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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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rabbit
v. flee; run away; escape. 1. He's rabbiting. I'm going after him.

rabbit food
n. raw vegetables

rack
n. bed; cot

rack
n. breasts (female, usually large)

rack duty
n. time spend in bed asleep

rack time
n. time spend in bed asleep

rack up
v. earn; obtain; acquire

racket
n. con; deception

racket
n. noise; loud sounds (music, work-related noise)

radical
adj. excellent; good

rag
n. clothing in general (of any quality)

rag
n. newspaper

rag
n. tampon; pad

rag
n. ugly clothing

ragjob
n. convertible (car)

ragtop
n. convertible (car)

railroad tracks
n. braces on the teeth (particularly metal ones with wires connecting them)

rain on somebody's parade
v. ruin or spoil something for somebody

rake in
v. obtain or bring in a large quantity (usually money)

rally
n. party; gathering; event

rally
v. have a party or hold an event

rap
n. criminal charge or accusation; blame or responsibility

rap
v. chat; talk; discuss something

rap session
n. causual discussion about something

rap sheet
n. record of a person's crimes

raspberry
n. obnoxious sound made by pushing air through closed lips

rat
n. person who is disgusting

rat fink
n. informant; snitch

rat on
v. inform, snitch, or tell on somebody

rat-bastard
n. person who is extremely disgusting

rathole
n. disgusting place

rattled
adj. surprised; confused

raw
adj. lacking experience; new. 1. You're totally raw. You've never done this, have you?

rays
n. sunshine

razz
v. tease; taunt

ream out
v. scold or berate somebody

rear
n. buttocks

rear end
n. buttocks

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

red hot
n. very important; very much in demand

red tide
n. menstruation; menstrual period; period

red up
v. dress up; make fancy (used in western Pennsylvania)

redneck
n. person from a small, rural town and possessing little education or manners

reffo
n. refugee

regs
n. regulations (abbreviation). 1. Don't quote me the regs.

rep
n. representative (usually in sales)

rep
n. reputation. 1. Don't mess with my rep. I worked hard for it.

repo
n. repossessed item (usually an automobile)

re-up
v. reenlist. 1. He re-upped? I thought he wanted out of the army.

revved
adj. excited; eager

revved up
adj. excited; eager

ride
n. car; vehicle

ride shotgun
v. sit in the front passenger seat of a car. 1. I'll ride shotgun if you don't mind. I've got to tell him where we're going.

riff
n. brief piece of music played by one musician. 1. Nice riff. Let me hear it again.

rig
v. manipulate or set up a situation to achieve a desired outcome; cheat

righteous
adj. high quality; nice; good

rims
n. wheels (on a car)

ring a bell
v. bring to mind

rinky-dink
adj. cheap; low quality; damaged

rip off
v. deceive; steal; con somebody out of. 1. They tried to rip me off at the used car dealership.

rip-off
n. con; deception

rip-off
n. copy; reproduction; stolen idea or item

rip-off artist
n. con artist; deceiver

ripped
adj. muscular; having well-defined muscles (usually said of men). 1. His abs are seriously ripped.

roach-coach
n. snack truck

road hog
n. driver who takes up too much space on a road

roadie
n. person (usually young) who helps a rock group move equipment and set up for a performance

roady
n. person (usually young) who helps a rock group move equipment and set up for a performance

roast
n. party or event at which the guest or honor is teased or insulted in an affectionate way

roast
v. tease and insult a person at a party held in his or her honor

rock
v. be exciting, stimulating, or successful

rocks
n. ice cubes

roger
n. understood (used primarily for radio communication)

roit
n. an amusing, entertaining person or thing

Rolls
n. Rolls-Royce. 1. Nice Rolls. How'd you afford it?

root around
v. look for; carefully and thoroughly seek

rophies
n. rohypnol

rophy
n. rohypnol

ROTL
abbr. rolling on the floor

rotten
adj. low quality or performance. 1. He wrote a rotten paper for his history class.

rotten
adj. stinky; smelly; disgusting

rough time
n. difficult experience; hard time

roundup
n. summary of information such as news, weather, or sports

rubber
n. black marks of rubber left by automobile tires on a road. 1. He really burned rubber when he left.

rubber
n. condom (U.S. usage). 1. Where can you buy rubbers at this time of night?

rubbish
n. nonsense; foolish talk or ideas

rug
n. toupee or wig. 1. Nice rug that guy's got.

rug rat
n. child; kid. 1. Any rug rats at home?

rule
v. be the top; be the best; dominate

run
n. transportation of illegal items

run
v. transport illegal items. 1. My grandfather used to run rum from Cuba.

run down
n. explanation or description of an event

run it down
v. tell exactly what happened

run off at the mouth
v. speak excessively and quickly

run out of gas
v. tire; lose interest

runner
n. somebody who transports illegal items. 1. That gun runner got arrested, didn't he?

runs
n. diarrhea

runt
n. short, usually slender peson (typically male)

rush
n. time when sororities and fraternities attempt to find new members, usually in the fall


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