English slang vocabulary

English slang and informal vocabulary

Informal and colloquial English is a must for all of you who want to know more than just a few basic English phrases. So if you want be a guru in English language, phrases and vocabulary from your textbooks are not enough anymore. You also have to understand and know how to use English idioms and slang expressions. Most of all, you should understand the meaning of cool and modern phrases frequently used by young people.

Slang words and phrases from movies

This list summarizes slang phrases and words and their definitions. These expressions are used among teenagers on the streets of big cities in USA, England or Canada. Therefore this list contains a lot of quotes from action and gangster movies. That means you will find here also some coarse and profane language, so be prepared 🙂

Phrases and terms in this list will be useful, if you:

1. want to understand English and American slang
2. want to watch your favorite action movies in English
3. want to be able to speak English like a pro
4. want to teach others how to sound more cool in English

If you watch Hollywood movies and TV shows, or if you play video games, these phrases and terms will surely help you to better understand your action heroes.

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– Urban and street slang

bookwormperson who is always studying or reading books
blow offto ignore (slang)
to have ballsto have courage
cablecable television
stuck-uparrogant, snobbish
fire upto start the engine
conningperforming scams or fraud
man upto develop characteristics typical for man, such as courage, decisiveness
hustlefraudulent scheme to make money
hackydisgusting, filthy, dirty
to popto have a drink
to compto give for free as a promotional gift
shut upbe quiet
to be cool (with somebody)not having any problem (with somebody)
bitch (about something)complain aggressively and excessively
rip offto rob, to steal
dorkstupid guy
crackerpoor white man in Southern US
bullshitstupid talk
to hitto deal a card
greenrookie, greenhorn
chickpretty girl
beat downto attack physically
hanky-pankyimmoral, indecent and dishonest behavior
scamswindle, fraud
spookeccentric person
way to goused when something is the way it should be, expressing approval
machismoessence of masculine behavior
lockdownprison with high level of security
bloodyarchaic adjective similar to damn
go nutsto go crazy
filthydirty, disgusting
to textto send an SMS message via cell phone
eat (somebody’s) head offto attack verbally (slang)
cooninsulting term for a black person
weirdstrange, bizarre
to be cool (with somebody)not having any problem (with somebody)
crappoor, terrible, low quality (slang)
whopperbig exaggerated lie
dingbatstupid person
mookstupid person
to have gutsto have a courage for some task
geekeccentric or odd person
scrubcancel and leave (informal)
beat downsphysical attacks
to yellto scream, to speak with loud voice
awkwardclumsy, embarrassing person
to take to rob, to steal
gookinsulting term for a Asian person
to bugto bother or annoy somebody
to kickto die
jabbertalk quickly, babbling talk
bitch (about something)complain aggressively and excessively
busterinformal term for addressing a man
let (somebody) off the hookto forgive, relieve or to free somebody from the responsibility
cash inin casino, to change chips for cash
goofballfoolish or stupid person (usually male)
hell of a lothuge amount of something
straightheterosexual person
old baggrumpy old woman
cut outto leave in a hurry
cornyembarrassing, stupid,dull
press the buttonto make woman excited (slang)
keep on leashto control someone strictly
screw around withto play with emotions in a negative way
big fishimportant person
grandthousand dollars (slang)
sack upto gather courage or energy for a difficult task
to dig somethingto like something
spout offto talk about something in a very boring and annoying way
color outin casino, to change lower denominated chips for higher denominated chips, color up
dimeten cents
slap aroundhit someone's face with a palm
to off (somebody)to kill somebody
junkillicit drugs (such as heroine, cocaine)
squeeze out to push somebody out from a position in order to get someone's benefits
final scorethe last successful robbery
to dupeto trick someone to believe in something that is not true
limoshort term for limousine, large luxurious car
blown away to be amazed, impressed
to crushto squeeze (money from something or someone)
screw upto make a terrible mistake causing the things go wrong
jabberto talk quickly
grease (somebody)slang term for killing somebody
dissecting the eyeto watch something with an extreme interest (slang)
ringerperson who is cheating in a competition
thugyoung man who frequently engages in fights
takeamount won
glowingextremely positive
color up (slang)in casino, to change lower denominated chips for higher denominated chips
to barfto vomit, to puke
put up withto endure negative experience
to dig (something)to like something
cerebral studhighly intelligent man
moron stupid person (slang)
cutshare of profit
hagugly or hysterical older woman (negative)