed
adj. very drunk; highly intoxicated on alcohol. 1. He got bombed at the bar last night.

bone
n. trombone (used by musicians). 1. Play that bone for all your worth.

bone up
v. study; learn quickly or intensively. 1. Gotta bone up for the quiz next week.

bonehead
n. dumb, stubborn person. 1. He's a total bonehead. Can't even get his work done.

boneheaded
adj. dumb, stubborn. 1. That was a boneheaded move. It will never work.

boner
n. erection

bones
n. dice. 1. Roll 'dem bones.

bones
n. physician (nickname made famous by Dr. McCoy in Star Trek)

boneyard
n. junkyard for vehicles. 1. I found a fender for my car in the boneyard.

bong
n. pipe used to smoke marijuana

bonk
v. to have sexual intercourse

bonkers
adj. crazy; nuts; insane. 1. Don't mind him, he's just plain bonkers.

boob
n. woman's breast (usually used in the plural). 1. Check out her boobs. They're enormous.

boo-boo
n. error; mistake

boo-boo
n. minor injury; cut; bruise; scrape (usually said by and to small children). 1. Did you get a boo-boo on the playground?

boody
n. buttocks (usually applies to a woman's buttocks)

booger
n. piece of snot (nasal mucous). 1. You've got a booger on your shirt.

boogie
n. type of dance to rock music

boogie
v. dance in a particular style

boogie
v. leave; go; depart. 1. Time to boogie.

book
v. charge a person with a crime. 1. We got our man, let's book him.

book
v. leave; go; depart. 1. Gotta book, I'm meeting some friends soon.

boom box
n. a large, portable stereo system. 1. Turn that damned boom box down.

boondocks
n. remote, isolated area (often a village or town)

boondoggle
n. government activity that wastes taxes

boonies
n. remote, isolated area (often a village or town; abbreviated form of boondocks)

boost
v. shoplift; steal from a store. 1. I boosted these from the drugstore.

bootie
n. buttocks (usually applies to a woman's buttocks)

booty
n. buttocks (usually applies to a woman's buttocks)

booty call
n. state of sexual arousal

booze
n. alcoholic beverage of any sort. 1. Gimme some booze, now.

bop
v. strike or punch someone or something

bop
n. kind of jazz music from the 1940s

boppers
n. amyl nitrite

boss
adj. excellent; very pleasing; great

bought it
idiom. be killed. 1. He bought it when we raided that house.

bought the farm
idiom. be killed. 1. He almost bought the farm on that last patrol.

bounce
n. energy; verve

bounce
v. have a check fail to clear payment due to lack of funds. 1. My checked bounced because I forgot to put money into my account.

bounce
v. leave; go; depart. 1. It's late, time to bounce

bounce
v. throw someone out (usually from a bar or similar establishment)

bounceback
n. patient who repeatedly returns to the hospital

bouncer
n. an individual who throws out patrons, usually unruly ones, from a bar of similar establishment

bouncer
n. person in a club or bar who maintains order

bow to the porcelain altar
v. vomit; throw up (n.b.: the porcelain alter refers to a toilet bowl)

box
n. a large, portable stereo system

box
n. computer; desktop computer. 1. How many boxes do we have in storage now? Do any work?

boxed in
adj. having few choices or possibilities; having few options

bracelets
n. handcuffs. 1. The cop slapped bracelets on the drunk driver.

brain bucket
n. helmet for when riding a bicycle or motorcycle

braindead
n. dumb; stupid person

brainiac
n. very smart student. 1. She's such a brainiac, always getting straight A's.

brass
n. colonels and generals (in the U.S. Army)

BRB
abbr. be right back

bread
n. money; cash. 1. I'm broke, no bread left.

break
n. opportunity; change. 1. What a lucky break, I get to go to Thailand.

break a leg
exclam. good luck; hope all goes well (from theatrical slang, where "good luck" is a jinx)

brew
n. coffee; beer

brewsky
n. beer; a (bottle, can, glass) of beer

Brickyard
n. Indianapolis racetrack (home of the Indy 500)

broad
n. woman. 1. Who's the new broad behind the bar?

brown bag
v. bring lunch in a brown paper bag

brownout
n. a reduced level of electrical power. 1. Another brownout? Now I can barely see anything.

BTDT
abbr. been there, done that

buck
n. one dollar. 1. That costs two bucks.
buck

v. go against; resist; make a difference choice. 1. Don't buck the trend, you'll look silly.

buck sergeant
n. sergeant (E-5, in the U.S. Army)

bucket of bolts
n. machine that functions poorly or is in a state of disrepar. 1. This damned bucket of bolts won't even start half the time.

bucko
n. friend; buddy

bud
n. beer;, esp. Budweiser beer

buff
n. enthusiast; fan; avid practitioner. 1. She's such a movie buff.

buff
v. prepare a patient and details of care so discharge or transfer to another service will go smoothly. 1. Just buff the patient's chart and get him out of here already.

bug juice
n. fruit drink (not carbonated)

bug off
v. go away; get out

bug out
v. leave or depart rapidly. 1. Enemy's coming, time to bug out.

bugger
exclam. damn; darn; drat (used to express frustration or annoyance). 1. Bugger it. I can't take this anymore.

bugger
n. contemplible, unappealing person

bugger
v. cause serious trouble or harm to somebody

bugger
v. have anal intercourse with

bugger about
v. behave carelessly or dumbly. 1. Stop buggering about and get to work.

bugger around
v. behave carelessly or dumbly

bugger it
idiom. oh no; oh dear; uh-ho (a strong expression of surprise or frustration). 1. Bugger it! I lost again.

bugger off
v. go away; leave; get out of here

bugger off
v. imp. go away; shove off. 1. Bugger off. Just go away.

bugly
adj. ugly (from butt and ugly)

built
adj. muscular; strong in appearance; curvaceous

built like a brick shithouse
adj. muscular; strong in appearance; curvaceous (said of women)

bull
n. nonsense (short and less offensive form of bullshit). 1. That's complete bull. I don't believe a word of it.

bullshit
exclam. a strong way to reject or challenge someone else's statement or claim. 1. Bullshit! That can't be true.

bullshit
n. nonsense; rubbish; foolish talk or ideas. 1. That's such bullshit, I don't believe any of it.

bullshit artist
n. an expect liar; someone good at lying or exaggeration

bullshitter
n. an expect liar; someone good at lying or exaggeration

bum (someone) out
v. discourage or depress someone

bum (something) off
v. ask or beg something (usually small or minor)

bummed
adj. depressed; discouraged; down. 1. I'm just totally bummed today; nothing to do, nowhere go to.

bummed out
adj. depressed; discouraged; down

bummer
adj. unpleasant; unappealing; disappointing

bummer
n. something or someone unappealing or unpleasant. 1. Major bummer, losing your job like that.

bump
v. remove a passenger with a confirmed reservation as a result of the flight being overbooked. 1. I got bumped from my flight and am stuck here for two hours.

bumpee
n. person who has been removed from a commercial flight due to overbooking

bun in the oven
idiom. pregnant. 1. She's got another bun in the over, you know.

bunk
n. bunk bed

buns
n. buttocks. 1. Nice buns on that chick. She must work out.

burbs
n. suburbs. 1. You're living out in the burbs now?

burger
n. hamburger. 1. Gimme a burger, no fries.

burger joint
n. place that specializes in hamburgers

burn
v. rob or cheat someone (often used in the passive). 1. I got burned at the pawn shop when I bought this thing.

burn rubber
v. accelerate a car so that the tires produce smoke and a squealing noise

bushed
adj. tired; exhausted. 1. It's been a long day, and I'm bushed.

bust
n. failure; poor performance. 1. It's a bust. Complete failure.

bust
n. police raid (on a criminal hideout, drug lab, etc.)

bust (one's) ass
v. work very hard; struggle. 1. I don't want to bust my ass here anymore.

bust one's balls
v. work very hard; make an extreme effort. 1. He busted his balls to get that paper done on time.

butch
adj. masculine in appearance and behavior (usually used for lesbians)

butt
n. a cigarette

butt
n. buttocks (shortened form)

butt
n. the filter/end of a cigarette

butt naked
n. completely nude

butter bar
n. second lieutenant (named for the appearance of the insignia in the U.S. Army) or the rank insignia itself

butthead
n. obnoxious, dumb person

butthole
n. anus

buy
v. approve; accept; believe

buy it
v. die. 1. He bought it during night patrol.

buy the farm
v. die. 1. He bought the farm during that last raid.

buzz
n. a telephone call. 1. I'll give you a buzz later. What's your cell number?

buzz
v. contact someone using an intercom or similar device

buzz
v. fly an aircraft very low over an area. 1. The fighter jets buzzed the enemy camp.

buzz-kill
n. a wet blanket; someone or something that ends fun or good mood


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