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 English Vocabulary for ESL learners 


Informal language originating in the United Kingdom.

British slang is informal language used and originating in the United Kingdom (and also used to a limited extent in other English-speaking countries).
New words and phrases are continuously being added and used.
Slang is used in informal spoken English only . It should not be used in formal contexts.
Below is a short list of words you may hear while visiting the United Kingdom.

Meaning Example
bangers Sausages "Great! This pub serves bangers and mash! (mashed potatoes)"
blimey! Surprise, anger, etc.
(God blind me!)
"Blimey! Did you see that explosion!"
bloke Man, guy. "I heard some blokes talking about that at the pub."
Bob's your uncle! That's it. There you go. Voila! "Add some grated cheese, pop it in the oven for 10  mn and Bob's your uncle!"
chuffed Pleased, delighted. "Mum was really chuffed with her present."
dodgy Unreliable; of questionable quality "Be careful - the back wheel looks a bit dodgy."
fancy Like someone or something. "Do you fancy a pint?"
"I think Alex fancies Julie."
fiver/tenner Five pounds / ten pounds. "I bought it for a fiver/a tenner."
gobsmacked Amazed, astounded "I was gobsmacked when I saw the old man drive off in a sports car!"
grub Food "I'm hungry. Let's get some grub."
kip 1) sleep/a place to sleep
  2) dirty or sordid place
1) I need a little kip before we head off."
2) Your room is a kip. I want you to clean it now!"
knackered Extremely tired "You look knackered.  What have you been doing!"
mate Friend or companion "We've been mates since our school days."
nicked 1) Stolen
2) Arrested
1) Hey! My bike's been nicked!
2) The police nicked him for speeding.
on tick On credit "He never saves any money - always buys on tick."
Drunk or intoxicated "He was already pissed/plastered when he arrived at the party."
ta! Thank you "Ta love! That's just what I need."
quid One pound "The ticket costs a quid."
wicked Cool, fantastic Look at that dress! It's wicked! I love it!"
wonky Unsteady; not straight or level. "Don't sit on that chair. It's a bit wonky.

Please note that British English spelling is used on this website.

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