What are some British slang words

20 English words without which you don't need to speak to any British

Do you know what to do when someone says budge up to you? And how do you feel when you're skinted?

The British have a lot of unique expressions so crack on and learn some of these really nice English words. So next time you can have yours BritishImpress friends with a little bit of colloquial language!

The most important English words

A cuppa

If you want to learn a word before heading to the UK, go for it cuppa. It means "a cup of tea" and it is next to impossible to walk into a house without the phrase "fancy a cuppa”(“ Fancy a cup of tea? ”). However, you should make it clear whether you want your tea with or without milk.

A pint

If you don't feel like one cuppa have, then maybe more like a pint? When you go to a pub and say you’re a pint you always get a glass of beer. Never water, never soda. That makes it one of the most important English words in my opinion. Bottom up!

Even more cool English words

Budge Up

We would say “back over there” in Germany. And just like here, we tend to say that to people we know rather than strangers on the tram.


A condition that probably everyone knows: skint means you have no money.

Crack on

Do something and hurry up. If it's late at night and you want to go to the pub before it closes, it's “Let's crack on”The perfect sentence.

A quid

One pound sterling. At the prevailing prices, this won't be of much use if you want to buy something to eat. So better borrow one right away fiver (5 pounds) or one tenner (10 pounds).


Very happy. The feeling that you have when you unexpectedly have one tenner find in your pants.


The opposite of chuffed. Very dissatisfied or very unhappy. For example, if you really got into it but didn't make it to the pub in time.


For example, if you've been watching Netflix all night, you can use this wonderful English word to say that you are very tired.

Dying / Dead

Has now superseded LOL and means that you find something very funny. Donald Trump's last speech? "In the dying.”


Actually means gagging and still does, but is also often used when you are very thirsty. For example after one pint or one cuppa.


This pizza is actually way too greasy and you are actually on a diet and all that? If you ate them anyway, it was one cheeky Pizza. Also goes with drinks cheekypint after hard work, for example.


You probably know it as cheers, but the British also use it as an expression of thanks or to say goodbye. But under no circumstances do you say it in an American accent! That goes down just as well as if you were to imitate a - bad - accent in Germany.

Words when you're drunk

It is really no secret that the British like one cheeky pint indulge. It is therefore not at all surprising that there are a number of words that express that you are a pint had too much.

Troll song

Has nothing to do with the shopping cart, even if you occasionally see drunk people who have “borrowed” one. Who does that? I definitely don't.


When you're so drunk that your legs stop working.


Full like a shift bus.


Hackedicht. And as in German, there are still countless expressions.

Suitcase words

A suitcase word consists of two words that have been combined into one. The classic par excellence: brunch, the combination of breakfast and lunch. But the following are the really cool English words for me:


If something is gigantic and enormous, it is ginormous.


If something is so bad that it's good again, then it is craptacular (the combination of crap and spectacular). For example the Sharknado series or the exchange of women.


Who does not know it? The combination of Britain and Exit. A subject that the British absolutely can no longer hear. Ask someone how they voted and you immediately have an awkward silence.

So, crack on and learn a few British colloquial words.