110 British Slang Words To Know Before Visiting the UK

80 British Words To Know Before Visiting the UK

If you're a tourist, especially an American visiting Britain, you may want to brush up on some local slang ahead of time so you don’t get too confused. Here are some commonly used words, phrases, and expressions to know before you go!

A&E  accident and emergency hospital

All right?  
hi / how are you

 

Aubergine  eggplant 

 

Bangers and Mash  sausages and mashed potatoes 

 

Barrister  lawyer

 

Bin  trash can

 

Bits and Bobs  things to do or buy 

  

Bobby  police officer

 

Bog  toilet

 

Bog roll  toilet paper

 

Bollocks  nonsense

  

Bonnet  hood of a car

 

Boot  trunk of a car 

 

Brilliant  well done

 

Buggy  stroller

 

Car Park  parking lot

   

Cheers  thanks

 

Chips  french fries

 

Chiropodist  podiatrist 

 

Coach  long distance bus

 

Coriander  cilantro

 

Courgette  zucchini

 

Crisps  potato chips

 

Cuppa  a cup of tea

 

Daft  foolish

 

Drink Driving  drunk driving

 

Electric Fire  space heater

 

Fag  cigarette

 

Fair Enough  ok / alright

 

Fairy Lights  string lights 

 

Fancy  to like / love something or someone

 

Fiz  champagne 

 

Fizzy  a carbonated beverage

 

Flannel  washcloth 

 

Flat  apartment 

 

Fringe  bangs

 

Footpath  sidewalk

 

Gherkin  pickle 

 

Git  moron

 

Grit Bin  roadside box full of salt / grit to spread on icy roads 

 

Gobsmacked  shocked

 

Gutted  devastated

 

Hamper  picnic / gift basket 

 

Hen Night  bachelorette party

  

Hire  to rent something

 

Hob  stovetop

 

Hoover  to vacuum

 

Jab  vaccination

  

Jacket  baked potato with skin

 

Jumper  sweater 

 

Kitchen Roll  paper towels

 

Knock Up  to wake someone up 

 

Larder  storage pantry in a kitchen 

 

Let  to rent / lease

 

Lift  elevator 

 

Loo  toilet

 

Loo Roll  toilet paper

  

Lorry  a large motortruck

 

Lurgy  a cold / flu

 

Mange Tout  snow or snap peas

 

Mash  mashed potatoes or other root vegetables

 

Mobile  cell phone

 

Mod  well-dressed person

 

Moggy  cat

 

Mushy Peas  mashed peas

 

Nappies  diapers 

 

Offer  sale 

 

Pants  underwear

 

Paracetamol  acetaminophen 

 

Peckish  hungry 

 

Petrol  gasoline

 

Petrol Station  gas station 

 

Pissed  drunk

 

Plaster  bandaid

 

Post  mail

 

Pram  stroller

 

Pud  dessert

 

Queue  a line or a wait 

 

Quid  one pound / currency 

 

Rashers  bacon

 

Ring  to call someone on the phone

 

Rocket  arugula 

 

Rubbish  garbage

 

Rucksack  backpack

  

Sack  a bag to carry groceries

 

Sat Nav  satellite navigation / GPS

 

Singleton  a single person 

 

Skip  dumpster

 

Slip Road  entrance / exit ramp on or off a road

 

Solicitor  lawyer

 

Sorted  to plan / organize

 

Spotted Dick  a pudding

 

Stag Do  bachelor party 

 

Stile  a fence / stair combo that people climb over but animals can’t 

 

Surgery  doctor's office

  

Swede  rutabaga

 

Swimming Costume  bathing suit

 

Taking the Piss  joking around

 

Tea Towel  dishtowel

 

Torch  flashlight 

 

Trainers  sneakers

 

Trolly  shopping cart

 

Trousers  pants

 

Veg  vegetables

 

Voucher  coupon 

 

Washing up liquid  dish soap

 

Wellies  Wellington rain boots 

 

Whilst  while

 

Zebra crossing  crosswalk

 

Zed  the letter z 

Wellies

These essential phrases will help you get by a bit easier when visiting Britain. If heading to the UK via the tunnel from France, you might also want to learn how to sound French to complete your journey. You will blend in easier by learning some local lingo!

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