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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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café noir
n. black coffee

cake hole
n. mouth. 1. Shut your cake hole or I'll smack you.

cakewalk
n. something simple, easy, or straight-forward. 1. Total cakewalk, that test.

calc
n. calculus (class or subject in school). 1. My calc teacher makes it easier than I thought it'd be.

call
n. a prediction. 1. Good call. That's what actually happened.

call (someone) out
v. challenge someone to a fight or contest

call shotgun
v. claim the seat next to the driver in a car

can
n. buttocks

can
n. jail; prison

can
n. toilet. 1. Gotta go to the can. I really need to pee.

can
v. fire; terminate someone's employment. 1. He got canned for blogging too much at work.

can of worms
idiom. difficult situation; problem; mess

candy-ass
n. timid person; coward

candy-assed
adj. coward(ly); timid; frightened

cannon cocker
n. solider whose specialty is artillery

cap
v. kill; murder. 1. Shut up or I'll cap you.

capish
v. understand (usually as a question). 1. This is what you gotta do, capish?

carb
n. carburetor. 1. How many horses in this carb?
carbs
n. carbohydrates. 1. Too many carbs are bad, or so some people say.

card
n. amusing, strange person. 1. He's quite a card, always making jokes and doing odd things.

card
v. check someone's identification for age. 1. I got carded when I tried to buy beer.

cash cow
n. good source of income

cat
n. guy; fellow; dude (rarely used)

catch some rays
v. sunbathe; get a tan. 1. Gotta catch some rays, otherwise I'll look totally pale.

catch some Z's
v. sleep; take a nap

catch you later
v. good-bye for now; see you soon

catshot
n. aircraft takeoff from a carrier using a catapult

CBNC
abbr. close but not cigar

chap
n. fellow; guy

chaser
n. strong liquor drunk quickly after a weak drink such as beer

check
inter. okay; yes; right

check that
v. ignore that; cancel that (last remark or item)

cheeky
adj. irreverent; impudent

cheese
v. smile (when asked with the word as someone takes a picture). 1. Say cheese for the camera.

cheesed off
adj. upset; disgusted; angry

cheesehead
n. person from the state of Wisconsin

cheesehead
n. person who does stupid things

cheesy
adj. tacky; cheap; smarmy. 1. What a cheesy sweater, it looks horrid.

chem
n. chemistry (class or subject in school). 1. Chem was my worst science in high school.

cherry
n. hymen (by extension, a female virgin)

cherry
n. novice; newbie; inexperienced person

cherry
n. new recruit (in the U.S. Army)

chew someone's ass out
v. criticize or scold someone

chicken
n. coward. 1. Don't be chicken, just give it a try.

chicken
n. game in which two drivers drive toward each other head-on and the first driver to veer off is the loser (hence chicken, as in coward)

chicken out
v. avoid something due to fear. 1. He chickened out at the last minute and didn't take the bet.

chicken shit
adj. fearful; cowardly

chicken shit
n. almost nothing; worthless

chief
n. form of address (to a friend or other familiar person; not often used). 1. Hey, chief, what's doing?

chief
n. unofficial form of address for any Warrant Officer (CW-2 to CW-5 in the U.S. Army)

chill
v. relax; calm down. 1. Chill. It's no big deal.

chill out
v. relax; calm down. 1. Time to chill out. I've been working all day.

chink
n. Chinese; Chinese person

chintzy
adj. shoddy; cheap; stingy; miserly

chips and salsa
n. computer hardware and software

chivvy
v. repeatedly tell somebody to do something

chivy
v. repeatedly tell somebody to do something

chocoholic
n. person who loves chocolate in any form

choke
v. panic (usually before an exam). 1. I totally choked on the calc test last week.

chop shop
n. place where stolen cars are cut apart, the resulting parts sold individually

chopper
n. motorcyle

chotchke
n. small item; trinket

chow
idiom. good-bye (from Italian). 1. I'm off now, chow.

chow
n. food; meal

chow
n. food; meal; breakfast, lunch, or dinner

chow down
v. eat; consume food and drink

chown down
v. eat; have a meal

chrome dome
n. bald person (usually male)

chubby
adj. slightly overweight; rotund

chuck
v. dump; reject; break up with somebody

chuck
v. throw away something; discard. 1. I never use this, so just chuck it.

chugalug
v. drink quickly without gulping

chute
n. straighaway portion of a racetrack

ciao
idiom. good-bye (from Italian). 1. I'm off now, ciao.

circle the drain
v. be moribund; be in the process of dying or failing

circle-jerk
n. a group of men masturbating together

circling the drain
adj. expected to die shortly. 1. He's circling the drain and won't last much longer.

City of Brotherly Love
n. Philadelphia

civvies
n. civilian clothing

clamshell
n. luggage container that is put on a car's roof (it opens like a clam does)

clap
n. gonorrhea

class-A uniform
n. class-A dress uniform

class-A’s
n. class-A dress uniform

click
n. kilometer

clincher
n. the last step; the final straw

clip
n. high speed; fast

clip
n. short video or audio segment

clit
n. clitoris

clod
n. oaf; stupid person

close but no cigar
idiom. unsuccessful; almost but not quite good enough

clunder
n. old car in poor condition

clunk
n. the sound of something hitting or striking something else

clunker
n. used, worn-down machine (incl. computers, cars, appliances)

cluster fuck
n. totally screwed up situation or circumstances

cluster fuck
n. group rape

clutch up
v. become nervous, tense, or anxious

CO
n. commanding officer

cock
n. the penis

cock tease
n. a woman who makes sexual advances but does not follow through

cock up
v. screw up; make a mistake; goof

cock-eyed
adj. screwy; nutty; insane; crazy; impractical

cock-sucker
n. worthless, unappealing person (usually said of a man)

code
v. go into cardiac arrest and require resuscitation

code warrior
n. person who writes software code

coin
n. money; cash. 1. You can make some serious coin by working here.

cojones
n. testicles; guts (from Spanish)

coke
n. cocaine

cold
adj. dead. 1. He's cold. No need to shoot him again.

cold
adv. suddendly and completely. 1. He stopped cold when he saw the dead body.

cold fish
n. unresponsive, uninteresting person (often with sexual undertones). 1. She's such a cold fish, no guy would want to date her.

collar
n. arresting of someone. 1. Any new collars last night, officer?

collar
v. arrest someone. 1. The cops collared two pros over there yesterday.

come
n. semen

come
v. experience orgasm

come and get it
n. dinner is ready; dinner is on the table. 1. Come and get it. Dinner's ready.

come back to haunt (someone)
v. result in undesirable effects eventually

come down
n. disappointment; letdown

come down
v. happen; occur; take place

come home to haunt (someone)
v. result in undesirable effects eventually

come off it
exclam. behave nicely or pleasantly. 1. Oh, come of it, no one believes you

come on
n. an invitation (often duplicitous or sexual). 1. What a come on! I don't believe any of it.

come on to
v. approach someone with sexual or romantic intentions

come out of the closet
v. reveal publicly that one is homosexual

come up for air
v. pause; take a break; rest

comfort food
n. food that calms one down or reminds one of pleasant times

commo
n. communications, especially radio

comp
v. give someone something for free

con
n. convict

con
v. deceive; cheat; swindle. 1. Don't try to con me, I know you're lying.

con artist
n. swindler; someone who deceives people out of money

con man
n. swindler; someone who deceives people out of money

conehead
n. oaf; fool; stupid person

conk
v. go to sleep; fall asleep

cook
v.  mix heroin with water

cool
adj. excellent; very pleasing; great

cool
adj. relaxed; at ease; unrufffled

cool down
v. calm down; relax

cool it
exclam. calm down; relax; take it easy; stop it

cool off
v. calm down; relax

cooler
n. jail; prison

cooler
n. drink made of wine, fruit juice, and soda water

cop
n. police officer. 1. The cops around here are actually very nice and helpful.

cop
v. take something; grab something; steal something. 1. He copped a feel as she walked by.

cop a plea
v. plead guilty to a lesser charge when in court. 1. The prostitute copped a plea and got probation.

cop an attitude
v. be oppositional or defiant. 1. Don't cop an attitude with me, it won't work.

cop out
v. plead guilty to a lesser charge when in court

cop out
v. quit; give up; abandon

copper
n. police officer

couch potato
n. lazy person who watches television, movies, or plays video games

cough it up
v. give something (usually money and usually unwillingly)

cow chips
n. dried cow feces

cowboy
n. independent, risk-taking man

coyote ugly
adj. very ugly

cozy up to
v. become very close to someone in order to get something

crab
n. louse; lice (usually used in the plural)

crack
n. an attempt; a try; a go. 1. Let me have a crack at it.

crack
n. break down; fail

crack
n. joke; bad joke

crack
v. break into (a safe or strong box, for example). 1. He cracked that safe in three minutes.

crack
n. the line between each side of the buttocks

crack (somebody) up
v. make somebody laugh

crack a book
v. study; open a textbook to study

crack gallery
n. place where crack is bought and sold

crackers
adj. mentally unstable; nuts; crazy

cram
v. study at the last minute for a test

cram it
exclam. be quiet; shut up. 1. Oh, cram it. No one wants to hear about it anymore.

crank call
n. telephone call made to harrass or anger someone

crap
v. defacate; move one's bowls

crap
n. dung; feces; shit. 1. Damn, there's bird crap on my car again.

crap
n. nonsense; rubbish; foolish talk or ideas

crap
n. worthless junk

crap out
v. avoid something due to fear

crap-house
n. outhouse; outdoor toilet

crap-list
n. list of worthless or troublesome people

crapper
n. toilet

crapper
n. latrine; bathroom

crappuccino
n. low-quality, highi-priced cappuccino

crappy
adj. lousy; poor quality; undesirable

crash
n. computer failure

crash
v. cease functioning (usually computers). 1. My PC crashed again.

crash
v. enter a party or similar event without an invitation. 1. They crashed the party even though we tried to keep them out.

crash
v. lose value quickly and dramatically (said of financial markets)

crash
v. spend the night somewhere. 1. I crashed at my friend's place because I didn't feel like driving home.

crash and burn
v. fail dramatically (often in romance)

crasher
n. person who shows up at a party uninvited

crater
n. scar from acne

crater-face
n. person with severe acne or scars from acne

cream
v. defeat somebody (often in a game or other contest)

cream
n. semen

cream puff
n. a weak-willed person; a wimp. 1. He's a total cream puff. Why are you scared?

crew
n. group that works together (often applies to music)

crib
n. place where thieves or prostitutes live and work

crib
n. a dwelling or home. 1. Come on and check out my crib. It's just around the corner.

crispy critter
n. burn victim, usually with second- or third-degree burns. 1. One crispy critter coming in from that apartment fire.

cristal
n. methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) (from Spanish)

croak
v. die

crock
n. a collection of lies, deception, or misleading information

crock of shit
n. a collection of lies, deception, or misleading information. 1. What a crock of shit; I don't believe any of it.

crotch rot
n. fungal itch or rash in the crotch

crowd
v. move into too close to someone; put pressure on someone

crud
n. junk; worthless stuff. 1. Dump this crud already. It's all old and useless.

crud
n. junk; worthless stuff

cruddy
adj. awful; unpleasant

cruise
v. drive around in search of friends or fun

cruise
v. travel in a vehicle (usually a car) at high speed

crunchies
n. ground troops; ground infantrymen

crush
n. feeling of love, romantic desire, or sexual attraction (usually among teenagers)

cuey
n. cucumber

culsterfuck
n. totally screwed up situation or circumstances

cum
n. semen

cum
v. experience orgasm

cunt
n. contemptible, disgusting woman

cunt
n. the femal genetalia

cunt cap
n. narrow green Army cap (so called because of its shape)

cuppa
abbr. cup of (usually tea)

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

cushy
adj. easy; soft; pleasant

cuss out
v. curse someone; scold someone

cut
n. share of booty, loot, profits, or gains

cut
n. single song or track of music

cut
v. dilute or thin something (liquid, drugs, etc.)

cut
v. eliminate; dismiss. 1. He got cut from the team.

cut
v. adulterate drugs

cut and run
v. cease all action and flee immediately

cut in line
v. enter a line ahead of other people

cut no ice
v. have no effect or influence on somebody

cut one
v. fart; break wind

cut some slack
idiom. grant somebody time or space to accomplish something; leave somebody alone. 1. Cut me some slack. I've had a long, hard day.

cut somebody in
v. allow somebody to participate (in something)

cut the cheese
v. fart; break wind. 1. God, what a smell. Who cut the cheese?

cut the crap
exclam. stop talking nonsense; cease lying

cut up
adj. upset; distressed

cut-rate
adj. inexpensive; cheap

cutter
n. a person who enters a line ahead of other people

CYA
abbr. cover your ass. 1. It's CYA time. We're being investigated.

cyberpron
n. pornography online, particularly pornographic Web sites

cyberslut
n. woman who will swap email or chat online about sex


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